I absolutely love the Fair and the OC FAIR is the best one !
Its huge and it is definitely a tradition, we go every year.
This year’s OC Fair theme is “Acres of Fun”
There is so much to talk about but I will start with the Deals .
The OC Fair has free days, free kids days and discounts on admission prices. first things first, on Friday, July 12th, Opening Day, everyone is Free ‘Til Three (12-3 p.m.). and did i mention FREE PARKING.
General (13-59): $12 (weekdays)/ $14 (weekends) Youth (6-12): $7 Children 5 and under are free.
Parking Rates: $10 (cash only)
Free parking and shuttle service is available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure located off the Bristol Street exit of the 405 Freeway. Follow the signs to “Experian.” The shuttle operates from 10 am – 1 am weekends only.
They also have an OC Fair Express bus service from nine locations on weekends only. This bus costs $2 each way but the OC Fair admission will only be $4.
We Care Wednesdays run from noon to 3:00 p.m. just donate the specified items to each Wednesday Non-profit partner and get a FREE admission to the OC Fair and one carnival ride per person.
July 17th – School Supply Drive (bring new school supplies valued at $5 or more, such as pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks (items must be sealed; no coloring books or workbooks)
July 24th – Share Our Selves Canned Food Drive, benefitting Second Harvest and OC Food Bank (bring 5 canned food items)
July 31st – Children’s Book Drive, benefitting THINK Together (3 new or gently used children’s books
August 7th – Clothing Drive, benefitting Goodwill OC (bring 5 gently used clothing items)
OC Fair Discount Tickets 🎫
• Thursdays are Kids Day Children 12 & under receive FREE Fair admission all day.
• On Fridays, it’s Seniors Day (60+). Seniors get in for $5, plus FREE Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides all day.
• First Responders and Law Enforcement get free admission the Week of August 7th through 11th. This includes active-duty and professional staff of the police, sheriff, fire and emergency services departments. Plus, they get the option to purchase up to 4 general admission tickets for their guests at half price. Issuing agency ID is required.
• On Saturday & Sunday, the OC Fair offers the “Best Deal Ever”from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. general admission is half price. Sundays only: $35 Unlimited Ride Wristband available – ride until 4 p.m., sold until 1 p.m. Includes 1 ride on the Titan; all other rides are unlimited.
OC Fair Read & Ride program allows kid ages 5-11 can read two books to earn three free carnival rides by writing a short book report on this form. And just so you know, i don’t think they are strict on ages. Such a great deal. completed book report forms can be redeemed for ride tickets at the Centennial Farm Information Booth during Fair hours.
•Wednesdays $35 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband Enjoy all the rides you can handle for one price. (Sold until 5 p.m. Valid until 8 p.m. Wristbands must be purchased onsite.
Required Fair admission sold separately.)
• on Fridays, get $2 Rides and $2 Games noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Main Carnival and Kiddie Carnival.
• Sunday Carnival Special – get a $35 unlimited ride wristband. Valid 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Check out the OC Fair discounts page for details on these and other available discounts.
so many rides & games to play.
My sons favorite thing was the FREE petting zoo as you walk in the entrance by gate 4 . They had so many animals, llama, deer, donkey, pigs, goats even a kangaroo 🦘.
Then prepare to be amazed by the Victory From Within exhibit at Heroes Hall – this new exhibition will showcase the lives of Prisoners of War and feature four key themes of these lives: capture, prison life, those who wait, and freedom. Visitor's will hear stories of POW throughout the course of American war history - from the Civil War to the Iraq War. Tribute band shows galore adorne The Hangar. From Rumors - The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute band to The Man In Black - A Tribute to Johnny Cash, fair goers can enjoy classic tunes nightly
We also enjoyed the big races. They were so cute . 🐷
Alaskan Pig Races
Need to bring your heart rate back down? Try a good old-fashioned pig race. Yes, you read that right. This event has been a consistent tradition at the OC Fair since it opened in Costa Mesa in 1949. We dare you not to smile as you watch eight pint-sized All-Alaskan Racing Pigs reach nearly 15 miles per hour as they jump over hurdles and round tight corners to make it to the championship round.
There’s exhibits and shopping galore
And of course everyones favorite part of the fair is always the FAIR FOOD . A fair isn’t a fair without food, so plan on at least getting a treat to share. Some suggestions of my favorite sharable Fair treats are – Funnel Cake (with ice cream topping), Caramel Crack Fries, Berry Treat Bowl from Sherri’s Berries, Giant Donuts (look for the Unicorn Cotton Candy Donut), Giant Foot-long Corn Dogs, Loaded Curly Fries, Fried Zucchini and the Big Skillet Cookie.
Centennial Farm is one of the OC Fair’s permanent installations and includes three acres of working farm. Visitors can learn about Southern California’s rich agricultural history in the picture perfect vegetable garden or meet and feed farm animals like sheep, pigs, chicks, cows and more. The OC Fair petting zoo and farm is free with fair admission.
You’ll have no problem getting your adrenaline pumping at the OC Fair’s Action Sports Arena. This year’s lineup of free shows includes extreme motorcycle stunts, Speedway derby races, mixed martial arts, monster trucks, rodeo and demolition derby. Take your pick of heart-racing spectacles!
Culinary Arts at the Main Stage
Head to the main stage for 30-minute demos from chefs, bakers, farmers, floral artists, food bloggers, mixologists, brewers and more each day! The stage is booked throughout the month with demos and tasting sessions where you can learn kitchen secrets and get the inside scoop from experts in their fields.
Explorium: Destination Kids
This kid-friendly section of the fair hosts entertainment and contests each hour of the fair in addition to exhibitions of kid-created art like sculpture, art from recycled material, LEGO superheroes, drawing, painting and photography.
Garden and Vegetable Displays
Check out the biggest vegetables in the county and some of the most beautiful floral arrangements at these competition exhibitions. The annual Fruit and Vegetable Competition displays impressive homegrown fruits and veggies harvested by contestants age 6 and older. Categories include specimen produce, largest produce and most unusually shaped.
The cut flower & floral arrangement competition and the indoor & outdoor plant competition give local gardeners a chance to show off their impressive green thumbs in colorful exhibitions.
The OC Fair presents several visual arts exhibitions and competitions each year. One of the most popular is the photography competition, where hundreds of local photographers’ works (many for sale) are displayed in the main gallery for the run of the fair. The works are submitted by artists 13 years old and up.
You’ll also find impressive woodworking, quilts of valor (those made for service members and veterans), knitting projects and table settings on display.
Watch local ceramic artists create works of art, browse items made by local artisans and get your hands dirty at crafting workshops in the Crafter’s Village. Vendors sell everything from hammocks and health products to hand thrown servingware and art pieces. It’s easy to spend an hour wandering through the stalls and chatting with local artisans and small business owners.
The OC Fair is full of free entertainment from displays of athleticism to tried and true cover bands and budding local talent.
The Plaza Stage hosts nightly live karaoke where you can live your rockstar dreams with a full band behind you. If country and Americana are more your pace, stop by the Meadows Stage, which offers a series of local singer songwriter performances throughout the run of the fair.
Acrobats and hypontists take the spotlight at the Heritage Stage. Thanks to its central location (and proximity to delicious food vendors) catching a show on this stage is perhaps one of the most popular free things to do at the OC Fair.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we did ! 😊🎡