Kiddie Koncierge: County Fair Guide
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I finally figured out what funnel cake is. Silly question, I guess the
name "funnel cake" should say it all. Well, this is funnel cake
season. What is a summer without oppressively hot weather, lots
of fried carbs, questionably safe rides, “________ (fill in the blank)
Idol” competitions, and lots and lots of farm animals – all in one
place? We do jest, these fairs are a blast. We went to the Harvest
Festival in Santa Rosa a while back (and a bunch of these fairs
since then) and had a great time (all of the following are true, by
the way) – sheep dog trials, pig beauty pageants, the prettiest draft
horses you ever saw, lots of fowl, lots of home-baked goods (none
of which you can buy or sample), fried food you never thought
possible, and some great kids entertainment. Bottom line is that
your kids will love it. There are activities for the entire family.
Believe it or not, you will have fun too.
Some tips for success:
- Go early or go late. Mid-day can wilt your little flowers
quickly. Evenings, however, tend to favor older kids.
- Review the schedules as there are frequently cool events
that you may wish to plan your day around.
May 30th - June 2nd
Contra Costa County Fair, 1201 West 10th Street,
Thursday, 12 noon - 11:00 p.m.
Friday, 12 noon - midnight
Saturday, 11am - midnight
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Adults $7, kids 6-12 $4, kids 5 and under FREE (Save a buck by
buying tickets in advance)
Go to www.contracostafair.com/fair/ For details
Go to www.contracostafair.com/fair/about/directions for
May 30th: bring 3 cans per person and receive FREE admission,
Active Duty Military, Seniors
May 31st: Kids 12 and under FREE
Everyday: Kids 5 and under FREE
June 8th - 16th
San Mateo County Fair, San Mateo County Event
Center, San Mateo
12 noon - 10:00 p.m. (11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays),
Adults $10 (presale $7)
Kids 6-12, $8 (presale $5)
Kids 5 and under FREE
For details, visit www.sanmateocountyfair.com/
Directions at www.sanmateocountyfair.com/fair-info/fair-
Carnival rides, live entertainment for all ages, live concerts, 4H
exhibits, horse racing.
June 19th - 23rd
Sonoma-Marin Fair, 175 Fairgrounds Drive,
Weds - Thurs, 1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Fri - Sat, 12:00 noon - midnight
Sunday, 12:00 noon - 11:00 p.m.
Adults $15, kids 4-12, $10 kids 3 and under FREE
For details, visit www.sonoma-marinfair.org
For directions, visit www.sonoma-marinfair.org/location-hours
Lots of kids stuff including games, bicycle stunt demonstrations,
reptiles, ponies, tractor races, exhibits, rides, demonstrations,
rides, a destruction derby, livestock shows, wine tasting, Luche
Libre wrestling, and of course, the "World's Ugliest Dog Contest"
Wednesday: Everyone's a Kid Day $10 for everyone
June 22nd: Farmers Day - try your hand at cool farm themed
June 23rd: Family Day - Free rides, and live entertainment
June 19th - July 7th
Alameda County Fair, 4501 Pleasanton Ave.,
Tuesdays, Weds, Thurs, 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Fri - Sun, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
July 4th: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Adults $10 (pre sale $8)
Kids 6-12, $8 (presale $6)
Kids under 6, FREE,
Parking $10 (presale $8),
For details, visit www.alamedacountyfair.com/2013fair/index.php
For directions, visit www.alamedacountyfair.
Live entertainment including two free (with admission) concerts
nightly), thoroughbred racing, rides for the smaller kids, rides for
the older kids and adults, petting zoo, food, circus performers, lots
of exhibits, and much more.
Opening Day: $1 admission and $1 rides.
Advance Purchase: save $2 per ticket and parking!
Tuesdays $2 admission
Kids FREE Fridays and Fireworks. Kids 12 and under FREE (6/21,
6/28, 7/5). Fireworks at 9:30
Fair Food Drive, June 26 - Bring Four (4) non-perishable food
items for FREE fair admission.
Military Appreciation Day, June 21 - FREE admission for you and a
guest with valid military ID or proof of service for veterans.
July 3rd - July 7th
Marin County Fair, Civic Center Drive, San Rafael
Open daily 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Kids 4-12, $14,
Kids under 4, FREE
Admission includes concerts, exhibits, fireworks, and 28 free
For more details, visit www.marinfair.org/
The Marin County Fair is filled with top entertainment and fireworks
every night at 9:30 p.m. over the Lagoon. Not a bad way to do the
4th. And of course, there are rides, exhibits, arts, crafts, a huge
agricultural area with animals, pig racing, petting zoo, sheepdog
trials (A lot of fun), lots of great entertainment, concerts, and a wide
variety of "green" exhibits and demonstrations.
