O.C. Fair

Signs of the OC Fair get swept away; fewer visitors, but they spent more

Signs of the OC Fair get swept away; fewer visitors, but they spent more

The Costa Mesa skyline is no longer lit up by the bright lights from the rides at the Orange County Fair, but that doesn't mean the fair is over — at least not for a crew tasked with cleaning up after the 24-day event.

Clydesdales put in a five-day hitch at the fair

Clydesdales put in a five-day hitch at the fair

The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales returned to the Orange County Fair this summer after a two year hiatus.

Police chiefs' zany mano a mano

Police chiefs' zany mano a mano

It's just before 6 p.m., and Costa Mesa's police chief has already had a frenetic day. In about two hours, though, it'll take a turn for the strange, the likes of which he's never quite experienced before.

Fairgoers gobble up turkey racing

Fairgoers gobble up turkey racing

Nancy Riegler is the first to admit that nobody plans to spend a lifetime racing turkeys.

Officials: OC Fair vendor temporarily shut down for tax investigation

Officials: OC Fair vendor temporarily shut down for tax investigation

An OC Fair food vendor temporarily ceased operations Friday in response to a state investigation, according to fairgrounds officials.

Virgen: Extreme Rodeo lives up to name

Virgen: Extreme Rodeo lives up to name

Growing up in Compton wasn't that bad, Chris Byrd said. He was said it was a "little rough," and he knew a few people who were gangbangers.

Democrats, Republicans are 'friends' at the fair

Democrats, Republicans are 'friends' at the fair

The Orange County Fair always features a wide array of animals, such as cows, bunnies and sheep.

Audiences love these guys, yeah, yeah, yeah

Audiences love these guys, yeah, yeah, yeah

Week after week, Ron McNeil and his bandmates go onstage and impersonate four of the most beloved, admired, documented, mythologized, scrutinized, retailed and altogether idolized men of the last century.

A fair share of pampering

A fair share of pampering

Between the deep-fried, bacon-wrapped whiskey and the stomach-churning rides, the Orange County Fair isn't really designed to do a body good.

Shop till they drop at the OC Fair

Shop till they drop at the OC Fair

Bonnie Callow emerged from the Festival of Products area of the Orange County Fair, her arms straining under the weight of multiple shopping bags.

You might be a comedian if ...

You might be a comedian if ...

Plenty of fifth-graders will be present. With the July sun blazing, a few necks may turn red. And lots of food will be available, even if much of it comes fried rather than baked.

The Go-Go's head to OC Fair with a new beat and big plans

The Go-Go's head to OC Fair with a new beat and big plans

Top secret: The Go-Go's drummer, Gina Schock, has never taken a music lesson in her life.

Beekeeper starts a buzz at the OC Fair

Beekeeper starts a buzz at the OC Fair

A bee sting once caused Amy Cripps' foot to swell to the point where she couldn't walk. Another time, while working with a hive, a stinger ended up in her lip.

Steppenwolf more than a band to these veterans

Steppenwolf more than a band to these veterans

In 1969, John Kay was on a ride with Steppenwolf. And so was Don Clark.

Farming at the OC Fair: Students learn joy, sadness of raising livestock

Farming at the OC Fair: Students learn joy, sadness of raising livestock

For many of the students participating in the Junior Livestock Auction at the OC Fair, the auctions Saturday are a bittersweet moment, bringing the sadness of saying goodbye with the prospect of having their months of work rewarded.

OC Fair from the fruit's perspective

OC Fair from the fruit's perspective

For all the many temptations that the OC Fair offers, Lynsee DiMiceli sometimes enjoys nothing there more than air conditioning, a water cooler and a comfortable couch.

New OC Fair judge has years of his own veggie tales

New OC Fair judge has years of his own veggie tales

For 20 years, Joe Ott's picture-perfect fruits and vegetables won blue ribbons at the Orange County Fair.

Ziggy Marley returning to OC Fair with a new sound

Ziggy Marley returning to OC Fair with a new sound

As Ziggy Marley sat in his home recording studio, he took out a scrap of paper and thought about what would become his fifth solo studio album. He jotted down life experiences and feelings about freedom and love.

