The Orange County Fair has a long history that dates back to 1890, just a year after Orange County was founded. Since then, the OC Fair has evolved from a small, five-day event to a 23-day festival that celebrates the OC’s communities, interests, agriculture, and heritage.
This year, the OC Fair truly has something for everyone. Music enthusiasts will love the killer lineup of musicians playing throughout the festival, including Smokey Robinson, Kool & the Gang, and Weird Al. There are also a ton of tribute shows and parties for classic bands, such as Bee Gees Gold - A Tribute to the Bee Gees, which takes place on August 7th, and Zeppelin Live - A Live Rock Tribute to Led Zeppelin that happens on August 3rd.
Meanwhile, if you’re into watching monster trucks crush stuff (who isn’t?), you have plenty of opportunities to do so, such as the Monster X Tour happening on July 28th. Similarly, you can observe the demolition of all kinds of cool stuff at events like the Motorhome Madness Demolition Derby, happening on August 9th, and the Damsels of Destruction Demolition Derby on August 10th.
In addition to special events like those mentioned above, there are also abundant exhibits and demonstrations showcasing some of California’s best talent, such as the work of Narsiso Martinez. Martinez uses ink, gouache, charcoal, and collage to depict the life of farmworkers on reclaimed produce boxes and labels. You can also witness demonstrations of a variety of artistic mediums, such as digital painting with Alice Burger on August 4th and 11th and watercolor on paper with Teri Gammalo on August 4th.
If you’re looking for ways to keep your littles occupied, the OC Fair has hands-on exhibits and demonstrations for them, too. You can operate classic toy trains from the Toy Train Operating Society; participate in craft workshops, like paper art and crochet; and make some cute beaded jewelry.
Aside from awesome events and demonstrations, the OC Fair has the two main ingredients you’d expect from an amazing festival: weird and delicious food and plenty of carnival rides and games. Keep your diet at home and prepare to indulge in unforgettable treats, like Truffle Parmesan Tots, Waffle Pizza, Bacon-Wrapped Sausage, and Fruity Pebbles Shrimp Po’ Boys. Then wash it all down with a glass or five of wine from one of the Courtyard Wine Seminars, like the Pick Wines Like a Pro class on August 4th and Wine Making for Mere Mortals on August 10th.
But before you fill your belly full of goodness, you might want to check out the carnival rides first as their swirling and spinning can do a number on your lunch. You can check out rides for grown-ups and big kids at the main carnival or take your littles to Kidland for kid-friendly experiences. With more than 60 rides that span from Farm Tractors to Cyclones to Alien Abductions, it’s pretty much impossible to be bored no matter your age.
The OC Fair is already well underway, but you have two more weeks to enjoy all of the festivities because it doesn't end until August 11th. The fair takes place Wednesday-Friday from noon to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to midnight, so there are plenty of opportunities to partake in the fun. Single-day admission prices vary by age and day of the week, with weekday admissions costing slightly less than weekend admissions. You can also get a Super Pass for $40 that covers admission to every day of the fair for $40.
To purchase tickets and find out anything else you want to know, head to the OC Fair's website. It’s also not a bad idea to search #ocfair on Instagram to check out all of the fun people are already having, or head to the official OC Fair instagram @oc_fair.
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