Media coverage


Here is a selection of recent coverage featuring OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California:

Oct. 24, 2021

Boo Ha Ha – Haunted Oktobeerfest 2021: OC Fair, Costa Mesa
Patch.com
Beer tastings will be available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and concessions will be available afterward.

Oct. 22, 2021

Ways To Celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos in Orange County
VoiceofOC.com
Boo Ha Ha is a 21+ event in collaboration with Brew Ha Ha Productions and the OC Fair, where guests can enjoy three hours of unlimited beer tastings.

Oct. 21, 2021

Dovumentary: Feverishly determined table setters vie for the “Best of Show” ribbon at the Orange County Fair table setting competition
Yahoo Entertainment
A mere misplaced soup spoon can mean the end for an otherwise perfect table.

Oct. 21, 2021

First trailer for “Set,’ a documentary about table setting released
NewsNationUSA.com
An inside look at the competitive world of table setting at the Orange County Fair.

Oct. 20, 2021

Take a farm tour, plant an herb garden and many more SoCal plant events for fall
LA Times
“All About Strawberries” with the Orange County Organic Gardening Club Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Farm.

Oct. 16, 2021

There’s something for everyone as the O.C. fairgrounds hosts Japan Fair, pumpkin patch
Daily Pilot
Seasonal Adventures Pumpkin Patch runs through Oct. 31.

Oct. 15, 2021

From Costume Contests to Haunted Mazes, These Festive Events Are Sure to Put You in the Halloween Spirit
Locale Magazine
Boo Ha Ha will have three hours of unlimited beer tastings from top breweries in the nation.

Oct. 15, 2021

Heroes Hall exhibition Through Their Eyes features work by local military artists
Stu News Newport
The exhibit showcasing the artwork of 24 local veterans and active U.S. service members, is on display through January 20, 2022.

Oct. 13, 2021

11 Actually Fun Things to Do This Weekend
Thrillist.com
Two new taco spots, a Japanese cultural fest at OC Fair & Event Center, plus Halloween events.

Oct. 12, 2021

Exhibit at O.C. fairgrounds’ Heroes Hall shows life through the eyes of local veterans
Daily Pilot
The free exhibit, which opens Wednesday and runs through Jan. 20, includes photographs, paintings, carvings and sculptures.

Oct. 11, 2021

Halloween In O.C. 2021: Trick-Or-Treats & Pumpkin Patches
Patch.com
Find fall events, haunted houses, hayrides, mazes, festivals, Day of the Dead extravaganzas & more throughout Orange County.

Oct. 10, 2021

Find the perfect pumpkin in OC
Coastline Report
At the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, the pumpkin patch runs from Oct. 8 to Oct. 30.

Sept. 23, 2021

Best of Orange County 2021: Best fair/festival
OC Register
Without a doubt, the OC Fair is the summer’s ultimate event.

Sept. 18, 2021

Sand sports super show rolls into O.C. fairgrounds in Costa Mesa
KTLA 5
The event started on Friday and will last until Sunday.

Sept. 17, 2021

Expect ‘Snow’ in Costa Mesa When This Holiday Drive-Thru Returns
NBC 4
Night of Lights OC will again shimmer with “immersive vignettes” and a dusting of “snow” for your car windows, too.

Sept. 16, 2021

Fairgoers Find Time for Fun at California’s OC Fair
CarnivalWarehouse.com
An OC Fair guest survey recorded an overall enjoyment rating of 4.2 out of 5.

Sept. 15, 2021

Night of Lights Drive-Thru Experience returning to Costa Mesa for Christmas and holiday season
OC Register
Tickets are on sale now for the event, which kicks off Friday, Nov. 26 and runs through Jan. 2, 2022.

Sept. 15, 2021

Night of Lights OC Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Experience Returns with More Nights of Magical & Safe Holiday Fun
Yahoo News
Immersive Drive-Thru Holiday Light Show Begins November 26th through January 2nd at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

Sept. 14, 2021

626 Night Market at OC Fair
LosCerritosNews.net
The festival features 200+ food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music and entertainment attractions.

Sept. 13, 2021

OC Fair issues more than 1,400 awards to 823 competition participants from Orange County and Long Beach
Huntington Beach News
There was at least one winner from nearly every O.C. city, but the most came out of Fullerton.

Sept. 11, 2021

Locals commemorate Sept. 11 in Power of One Foundation event, concert in Costa Mesa
Daily Pilot
The Costa Mesa commemoration also served as a launch for the ‘Re-United States of America Tour,’ a live concert series.

Sept. 10, 2021

From the 2021 OC Fair: and the winners are…
Stu News Newport
More than 3,000 entries were accepted as part of the 2021 OC Fair Competitions.

Aug. 31, 2021

Boo Ha Ha craft beer and music festival returns to OC Fairgrounds with Lit, Mest and Handsome Devil
OC Register
The event will take place over Halloween weekend, Oct. 29-30, in Costa Mesa.

Aug. 29, 2021

September 2021 O.C. Events: Concerts And More
OC Register
The country music singer-songwriter and former “Survivor” contestant Chase Rice put out his latest release, ‘The Album,’ in May.

Aug. 27, 2021

The Flaming Lips talk pandemic, love and caring before rocking Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa
OC Register
The band Greer, formed by high school friends in Costa Mesa in 2018, opened the night with a strong set of indie rock.

Aug. 27, 2021

Around Town: How successful was the 2021 O.C. Fair? The final numbers are in
Daily Pilot
Fairgoers surveyed gave the 2021 O.C. Fair 4.2 stars out of 5 and ranked the new ticketless entry process 4.5 out of 5.

Aug. 27, 2021

O.C. fairgrounds are ready to rock, as Gem Faire hits town
Daily Pilot
Since the O.C. Fair packed up and vacated its home base at the Costa Mesa fairgrounds, numerous weekend events and expos have been moving in.

Aug. 26, 2021

OC Fair Draws About 1 Million Despite Capped Ticket Sales
MyNewsLA.com
Despite limited capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at the Orange County Fair rebounded following last year’s cancellation.

Aug. 26, 2021

OC Fair announces final attendance numbers for 2021 event
Huntington Beach News
Advance tickets were required for the first time as the Fair moved forward with limited daily capacity.

Aug. 25, 2021

Over one million guests attended the 2021 OC Fair
NewSantaAna.com
‘Time for Fun,’ was the theme of this year’s Fair and guests agreed.

Aug. 23, 2021

‘The Flaming Lips’ set to play Costa Mesa this Thursday
FOX 11
Their tour is coming to the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa on Thursday.

Aug. 23, 2021

The Flaming Lips burst their bubbles
LA Weekly
They’ll be performing 2020’s American Head album in its entirety, which will be well worth seeing.

Aug. 20, 2021

Sister Hazel’s Ken Block talks about new single ‘When Love Takes Hold,’ upcoming Costa Mesa performance
KTLA
Sister Hazel will be performing along with Goo Goo Dolls at the Pacific Amphitheatre on Aug. 25.

Aug. 19, 2021

Con grandes penas en el alma, Ramón Ayala regresa a los escenarios
La Opinion
Pérdidas familiares y problemas de salud no lo alejan de los escenarios.

Aug. 19, 2021

Orange County Fairgrounds Farmers Market Thursday August 19 2021
SouthOCBeaches.com
Over 50+ of your favorite farmers’ market vendors are scheduled to be at the market with lots of space to spread out and shop safely.

Aug. 18, 2021

Goo Goo Dolls talk 35th anniversary and returning to Pacific Amphitheatre
OC Register
The rock band will headline a post OC Fair show in Costa Mesa with Sister Hazel on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Aug. 17, 2021

Oktoberfest 2021: Guide To The Best In Orange County including Boo Ha Ha
patch.com
The forecast looks wunderbar as German festivals, with beers, brats & polkas aplenty, are back in the O.C. region.

Aug. 17, 2021

Show Review: Cheap Trick and Blue Oyster Cult at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa, CA
newnoisemagazine.com
Cheap Trick are known as a great rock ‘n’ roll band, but they are also admired as a great power pop band.

Aug. 16, 2021

2021 OC Fair: More than 1 million attendees ate 2 swimming pools worth of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
OC Register
More than 1 million people made their way to Costa Mesa for the 2021 OC Fair during its 23-day run, with many of the dates selling out.

Aug. 16, 2021

1,000,000 OC Fair Visitors Enjoyed Fried Foods & Farm Fun In 2021
Patch.com
The Orange County Fair generated over $300 million in revenue & created over 3,000 jobs for the reopening in 2021.

Aug. 15, 2021

OC Fair partners with health agency to promote vaccinations
Spectrum News 1
The OC Fair is celebrating its last week with a sold-out weekend.

Aug. 15, 2021

Cheap Trick @ Pacific Amphitheater – 08/11/2021
SocalMusicToday.com
August 11 was that perfect night as Rock n Roll Hall of Fame veteran rockers Cheap Trick along with Blue Oyster Cult played a SOLD OUT show.

Aug. 14, 2021

Saturday “Gayle on the Go!”, Saturday, August 14th, 2021
KTLA
This is the last weekend of the 2021 Orange County Fair, this is the last weekend to enjoy the fair rides and, of course, the fair food.

Aug. 13, 2021

Stilt-walking puppet handlers impress even the tiniest audience members
Daily Pilot
The sold-out 2021 edition of the O.C. Fair comes to a close Sunday.

Aug. 13, 2021

Around Town: The sun sets on sold-out Orange County Fair this final weekend
Daily Pilot
After a month of fair food, amusements and home-grown community fun, the 2021 O.C. Fair will close this Sunday.

Aug. 12, 2021

Cults, tricks and the greatest show on Earth
LA Weekly
Two beloved hard rock giants on one mega bill at Pacific Amphitheatre.

Aug. 11, 2021

This week at the OC Fair, Aug. 11-15
OC Register
It is the last week of the OC Fair. Headed to the fairgrounds before it ends Sunday night? Here are some things to know.

