California Fairs

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California Fairs Dates

There are 58 counties in California and 78 fairs operated under the guidelines of the Department of Food and Agriculture - Division of Fairs and Expositions. This agency also manages the permitting of horse racing operations (see horse racing and wagering fairs.)

Among the California State fairs, there are some operated by the State of California, more operated by California counties, and several citrus fairs.

This official agency for oversight of fairs in California has a list of 78 fairs operating annually, with some counties hosting several fairs and larger counties such as Los Angeles having three fairs in three diverse regions.

Fairs celebrate community heritage, they allow all ages to compete in a variety of events, hold family reunions, display and view artwork, learn about other cultures, premier new inventions and showcase the best of California. Many fairs offer free tours to schools, free youth admission on certain days, and valuable educational experiences throughout the year.

County fairs typically include farm animals in petting zoos, and competitions in raising livestock and animals, as well as featured animal exhibitions. The state fairs also follow a format of showcasing each region's agricultural assets, as well as providing contests ranging from cooking and recipes to crafting and art.

County fairs generally are held once in a year and the average length of a fair is around 3 - 5 days, though the larger fairs actually are held for over a month.

The largest and most attended fair is the Los Angeles County Fair held at Fairplex in Pomona. Top attendance fairs include San Diego Fair at Del Mar, Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, and California State Fair in Sacramento. San Diego Fair gets close to 1.4 million attendance..

The fair season launches in February with the Indio Date Festival and Riverside County Fair. The event is unique and features a desert theme. The fair season runs through October, with a few fairs in November. The state and county fairs don't hold events in December, in general.

However, there are many fairs that do have December events such as the Great Dickens Fair at the Cow Palace in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Alameda County Fair
Pleasanton, CA

Amador County Fair
Plymouth, CA

Antelope Valley Fair
Lancaster, CA

Big Fresno Fair
Fresno, CA

Butte County Fair
Gridley, CA

Calaveras Co. Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
Angels Camp, CA

California Exposition & State Fair
Sacramento, CA

California Mid-State Fair
Paso Robles, CA

California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta 
Imperial, CA

Chowchilla-Madera County Fair
Chowchilla, CA

Cloverdale Citrus Fair
Cloverdale, CA

Colorado River Fair
Blythe, CA

Colusa County Fair
Colusa, CA

Contra Costa County Fair
Antioch, CA

Del Norte County Fair
Crescent City, CA

Desert Empire Fair
Ridgecrest, CA

Dixon May Fair
Dixon, CA

Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair
Bishop, CA

El Dorado County Fair
Placerville, CA

Glenn County Fair
Orland, CA

Gold Country Fair
Auburn, CA

Grand National Rodeo, Horse & Stock Show
Daly City, CA

Humboldt County Fair
Ferndale, CA

Inter-Mountain Fair of Shasta
McArthur, CA

Kern County Fair
Bakersfield, CA

Kings Fair
Hanford, CA

Lake County Fair
Lakeport, CA

Lassen County Fair
Susanville, CA

Lodi Grape Festival & Harvest
Lodi, CA

Los Angeles County Fair
Pomona, CA

Madera District Fair
Madera, CA

Marin County Fair & Exposition
San Rafael, CA

Mariposa County Fair & Homecoming
Mariposa, CA

Mendocino County Fair & Apple Show
Boonville, CA

Merced County Fair
Merced, CA

Merced County Spring Fair
Los Banos, CA

Modoc District Fair
Cedarville, CA

Monterey County Fair
Monterey, CA

Mother Lode Fair
Sonora, CA

Napa County Fair
Calistoga, CA

Napa Town and Country Fair
Napa, CA

National Orange Show
San Bernardino, CA

Nevada County Fair
Grass Valley, CA

Orange County Fair
Costa Mesa, CA

Placer County Fair
Roseville, CA

Plumas-Sierra County Fair
Quincy, CA

Redwood Acres Fair
Eureka, CA

Redwood Empire Fair
August 6-9, 2015
Ukiah, CA

Riverside Co. Fair & National Date Festival
Indio, CA

Sacramento County Fair
Sacramento, CA

Salinas Valley Fair
King City, CA

San Benito County Fair
Tres Pinos, CA

San Benito County Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo
Tres Pinos, CA

San Diego County Fair
Del Mar, CA

San Joaquin County Fair
Stockton, CA

San Mateo County Exposition & Fair
San Mateo, CA

Santa Barbara Fair and Exposition
Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Clara County Fair
San Jose, CA

Santa Cruz County Fair
Watsonville, CA

Santa Maria Fair Park
Santa Maria, CA

Shasta District Fair
Anderson, CA

Silver Dollar Fair
Chico, CA

Siskiyou Golden Fair
Yreka, CA

Solano County Fair
Vallejo, CA

Sonoma County Fair & Exposition
Santa Rosa, CA

Sonoma-Marin Fair
Petaluma, CA

Southern California Fair
Perris, CA

Stanislaus County Fair
Turlock, CA

Tehama District Fair
Red Bluff, CA

The Valley Fair
Lancaster, CA

Trinity County Fair
Hayfork, CA

Tulare County Fair
Tulare, CA

Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair
Tulelake, CA

Ventura County Fair
Ventura, CA

Yolo County Fair
Woodland, CA

Yuba-Sutter Fair
Yuba City, CA

Here are some archived California State Fair dates.

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