Frequently Asked Questions

General OC Fair & Event Center FAQ

When is the annual OC Fair?

The 2023 OC Fair will run July 14-Aug. 13.

Can I get directions to OC Fair & Event Center?

We’re located in Costa Mesa, California, near the intersection of the 405 and 55 Freeways. Here is a map and driving directions.

What’s going on at the OC Fairgrounds this weekend?

Check out our events calendar.

I’ve heard you have an awesome Farmers Market at the fairgrounds. Where and when?

The Farmers Market can be found each Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lot D, which is accessible via Gate 3 or 4.

I’m attending an event at the fairgrounds. Which entrance should I use?

The OC Fair & Event Center has multiple gates which are opened and closed depending on the events being held on any given day. Watch for signs as you get closer to the OC Fair & Event Center for information about which gate to use.

Is the swap meet open?

No. The OC Market Place, also known as the weekend swap meet, is no longer operating at OC Fair & Event Center. The company that was contracted to operate the OC Market Place through a formal agreement with OC Fair & Event Center opted not to reopen. 

However, a new event, the Original O.C. Swap Meet, welcomes many of the same vendors as the former swap meet. More info on our event calendar.

Why can’t the OC Fair run the OC Market Place?

As a state agency, OC Fair & Event Center is not permitted to operate a swap meet business.

Is the farm open?

Yes. Centennial Farm is Wednesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. See hours and more info at

Is the campground open?

Yes. OC Fair & Event Center’s campground and RV parking site is currently open. Fees and information are available here.

Is smoking allowed at OC Fair & Event Center?

During the annual OC Fair, smoking is not permitted anywhere, even outdoors. During the rest of the year, smoking is not permitted inside any buildings or structures or within 20 feet of any building or structure.

Does the OC Fair & Event Center collect personal information?

The OC Fair & Event Center uses your information to help us understand your needs and interests and provide you with better services. Specifically, we use your information to help you complete a transaction or order, to communicate with you, to provide service and support, to update you on services and benefits, to personalize promotional offers and to personalize some OCFEC web sites. For more information, visit our privacy policy page.

For a list of upcoming events at OC Fair & Event Center, go to

Got another question? Call our Guest Services at 714-708-1500 or email