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California Fairs Annual Events

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
June 17, 2015 - July 5, 2015
Pleasanton, CA

Amador County Fair
July 23- 26, 2015
Plymouth, CA

Antelope Valley Fair
August 21-30, 2015
Lancaster, CA

Big Fresno Fair
October 7-18, 2015
Fresno, CA

Butte County Fair
August 27-30, 2015
Gridley, CA

Calaveras Co. Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
May 14-17, 2015
Angels Camp, CA

California Exposition & State Fair
July 10-26, 2015
Sacramento, CA

California Mid-State Fair
July 22, 2015 - August 2, 2015
Paso Robles, CA

California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta 2/27, 2015 to 3/8, 2015
Imperial, CA

Chowchilla-Madera County Fair
May 14-17, 2015
Chowchilla, CA

Cloverdale Citrus Fair 2/13, 2015 to 2/15, 2015
Cloverdale, CA

Colorado River Fair 3/19, 2015 to 3/22, 2015
Blythe, CA

Colusa County Fair
June 4-7, 2015
Colusa, CA

Contra Costa County Fair
May 29-31, 2015
Antioch, CA

Del Norte County Fair
August 6-9, 2015
Crescent City, CA

Desert Empire Fair
October 23-26, 2015
Ridgecrest, CA

Dixon May Fair
May 7-10, 2015
Dixon, CA

Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair
September 3-6, 2015
Bishop, CA

El Dorado County Fair
June 18-21, 2015
Placerville, CA

Glenn County Fair
May 14, 2015
Orland, CA

Gold Country Fair
September 10-13, 2015
Auburn, CA

Grand National Rodeo, Horse & Stock Show
October 16-24, 2015
Daly City, CA

Humboldt County Fair
August 20-30, 2015
Ferndale, CA

Inter-Mountain Fair of Shasta
September 3-7, 2015
McArthur, CA

Kern County Fair
September 23, 2015 - October 4, 2015
Bakersfield, CA

Kings Fair
June 11-14, 2015
Hanford, CA

Lake County Fair
September 3-6, 2015
Lakeport, CA

Lassen County Fair
July 15-19, 2015
Susanville, CA

Lodi Grape Festival & Harvest
September 17-20, 2015
Lodi, CA

Los Angeles County Fair
September 4-27, 2015
Pomona, CA

Madera District Fair
September 10-13, 2015
Madera, CA

Marin County Fair & Exposition
July 1-5, 2015
San Rafael, CA

Mariposa County Fair & Homecoming
September 4-7, 2015
Mariposa, CA

Mendocino County Fair & Apple Show
September 18-20, 2015
Boonville, CA

Merced County Fair
June 10-14, 2015
Merced, CA

Merced County Spring Fair
April 29, 2015 - May 3, 2015
Los Banos, CA

Modoc District Fair
August 27-30, 2015
Cedarville, CA

Monterey County Fair
September 2-7, 2015
Monterey, CA

Mother Lode Fair
July 10-12, 2015
Sonora, CA

Napa County Fair
July 4, 2015
Calistoga, CA

Napa Town and Country Fair
July 8-12, 2015
Napa, CA

National Orange Show
May 22-25, 2015
San Bernardino, CA

Nevada County Fair
August 12-16, 2015
Grass Valley, CA

Orange County Fair
July 14, 2015 - August 16, 2015
Costa Mesa, CA

Placer County Fair
June 25-28, 2015
Roseville, CA

Plumas-Sierra County Fair
August 12-17, 2015
Quincy, CA

Redwood Acres Fair
June 25-28, 2015
Eureka, CA

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

Riverside Co. Fair & National Date Festival February 13-22, 2015
Indio, CA

Sacramento County Fair
May 21-25, 2015
Sacramento, CA

Salinas Valley Fair
May 14-17, 2015
King City, CA

San Benito County Fair
October 1-4, 2015
Tres Pinos, CA

San Benito County Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo  
May 23-31, 2015
Tres Pinos, CA

San Diego County Fair
June 5 - July 5, 2015
Del Mar, CA

San Joaquin County Fair
June 17-21, 2015
Stockton, CA

San Mateo County Exposition & Fair
June 6-14, 2015
San Mateo, CA

Santa Barbara Fair and Exposition
April 29, 2015 - May 3, 2015
Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Clara County Fair
July 30, 2015 - August 2, 2015
San Jose, CA

Santa Cruz County Fair
September 15-20, 2015
Watsonville, CA

Santa Maria Fair Park
July 15-19, 2015
Santa Maria, CA

Schools' Agriculture and Nutrition Program
May 12-16, 2015
Walnut, CA

Shasta District Fair
June 10-13, 2015
Anderson, CA

Silver Dollar Fair
May 21-25, 2015
Chico, CA

Siskiyou Golden Fair
August 12-16, 2015
Yreka, CA

Solano County Fair
July 29, 2015 - August 2, 2015
Vallejo, CA

Sonoma County Fair & Exposition
July 24, 2015 - August 9, 2015
Santa Rosa, CA

Sonoma-Marin Fair
June 24-28, 2015
Petaluma, CA

Southern California Fair
October 3, 2015 - October 11, 2015
Perris, CA

Stanislaus County Fair
July 10-19, 2015
Turlock, CA

Tehama District Fair
September 24-27, 2015 Red Bluff, CA

The Valley Fair
August 21-30, 2015
Lancaster, CA

Trinity County Fair
August 7-9, 2015
Hayfork, CA

Tulare County Fair
September 16-20, 2015
Tulare, CA

Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair
September 10-13, 2015
Tulelake, CA

Ventura County Fair
August 5-16, 2015
Ventura, CA

Yolo County Fair
August 19-23, 2015
Woodland, CA

Yuba-Sutter Fair
July 30, 2015 - August 2, 2015
Yuba City, CA
 

Here are some archived California State Fair dates.

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