(Credit: OC Fair)

(Credit: OC Fair)


This summer, the Orange County Fair will be bigger and better than ever before, and you and your whole family are invited to join in the festivities. From its humble beginnings in 1889, the almost month-long event now brings millions of visitors through its doors each summer.

The Orange County Fair
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
www.ocfair.com

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(Credit: OC Fair)


Dates/Times & Admission

July 15 – August 14, 2016
Wednesday – Fridays: 12pm to 12am
Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 12am
Monday – Tuesday: Closed
Ticket Information

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(Credit: OC Fair)


Top Foods

A trip to the OC Fair isn’t complete without enjoying some good, old-fashioned fair food. A few brand-new items will hit the OC Fair this year, including Deep-Fried Birthday Cake and Deep-Fried Pizza from Apple Fries; Hotter-Than-The-Outback Dressing for your potatoes at Australian Battered Potatoes; Deep-Fried Coffee, Chocolate-Covered Pork Rinds, and Wasabi Bacon Bombs at Bacon A-Fair; Funnel Cake Burgers and Dogs at Juicys; and much more. Also new for 2015, fair-goers can taste their way through the Fair with the $2 Taste of Fair Food Fridays where select vendors will offer special $2 tastings in addition to their regular menu. Wine seminars and other culinary arts events are also available.

OC Fair Entertainment Schedule
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(credit: Lord M./Yelp)


Events At The Pacific Amphitheatre

While tickets are sold separately for events at The Pacific Amphitheatre, you won’t want to miss some terrific acts including The Offspring, Boston, Styx, Phillip Phillips, Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons, Jeff Dunham, Earth Wind & Fire, Train, Hunter Hayes, Lindsey Stirling, Chris Young, The B-52’s and many others.

Styx
Date: July 15 at 8:15pm | Tickets
 
BOSTON
Date: July 16 at 8:15pm | Tickets
 
The Offspring
Date: July 20 at 7:30pm | Tickets
 
Phillip Phillips
Date: July 22 at 7:30pm | Tickets
 
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Date: July 27 at 8:15pm | Tickets
 
Earth, Wind & Fire
Date: July 30 at 8:15pm | Tickets
 
Train
Date: August 7 at 7:30pm | Tickets
 
Hunter Hayes
Date: August 5 at 7:30pm | Tickets
 
Chris Young
Date: August 11 at 7:30pm | Tickets
 
B-52s
Date: August 12 at 7:30pm | Tickets

(credit: Jon W./Yelp)

(credit: Jon W./Yelp)


Events At The Hangar

Inside this aviation style hangar, fairgoers will get to enjoy a variety of live acts, including music and other types of performances. Some of the top shows include Queen Nation, a tribute to the music of the queen, Dead Man’s Party, an Oingo Boingo tribute band, Ozomatli, Hotel California, a salute to the Eagles, Journey Unauthorized, a tribute to the music of Journey, Zeppelin Live, a live rock tribute to Zeppelin, Rumours, a Fleetwood Mac tribute show, Bee Gees Gold, a tribute to the Bee Gees and many more. A full schedule can be viewed here. All tickets are sold separate from the OC fair admission.
 
Queen Nation – A Tribute To The Music Of Queen
Date: July 15 at 8:30pm | Tickets
 
Dead Man’s Party – The Oingo Boingo Tribute Band
Date: July 16 at 8:30pm | Tickets
 
Ozomatli
Date: July 17 at 8:30pm | Tickets
 
Arrival From Sweden – A Tribute to the Music of ABBA
Date: July 20 at 8:30pm | Tickets
 
Hotel California – A Salute to The Eagles
Date: July 21 at 8:30pm | Tickets
 
Journey Unauthorized – A Tribute to the Music of Journey
Date: July 22 at 8:30pm | Tickets
 
Zeppelin Live – A Live Rock Tribute to Zeppelin
Date: July 23 at 8:30pm | Tickets
 
Billy to Elton
Date: July 27 at 8:30pm | Tickets
 
The Joshua Tree – Zoo TV
Date: July 29 at 8:30pm | Tickets
 
Which One’s Pink? – A Tribute to the Music of Pink Floyd
Date: July 30 at 8:30pm | Tickets
 
Hot August Night – A Tribute to Neil Diamond
Date: August 4 at 8:30pm | Tickets
 
Wings Band – A Tribute to Paul McCartney & Wings
Date: August 5 at 8:30pm | Tickets
 
For a full schedule, visit www.ocfair.com.

(Credit: OC Fair)

(Credit: OC Fair)


Top Events At The Action Sports Arena

From demolition derbies, motorcycle racing, bull riding and more, the action sports arena is sure to get your adrenaline going. There are a limited number of general admission seats for OC fairgoers without the need of an extra purchase too!
 
Xtreme Freestyle Moto-X
Dates: July 15 | Tickets
 
Speedway Fair Derby
Date: July 16 at 7:30pm | Tickets
 
SummerFist 9 – Mixed Martial Arts
Date: July 17 at 6pm | Tickets
 
Monster Truck Destruction Tour – Monster Trucks & Freestyle Moto-X
Date: July 27-31 | Tickets
 
Orange Crush – Demolition Derby
Date: August 10 at 8pm | Tickets

(Credit: The OC Fair)

(Credit: The OC Fair)


Carnival Rides & Attractions

Of course no fair would be complete without carnival rides and attractions. Offering a ton (literally) of attractions ranging in names from ‘Surf Shack,’ ‘G-Force,’ ‘Euroslide’ and ‘Alien Abduction’ to ‘Dizzy Dragon,’ and ‘Pirate’s Island’ there is sure to be something for everyone at the OC Fair.

(credit: Huy T./Yelp)

(credit: Huy T./Yelp)


Shopping

Once you’ve gotten your fill of tasty food, and carnival rides, the OC Fair is offering a variety of vendors selling unique products ranging from health products to cookware.

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(credit: Getty Images)


Other Must-See Events

In addition to the myriad carnival rides and attractions, the OC Fair will be offering several events you won’t want to miss!
 
OC Brew Hee Haw
July 15, 16 & 17, 2016
This 21+ craft beer festival includes unlimited tastings from more than 80 craft breweries. $50 and up.
 
5K Fun Run
August 7, 2016 at 8am
All members of the family are invited to lace up their sneakers for a 5K only the OC Fair could host on Sunday, August 7 at 8 am. Presented by the OC Marathon, participants receive a commemorative finisher’s medal, race t-shirt and a one-time entry to the OC Fair
 
The Courtyard Wine Seminars
Sample a variety of award-winning wines at the OC Fair provided by the OC Wine Society, Inc. Adults get to taste wines for a small cost.

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(Credit: OC Fair)


Fair Promotions

A variety of promotions will be featured throughout the 2016 event including free admission during the opening hour of opening day (July 15, 2016 from noon to 1pm); We Care Wednesdays, where a variety of Orange County non-profits accept donations in lieu of admission; $2 Taste of Fair Food Thursdays and Kids Day Thursdays that allows free entry to kids 12 and under (and the chance to score the coveted unlimited ride wristband); Senior Days; and early admission discounts. For more promotions, visit www.ocfair.com.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.