Summer starts here, right in your own backyard, at the Orange County Fair! This OC tradition starts July 11th, and the fun continues until August 10th, all at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. From traditional fair food and wine tastings to a demolition derby and carnival, there is quite literally something for everyone to enjoy. Here are the highlights for 2014.
OC Brew Hee Haw
Visit the fair on Opening Day (July 11th) and enjoy the 1st Annual Orange County Brew Hee Haw. Over 60 craft beer selections will be available as well as 15 craft beer tastings. Learn about homebrewing and see music and beer demos. Admission is $50 in advance and $55 at the door, which includes free admission to the fair.
2014 Toyota Summer Concert Series at Pacific Amphitheatre
No county fair is complete without a concert series, and the OC fair delivers. Many big name acts are on tap to rock the crowd this summer, including:
- Ziggy Marley and The Expanders – July 19
- Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone – July 20
- Pat Benatar – July 23
- LeAnn Rimes – July 24
- Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band – August 1
- Deep Purple and Blue Oyster Cult – August 6
- Lynyrd Skynyrd – August 8
Click here for a complete line-up and to order tickets.
OC Fair Competitions
Are you the creative type who enjoys a little friendly competition? Then perhaps you should consider submitting one of your creations to the fair. Or simply browse through the seemingly endless displays featuring the work of area artists. Competitions are held in the following categories:
- Visual Arts
- Crafts & Hobbies
- Plants & Animals
Click here for more information about the various contests and competitions happening at the fair throughout the summer.
Action Sports Arena
Adrenaline junkies can get their fix at the Action Sports Arena. General admission seats to these events are free with fair admission. This summer’s action-packed line-up includes:
- X-treme Freestyle Moto-X – July 11
- SummerFist VII Mixed Martial Arts – July 13
- Monster X Tour Monster Trucks and Tuff Trucks – July 16 – July 20
- Extreme Rodeo – July 30 and August 1
- Orange Crush Demolition Derby – August 6 and August 9
- Motor Home Madness Demolition Derby – August 7 and August 10
- Damsels of Destruction Demolition Derby – August 8
For more information about the action happening at the fair, please click here.
The OC Fair runs from July 11- August 10 from Wednesday through Sunday. Hours are noon to midnight Wednesday through Friday and 10am to midnight Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or at ticketmaster.com. General single day admission prices are $12 for adults, $7 for seniors over 60 and $7 for children ages 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free. Several promotions and discounts are available. Parking rates are $10 for cars, $20 for busses and limos, and $30 for VIP Pacific Amphitheatre parking.
For more information about all the events scheduled during the fair, please visit their website. It’s sure to be a summer full of fun!