Aug. 11, 2021

Enjoy a $3 Taste of the OC Fair deal and take home more fantastic food for later
HB News
It’s the final week of the 2021 OC Fair and it’s a great time to take advantage of the last $3 Taste of the Fair deal.

Aug. 10, 2021

Cheap Trick and BOC join forces
LA Weekly
Two larger than life rock bands will get together at the Pacific Amphitheatre.

Aug. 10, 2021

Take Five: Meet Michele Richards, general manager and CEO, OC Fair & Event Center
Stu News Newport
The fair, with advance ticket sales only, will run through August 15 (Wednesdays through Sundays).

Aug. 9, 2021

Spuds to Cobs: OC Fair’s Flavorful Final Week Is Now Grilling
NBC 4
Taste of the OC Fair will also have one more tasty outing before the Costa Mesa event concludes.

Aug. 9, 2021

Queen Nation Reigns at OC Fair
NB Independent
On Wednesday night, Aug. 4, Queen Nation (a tribute to Queen) took its rightful throne at the OC Fair.

Aug. 9, 2021

OC Fair guests get great tips and advice from produce expert
CBS Sacramento
Our produce man Michael Marks always has the best deals in seasonal fruits and veggies.

Aug. 9, 2021

OC Fair Holds Final $3 ‘Taste Of The Fair’ Deal This Thursday
patch.com
Guests who participate in the deal can purchase sample-sized portions of fair food favorites for $3.

Aug. 7, 2021

No hogwash here! All-Alaskan pigs fly at O.C. fairgrounds
Daily Pilot
The All-Alaskan Racing Pigs are a fixture at the Orange County fairgrounds — located not far from the Pacific Ampitheatre.

Aug. 6, 2021

OC Fair’s entertainment lasts into the night
OC Register
The OC Fair is nearing the final leg of its 23-day run, but the daily calendar is packed with entertainment.

Aug. 6, 2021

Crowds Keep Coming to the OC Fair, and a Closer Look at the Crafters Village
Voice of OC
The Crafters Village highlights the talent of local and distant artisans with a number of different skills and expertise.

Aug. 5, 2021

OC Fair: The Return of the Turkey Leg
Eater Los Angeles
County fair vendors faced a rocky year without live events. Now they’re back, and eager to deep fry everything.

Aug. 5, 2021

There is lots for kids of all ages to do at the 2021 OC Fair where it’s Time for Fun!
HB News
Here are some tips for a great trip to the fair for families and folks of every age.

Aug. 4, 2021

This week at the OC Fair, Aug. 4-8
OC Register
Catch live, free entertainment throughout the day at the Plaza Stage, Meadows Stage and OC Promenade Stage.

Aug. 4, 2021

Thousands of fairgoers eager for normalcy sell out Orange County Fair
Eagle News
The Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, California, is back and runs through Aug. 15.

Aug. 4, 2021

The Latino Essence at the OC Fair
latv.com
As the only major Fair this summer in SoCal, the Orange County Fair runs until Sunday, August 15 (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) and there is so much to do.

Aug. 2, 2021

Colbie Caillat talks about her upcoming live performance in O.C.
KTLA
Get tickets to see Colbie Caillat at the Pacific Amphitheatre Aug. 20.

Aug. 2, 2021

X, Los Lobos and The Blasters rock Pacific Amphitheatre
OC Register
The influential Southern California bands performed in front of an enthusiastic, sold-out crowd in Costa Mesa on Sunday night.

Aug. 2, 2021

OC Fair: From sheep to Squishmallows
irvinestandard.com
The OC Fair is back with new thrill rides (like Windsurf and Moonraker) and new food (like the waffle cone with buffalo chicken and mac and cheese).

Aug. 2, 2021

Duran Duran and New Order Tribute Bands Bring 80s Era to the OC Fair
NB Independent
It’s the Orange County Fair, and tonight two ’80s tribute bands are determined to bring the decade back to life in the Hangar.

Aug. 2, 2021

Is there vegetarian food available this year at the OC Fair? You bet there is!
HB News
We know the OC Fair is known for its crazy food, but fairgoers might not know there are plenty of healthier options to choose from.

Aug. 1, 2021

Vaccinations at the O.C. Fair? With county infections rising, officials say it’s worth a shot
LA Times
In addition to opening the onsite clinic, Richards said fair officials offered 750 free tickets to the healthcare agency to distribute as incentives.

Aug. 1, 2021

Los Lobos nearly called it quits last year. Lucky for L.A., they made a covers album instead
LA Times
Iconic LA band performing at Pacific Amphitheatre on Aug. 1 with X and The Blasters.

August, 2021

La feria de Condado de Orange ha gozado de un exitoso verano en Costa Mesa
Para Todos
Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez en concierto Agosto 8 en Pacific Amphitheatre.

July 31, 2021

“Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, Celebrity Concessionaire, OC Fair Part One
SoCal Resturant Show
One of the all-star, Fair Food personalities is the well-traveled ‘Chicken Charlie’ Boghosian.

July 31, 2021

“Chicken Charlie” Boghosian, Celebrity Concessionaire, OC Fair Part Two
SoCal Resturant Show
The Deep Fry King is the originator in the ’90s of the deep-fried Oreo.

July 31, 2021

Los Lobos return with ‘Native Sons’
gratefulweb.com
The National Endowment for the Arts also recently named Los Lobos a part of its newest class of National Heritage fellows.

July 31, 2021

Your Produce Man Michael Marks introduces us to a new melon – the Picasso melon!
CBS Sacramento
A new white melon from France is creating a sweet sensation.

July 31, 2021

Your Produce Man Michael Marks meets new piglets at OC Fair’s Centennial Farm
CBS Sacramento
Farm animals and California crops reign at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa.

July 30, 2021

Attitude, fashion and nostalgia: behind the art of the tribute band
Daily Pilot
The Hangar in Costa Mesa has booked 23 bands at the venue during the course of the Orange County Fair, which runs through Aug. 15.

July 30, 2021

Orange County Fair Guide Friday July 30 2021
southocbeaches.com
The Orange County Fair is ongoing on Friday July 30 2021 and is on select dates thru Monday August 15 2021.

July 30, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines being offered at O.C. Fair as infections rise countywide
KTLA
At the O.C. Fair, it’s time for fun — and COVID-19 vaccinations.

July 30, 2021

The OC Fair has rides, food and COVID-19 shots
KNX Radio
The Orange County Fair has a lot to offer people — rides, food, music and now COVID-19 vaccines.

July 30, 2021

Fun and Free Things to Do at (and around) the OC Fair
TravelCostaMesa.com
It may be a bit different with limited capacity and advance tickets required, but your favorite rides, games, food and entertainment are there to enjoy.

July 30, 2021

There’s a lot of animal cuteness going on at the OC Fair
OC Register
A favorite stop for many at the OC Fair is visiting the animals.

July 30, 2021

Art is a Welcome Alternative at the OC Fair
Voice of OC
The Visual Art Gallery is housed in the comfortable, air-conditioned Los Alamitos building.

July 29, 2021

Vaccinations at the O.C. Fair? With county infections rising, officials say it’s worth a shot
Daily Pilot
The Orange County Health Care Agency will offer free vaccinations on a walk-in basis inside the fairground’s Costa Mesa Building.

July 29, 2021

Agenda de eventos: diversión de fin de semana
La Opinion
Los Lobos en la feria.

July 29, 2021

Rise and shine at the OC Fair – it’s open at 10 a.m. for two bonus hours of fun
The Portable Infinite
Fairgoers can check the daily schedule on ocfair.com or on the 2021 OC Fair mobile app to plan ahead and make the most of their day at the Fair.

July 28, 2021

August 2021 O.C. Events: Summer Concerts, Stand-Up Comedy, and More
Orange Coast Magazine
Shows slated in Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair run through Sept. 2.

July 28, 2021

X marks the spot at Pacific Amphitheatre
LA Weekly
The event takes place at 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 1 at the Pacific Amphitheatre.

July 28, 2021

Country star Brantley Gilbert cancels Pacific Amphitheatre performance due to illness
OC Register
The show has not been rescheduled and ticketholders will be refunded.

July 28, 2021

This week at the OC Fair, July 28-Aug. 1
OC Register
Headed to the OC Fair this week? Here are some things to know.

July 27, 2021

California Fresh Exhibit debuts at the 2021 OC Fair celebrating specialty crops
Stu News Newport
The California Fresh Exhibit is aimed at educating consumers and highlighting the state’s diverse specialty crops.

July 26, 2021

Adorable Piglets Just Made Their OC Fair ‘Pig Cam’ Debut
NBC 4
The lil’ squealers, born in Costa Mesa on July 20, are winning hearts near and far.

July 24, 2021

Pacific Amphitheatre reopens with the OC Brew Hee Haw at the OC Fair
OC Register
Fans showed up to sing and dance along to live music and enjoy over 80 craft beer tastings Friday night in Costa Mesa.

July 24, 2021

OC Fair Returns with Crazy Cuisine and Tribute Concerts
NB Independent
Every year, food vendors at the Orange County Fair try to outdo themselves by concocting crazy cuisine.

July 23, 2021

Reporter’s Notebook: O.C. Fair’s ‘Taste of Fair’ not for the weak
Daily Pilot
For just $3 each Thursday, patrons can get a fun-sized portion of some of their favorite fair foods from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

July 23, 2021

The OC Fair returned with a sold-out opening weekend
Spectrum News 1
The fair opens an hour earlier this year at 10 a.m., and it is recommended to buy tickets ahead of time.

July 21, 2021

OC Fair squishes in the fun; sells out over the weekend
OC Register
After selling out twice during opening weekend, the OC Fair is off to a strong start.

July 21, 2021

O.C. This week at the OC Fair, July 21-25
OC Register
Headed to the OC Fair this week? Here are some things to know.

