California State Fair is Back

California State Fair is Back

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July 15th-31st, 2022

After the California State Fair was canceled in 2020 and 2021, it’s back and better than ever in 2022 with a planned opening on Friday, July 15 running through to Sunday, July 31, 2022.

What Does the State Fair Have to Offer?
  • Live music performances, dozens of food vendors, rides and activities are among the highlighted festivities at the family-friendly event.
  • Some of the other entertainment that fair-goers are treated to includes food and livestock competitions, thoroughbred horse racing, and talent shows for adults and children.
  • Visitors can also take in a variety of extreme sports competitions and demonstrations, including freestyle motocross.
  • For indoor browsing, there’s a juried fine art show, crafts exhibitions, and — for kids of all ages — don’t miss a visit to the Toytopia exhibition featuring retro coin op games, a giant interactive doll house, and lots, lots more.

Anyone looking to get out and enjoy a great state fair will find that the California State Fair is one of the biggest and best of them. With so much to do and see, it’s end-of-summer excitement you won’t want to miss. Click here to access more information, dates and times.


CA State Fair food
DID YOU KNOW? California State Fair fun facts

• A major draw at the early fair was a real, live train crash — staged annually to entertain audiences with an eyeful of twisted wreckage as two locomotives met head-on! The big bang ended several years later with the start of World War I.

• Revive yourself at the fair with an orange freeze at Merlino’s, a Sacramento tradition since 1946. Legend has it that EMT’s were once called to the fairgrounds for a visitor suffering from the heat. He was given a Merlino’s freeze and by the time medics arrived he was fine.

• While you’re there, have a taste of the California grape. The state fair hosts the oldest wine competition in North America, with more than 2,800 entries each year.

• In addition to bacon-wrapped turkey legs and the 1/3 lb. Elvis hamburger, remember that this is the California State Fair where vegan, gluten-free and fresh salad and fruit dishes are always on prominent display.

• For a great overview of everything to see and do, ride the famous California State Fair monorail that was inspired by another famous California attraction, Disneyland.

CA State Fair Concert