Bacon-wrapped Jack Daniel's, fried Doritos, Pop Rocks doughnuts? It's the O.C. Fair

Bacon-wrapped Jack Daniel's, fried Doritos, Pop Rocks doughnuts? It's the O.C. Fair

County fairs are not for the faint of heart. They take stamina, sunscreen, a willingness to be a serious gourmand and, for those determined to plunge into a deep fried food-induced coma, plenty of antacid. 

Flying start at the fair

Flying start at the fair

Thousands flocked to the Orange County Fair on Friday afternoon to get their hands on deep-fried concoctions, slabs of meat wrapped in bacon and, of course, oversized stuffed animals.

The Offspring to kick off concert series

The Offspring to kick off concert series

When Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman takes the stage on the OC Fair's opening night Friday, he may play to some audience members for whom he played a vital role in childhood.

OC Fair is ready to feed and entertain

It's not summer in Orange County until the first fried concoction has been consumed and the iconic Ferris wheel makes its initial turn, at least according to this year's fair theme, "Summer Starts Here."

Consultant says fairgrounds hitting smoother waters

In recent years, the Orange County Fairgrounds property was in "battleship" mode, "firing at targets and being fired upon," a management consultant told the Fair Board during its monthly meeting Thursday.

Stifling sounds of the fair

Stifling sounds of the fair

The Orange County Fair intends to be quiet this year, at least from the outside.

O.C. Fair concert lineup includes Offspring

O.C. Fair concert lineup includes Offspring

The OC Fair & Event Center has finalized the live-music schedule for this summer's fair, with a decade-spanning lineup that includes British Invasion pop, 1980s new wave and Orange County-based punk.

Former senator cleared in fairground sale case

The Orange County district attorney has cleared a former state senator of accusations that he inappropriately lobbied legislators during a 2009 attempt to privatize the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.

O.C. Fair takes on summer mantle

O.C. Fair takes on summer mantle

The Orange County Fair will brand itself as the starting gun for the summer season this year.

City Lights: Daltrey's talkin' about another generation

City Lights: Daltrey's talkin' about another generation

To young cancer patients nationwide, Roger Daltrey is the new boss.

Early numbers point to successful fair

Early numbers point to successful fair

Orange County Fairgrounds officials announced Monday that this summer's fair closed with its second-highest attendance ever.

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O.C. Fair Information

OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa


FAIR HOURS:

July 11 to Aug. 10
Open Wednesday through Sunday
Wednesday to Friday: noon to midnight
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to midnight


BOX OFFICE:

The OC Fair Box Office at the Pacific Amphitheatre is at 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.
Current Box Office Hours:
Wednesday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at
(800) 745 –3000.

To purchase a Super Pass, which gives you admission for all 23 days, click here.


ADMISSION:

General (ages 13–59): $12
Seniors (60+): $7
Youth (6–12): $7
Children 5 and younger get in free every day.


PARKING:

Parking is cash only.
$10 per vehicle
$20 per bus or limo


OC FAIR APP:

This app available via iTunes and Google Play (Android) and features a food locator, weather, maps, schedules and a car finder. Download before you head to the fair!


CARNIVAL:

Every Wednesday & Thursday: $30 unlimited carnival ride wristbands, plus two free games. 
(Sold until 5 p.m. and valid until 8 p.m.)

Every Friday: $2 rides and $2 games. (Sold until 4 p.m.)

Fun Pass: Sold daily in $5, $20, $50 and $100 packages. Valid for rides and games.


ENTERTAINMENT:

Click here for the concert schedule for the Pacific Amphitheatre.

Click here for the show schedule for The Hangar.

Click here for tickets to events in the Action Sports Arena.

Click here for a list of ongoing fair exhibits.


COMPETITIONS:

Click here to find out more information about fair competitions.


PROMOTIONS:

Click here to learn more about fair specials and promotions.


Source: OCFair.com