July 19, 2021

O.C. Fair sells out for first time since 1890, but there may be ways to get in on booked days
LA Times
The month-long event opened Friday and runs Wednesday through Sunday each week through Aug. 15.

July 18, 2021

Evy Young, Agriculture Education Supervisor at OC Fair, talks to Andy Harris
SoCal Restaurant Show
The culinary program at the OC Fair is featured; the fair runs through Aug. 15.

July 17, 2021

For first time ever, O.C. Fair sells out; Fairgoers reminded to buy tickets in advance
KTLA
To avoid being turned away from the fun, guests are urged to buy tickets well in advance.

July 17, 2021

Orange County Fair returns in Costa Mesa after year of coronavirus pandemic
KTLA
After being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orange County Fair returns again this year.

July 17, 2021

OC Fair in full swing, with reduced attendance
Spectrum News 1
The annual event features the return of many favorite attractions and a few notable differences.

July 17, 2021

Your Produce Man interviews OC Fair culinary experts as the OC Fair opens
CBS Sacramento
Michael Marks will be featured in OC Fair’s culinary program through Aug. 15 in Costa Mesa.

July 17, 2021

Your Produce Man interviews the Midway Gourmet as the OC Fair opens
CBS Sacramento
OC Fair’s culinary program is in full swing through Aug. 15 in Costa Mesa.

July 16, 2021

Photos: It’s ‘Time for Fun’: O.C. Fair is back this summer
LA Times
The Orange County Fair returned Friday for in-person fun this summer.

July 16, 2021

OC Fair opens today for 23-day run
OC Register
The OC Fair opened Friday, July 16, after a year with no in-person fun because of the pandemic.

July 16, 2021

The OC Fair Is Here, and so Are Its Amazingly Offbeat Treats
NBC 4
You’ll need to buy your ticket in advance for the event, which is happening at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

July 16, 2021

How to save money at the Orange County Fair 2021
OC Register
If you buy a concert ticket, it includes fair admission for that day.

July 16, 2021

Locals come surging back to reopened Orange County Fair after nearly 2-year hiatus
Daily Pilot
By 10 a.m., the clowns were makeup ready. Ponies queued in a ring, awaiting the light burden of child riders.

July 16, 2021

Here’s What to Know Before Heading to the OC Fair
NBC 4
This year’s fair is designed to be COVID safe, so they are limiting the number of tickets that can be sold every day.

July 16, 2021

Time For Fun: OC Fair Open For Business
CBS 2
The Orange County Fair is back with thrilling rides, fried food and adorable animals.

July 16, 2021

‘It’s Time for Fun’: 2021 Orange County Fair kicks off in Costa Mesa
FOX 11
The OC fair runs from July 16 through August 15 and will run each day with the exception of Mondays and Tuesdays.

July 16, 2021

Feria del Condado de Orange regresa con algunas modificaciones
Telemundo 52
Las multitudes no serán tan grandes y las horas son diferentes como parte de los protocolos de COVID-19.

July 16, 2021

‘Time for fun:’ O.C. Fair kicks off in Costa Mesa
KTLA
A year after being canceled due to the pandemic, the Orange County Fair is back.

July 16, 2021

A Sneak Peek Of What To Expect At The OC Fair
CBS 2
CBS2 News This Morning’s Tina Patel reports from the OC Fair.

July 16, 2021

OC Fair opens Friday
CBS 2
The Orange County Fair is back with thrilling rides, fried food and adorable animals.

July 16, 2021

Deep-fried foods, gravity-defying rides return to Orange County Fair after being canceled last year
ABC 7
The Orange County Fair will open daily, except for Mondays and Tuesday, through Aug. 15.

July 15, 2021

OC Fair Opens Friday, Food, Fun And Favorites
Patch.com
On July 16 the OC Fair opens to all! When it comes to the fair, here’s what you need to know when it comes to food, folks and so much fun!

July 13, 2021

What’s coming to Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair and how to get tickets
OC Register
The Costa Mesa concert venue has several shows coinciding with the annual OC Fair and beyond this season.

July 12, 2021

Teens Rush To Take Spots In Jobs As Pandemic Openings Linger
CBS 2
The OC Fair is Working to Fill 50 Spots Before Opening Day on Friday.

July 12, 2021

Here are 5 outrageous foods coming to the OC Fair starting Friday, July 16
OC Register
If you’re ready for something really different, here’s a list of wow items being served at the OC Fair.

July 12, 2021

Brantley Gilbert Interview With The Wake Up Call
KFRG
Brantley catches up with David & Kelli about his latest single, “The Worst Country Song Of All Time”, and coming to the OC Fair!

July 12, 2021

The OC Fair opens this week
californianewstimes.com
Advance admission purchase is required.visit ocfair.com Or download the OC Fair 2021 mobile app.

July 9, 2021

Here are 7 new foods coming to the OC Fair
OC Register
The OC Fair is back Friday, July 16 running through Aug. 15. So get ready to chow down.

July 9, 2021

OC Fair ready to return July 16: What you need to know
OC Register
There are changes in store to keep fairgoers safe, but organizers are thrilled to return after missing 2020.

July 8, 2021

Dean catches up with his old friend, Love Hertel, Director of Admissions for the OC Fair
The I Heart Costa Mesa Show
The OC Fair opens July 16 and runs through Aug. 15, Wednesdays-Sundays.

July 6, 2021

The OC Fair returns and the theme is “Time for Fun”
LA Weekly
This year’s Toyota Summer Concert Series in the Pacific Amphitheatre opens with Brantley Gilbert on July 29.

June 30, 2021

Concerts are coming to The Hangar at the OC Fair, and here’s how to get tickets
OC Register
The Hangar is presenting nightly entertainment during the run of the annual OC Fair Wednesdays-Sundays July 16-Aug. 15.

June 30, 2021

‘Time for Fun’: Preparations underway for return of O.C. Fair after months of COVID tests, vaccinations at fairgrounds
KTLA
This year’s theme “Time for Fun” couldn’t be more fitting.

June 30, 2021

July 2021 O.C. Events: Festivals, Theater, The O.C. Fair, and More
Orange Coast Magazine
Fairgoers must buy tickets in advance to enjoy the carnival rides, pig races, and over-the-top snacks, from fried Oreos to massive turkey legs.

June 30, 2021

OC Fair Game + Angels Knew, Lawsuit Says + Hiking Trails Abound
Patch.com
This year’s OC Fair will run July 16-Aug. 15, Wednesdays through Sundays, with limited attendance.

June 29, 2021

After 16 months of an un-fair pandemic, O.C. Fair organizers say it’ll soon be ‘Time for Fun’
Daily Pilot
Organizers plan to cap admission to 45,000 a day, and all tickets must be reserved online in advance.

June 25, 2021

Feed SoCal Help end hunger by donating today
ABC 7
Those who donate can receive four tickets to the 2021 OC Fair.

June 22, 2021

Impact OC: The OC Fair is back! Find out what will be happening July 16-Aug. 15
OC Talk Radio
Special guest OC Fair CEO Michele Richards shares info about the 2021 OC Fair.

June 21, 2021

OC Fair Sends Out the Call: Advance Tickets Could Sell Out
NBC 4
Buy-’em-ahead-of-time tickets are required in 2021, and the fair team is expecting particular dates to book up soon.

June 18, 2021

Festival Pass: Fill up your calendar with Splash House, KISS and a roller disco with plants
OC Register
Plus: A Los Bukis reunion, more shows at the OC Fair and oh so much more!

June 14, 2021

OC Fair adds Flaming Lips, Colbie Caillat, Pepper to its 2021 Pacific Amphitheatre line-up
OC Register
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 19.

June 10, 2021

Chicken Charlie’s, America’s Deep Fry King, Returns to San Diego County Fair
ABNewswire
He’ll be at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa July 16-Aug.15.

June 7, 2021

OC Fair adds Dwight Yoakam, Roger Daltrey and more to Pacific Amphitheatre lineup
OC Register
All tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 12.

June 4, 2021

Orange County’s Summer Of Fun 2021: Newport Beach, Costa Mesa
patch.com
Summer festivals will arrive soon across Orange County & Newport Beach. Find the center of art & culture, concerts & fairs near you.

June 2, 2021

These Companies Are Hiring in SoCal Right Now
NBC 4
OC Fair is returning and hiring seasonal workers.

May 25, 2021

Summer 2021: In-person fairs and festivals in Southern California through September
OC Register
OC Fair runs July 16-Aug. 15 in Costa Mesa.

May 24, 2021

Punk rock band X is coming to Pacific Amphitheatre with Los Lobos and the Blasters
OC Register
X will perform its first live show of 2021 on Aug. 1 at Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa.

April 30, 2021

OC Fair Tickets Go On Sale Saturday
CBS 2
The fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and until midnight on weekends.

April 27, 2021

OC Fair Tickets Go on Sale Soon (Yep, Capacity Is Limited)
NBC 4
Pig petters, Ferris fans, and munchers of fried treats: The Costa Mesa spectacular returns in July, but you’ll likely need to book your spot in May or June.

April 19, 2021

OC Fair’s Imaginology launches Monday!
Huntington Beach News
Most activities will take place on ocfair.com/imaginology and on social media channels.

April 9, 2021

Seasonal workers wanted this summer for annual O.C. Fair
Daily Pilot
Applicants must be 16 years or older and be willing to take part in virtual interviews and orientation this summer.

April 9, 2021

OC Fair’s Imaginology goes virtual this month
Stu News Newport
Still free and open to all, Imaginology is bringing science, technology, engineering, arts and math to students of all ages.

April 9, 2021

OC Fair announces summer dates, COVID-19 modifications
Coast Reporter OCC
Interviews for working the fair will be held digitally over Zoom.

April 8, 2021

Springtime abundance on display at Costa Mesa’s Certified Farmers Market
Daily Pilot
For the past four decades, local shoppers have come out to the OC Fair & Event Center to stock up.

