Chloe Dertinger | June 5, 2023
It’s time to get ready for the Alameda County Fair, hosted at the Alameda County Fairgrounds from June 16th to July 9th, 2023. This highly anticipated annual event draws visitors from all over California. As the 7th largest fair in the state and ranked among the Top 50 Fairs of Northern America, it offers a wide array of attractions and entertainment options. Lasting only a few weeks each year, this fair promises a jam-packed experience filled with fun and excitement!
Take a look at some of the features this fair has to offer. We promise, there really is something for everyone!
Calling all Foodies: the Alameda County Fair is a food lover's paradise. The county fair offers unique and oversized food to indulge in. From a foot-long hot dog to a plate of fries the size of your face, funnel cake, gelato shakes, curly fry baskets, tornado potatoes, deep fried oreos, and turkey legs. The list goes on and on. This fair even has a “Food Finder” map of where to find the food you’re craving! Take a look here to explore all the fair’s food options.
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Relive childhood memories and experience the thrill of carnival games and rides. From classic favorites like the Ferris wheel to exhilarating roller coasters, the carnival area offers fun and excitement for all ages. As night falls, the colorful lights create a magical ambiance, making it an enchanting experience.
The Alameda County Fair website states, “Carnival wristbands may only be purchased on site at a Butler Kiosk in the Kids or Midway Carnival areas. Butler kiosks take both credit card and cash. All day passes and individual tickets purchased are all wristbands now.” Ticket prices range from $13-$18, depending on how soon you buy. Season passes range from $45-$90, and can be a smart option if you plan on attending more than once throughout the summer. Take a look at the ticket options here.
Witness the oldest one-mile horse race track in America at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. With a history dating back to 1858, horse racing is a cherished tradition at this fair. Join thousands of spectators in the stands and sidelines to cheer on the magnificent horses as they speed down the track. During the duration of the fair, live horse races generally run Friday-Sunday and on July 4th.
End your day at the fair on a high note with the captivating live concerts. Featuring a lineup of popular bands and talented cover bands, the concerts offer a perfect opportunity to unwind. Featured artists include E-40, Jesse McCartney, Ashanti, George Michael, and much more. Take a look at the full lineup here!
Indulge in the finer things at the Alameda County Fair's tasting events. Specially curated for craft beer enthusiasts, wine lovers, and craft cocktail fans, these events offer a chance to sample a variety of beverages. Held at the Infield at the Race Track, these tasting fests provide a delightful experience for connoisseurs and includes commemorative glasses, admission to the fair, and plenty of samples. Brew Fest takes place on June 24th, from 2-5PM, and Wine Fest takes place July 1st, from 2-5PM. Take a look at tickets and pricing here!
Each evening at 6pm, right outside the concert arena, delightful family-friendly movies are displayed on a large screen, creating a wonderful viewing experience for everyone. Seize the chance to claim an Adirondack chair or bring your own picnic blankets to lay out on the grassy lawn! Take a look at this season’s full schedule of movies.
Before the fair officially begins, locals submit their finest art, produce, crafts, and flowers for judging. Explore the exhibition halls and marvel at the talents of the community. From fine arts and photography to gardening produce and floral designs, there is something for everyone to appreciate.
For adrenaline junkies, the FMX Freestyle Motocross is a must-see spectacle. Witness talented riders defy gravity with jaw-dropping aerial stunts and fearless maneuvers. The high-flying excitement of motocross will keep you on the edge of your seat.
If motocross isn’t your style, head over to experience the heart-pounding action of the Imperial Knights Extreme Medieval Stunt Show. Watch in awe as skilled performers showcase their talent through thrilling sword fights, daring acrobatics, and medieval-themed stunts.
Alongside the display of smaller animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, cats, and dogs, the fair provides a unique opportunity to observe a diverse range of animals that we don't encounter in our daily lives. From farm animals, llamas, kangaroos, and even rare reptiles, the fair offers a captivating glimpse into the animal kingdom. Take a leisurely stroll through the different animal showcases, where you can interact with friendly animals, feed them, and learn more about them!
The Alameda County Fair is a must-visit event that offers an unforgettable experience for people of all ages. From indulging in delectable fair food to witnessing thrilling shows and enjoying live entertainment, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Don't miss out on the Alameda County Fair, where fun, entertainment, and cultural experiences come together in a spectacular celebration!
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