Orange County Fair 2017

The Orange County Fair is a traditional county fair that showcases the rural side of Orange County, CA right in the city of Costa Mesa. There are carnival rides, livestock shows and exhibits, pig races, vegetable and garden exhibits, and equestrian events. There are also home arts and crafts, local youth and adults performing, circus acts, carnival rides, motocross, demolition derby and lots of fair food. Technology is well-represented with all kinds of gadgets demonstrated and sold in the exhibit halls.
There are free concerts, magic and acrobats at various stages around the fairgrounds and ticketed sports events and concerts in the OC Arena as well as ticketed concerts at the Hangar and the Pacific Amphitheatre. Concert ticket prices include admission to the Orange County Fair.

This information was accurate at the time of publication. Please check the OC Fair website for the most current information.

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Fair Details

An Ox at the OC Fair
Orange County Fair

When: July 14 - August 13, 2017, Wednesday through Sunday, closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Hours: Weekdays noon to midnight, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to midnight, closed Mon-Tues.
Where: Orange County Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.
Cost: General $12 Wed-Fri, $14 Sat-Sun, Seniors (60+) $7, Youth (6-12) $7, Children 5 and under, active military and veterans with ID are Free. Season Passes are available. Pre-sale tickets are available through with no service charges for print-at-home. Check for discount tickets. (see below for more on Ride Tickets)
Parking: $10, $30 Pacific Amphitheatre; Free weekend offsite parking and shuttle service are available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure off the Bristol Street exit of the 405 freeway. The free shuttle operates from 10 am to 1 am.


OC Fair Express: Saturday and Sunday $3 admission and $2 OCTA bus fare each way from 9 Orange County locations.
Opening Day - First 3 hours, noon to 3 pm free parking and free entry.
Active Military & Veterans Get in Free - Free entry for active duty military and veterans with ID every day plus up to 6 half-price general admission tickets for family members.
Wednesdays We Care Wednesdays gives one free ticket and one free ride in exchange for donations of food, books, toys and school supplies. See the website for details. Donations are accepted until 3 pm at Blue, Yellow or Green Gates only.
Thursdays - Kids 12 and under are FREE all day. Also $3 Taste of Fair food noon to 4 pm, $30 unlimited ride wristband.
Fridays - Seniors (60+) $2 off, + free Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides. $2 Rides and $2 Games for everyone noon to 4 pm.
Sat-Sun - 1/2 price General Admission and 1/2 price carnival rides 11 am to 1 pm, Free off-site parking with shuttle (see Parking above)
Unlimited Ride Wristbands - Wristbands are available for $30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. They must be purchased before 5 pm and can be used until 8 pm. Includes 2 free games.
More Promotions free ride on La Grande Wheel with Pacific Amphitheatre ticket stub.
Read and Ride - Kids 5-11 can turn in two short book reports to get 3 free ride tickets. Instructions and form here. Completed book report forms can be redeemed for ride tickets at the Centennial Farm Information Booth during Fair hours. Tickets are not valid on the final weekend of the fair.

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Events in the Orange County Fair Arena 2016

Motorhome Demolition Derby held in the Action Sports Arena at the OC Fair
Orange County Fair

OC Action Sports Arena events are NOT included in fair admission. Tickets are available from
July 14 - X-treme Freestyle Moto-X

July 15-16, Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup

July 15 - Annual Speedway Fair Derby

July 16 - Summer Fist Mixed Martial Arts

July 19-23 - Knights of Valor (medieval jousting)

July 26-30 - Monster Truck Destruction Tour: Monster Trucks and Freestyle Moto X

Aug 2 & 4 - Extreme Rodeo

Aug 3 & 5 - Broncs and Bulls

Aug 6 - Fiesta del Charro

Aug 9 & 12 - Motorhome Madness Demolition Derby

Aug 10 & 13 - Orange Crush Demolition Derby

Aug 11 - Damsels of Destruction Demolition Derby

Aug 12 - Minivan Mash-Up Demo Derby

Aug 13 - Emergency Pursuit Derby
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Summer Concert Series at Pacific Amphitheatre During the OC Fair

Pacific Amphitheatre at the Orange County Fairgrounds
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Tickets are available at the OC Fair box office or through Additional concert information is available at check for discount tickets. Pre-Fair concert-goers can return with their ticket stubs for free Fair entry.