April 7, 2021

Orange County Fair and Events Are Coming Back
KFI Radio
The Orange County Fair is opening from July 16 to Aug 15 with limited attendance.

April 6, 2021

OC Fair dates set for this summer
Stu News Newport
Advance ticket sales will be required, and limited capacity will give fairgoers more elbow room.

April 1, 2021

OC Fair’s Free ‘Imaginology’ Is Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
NBC 4
The science-cool happening will be virtual, giving SoCal kids the chance to connect from home.

April 2, 2021

OC Fair Could Help Perk Up Local Economy
Spectrum News 1
These annual events attract thousands and benefit cities across their respective counties by drawing vendors from all over.

April 1, 2021

Super POD vaccination site now open at Orange County fairgrounds
ABC 7
The new site opened on Wednesday, which was the day Orange County moved into the orange tier.

March 31, 2021

New COVID-19 super vaccination site opens at O.C. fairgrounds in Costa Mesa as vaccines ramp up
CBS 2
New COVID-19 Vaccine Super Site Opens As OC Moves Into State’s Orange Tier

March 31, 2021

OC fairgrounds vaccination site now open
OC Register
About 2,000 vaccinations a day are expected at the fairgrounds site.

March 29, 2021

O.C. Fair now hiring seasonal workers in anticipation of summer return
KTLA 5
The seasonal jobs are posted at ocfair.com/jobs and are available for people 16 and older.

March 29, 2021

O.C. Fair Now Hiring Seasonal Workers
KFI Radio
If you’re looking for a summer hustle the Orange County Fair is now hiring!

March 29, 2021

O.C. Fair Now Hiring Seasonal Workers
NBC 4
Jobs are open to those 16 and older, and some interviews are already being held virtually.

March 26, 2021

The OC Fair To Return This Summer
REAL 92.3 Radio
The popular fair is returning this July 16 through August 15, 2021.

March 25, 2021

OC Fair will be held in person this summer
OC Register
Fair board members voted Thursday, March 25, to hold a fair from July 16 to Aug. 15.

March 25, 2021

O.C. Fair will return this summer in a slimmed-down version to allow social distancing
LA Times/Daily Pilot
Officials will limit capacity for fairgoers and require masks at the event, which will take place from July 16 to Aug. 15 in Costa Mesa.

March 25, 2021

It’s ‘Time for Fun’ When the OC Fair Returns in July
NBC 4
The month-long spectacular will celebrate its final day of its 2021 run on Aug. 15.

March 25, 2021

OC Fair announces plan to return this summer, with limitations
ABC 7
The fair is scheduled for July 16-Aug. 15, and the theme this year is, ‘Time for Fun.”

March 25, 2021

OC Fair ‘Time For Fun’ Summer Opening Dates Announced
Patch.com
OC Fair officials have worked closely with public health agencies to develop protocols to keep fairgoers safe.

March 25, 2021

‘Time For Fun’: OC Fair Will Return This July With Reduced Capacity, Fewer Vendors
CBS 2
Advance ticket sales will be required this year, and capacity will be limited so fairgoers will have more elbow room.

March 25, 2021

OC Fair returning this summer with capacity limits, other modifications; ticket sales start May 1
KTLA 5
This year’s fair is themed “Time for Fun” and will be held at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa from July 16 through August 15.

March 25, 2021

OC Fair Just Announced Plans To Return This Summer!
KOST FM
Tickets will go on sale starting May 1st on the fair’s website.

March 25, 2021

Dates announced for 2021 OC Fair; ‘Time for Fun’ is chosen as the theme
Huntington Beach News
The Fair Board voted to keep ticket prices at the 2019 OC Fair rates.

March 25, 2021

OC Fair Announces Plans To Return This Summer
KISS FM
Tickets, which will be at 2019 rates, will go on sale May 1 on the fair’s website, ocfair.com.

March 25, 2021

Orange County Fair returns this summer – find out more details
KNX Radio
The Orange County Fair has announced its dates and it will be in the summer.

March 25, 2021

OC Fair Plans Return this Summer, With Limitations
mynewsla.com
The fair is scheduled for July 16-Aug. 15, and the theme this year is, ‘Time for Fun.’

March 25, 2021

Spring breaking in OC? Here are some COVID-safe activities
Coast Report
The OC Fair and Event Center hosts a farmer’s market every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

March 14, 2021

High School Proms Return to OC with “Prom on Wheels”
Newport Beach Independent
This unique event will take place at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa during select nights from mid-April through June.

March 2, 2021

‘Hope lives’ as artists create optimistic street art in various parts of Orange County
Daily Pilot
Art will also be appearing at OC Fair & Event Center beginning March 4.

March 2, 2021

Street Art in O.C. to Lift Spirits
Orange Coast Magazine
City of Hope Orange County partners with county Health Care Agency and local groups to offer optimism through art, including artwork at OC Fair & Event Center.

Feb. 27, 2021

Orange County Fair Officials Resist Continued Calls to Take Down Pride Flag
Voice of OC
The board voted 6-1 Thursday to keep the flag, which represents members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Feb. 26, 2021

OC Fair & Event Center Board votes to keep pride flags raised year round
Daily Pilot
The Board voted to reaffirm a June 2019 resolution allowing the banners to fly year-round.

Feb. 8, 2021

Options for 2021 OC Fair include later dates or a drive-thru experience
OC Register
If the county succeeds and clears the way, the fair could return to its traditional time frame of mid-July to mid-August, with safety protocols.

Feb. 5, 2021

Dinosaurs stomp their way onto the OC fairgrounds
OC Register
Part of the fairgrounds’ large parking lot has turned into a drive through prehistoric ages with some 70 life-like dinosaurs on display.

Jan. 4, 2021

Night of Lights OC celebrates final week with special offer for frontline workers
OC Register
The drive-thru lights experience will run through Sunday, Jan. 10 and honor frontline workers with free tickets on its final evening.

Jan. 2, 2021

How to see dinosaurs in Pasadena, Costa Mesa and Pomona
OC Register
Jurassic Quest comes to OC Fair & Event Center Feb. 5-14.

Dec. 24, 2020

Goat herd helps clear up a hillside headache at OC fairgrounds amphitheater
Daily Pilot/LA Times
The herd casually mills about the berm, untroubled by the steep terrain, and munches with abandon.

Dec. 24, 2020

The 10 best socially-distanced Southern California events of 2020
OC Register
OC Fair & Event Center hosted some of the most memorable events of 2020 in Orange County.

Dec. 24, 2020

Holidays & Nights: 10 Christmas lights displays and holiday events you can still see
OC Register
The OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa has been turned into a drive-thru experience full of well-lit lands.

Dec. 18, 2020

Night of Lights OC creates safe way to celebrate Christmas
ABC 7
The “Night of Lights OC” drive-thru event is about a mile-long and features more than a million lights.

Dec. 18, 2020

A Million Christmas Lights are Lighting up the OC Fairgrounds
KFI Radio
The event sees around 1,200 cars come through each night.

Dec. 14, 2020

OC may continue COVID-19 testing through March, even with no federal aid
OC Register
The county will continue to support testing operations including drive-thru site at OC Fair & Event Center

Dec. 10, 2020

Tentative plans for 2021 O.C. Fair include reduced capacity
KTLA
OC Fair & Event Center officials are looking ahead to 2021 and envisioning a modified event that would limit crowd capacity.

Dec. 9, 2020

Prepped by a pandemic, organizers make tentative plans for 2021 OC Fair
Daily Pilot/LA Times
The plan calls for a modified 18-day fair that would run from July 16 through Aug. 8 and limit capacity to about 50% of the event’s traditional attendance.

Dec. 8, 2020

Christmas lights and drive-thru events during COVID restrictions: What you need to know
OC Register
Night of Lights OC is back on with new hours and dates.

Dec. 2, 2020

OC Fair plans for live 2021 event with fewer guests and attractions
OC Register
For next summer, officials are hoping to open the Costa Mesa fairgrounds to visitors from mid-July to early August for a 21-day fair.

Nov. 25, 2020

Six SoCal Holiday Lights Drive-Thrus and Drive-Bys for 2020
KCET
Night of Lights OC at OC Fair & Event Center at Costa Mesa runs through Jan. 10.

Nov. 25, 2020

‘Night of Lights’ offers drive-through variations of Winter Fest OC favorites
Daily Pilot
From the creative team behind Winter Fest OC comes Night of Lights OC, a mile-long immersive drive-through experience.

Nov. 24, 2020

The Night of Lights OC drive-thru experience will go on in Costa Mesa with modifications for the curfew
OC Register
The holiday-themed event, which had announced it would cancel, is set to kick off Dec. 10 at the OC Fair & Event Center.

Nov. 24, 2020

Night Of Lights Brings Holiday Spirit To OC Fair & Events Center
Patch.com
A million lights will set Winter Wonderland aglow. Drive-Thru dates announced: Dec. 10 – Jan. 10.

Nov. 20, 2020

Orange County Food Banks And Pantries Step Up to Giveaway Thanksgiving Turkeys and Meals
Voice of OC
Power of One Foundation will be handing out turkeys at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.

Nov. 18, 2020

2 Orange County Distributions From Non-Profit Will Equal 2000 Turkeys
Associated Press
Food Distribution at OC Fair & Event Center on Nov. 21 is by appointment only.

Nov. 17, 2020

As Orange County returns to ‘purple’ tier, Heroes Hall at O.C. fairgrounds recloses
Daily Pilot
Centennial Farm will remain open by reservation for self-guided tours on a limited schedule.

Nov. 15, 2020

Holiday Happenings Are on a Roll Around SoCal
NBC 4
Illuminated wonders meets auto-based joy at Night of Lights OC.

Nov. 13, 2020

A New Holiday Drive-Thru Will Twinkle in Costa Mesa
NBC 4
Night of Lights OC includes a “mile-long course” filled with lights, seasonal displays, and merry sights.

