California Travel Tips

Sacramento, Orange County — See the Fair If You’re there

Published on: July 11, 2019


Several of California’s favorite fairs happen in July. Among them are the big California State Fair in Sacramento, the OC Fair in Costa Mesa and the Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles where it has been known to get freakin’ hot some years.

Other top contenders include Ventura County Fair (right next to the Pacific Ocean’s cool breeze,) Santa Barbara County Fair in beloved Santa Maria, Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock, Amador County Fair in Plymouth and Lassen County Fair in Susanville. How lucky we Californians are to enjoy so many great events in a single month!

We dedicated over an hour to compare two we’ve attended in the past:

California State Fair & Exposition in Sacramento

Animals: All you want!
Beer Festival – yes
Food Sampling – lots of Made in California goodies
Concerts: Marshall Tucker Band, Martina McBride and many tributes
Sports: Horse racing, extreme, moto, collision, rodeo, etc.

Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa

Animals: Plenty, lots of wow for city folks!
Beer Festival – yes
Wine tasting – yes
Concerts: Styx, Ziggy Marley, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo,¬†Melissa Etheridge, Dwight Yoakam, Kool & The Gang…
Sports: Extreme, moto, collision, rodeo, etc.

Here’s a fun book review of a special tribute to the OC Fair!

July Fairs 

  • COSTA MESA: Orange County Fair July 12-August 11, 2019
  • PASO ROBLES: California Mid-State Fair July 17-28, 2019
  • PLYMOUTH: Amador County Fair July 25-29, 2019
  • SACRAMENTO: California Exposition & State Fair July 12-28, 2019
  • SANTA MARIA: Santa Barbara County Fair July 10-14, 2019
  • SUSANVILLE: Lassen County Fair July 17-21, 2019
  • TURLOCK: Stanislaus County Fair July 12-21, 2019
  • VENTURA: Ventura County Fair July 31-August 11, 2019
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