July 4 - Symphonic Springseen with Pacific Symphony

July 8 - Steel Pulse/The Wailers/Fortunate Youth

July 9 -Steel Pulse/Common Kings/The Simpkin Project

July 12 - Kenny Loggins with the Pacific Symphony

July 13 - Dashboard Confessional/ The All American Rejects

Fair Days 

July 14 - Gabriel Iglesias

July 15 - Lynyrd Skynyrd/Jeremiah Red

July 16 - Happy together Tour (The Turtles, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), The Association, The Cowsills, The Box Tops and The Archies)
July 19 - Retro Futura ('80s Bands The English Beat, Men Without Hats, Modern English, Paul Young, Howard Jones, Katrina of Katrina and the Waves)
July 20 - The B52s with the Pacific Symphony
July 21 - Slightly Stoopid/Iration/J Boog/ The Movement

July 22- Strangelove/Dead Man's Party
July 23 - Pepe Aguilar
July 26 - Gavin DeGraw with special guest Calum Scott
July 27 - Justin Moore/Tyler Rich
July 28 - Robert Tapia/Larry Hernandez
July 29 - Echo and the Bunnymen/Violent Femmes

July 30 -Kenny Rogers - The Final World Tour, special guest Linda Davis
Aug 2 - The Band Perry/Alice Wallace
Aug 3 - Huey Lewis and the News
Aug 4 - Colbie Caillat/Justin Young

Aug 5 - The Fab Four "
Aug 6 - Michael McDonald/Boz Scaggs
Aug 9 - Steve Miller Band/Peter Frampton
Aug 10 - The Isley Brothers/The Commodores
Aug 11 & 12 - Rebelution

Aug 13 - Jake Owen/honey County

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There are additional tribute band concerts and a few original acts performing at The Hangar at the OC Fair. Original non-tribute bands at the Hangar this year include Metalachi heavy metal mariachi band, Trevor Hall, The Marshal Tucker Band and Mariachi sol de Mexico.

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Fun Fair from the Air - OC Fair Ride Tickets

View of the Orange County Fair from the Sky Ride
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The Orange County Fair has 35 rides in the Main Carnival and another 28 rides in the Kiddie Carnival. Full price ride tickets are 2 for $1 available on site in 10, 40, 100, and 200 ticket packages. Ticket value is loaded onto a ride pass. If you buy ride tickets online, you get more tickets for your dollars the further in advance you purchase.

Unlimited ride wristbands are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays only. They must be purchased before 5 pm and can only be used until 8 pm.

A full list of rides with height restrictions and tickets required is below for the Main Carnival and Kiddie Carnival.

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Orange County Fair Main Carnival Rides

Rides at the Orange County Fair
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Orange County Fair Main Carnival Rides 

Bookmark this page on your phone for easy access at the fair.    

Rides are listed by height requirement.     

Ride Name          Height Requirement       Tickets

Creep Show                        42"                         9

Dodgem                              42"                        12

Euroslide                            42"                         7

Fun Factory                        42"                         8

Haunted Mansion              42"                         9

Surf Shack                          42"                         7

Zero Gravity                        42"                         9

Mardi Gras                          42"                         6

Merry-­‐Go-­‐Round             42"                         6

Silly Seas                            42"                         6

The Big Top Swinger        44"                        12

Alien Abduction                 48"                         10

Cliff Hanger                        48"                         10

Crazy Coaster                    48"                         14

Cyclone                              48"                          8

Disk'O                                  48"                         10

Experience                         48"                         12

Flying Dutchmen               48"                         10

Freestyle                            48"                         12

G-­‐Force                             48"                         14

Techno Jump                      48"                         10

Tilt-­‐A-­‐Whirl                       48"                          9

Wild River                          48"                         14

Zipper                                48"                         10

Rave Wave                        48"                         14

Sky Flyer                           48"                         12

Mega Drop                         52"                         14

Remix                                52"                         12

OMG                                  54"                         14

Tango                                 54" (Solo)                14

Insanity                              54" (Solo)                16

La Grande Wheel            54" (Solo)                12

Sky Ride                            54" (Solo)                 8

Mach 1                               56"-­‐75"                  20

Speed                                56"-­‐75"                   20

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Flying High - Kiddie Carnival Rides at the OC Fair

