We love the Orange County Fair and look forward to it every single year. It is definitely a Summer tradition for our family. This year’s theme is , “One Big Party”, and it definitely promises to be better than ever! The Orange County Fair will run from July 17th to August 16th. The fair will be open from Wednesday to Sunday. The fair is open from noon to midnight Wednesday to Friday and from 10am to midnight on Saturday-Sunday. Admission is
- $12 for ages 13 and up
- Kids 6-12 are $7
- Seniors (60+) are $7
- Kiddos 5 and under are Free
Parking is $10 and it is cash only. Getting to the fair can get a little pricey. However, you can definitely head to the fair on a budget. Here are some of the promotions you can take advantage of.
- Free admission and parking on opening day from noon to 1pm
- Free admission for active duty military or veterans
- Kids 5-11 can earn three free carnival rides by reading two books. Click here for the book form.
- Kiddos are free on Thursdays all day long.
- $3 admission from 10-11am on weekends.
We Care Wednesdays – Free admission and 1 carnival ride with specific donations . From noon to 3pm every Wednesday.
- 7/22 – Food Drive – Donate 5 cans of food benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank.
- 7/29 – Children’s Book Drive – Donate three new or gently used children’s book.
- 08/05 – Clothing Drive – Free admission with 5 new or gently used clothing.
- 08/12 – School Supply Drive – Donate school supplies valued over $5.
There are a number of concerts that will also take place at the Pacific Amphitheater. Concert tickets include admission to the fair. It’s giveaway time! We’re giving away a 4 pack of tickets to the Austin Mahone concert/admission to the fair on August 16th. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know what’s the one thing you look forward to at the fair. Giveaway ends on July 22nd at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!
For additional OC Fair info head here.
I love the pig races and of course the food!
I have two young teenage girls and we love going especially to try out new fried food, but also for the animal exhibitions.
This is my first year being a single mom to my 8 year old son. We always look forward to seeing the pig races and having a day together. He’s been wanting to see the concert, but I’m hoping I am able to just take him to the fair.
Love all your posts! I love hearing about the deals and things to do in the OC:) thank you!!!
We love the rides and the food of course, you gotta love the giant turkey let.
I love spending the day with my boys and seeing the excitement in their eyes
I love to see all the hand made crafts, paintings, food that people submit and win ribbons for. And of course the food!!!
I love walking around the shops!
any opportunity to have some fun with my family 🙂
We love the animals and fair food!!!
I love the food!
I love all the little games for kids. Last year son won a goldfish, that was the ultimate prize!
I grew up in Costa Mesa and have been going to the Fair since I was little.
It’s so fun to bring my own kids now and see them enjoy the rides, food, animals and sights & sounds!
I love the fair food and the exhibits
I look forward to the amazing people watching. There are some fascinating fair-goers!
I like trying the fun food.
Taste testing all the yummy food.
I like the piglets and watching my boys go on the rides.
We love the pig races and the game booths.
We love the pig races and the animals!
This is going to be our first year going! Looking forward to making great memories with my family!