Nov. 12, 2020

Night of Lights OC drive-thru experience is coming to the OC Fair & Event Center
OC Register
The immersive drive-thru light show and winter wonderland event begins Dec. 3 and runs through Jan. 3 in Costa Mesa.

Nov. 11, 2020

Veterans Day at Heroes Hall
KTLA
Gayle Anderson was live at Heroes Hall, which is featuring a virtual exhibit and a new show of paintings.

Nov. 11, 2020

Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris honors 74th District ‘2020 Veterans of the Year’
Daily Pilot
Heroes Hall Supervisor Carol Singleton was honored for her service in the Army.

Nov. 6, 2020

Have an old computer? The nonprofit refurbishes them for school children
OC Register
Organization begins collection drive next week at OC Fair & event Center.

Nov. 5, 2020

Orange County Fairgrounds Farmers Market Thursday November 5 2020
southocbeaches.com
50+ of your favorite farmers’ market vendors are scheduled to be at the market with lots of space to spread out and shop safely.

Nov. 5, 2020

Orange County Fair needed help landscaping steep hillsides so they brought in goats
KNX Radio
The goats and their two mini guard donkeys are on loan from Eureka Mohair Farm.

Nov. 5, 2020

Orange County Fairgrounds landscaping goats
KTLA
They will be on the property through December and will return in March and work until the annual OC Fair in July.

Nov. 3, 2020

Goats Guarded By Miniature Donkeys Put To Work On Weeds Around OC Fair & Event Center
CBS2
Several goats and their miniature donkey guards have been put on weed clearance duty around the OC Fair & Event Center.

Nov. 3, 2020

Angora Goats Are Snacking at (and Spiffying up) the OC Fair
NBC4
Eighteen woolly wonders are munching on weeds found around the Pacific Amphitheatre’s nearby berm.

Nov. 2, 2020

OC Fair & Event Center using goats for grazing; reopening its farm and vets museum
OC Register
The goats also need their own safety measures. They are being watched over by miniature donkey guards to keep any coyotes in the area at bay.

Nov. 2, 2020

Amid Fires and a Global Pandemic, OC Residents Step Up To Serve, Shelter and Feed
Voice of OC
Larger animals like cattle and horses were directed to the OC Fair & Event Center.

Oct. 30, 2020

From heroes to heifers — O.C. fairgrounds to reopen two beloved exhibits to the public
Daily Pilot
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests can stroll through the 3.5-acre farm, where livestock remained hunkered down during the pandemic

Oct. 28, 2020

Centennial Farm and Heroes Hall Will Soon Reopen
NBC 4
Advance reservations are necessary at both OC Fair & Event Center destinations.

Oct. 27, 2020

Where To Take Evacuated Pets In Orange County
Yahoo News
Large animal owners under an evacuation order are directed to take their animals to OC Fair & Event Center.

Oct. 23, 2020

OC fair food drive-thru offering yummy treats from popular food vendors
KTLA
Last weekend for the only official OC Fair food event.

Oct. 23, 2020

Review: Jefferson Starship Revs Up Drive-In Crowd at OC Fair
CaliforniaRocker.com
The band seemed sincerely glad to be there.

Oct. 16, 2020

OC Fair Food Drive-Thru adds tasty new options for final weekends
OC Register
The food and beverage experience runs Fridays-Sundays through Oct. 25.

Oct. 14, 2020

Halloween Canceled? Nope. Here’s a List of Events Adapting to Remain Open
Spectrum News 1
Visitors to Urban Legends will get to experience four interactive show zones.

Oct. 14, 2020

OC Fair Food Drive-Thru enters final weeks
Huntington Beach News
The OC Fair Food Drive-Thru will take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 25 at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

Oct. 13, 2020

13 Halloween themed activities and events you can do in Southern California
OC Register
It’s a modified spooky season, but there are still socially distanced drive-thru style and family-friendly Halloween events going on in the area.

Oct. 13, 2020

OC Fair Food Drive Fun Runs Through October 25
Los Cerritos News
The OC Fair Food Drive-Thru is open for those heading to the Urban Legends Halloween Haunt and the Autosonic Concerts live drive-in shows this weekend.

Oct. 13, 2020

OC Fair & Event Center hosts concert-filled weekend
Stu News
The Autosonic Concerts feature shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Oct. 13, 2020

‘Urban Legends Haunt’ Drive-Thru 2020: OC Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa
Patch.com
Guests will enjoy immersive storytelling in the safety of their own vehicle in a drive-thru format.

Oct. 11, 2020

Costa Mesa’s Orange County Fair & Event Center
toastingfoodwinetravel.com
The fairgrounds sit on 150 acres, including a 3-acre working Centennial Farm.

Oct. 7, 2020

Halloween Horror Served up Drive-Through Style
Spectrum News 1
‘Urban Legends of Southern California’ started October 1 and will run through November 1 at OC Fair & Event Center.

Oct. 6, 2020

Subaru Just Broke A Guinness World Record For The Largest Parade Of Cars
Torque News
Subaru also helped raise money for two Feeding America food banks, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Second Harvest Orange County.

Oct. 3, 2020

6 Ways to Celebrate Halloween From Behind the Wheel
NY Times
Drive-in horror film screenings and fright-night experiences are popping up around the country for a pandemic-safe holiday.

Oct. 2, 2020

Here’s a look at the new drive-thru Halloween experience now at OC Fairgrounds
ABC7
The Urban Legends Haunt features four immersive terrifying show zones that guests can experience from inside their cars.

Oct. 2, 2020

Hundreds participate in ‘Urban Legends Haunt’ at OC Fairgrounds
FOX11
Guests experience the haunted house in the safety of their own vehicles and will be entertained with live performances throughout their drive.

Oct. 2, 2020

What the OC Fair’s Urban Legends Haunt drive-thru Halloween event was like
OC Register
Opening night of the all-new, immersive drive-thru event had scares and issues in Costa Mesa.

Oct. 2, 2020

Soundcheck: Queen Tribute Band Reigns Supreme at OC Fairgrounds
Newport Beach Independent
Drive-in concerts at OC Fair & Event Center continue Oct. 16-18.

Oct. 1, 2020

From parking lot to concert venue in 120 days
Claremont Courier
The acts range from popular Queen and Pink Floyd tribute bands Queen Nation and Which One’s Pink? to 1960s Bay Area legends Jefferson Starship.

Sept. 30, 2020

Drive-through haunt at Orange County fairgrounds may save Halloween from the clutches of COVID-19
Daily Pilot
‘Urban Legends of Southern California’ is a 45-minute experience that lets participants drive through four experiential zones.

Sept. 28, 2020

OC Fair Food Drive-Thru Extends Its Eat-Fun Run
NBC4
Funnel cakes, turkey legs, and roasted corn, too: Find classic midway eats in Costa Mesa each weekend through Oct. 25.

Sept. 25, 2020

Best of Orange County 2020: OC Fair named Best Fair/Festival
OC Register
The OC Fair is an enduring summer tradition, and it comes as no surprise that it again tops this list.

Sept. 25, 2020

Lucha libre drive-in wrestling show at Orange County fairgrounds is a smashing hit
Daily Pilot
Fight Club OC put on a drive-in wrestling show in the fairgrounds parking lot, where fans watched masked wrestlers battle lucha libre style.

Sept. 23, 2020

Halloween In OC 2020: Urban Legends Haunts OC Fairgrounds
Patch.com
Starting October 1 through Halloween, the OC Fairgrounds is transformed into 4 immersive show zones to scare you silly from inside your car.

Sept. 18, 2020

Iconic OC Fair foods available in drive-thru format
Coast Report Online/OCC
With the introduction of the Fair Food Drive-Thru, food lovers can enjoy their fair favorites Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Sept. 14, 2020

Enjoy OC Fair foods on the go
The Hornet/Fullerton College
There is no admission fee for the event and visitors only pay for their food.

Sept. 13, 2020

OC Fair food drives through the heart
Daily Titan/CSUF
It’s evident that people were missing these fair foods, as cars waited in line to place orders.

Sept. 4, 2020

OC Fair gears up for weekend two of its festival food drive-thru
OC Register
Drivers can enter the fairgrounds through Gate 1 on Fair Drive, which is near the exit off the 55 Freeway.<h5

Aug. 29, 2020

Drive-in events: What you need to know before attending live Southern California shows
OC Register
With drive-in events quickly becoming the norm here are tips for those looking for a fun and safe night out.

Aug. 29, 2020

O.C. Fair opens food drive-thru at fairgrounds in Costa Mesa
KTLA5
Through Sept. 27, the drive-thru will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

Aug. 29, 2020

Delicias de la feria del condado de Orange disponibles a pesar de la pandemia
Telemundo52
Los amantes de la feria del condado de Orange podrá desde el viernes disfrutar un poco de esta tradicional celebración.

Aug. 28, 2020

Organizers of canceled OC Fair give devotees a taste of the good stuff in Fair Food Drive-Thru
Daily Pilot
Fair Food Drive-Thru runs on Fridays and Saturdays, from noon to 8 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. through Sept. 27.

Aug. 28, 2020

OC Fair Food Drive-Thru Opens At Fairgrounds In Costa Mesa
KCAL9
The Fair Food Drive-Thru opened Friday at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa offering summer treats from four food vendors.

Aug. 28, 2020

OC Fair offers ‘fair food drive-thru’ after COVID-19 prompts cancellation
KABC7
Organizers came up with a way to still offer a way for popular food vendors to serve up their various treats.

Aug. 26, 2020

OC Fair Food Fans, There’s a New Drive-Thru for You
NBC4
We’ll take a sleeve of cookies, a funnel cake, and a turkey leg, please.

Aug. 26, 2020

COVID-19 testing starts at OC fairgrounds ‘super site’
OC Register
The fairgrounds site is the second to be opened by the county.

Aug. 26, 2020

Orange County opens second COVID-19 testing super site at shuttered O.C. fairgrounds
Daily Pilot
The new O.C. fairgrounds testing super site is the second of its kind countywide.

