The Orange County Fair and Giveaway!

That’s one big wheel!

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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!


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For additional OC Fair info head here

OC Fair 2012: Home Sweet Home and Giveaway!


We love heading to the fair at night. It’s cool, calmer and fun!

Update: Giveaway is now closed. The winner of the giveaway is Kimberly Q. Thank you all for entering!

Last night as the sun was setting down, we decided to make our way to the OC Fair. We usually like to head to the fair in the evenings. It’s less crowded, hot and that usually means a pretty relaxed experience. Last night proved to be just what we expected, a great night at the fair!  A visit to the OC Fair has become a summer tradition. It just doesn’t feel like summer for us, without a trip to the fair.


My city slicker kids getting country.

We had a great time enjoying in everything that makes a fair so fun. We took a long stroll through the barn yard areas and had a great time checking out all of the different farm animals, the displays and of course getting in some goat and sheep petting.


A patriotic sheep!

We also played a couple of games, rode a couple of rides(well my hubby and the kids did, I just watched), ate some yummie fair food and did a whole lot of people watching. It’s honestly my favorite thing to do!


My hubby and kids slid down all the way from the top of the fun house. I closed my eyes. I couldn't watch!

There are so many fun things to do and see. You have to take the family this year!  I love the memories we made and it’s one more thing to cross off our summer bucket list! I hope you can make it.  Here’s all you need to know about the fair.

The Orange County Fair will be at the County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa until August 12th. The fair is open Wednesday to Sunday.


Wednesday – Friday: Noon – midnight
Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – Midnight


General (13–59) $11
Seniors (60+) $8
Youth (6–12) $6
Children 5 and under FREE every day.

Parking is $7 per vehicle.

You can get $2 admission on the weekends if you get there between 10am and 11 am

You can also get $2 admission by taking the OC Fair Express. Not only will you save on parking, you’ll also save on admission. Can’t beat that deal! Head here for more info.

To learn more about the Fair head here.

It’s giveaway time!

I have one 4 pack of tickets to giveaway. Just leave a comment letting me know why you want to visit. That’s it! Giveaway ends on Wednesday, July 18th at 11:59pm. Winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

Disclosure: Tickets/Media Pass were provided. However all opinions are my own.

OC Fair 2011: Let’s Eat! Plus how you can get in for FREE!

Nothing says summer to me like the Orange County Fair. Let’s Eat is this year’s theme and I think everyone is looking forward to doing just that at the OC Fair! The fair opens it’s doors on July 15th and goes on until August 14th.  The fair will be open from Wed through Sunday during this time.

Did you know you can get in for free on opening day during opening hour? You can park for free and receive admission on Friday, July 15th from noon to 1pm. You can also receive Free Admission and a carnival ride on Wednesday by doing something good! Win Win for everyone! We care Wednesdays are as follows:

Wednesday July 20th: Free Admission and carnival ride by bringing 5 cans of food that will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank

Wednesday July 27th: Free Admission and carnival ride with the donation of 1 new children’s book or 3 gently used children’s books.

Wednesday August 3rd: Free Admission and carnival ride with the donation of 5 gently used clothing items

Wednesday August 10th: Free Admission and carnival ride with the donation of one new school supply valued at $3 or more.

Kids 5 to 12 are free on Thursdays and on the weekends you can get $2 admission during opening hour(10am to 11am)

I hope to see you there! We are heading there Saturday and we can’t wait! Have fun!

For additional info head here.