Rides at the Orange County Fair
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Ride Name          Height Requirement       Tickets

Farm Tractors                            32"                          6

VW Bugs                                    32"                          6

Motor Bikes                               34"                          6

Quad Runners                          34"                          6

Clown Glasshouse                  36"                          4

Survival Island                         36"                          7

Tea Cups                                   36"                          6

Toon Town                                36"                           6

Up Up & Away Balloon Ride      36"                      6

Wiggle Wurm                           36"                           6

Little Dipper                              36"                          7

Mini Bumper Cars                   36"                           7

Spider Mania                           36"                           6

Carousel                                   42"                           6

Goliath Slide                            42"                           5

Kite Flyer                                  42"                           7

Monster Trucks                       42"                            7

Pelican Splash                       42"                            6

Pirate's Island                         42"                            7

Super Slide                             42"                            4

Dizzy Dragon                          42" (Solo)                 6

Rockin' Tug                             42" (Solo)                 6

Traffic Jam                              44"                             6

#16 Wheel                              48"                             8

Bumble Bees                         48"                             7

Cobra Coaster                        48"                             8

Silver Streak                           48"                             7

Sky Ride                                  54" (Solo)                 8 

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Over-the-Top Fair Food

The Krispy Kreme Chicken Ice Cream Sandwich at the Orange County Fair
OC Fair

The Krispy Kreme Chicken Ice Cream Sandwich, the S’moreo Texas Donut - topped with chocolate drizzle, Oreo cookie crumble, graham cracker crumbs and marshmallow cream, and the giant Mexican Churro Funnel Cake are just a few of the decadent, artery clogging delights you'll find at the Orange County Fair. Other treats include deep-fried octopus on a stick, grilled pig legs,  chicken in a waffle on a stick, French toast bacon bombs, bacon Nutella pickles, pork belly bacon dogs, bacon-wrapped Brussles sprouts or asparagus and the deep fried pizza log, to name just a few. 

Looking for something a little healthier? Chicken and veggie kebabs, corn on the cob or pineapple shrimp are pretty safe bets. 

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Pig Races

Pig Races at the Orange County Fair
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 The Alaskan Pig Races are scheduled multiple times per day at the Orange County Fair.

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Peking Acrobats

Acrobats at the Orange County Fair
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Aside from the paid concert tickets, there is tons of free entertainment on multiple indoor and outdoor stages at the Orange County Fair. Country, Americana, magic, acrobats, karaoke, livestock shows and races and strolling performers provide entertainment every way you turn. The Peking Acrobats pictured here are a favorite. Look for other circus acts and more on the free entertainment schedule.

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Straight Shooter - Carnival Games at the OC Fair

Carnival Games at the Orange County Fair
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There are dozens of carnival games to try your chances at winning prizes big and small. Make sure there's room in your car before you try for that giant stuffed animal! 

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Look kids, food grows on plants!

Learning to grow food at the OC Fair
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At the Orange County Fair, there are lots of opportunities to learn about how food grows and how you can grow your own food plants at home.

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Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin winners at the Orange County Fair
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Youth and adults compete in all kinds of growing and making categories at the Orange County Fair. 

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Animal Encounters at the Orange County Fair

Petting a cow at the Orange County Fair
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They may have done away with the livestock competitions, but not the livestock. There are plenty of opportunities to visit, pet or even feed farm animals in the livestock exhibits at Centennial Farm at the Orange County Fair.

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Milking Demonstration

A modern milking demonstration at the Orange County Fair
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No milk maids here! You can watch a modern milking demonstration with live cows in the Millennium Barn at the Orange County Fair, or try your hand at milking a cow replica.

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Exhibit Halls at the Orange County Fair

Demonstration in the Exhibit Halls at the Orange County Fair
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You can shop for everything from fresh fudge and spices to kitchenware, beds, window treatments and fine jewelry at the Orange County Fair. You never know what new wonder you will find being demonstrated in the exhibit halls.

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