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Ventura County Fair

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A Brief History

The Ventura County Fair began in 1875, when the primary focus of the fair was horse racing. The fair was enjoyed so much that it continued every year up until today-with the exception of a few years during WWII. The tradition continues with the 141st Ventura County Fair, “A country fair with ocean air” August 3-14.

Whether you visit for a day or two, or purchase a WOW Pass and come for all twelve days there’s something for everyone at the Fair! From carnival rides to farm animals to exhibits to corn dogs, there’s something for everyone!

There are so many great things to do at the Fair you won’t know where to start! You can enter a contest, visit the farm animals, watch a free concert, go on the rides, eats lots of yummy food or do one of the hundreds of other down home fair activities. Spin, flip or fly on the great rides in the carnival midway. Sample the gourmet food and wine (or beer) pairings at the “Bounty of the County: People’s Choice” contest, or snack on fair favorites like corn dogs, funnel cake or cotton candy.  Wander through the inspirational gardens of the Floriculture department and check out all of the exhibits and displays throughout the fair. Enter one of the cooking contests, or a pie eating contest, what could be more down home than that? FREE concerts and rodeos are presented in the Grandstand Entertainment series and of course the greatest summertime tradition: Ventura County’s own fireworks over the ocean.


Grandstand Concerts:

The Grandstand Arena Concert series at the 2016 fair will feature something for everyone: Country, Hispanic, Rock, R&B and more will keep you and your friends moving and grooving. All concerts are FREE with paid fair admission!

Ventura County Fair Parade:

Saturday, August 6 at 10 AM in downtown Ventura.

There’s nothing like Saturday mornings in sthe good old summertime. Spending time enjoying the beginning of the weekend with the family can’t be beat. On the morning of Saturday, August 6, our neighbors and friends will visit Downtown Ventura to enjoy the colorful fun of the Annual Ventura County Fair Parade. With High School Marching Bands, Classic Cars, Horses, Clowns, Politicians, School Groups, Dancers and more the parade is a summertime tradition and will become a memory you will cherish.

Visit the Farm Animals in the Livestock Center:

The Ventura County Fair Livestock area houses all of the 4H Grange and FFA projects. The Judge William P. Clark Livestock Center adds a modern country look to the Fairgrounds and offers exhibitors the facilities they will need to present their animals in a safe, clean and welcoming environment. Stop by to see the farm animals, ask the volunteers and exhibitors questions about livestock, agriculture and the impact it has on our lives.

Amazing Exhibits:

Every year we are inspired and impressed by thousands of great exhibits that are on display in Agriculture, Amateur Art, Floriculture, Gems & Minerals, Hobbies & Collections, Home Arts, Horse Shows, Large Livestock, Photography, Professional Art, Small Livestock, Uncle Leo’s Barn and Youth Expo. See what your neighbors and friends have entered in the Fair, or enter your own creations!

Fair Admissions and Hours:


$12 Adult

$9 Child (5-12) and Senior

Children under 5 and Super Senior (100+) Free


-The Fair will open at 11:00 AM every day. On Tuesday, August 9th, early birds are admitted at 10:00 AM.

Carnival Midway opens at noon every day.

-Children’s Dell opens at 11:00 AM every day.

-Exhibits close at 10:00 PM

-Commercial exhibits open until 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday only

-We take admissions until 10:00 PM

-Fair closes at 11:00 PM

Carnival closes between 11:00 PM and midnight.

Directions to the Fairgrounds

Directions From Los Angeles:

The Ventura County Fairgrounds are located on the beach in the city of Ventura, about 1 hour north of Los Angeles. From the Ventura Freeway (Highway 101) northbound, take the Seaward Ave. exit or the California Street exit. Turn left towards the ocean to Harbor Blvd., turn right on Harbor and continue until you reach The Ventura County Fairgrounds at the corner of Harbor and Figueroa.

Directions From Santa Barbara:

The Ventura County Fair is located on the beach in the city of Ventura, about 1 hour north of Los Angeles and about 30 minutes south of Santa Barbara. From the Ventura Freeway (Highway 101) southbound, take the Seaward Ave. exit, make an immediate right on Harbor Blvd. and proceed to Ventura County Fair at Seaside Park.

Parking at the Fairgrounds

Parking at the Ventura County Fair is $10.00 per car. Parking at the Fairgrounds is limited. Free shuttle buses are provided. Please refer to the Transportation page for more information on all shuttle, train, and buses services.


For more information about this event check out the official website here .


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