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.
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 ticketmaster.com with no service charges for print-at-home. Check Goldstar.com 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.
Events in the Orange County Fair Arena 2016
OC Action Sports Arena events are NOT included in fair admission. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.com
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
Summer Concert Series at Pacific Amphitheatre During the OC Fair
Tickets are available at the OC Fair box office or through Ticketmaster.com. Additional concert information is available at http://pacamp.com/pa/. check Goldstar.com 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
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
Buy Pacific Amphitheatre Tickets
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.
Fun Fair from the Air - OC Fair Ride Tickets
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.
Orange County Fair Main Carnival Rides
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
Flying High - Kiddie Carnival Rides at the OC Fair
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
Over-the-Top Fair Food
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.
The Alaskan Pig Races are scheduled multiple times per day at the Orange County Fair.
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.
Straight Shooter - Carnival Games at the OC Fair
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!
Look kids, food grows on plants!
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.
Youth and adults compete in all kinds of growing and making categories at the Orange County Fair.
Animal Encounters at the Orange County Fair
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.
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.
Exhibit Halls at the Orange County Fair
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.