Aug. 25, 2020

Orange County To Open Second COVID-19 Testing Super Site At OC Fair & Event Center
KCAL9
Orange County’s second COVID-19 testing super site will open Wednesday at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

Aug. 22, 2020

OC Fair To Offer Food Drive-Thru Starting August 28
KCAL9
Fans of the OC Fair won’t have to miss out on their food fix this year after all.

Aug. 21, 2020

The OC Fair drive-thru food event will offer a sweet and savory taste of summer
OC Register
Starting Friday, Aug. 28 guests can pick up some of their favorite eats at the Fair Food Drive-Thru in Costa Mesa.

Aug. 17, 2020

The 2020 OC Fair Is Officially Over, but Not Really
NBC 4
It’s no brain teaser: When you’re virtual, you can expand past end dates, which is what the online event is doing.

Aug. 14, 2020

Oingo Boingo tribute band Dead Man’s Party will headline drive-in concerts at OC Fair
OC Register
Tickets are on sale now for two shows on Sept. 27.

Aug. 1, 2020

The Fab Four deliver a drive-in concert at the OC fairgrounds
OC Register
The Fab Four treated visitors to selections from the Beatle’s catalog on Friday and Saturday.

July 22, 2020

Today is We Care Wednesday!
NBC4
Get a free ticket to the 2021 OC Fair and a coupon for a free fish taco from Wahoo’s by donating today to Goodwill Orange County.

July 21, 2020

Goodwill OC giving away tickets to 2021 OC Fair, coupons for free tacos Wednesday
OC Register
The fair is offering a free ticket to the 2021 fair and a coupon for Wahoo’s Fish Taco to people who donate items at any Goodwill of Orange County store.

July 20, 2020

The OC Fair Opens in a New Location: Our Homes
NBC4
You won’t need to scrunch a Ferris wheel inside the foyer, but there will be lively, casa-close to-dos over a few festive weeks.

July 19, 2020

Gayle on the *New Normal* Go! for Sunday July 19th, 2020
KTLA
2020 OC Fair goes virtual on ocfair.com.

July 18, 2020

OC Fair Goes Virtual Due To COVID-19 Pandemic
CBS2
There will also still be a local competition allowing participants to win a blue ribbon.

July 17, 2020

Virtual OC Fair kicks off with contests, how-to videos and musical performances
OC Register
A July 22 donation day in partnership with Goodwill of Orange County, a fair trivia quiz and other activities can earn participants a free ticket to the 2021 fair.

July 17, 2020

No fair? No problem; 4-H livestock clubs hold virtual shows
DailyProgress.com
Virtual livestock show participants made videos of their project animals which were evaluated by remote judges.

July 17, 2020

Richards: Let’s Mask Up and Bring Back the Fun
Voice of OC
Bringing back the fair will take everyone working together as a community.

July 17, 2020

OC Fair is officially underway, virtually
Stu News Newport
Virtual fairgoers can learn how to create fair-style crafts at home.

July 16, 2020

Virtual Orange County Fair opens Friday
Daily Pilot
Hundreds of competitors are vying for virtual ribbons this year with online entries the public can vote for from home.

July 16, 2020

Awesome In-Person And Online Events This Weekend: July 17 – 19
LAist.com/NPR
Opening Friday, July 17: 2020 Virtual OC Fair.

July 16, 2020

2020 Virtual OC Fair launches Friday!
International Press Association
Starting tomorrow, July 17, several Virtual OC Fair elements will be highlighted.

July 16, 2020

Lace-Up for the Virtual OC Fair Fun Run
NBC4
The hit-the-pavement party won’t take place in Costa Mesa in 2020; rather, you can participate from your home turf over several days.

July 15, 2020

2020 Virtual OC Fair Launches Friday July 17
Newport Beach Independent
Special contests and more will bring that OC Fair connection to people no matter where they are.

July 15, 2020

OC Fair Virtual 5K Fun Run 2020: Orange County
Patch.com
This year, everyone is a winner with the OC Fair Fun Run ‘Detour to Fun’ Virtual Run.

July 9, 2020

Concerts Meet the Drive-In at OC Fair & Event Center
NBC4
Are you parking your Beetle for this Beatles tribute show? It’s happening in Costa Mesa over two summer nights.

July 8, 2020

Pig Cam Hasn’t Postponed Delighting Us
NBC4
An OC Fair favorite is still live and beaming beautiful pig pictures into our homes.

July 3, 2020

OC Fair goes virtual with online contests, activities and entertainment
OC Register
They’ll kick off the virtual fair July 17 at ocfair.com.

July 2, 2020

Organizers of canceled OC Fair hope to raise spirits with virtual versions of fan favorites
Daily Pilot/LA Times
Organizers hope the virtual event will be for fans a bridge between this year’s cancellation and the fair they hope to hold in 2021.

June 18, 2020

OC Fair Just Revealed Its Virtual Contests
NBC4
The Costa Mesa spectacular isn’t happening in-person this summer, but it is inviting at-home revelers to join some fair-style fun.

June 14, 2020

State fairgrounds find themselves in ‘survival mode’
San Diego Union-Tribune
Agricultural associations, including Del Mar, were unprepared for pandemic’s huge financial hit.

May 28, 2020

‘Marriage Hut’ Saves Weddings During Coronavirus Pandemic
NBC4
Orange County is marrying people out of empty ticket booths borrowed from the OC Fair.

May 20, 2020

June 2020 Virtual Calendar
OC Parenting
Your stay-in guide for virtual activities while sheltering-in-place.

May 14, 2020

Ticket booths + parking lot = coronavirus wedding
OC Register
A deal was made with the Honda Center to use the parking lot for free and ticket booths were borrowed from the OC Fair.

April 28, 2020

OC Fair canceled for 2020 by coronavirus concerns
Spectrum News 1
The OC Fair has been one of the most enduring traditions in county since 1890.

April 27, 2020

No Orange County Fair this summer because of coronavirus, board decides
Daily Pilot
The board decided the fair, which last year brought nearly 1.4 million attendees, would not be able to accommodate its usual operation while preserving public health.

April 27, 2020

2020 OC Fair Canceled Amid COVID-19 Concerns
OC Register
This year’s OC Fair was scheduled to run July 17 through Aug. 16.

April 23, 2020

With hockey on hold, Honda Center parking lot becomes pop-up site for weddings and more
LA Times
The fairgrounds loaned three ticket booths, Honda Center welcomed the booths to its parking lot, and a pop-up wedding chapel was born.

April 20, 2020

Orange County Gives Couples License to Wed During Pandemic
Spectrum News 1
Using ticket booths from the OC Fair, couples were called down the asphalt aisle one by one.

April 17, 2020

Marriages performed at a ticket booth? Coronavirus forces OC Clerk-Recorder to get creative
OC Register
OC Fair ticket booths are enclosed in glass, which keep workers safe.

April 10, 2020

Trailers roll onto O.C. fairgrounds to house homeless during coronavirus pandemic
Daily Pilot
Three buildings in the Fair & Event Center Main Mall area also are being considered as a possible backup medical site.

March 12, 2020

Long list of local events fall in response to coronavirus
Daily Pilot
The OC Fair & Event Center announced that many events scheduled as late as June would not take place as scheduled.

March 10, 2020

O.C. Fair Board member Andreas Meyer resigns, citing family medical reasons
Daily Pilot
In his time on the board, Meyer served on the governance, safety and security and branding project committees.

March 9, 2020

OC Fair announces Island Empire Festival at Pacific Amphitheatre and Los Lobos in The Hangar
OC Register
Tickets to all of the shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14 via Ticketmaster.com.

March 9, 2020

O.C. fairgrounds increases sanitation measures and other precautions in response to coronavirus
Daily Pilot
Everyone who plans to visit the property at 88 Fair Drive is urged to stay home if sick.

March 3, 2020

Get Outfitted with Official Adventure Expo Event Gear March 7-8 at The OC Fair & Event Center
FourWheeler.com
Gear will be available at the show only so plan to pick yours up this weekend.

March 2, 2020

Comedian Jo Koy and Frankie Valli added to Pacific Amphitheatre lineup at OC Fair
OC Register
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7 via Ticketmaster.com.

March 2, 2020

OC Fair Board approves new Community Engagement Program
Huntington Beach News
As part of OCFEC’s 2020 budget, a $150,000 Community Engagement Fund was set aside.

Feb. 28, 2020

U.S. CoffeeChamps Crowns Winners in Orange County
Barista Magazine
The national Barista and Brewers Cup champions are crowned.

Feb. 26, 2020

Can’t-miss events in Orange County this March
Orange Coast Magazine
Cirque du Soleil presents ‘Volta’ at OC Fair & Event Center.

Feb. 25, 2020

No homeless shelter for O.C. fairgrounds — but Fairview center and Newport site are possibilities, state says
Daily Pilot
There won’t be an emergency homeless shelter placed at the Orange County fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, the state has decided.

Feb. 24, 2020

The OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup expands at the OC Fair
OC Register
The event will take place over four sessions July 17-19 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

Feb. 24, 2020

OC Fair’s Brew Hee Haw Is For Craft Beer Enthusiasts
LATFUSA.com
In addition to beer tastings, each session will include entertainment by tribute bands.

Feb. 21, 2020

Greens flourish at O.C. Home & Garden Show
Daily Pilot
A green oasis bloomed Friday at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa for the beginning of the 43rd annual Orange County Home & Garden Show.

Feb. 21, 2020

Fuel Your Adventure With Camping, Off Road & Lifestyle Gear March 7-8 At OC Fair & Event Center
FourWheeler.com
Four Wheeler Adventure Expo hosts 100+ exhibitors selling the latest gear.

Feb. 20, 2020

Around Town: Spring is in the air at Home & Garden Show this weekend in Costa Mesa
Daily Pilot
The show features garden displays, classes, prizes and information about home improvement projects.