Marin Independent Journal Day July 3rd: $2 coupon will be in the
paper and on the www.marinij.com website.
Children's Day July 3: Kids 12 and Under FREE
July 3rd - July 7th
Napa County Fair, 1435 North Oak Street, Calistoga
July 3rd, 4:00 - 11:00 p.m.
July 4th 12 noon - 11:00 p.m.
July 5th - 7th, 2:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Adults $10, Kids 7-12, $5, Kids under 6 FREE
Racing pigs, lots of entertainment and concerts, fireworks and a
parade on the 4th, a tractor pull, chainsaw sculpting, the
Budweiser Clydesdale Horses, livestock exhibits, wine tastings,
food, rides, exhibits and much more.
Kids Day Wednesday, July 3rd: Kids 12 and under FREE
July 12th - 28th
California State Fair, Cal Expo, Sacramento
Mon- Thurs, 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (midway open from 2:00 p.m. -
Friday and Sat, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (midway open from, 11:00
a.m. - midnight)
Kids 5-12, $8
Kids 4 and under FREE
For details, visit www.bigfun.org
For directions, visit www.bigfun.org/fair-info/directions-parking/
Tuesdays, Wells Fargo Kids Days. Kids 12 and under FREE, all
rides $1 each.
July 25th - August 11th
Sonoma County Fair, Sonoma County Fairgrounds,
1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
Open daily, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Closed Mondays
Kids 7-12 $5 (FREE on Fridays)
Kids 6 and under FREE
For details, visit www.sonomacountyfair.com/fair/sonoma-
For directions, visit www.sonomacountyfair.com/directions.php
A charming fair on the Sonoma County is a VERY family friendly
fair. They have lots of accommodations for parents with young
children. In addition, they have a great flower show, lots of rides,
horse racing, tons of concerts and entertainment, great local food
and wine, lots of the most beautiful livestock and farm animals you
have ever seen, a demolition derby, motocross, a great kids area
with crafts, kid-friendly entertainment, a sand box and SHADE, a
rodeo, sheep dog trials, wagon rides.
July 31st - August 4th
Solano County Fair, Solano County Fairgrounds,
Weds - Friday 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 12 noon - 11:00 p.m.,
Kids 6-12, $6
Kids 5 and under FREE
Active Duty Military (and Dependents) FREE
For more details, visit www.scfair.com
For directions, visit www.scfair.com/directions.html
Lots of livestock exhibits, food, rides, fireworks every night, arts,
crafts, horse racing, concerts, demolition derby, motocross races,
and arts, crafts, demonstrations, and exhibits in a wide range of
- Advance Purchase - Save $2
- Kids Day, Aug 1st - Kids 12 and under FREE
- Seniors Day, July 31st- FREE Admission for Seniors 60 and
August 2nd - 5th
Santa Clara County Fair, Santa Clara County
Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, Santa Clara
Open Daily 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
For details, visit http://thefair.org/
For directions, visit http://thefair.org/directions.cfm
They have livestock, music, 4H demonstrations, games, and much
August 7th - 11th
Napa Town and Country Fair, Napa Valley Expo, 575
Third Street, Napa
Open Daily 12:00 noon - 10:00 p.m. (Carnival open until midnight),
Kids 6-12 $10
Kids under 5 FREE
Parking $10 - although street parking is pretty easy to find.
For details, visit www.napavalleyexpo.com/fair.html
For directions, visit www.napavalleyexpo.com/map.html
They have livestock, music, a demolition derby, 4H
demonstrations, a parade, and of course, what would a county fair
in Napa be without winetasting?
- Kids Day, August 8 - Kids 12 and under FREE
- Seniors Day, August 7 - Seniors 60 and older $8
September 10th - 15th
Santa Cruz County Fair, 2601 East Lake Ave.,
For details, visit http://santacruzcountyfair.com
For directions, visit http://www.santacruzcountyfair.
September 13th - 15th
Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show, Route 128
Between Lambert Lane and Hutsell Road, Boonville
Daily 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (carnival closes at midnight)
For details, visit www.mendocountyfair.com
- Kids Day, Sep 13th - Kids 12 and under FREE
- Seniors Day, Sep 13 - Seniors 60 and older $2
October 4th - 6th
Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Sonoma County
Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
Friday, 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Sat and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Gate Admission FREE
For details, visit www.harvestfair.org
For directions, visit www.sonomacountyfair.com/gettinghere.php
A charming fair on the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa
Rosa. Lots of animals, demonstrations, entertainment, and food.
There are a few rides, but the ag stuff is the main attraction. We
loved it. Great for the younger kids and the teens as well. There is
a whole list of kid-friendly activities here: www.harvestfair.
That’s it for now! Enjoy the summer!
Kiddie Koncierge County Fair
Updated May 23, 2013
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