It’s a party 125 years in the making! The Orange County Fair is celebrating its quasquicentennial this summer, and it’s shaping up to be “One Big Party.” Over a million people are expected to attend this 23-day event at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, which is happening now through August 16. It’s the perfect place for Laguna Beach homeowners to spend a relaxing and fun summer day. Here are the highlights and what you need to know to attend.
Special Events, Concerts and More
The OC Fair attracts big name acts to their stages, and this summer is no exception. The Steve Miller Band, Capital Cities, Three Dog Night, Jefferson Starship, Huey Lewis and the News and Pat Benatar are just some of the acts peforming in 2015.
If action sports are more your style, you can enjoy Monster Trucks, Extreme Rodeo, and, of course, several types of demolition derbies – including motor homes! There’s also a Cattle Drive, an ice skating rink, livestock auctions, community flag salutes and a 5K fun run.
Those into local wines will enjoy the courtyard wine seminars which include eight, one-ounce tastings, themed wine seminars and a commemorative OC Fair wine glass. Wines by the glass are also available.
Various exhibits that showcase the uniqueness of California will be open to the public throughout the fair. These include gardening demonstrations, milking demonstrations, leather-crafting and bee-keeping. Learn all about California’s unique ecosystem and find out how to protect our water supply with water-wise gardening and more.
No fair is complete without rides, and the OC Fair does not disappoint in this arena. Some of the exciting rides you can experience include Alien Abduction, Cliffhanger, Cyclone, Haunted Mansion, Merry-Go-Round, Sky Flyer, Surf Shack, Zero Gravity and Zombie Mansion – just to name a few. A Kiddie Carnival will also be on the grounds providing dozens of fun rides for younger children. Unlimited ride wristbands are available for $30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays, while on Fridays all rides are $2 each.
Don’t forget to sample all the wonderful treats at the fair! A huge variety of food vendors will be onsite throughout the fair, with typical treats like corn dogs and cotton candy, and more exotic fare like fried pineapple and beignets. On Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. you can sample bites from dozens of vendors for $2 a taste.
Admission, Parking and Hours
The OC Fair is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to midnight. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
General admission ticket prices are $12 for adults and $7 for kids and seniors. Children under 5 are free and various passes and group deals are available. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Ticketmaster.com
Parking is $10 per passenger car. Free off-site parking with shuttle service is available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure located off the Bristol Street exit of the 405.
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