Feb. 17, 2020

Ramón Ayala, Brett Eldredge and Stick Figure have been added to Pacific Amphitheatre’s 2020 lineup
OC Register
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 via Ticketmaster.com.

Feb. 17, 2020

O.C. Experts Will Compete In This Month’s U.S. Coffee Championships
Orange Coast Magazine
The national competition is coming to OC Fair & Event Center and offers the public generous opportunities to sample coffee and gather tips.

Feb. 13, 2020

Sportfishing festival comes to fairgrounds
Daily Pilot
The 11th annual Pacific Coast Sportfishing Festival is set for Friday through Sunday at the OC Fair & Event Center.

Feb. 12, 2020

Cow and pigs and peacocks and sheep, oh my!
OC Register
Discovery Day at Centennial Farm is held once or twice a month and is open to everyone.

Feb. 10, 2020

Cheap Trick with Blue Öyster Cult and Rebelution with Steel Pulse added to Pacific Amphitheatre lineup
OC Register
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 via Ticketmaster.com.

Feb. 8, 2020

Great Train Show keeps a-rollin’ at fairgrounds in Costa Mesa
Daily Pilot
Train conductors and engineers of all ages rolled into the OC Fair & Event Center on Saturday.

Feb. 6, 2020

Young Dolph, Monster X Tour & More Live Events Coming to a Venue Near You
Patch.com
Monster X will be at OC Fair & Event Center July 29.

Feb. 4, 2020

OC Fair announces tributes to The Eagles, Depeche Mode, New Order and George Michael in The Hangar
OC Register
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at Ticketmaster.com.

Feb. 3, 2020

Black History Month: Hidden Figure – U.S. Navy Sailor Doris ‘Dorrie’ Miller
KTLA
It’s Black History Month! Gayle Anderson was live in Costa Mesa at Heroes Hall to learn about “Hidden Figure” U.S. Navy Sailor Doris “Dorrie” Miller.

Feb. 1, 2020

Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA, awesome acts that soar
Entertainment Today
VOLTA will perform under the Big Top at OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa March 18—April 19, 2020.

Jan. 30, 2020

LFA 81: Jacob Rosales taking no breaks from his dream
LA Daily News
La Habra lightweight, who fought for a UFC contract on a broken leg in July, returns Friday night at The Hangar.

Jan. 27, 2020

626 Night Market OC Has Its 2020 Dates
NBC 4
You won’t have to wait for summertime’s start to enjoy beautiful and appetizing eats galore.

Jan. 24, 2020

Tourism Initiative Shows Career Opportunities For HS Students
Patch.com
Over 800 Orange County high school students got a chance to see if a career in the tourism industry is in their future.

Jan. 23, 2020

Here’s How to Celebrate Lunar New Year Around Orange County
Orange Coast Magazine
The OC Fair & Event Center welcomes all to experience Vietnamese music, dance, and food.

Jan. 21, 2020

UC Irvine rings in the Year of the Rat to start local Lunar New Year events
LA Times
The OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa will host this weekend’s UVSA Tet Festival of Southern California.

Jan. 20, 2020

Trevor Noah, The Aquabats and Cole Swindell coming to Pacific Amphitheatre during OC Fair
OC Register
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 via Ticketmaster.com.

Jan. 13, 2020

Here are 3 jaw-dropping moments you can expect with Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Volta’
LA Daily News
The latest show comes to OC Fair & Event Center March 18-April 19.

Jan. 9, 2020

2020 guide to festivals, fairs and special events in Southern California
OC Register
The 2020 OC Fair is July 17-Aug. 16 at OC Fair & Event Center.

Jan. 7, 2020

Lunar New Year events in Southern California
ABC 7
Over 100,000 guests will celebrate over the three days at OC Fair & Event Center.

Jan. 5, 2020

Bride World Expo is an ‘I do” at O.C. fairgrounds
Daily Pilot
Bride World returned to the OC Fair & Event Center on Saturday.

Dec. 31, 2019

Winter Fest celebration welcomes the new year in Costa Mesa
Daily Pilot
The festival includes ice tubing, a snow play and slide area as well as a pathway with 2 million lights.

Dec. 28, 2019

Chilling out with ice skating, snow at Winter Fest OC
OC Register
Winter Fest OC, now in its fifth year visiting Costa Mesa, is open through Jan. 5 at OC Fair & Event Center.

Dec. 20, 2019

Winter Fest is back and bigger at O.C. fairgrounds
Daily Pilot
The festival, in its fifth year, brought its usual wintry spirit to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

Dec. 18, 2019

Donors help Share Our Selves celebrate 50 years of the Adopt A Family program
Daily Pilot
More than 50,000 families have been ‘adopted’ since the program began, according to SOS.

Dec. 13, 2019

Impractical Jokers’ The Scoopski Potatoes Tour is coming to Pacific Amphitheatre
OC Register
The Tenderloins comedy troupe will bring the laughs to Costa Mesa on July 26.

Dec. 10, 2019

Cirque du Soleil Returning to SoCal with VOLTA
Spectrum News 1
The circus will be at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa March 18 through April 19.

Dec. 4, 2019

OC Fair Super Passes Go on Sale, Wheeee
NBC LA
Dip into summer fun, fair fans, in the middle of a wintry week.

Dec. 2, 2019

Pacific Amphitheatre announces the first shows of its 2020 season
OC Register
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Ticketmaster.com.

Nov. 21, 2019

Next year’s O.C. Fair will be ‘All for Fun’
Daily Pilot
The 2020 fair will kick off a new three-year thematic cycle focusing on inclusiveness.

Nov. 21, 2019

OC Fair Just Squealed About Its 2020 Theme
NBC LA
Are you ready for some ‘Fun’ in Costa Mesa? You’re in luck.

Nov. 11, 2019

Community Salutes Veterans at OC Fairgrounds Heroes Hall
Voice of OC
Families and residents gathered at the OC Fairgrounds to honor and celebrate veterans.

Nov. 9, 2019

Veterans honored during event in Costa Mesa
Daily Pilot
The event included family-friendly activities, a resource fair for veterans and free hot dogs for all guests.

Nov. 9, 2019

Repticon snakes its way back to O.C. fairgrounds
Daily Pilot
Repticon — a traveling showcase of all things reptile and amphibian — returned to the OC Fair & Event Center on Saturday.

Nov. 8, 2019

Salute to Veterans: A Free Community Celebration
KTLA
Gayle Anderson was live at Heroes Hall at OC Fair & Event Center to preview Salute to Veterans.

Nov. 6, 2019

Holiday ice skating in Southern California
ABC 7
At WinterFest in Costa Mesa guests can enjoy ice skating on SoCal’s largest outdoor ice rink.

Nov. 5, 2019

Here’s how you can honor military service in Orange County on Veterans Day 2019
OC Register
The OC Fair & Event Center’s 10 a.m.-2 p.m. event on Saturday, Nov. 9, will feature the dedication of an Marine A-4 Skyhawk.

Nov. 4, 2019

Boo Ha Ha a Haunted OktoBEERfest event recap
nightmarishconjurings.com
Bottom line is, if you like beer and you like Halloween, Boo Ha Ha was a dream Friday night.

Nov. 2, 2019

Motor Trend Group Introduces Adventure Expo As Four Wheeler’s New Flagship Event, March 7-8 In Costa Mesa
Motor Trend
Attendees can gear up with the latest camping & travel equipment, mountain bikes and off-road vehicles.

Nov. 2, 2019

Jurassic Quest exhibition dino-soars into Costa Mesa
Daily Pilot
Jurassic Quest provides an up-close look at more than 80 life-size animatronic dinosaurs.

Oct. 31, 2019

Community celebration at Heroes Hall in Costa Mesa will recognize O.C. vets
Daily Pilot
Another event brings dinosaurs to life at O.C. fairgrounds.

Oct. 28, 2019

Brew Ha Ha Productions adds a spooky flavor to their usual drink
Daily Titan
Boo Ha Ha focused on Oktoberfest and German-style lagers as well as West Coast beers.

Oct. 24, 2019

Salute to Veterans, a free community celebration, to be held Nov. 9
Voice of OC
The event will include free hot dogs for all attendees, family-friendly activities, entertainment and a Veterans Resource Fair.

Oct. 21, 2019

Vegan fest tries to plant ‘healthy conscious living’ in guests’ minds and stomachs
Daily Pilot
Free vegan food samples, drinks, speakers, demonstrations and merchandise were featured at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on Saturday and Sunday.

Oct. 21, 2019

Orange County VegFest unites vegans, vegetarians and cruelty-free advocates
Daily Titan
Vegans, vegetarians and those alike gathered for a weekend of fun, food and community at the fifth annual SoCal VegFest hosted at the Orange County fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.

Oct. 18, 2019

Sights from this weekend’s OC Japan Fair
OC Weekly
Tamagoyaki from Egghausted was cooked and sculpted into Minions and other characters.

Oct. 17, 2019

Around Town: Annual OC Japan Fair will bring taste of culture, tradition to O.C. fairgrounds
Daily Pilot
The event begins at 5 p.m. Friday and will run until 11 p.m. It continues Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at OC Fair & Event Center.

Oct. 17, 2019

Beer-themed festival promises a Boo-Ha-Ha
Daily Titan
Beer enthusiasts can choose from more than 80 different German-style and local craft beers.

Oct. 16, 2019

Center for Law and Military Policy to honor Wylie and Ashleigh Aitken
event-newsenterprise.com
The Aitkens have been instrumental in the establishment of Heroes Hall Museum on the Orange County Fairgrounds.

Oct. 15, 2019

OC Japan Fair and The Taste this weekend
OC Weekly
Event brings dozens of vendors together for three days of food, music performances, and shopping.

Oct. 12, 2019

Children have a truckload of fun during Orange County Market Place event
Daily Pilot
All sorts of vehicles were on hand for the hands-on experience at the OC Fair & Event Center.

