Frequently Asked Questions


2022 OC Fair FAQ

The theme of the 2022 OC Fair is “Feel the Sunshine,” and we are so excited to be celebrating with you from July 15 through Aug. 14. En Espanol: Preguntas Mas Frecuentas

When is the 2022 OC Fair?

We are open Wednesdays-Sundays, July 15-Aug. 14. Get more general information at ocfair.com/oc-fair/general-information

When will tickets for the 2022 OC Fair go on sale?

Tickets are on sale now at ocfair.com/oc-fair/buy-tickets. The 2022 OC Fair is July 15-Aug. 14, open Wednesdays-Sundays. 

Do I have to purchase my tickets in advance?

Yes. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster; you will be able to select dates between July 15 and Aug. 14 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). Dates may sell out. Bonus: no transaction fees for Fair admission tickets! 

What if I buy tickets for the wrong day?

Tickets are sold through Ticketmaster and are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please select your ticket date carefully before purchasing. 

Will tickets be available at the gate?

No. We cannot guarantee tickets will be available for purchase at the gate during the run of the OC Fair. Please purchase your tickets online in advance. We’d hate to have to turn you away if we are at full capacity, and parking fees are non-refundable. 

Why are you limiting tickets/capacity in 2022?

In order to ensure we are adequately staffed and stocked, and that our guests have plenty of elbow room, we are using the same limited ticket/capacity model that we used for the 2021 OC Fair.

Is it safe to buy tickets online?

Yes, through Ticketmaster. The only authorized seller for OC Fair tickets online is Ticketmaster. OC Fair & Event Center is not affiliated with any other vendor for the purchase of OC Fair admission or concert tickets. 

Do I have to wear a mask at the fair?

Not at this time. Information about Covid precautions, vaccination and mask requirements, etc. will be updated as we get closer to the event, but please expect to follow state/county regulations as OC Fair & Event Center is a state agency.

Do I have to show proof of vaccination or negative Covid test?

Not at this time. Information about Covid precautions, vaccination and mask requirements, etc. will be updated as we get closer to the event, but please expect to follow state/county regulations as OC Fair & Event Center is a state agency.

What are the other restrictions?

We have a limit on the number of tickets available; when days sell out, no more tickets will be added. Information about Covid precautions, vaccination and mask requirements, etc. will be updated as we get closer to the event, but please expect to follow state/county regulations as OC Fair & Event Center is a state agency. 

Will the OC Fair Express buses or Experian shuttles be available this year?

Unfortunately no, we were not able to partner with OCTA or Experian for the 2022 OC Fair.

Will you be selling a season pass this year?

No, the Super Pass will not be for sale for the 2022 season. Super Passes from past years will not be valid. We so appreciate our loyal fans, but with limited ticket sales, we aren’t able to offer an unlimited pass. We hope you’ll still be able to Feel the Sunshine a couple times this summer! 

Will you offer free or discounted admission days?

No. We are sorry that we will not be able offer admission options that were available in the past.

Will Opening Day be free?

No. We are sorry that we will not be able offer admission options that were available in the past.

Can military/veterans get in free?

No. We are sorry that we will not be able offer admission options that were available in the past.

Will you offer any ride or food promotions?

Yes, we are offering two special promotions: unlimited ride wristbands for Wednesdays & Thursdays (see hours & details), Taste of the Fair on Thursdays (see hours & menu). 

Will you have unlimited ride wristbands?

 Yes, unlimited ride wristbands are on sale now for Wednesdays & Thursdays (see hours & details).

When can I buy carnival tickets?

Carnival tickets are on sale now

When will concert tickets go on sale?

All tickets to performances in Action Sports Arena, The Hangar and Pacific Amphitheatre are on sale now; visit ocfair.com/entertainment to plan your summer. 

Does my concert ticket include Fair admission?

Yes, if the performance date is during Fair-time. Tickets to shows in Pacific Amphitheatre, Action Sports Arena or The Hangar that occur during the 2022 OC Fair, July 15-Aug. 14, include same-day admission to the OC Fair. Parking is not included. 

Can I buy concert tickets at the Box Office?

Yes. Box office hours are:
• Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
• Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tickets for all OC Fair/Pacific Amphitheatre events and shows are also available online at ticketmaster.com.

Will there be Action Sports Arena performances?

Yes. A schedule is available at ocfair.com/entertainment

Can I be a vendor?

The deadline to apply to be a vendor was March 4. If you’re interested in being a Platinum Partner, which is handled through our sales department, the application is  available at ocfair.com/oc-fair/be-a-part-of-the-fair

Can I perform at the OC Fair?

The deadline to apply to be a part of the community entertainment program was March 4. To join the waitlist, the application is still available at ocfair.com/oc-fair/be-a-part-of-the-fair/community-entertainment

Will there be competitions this year?

Yes. Entries are now closed, results will be posted as they are available and competition guides are available at ocfair.com/oc-fair/competitions-contests

We will continue to add information to our website at ocfair.com/oc-fair as it becomes available.


General OC Fair & Event Center FAQ

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 ocfair.com/centennial-farm/calendar-hours

Is the campground open?

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

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 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 ocfair.com/events.


Got another question? We are working hard to plan for the 2022 OC Fair. We appreciate your patience as we work out the logistics! If you have a question regarding a specific issue, please use our contact form