Oct. 12, 2019

Home expo at O.C. fairgrounds helps kick off the holiday season
Daily Pilot
It’s getting time to break out the blankets and light up the candles, because the holidays are just around the corner.

Oct. 7, 2019

Sell Out Events Make the Orange County Fair a Big Win
CarnivalWarehouse.com
More than 200,000 people enjoyed concerts and attractions this year, with music taking a big slot in fairgoer interest.

Oct. 6, 2019

Centennial Farm marks 30 years at Orange County fairgrounds
OC Register
The farm celebrated its 30th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 5, with a community barbecue and showcase of all it has become.

Oct. 5, 2019

Show 343, October 5, 2019: Centennial Farm at OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
SoCal Restaurant Show
They are celebrating the Farm’s 30th Birthday with a BBQ birthday bash the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 5th.

Oct. 3, 2019

Old-fashioned propaganda visits O.C. fairgrounds for new exhibit
Daily Pilot
A new exhibit at the Heroes Hall veterans museum, open from this week until May, showcases an array of World War II-era propaganda posters.

Oct. 3, 2019

O.C. Fair has a farm, and it’s turning 30 — Centennial Farm will ring in milestone with birthday barbecue
Daily Pilot
Guests will be able to tour the farm, visit the animals and play a variety of games.

Oct. 1, 2019

You can buy a luxury dog house for your pet that looks like a mid-century modern ranch
Insider.com
It won an award at the OC Fair and the couple saw the potential of luxury dog homes as a product.

Sept. 27, 2019

Vietnam War-era military plane lands at new Costa Mesa home
OC Register
The fairgrounds’ annual Salute to Veterans, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9, will include a dedication of the Skyhawk.

Sept. 27, 2019

Civic Center Skyhawk now located at OC Fairgrounds
Daily Pilot
The particular aircraft that will be displayed at Heroes Hall was first used in April 1970,

Sept. 27, 2019

Civic Center Skyhawk now located at OC Fairgrounds
OC Weekly
The Skyhawk on display was built by Douglas Aircraft in 1970 for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Sept. 27, 2019

Cruisin’ for a Cure car show in Costa Mesa raises awareness for prostate cancer screenings
ABC 7
Now in its 20th year, the huge one-day car show held at the O.C. Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa brings together guys who love cars and free screenings for prostate cancer.

Sept. 25, 2019

Expect a plane on Santa Ana streets Thursday as CHP escorts an A-4 Skyhawk to the OC fairgrounds
OC Register
Fairgrounds officials are planning a dedication for the plane on Nov. 9, the weekend of Veterans Day.

Sept. 20, 2019

Harvest Festival ushers in autumn at O.C. fairgrounds
Daily Pilot
The weekend-long festival at the Costa Mesa fairgrounds includes contests and activities for children.

Sept. 19, 2019

Best of Orange County 2019: Best fair/festival
OC Register
The weekend-long festival at the Costa Mesa fairgrounds includes contests and activities for children.

Sept. 19, 2019

Best of TimesOC: Entertainment and Living
Daily Pilot/Times OC
Best Orange County event: OC Fair.

Sept. 17, 2019

Skyhawk to be transported to Heroes Hall at OC Fair & Event Center on Sept. 26
Huntington Beach News
The plane has been a part of Civic Center Plaza for more than a decade, but has to be moved due to construction plans.

Sept. 17, 2019

Winter Fest OC: 18-Day Winter Wonderland Returns December 19th
Yahoo Finance
Winter Fest OC, Southern California’s favorite annual holiday tradition, returns to the OC Fair & Event Center through January 5th.

Sept. 12, 2019

Dead or alive, Costa Mesa teacher and OC Fair employee readies for space trip
OC Register
Dee Chester isn’t rich or famous. But she is determined. And maybe a bit obsessed.

Sept. 12, 2019

Mariachi Maestro empowers next generation of musicians
ABC 7
The students practice their craft leading up to the grand finale at the OC Fair.

Sept. 11, 2019

Costa Mesa gardener has fruitful O.C. Fair competition season as he again rakes in the most ribbons
Daily Pilot
Joseph Strubbe’s green thumb sprouted as a young boy living on a farm outside Springfield, Ill.

Sept. 3, 2019

Famous Harvest Fest to Make OC Debut
NBC Los Angeles
The 47-year-old, on-the-road Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show will call upon Costa Mesa for the first time ever.

Aug. 30, 2019

For helping others and showing great skill … Bravo!
OC Register
The fair received more than 14,800 entries and handed out 8,223 winning ribbons.

Aug. 29, 2019

Cirque du Soleil Brings VOLTA to Los Angeles For The First and Only Time Under The Big Top
South Pasadenan
The show will be March 18 – April 19, 2020 at OC Fair & Event Center; tickets now on sale at cirquedusoleil.com.

Aug. 29, 2019

Classic cars return for fairgrounds cruising event
Daily Pilot
The OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa will host the 37th annual Great Labor Day Cruise on Saturday and Sunday.

Aug. 29, 2019

Lee Greenwood Headlines “Hail To The Heroes,” Pacific Symphony Concert Sept. 8 Saluting Veterans And First-Responders
Music Mayhem Magazine
The concert features a lineup of patriotic and orchestral favorites.

Aug. 27, 2019

Fans packed the stands for this year’s slate of O.C. Fair concerts and shows
Daily Pilot
More than 200,000 people attended shows at Pacific Amphitheatre, the Hangar and Action Sports Arena over the course of the fair in Costa Mesa,

Aug. 22, 2019

The OC’s biggest night market returns with more than 200 food, merchandise, and arts and crafts vendors
LAist.com
Have you ever tried Japanese souffle pancakes?

Aug. 21, 2019

Brew Ha Ha Productions announces its first Boo Ha Ha Haunted Oktobeerfest
OC Register
Tickets are on sale now for the two-day fest which is happening at the OC Fair & Event Center Oct. 25-26.

Aug. 15, 2019

The Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show Makes Its Debut At The OC Fair & Event Center
Orange Coast Magazine
Patrons who bring canned goods for donation to Food Finders receive $2 off admission. Kids 12 and under are free.

July 22, 2019

The 1919 Orange County Fair
Huntington Beach News
The Orange County Fair has changed a little, but not all that much as we shall see this week.

July 8, 2019

9 new and notable foods at the OC Fair and where to find them
OC Register
The OC Fair is back bringing big foods with bold flavors to the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.

July 7, 2019

The Damned and X deliver a terrific one-two punk rock punch at Pacific Amphitheatre
OC Register
The Damned came to town on a 40th anniversary tour for their third album, “Machine Gun Etiquette.”

July 7, 2019

O.C. Fair applies finishing touches to open ‘Acres of Fun’ in Costa Mesa
Daily Pilot
When the Orange County Fair opens in Costa Mesa this week, it’ll be ready to provide guests with “Acres of Fun.”

July 5, 2019

OC Fair 2019: How you can get into the fair for free, save a buck on rides and food
OC Register
The OC Fair has lots to do and eat, so you’ll want to know some ways to get in free, or at least at a discount.

July 3, 2019

Concert series brings the Damned, Seal and Rick Springfield to OC Fair & Event Center
Daily Pilot
Acts will perform July 10 and July 11 as part of the Toyota Summer Concert Series in the Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair & Event Center.

July 3, 2019

Costa Mesa gets a head start on celebrating the nation’s birthday
Daily Pilot
Costa Mesa had a patriotic Wednesday evening leading up to Independence Day.

July 2, 2019

Lucky Couple to Win an OC Fair Barn Wedding
NBC Los Angeles
Farm animals will be among your guests, if you and your honey are chosen.

July 2, 2019

Here are 6 outrageous foods coming to the OC Fair
OC Register
OC Fair vendors spend all year coming up with crazy treats to tempt you on the midway.

June 29, 2019

Estos son los conciertos latinos que se presentarán en la OC Fair
Hoy Los Angeles
Llegó finalmente el verano, con el calor y la emoción que esta estación genera, y eso viene de la mano con presentaciones musicales.

June 25, 2019

Flamin’ Foodstuffs to Rock the 2019 OC Fair
NBC LA
Try eye-popping eats when the OC Fair unfurls at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa July 12-Aug. 11.

June 25, 2019

Cirque Du Soleil’s VOLTA Coming to Orange County and Los Angeles
Broadway World
Tickets on sale for shows at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa March 18–April 19, 2020.

June 20, 2019

The OC Fair returns to SoCal with more “Acres of Fun” than ever!
Travel Costa Mesa Blog
Orange County’s most anticipated annual event, the OC Fair, returns to Costa Mesa July 12 through August 11!

June 19, 2019

Where you can celebrate July 4th and watch fireworks in Orange County
OC Register
The city hosts its July 3 community celebration at the OC Fair & Event Center.

June 18, 2019

OC Fair 2019: Everything you need to know about hours, discounts, concerts and more
OC Register
If you are planning to go, here is some stuff you need to know …

June 14, 2019

Heroes Hall party celebrates Army’s 244 years
Daily Pilot
The OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa celebrated the Army’s anniversary with a party Friday at Heroes Hall.

June 4, 2019

Acres of Fun at the OC Fair: Update from CEO Kathy Kramer
Stu News
The Wake Up! Newport event is June 6 at the city’s Central Library.

June 3, 2019

O.C. At Night: The Fair By the Numbers
Orange Coast Magazine
130 feet: Height of the La Grande Wheel XL Ferris wheel, where you’ll get an unbeatable view of the fair lit up at night.

May 31, 2019

Anaheim Packing House 100th Anniversary Celebration This Saturday, June 1
Anaheim Blog
Citrus-themed vendors and pop-ups by Sunkist and OC Fair will be on hand.

May 30, 2019

During Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary year, live show lands in Costa Mesa
OC Weekly
Apollo 11 – The Immersive Live Show touches down Oct. 10 for a limited engagement at OC Fair & Event Center.

May 27, 2019

Snag Your OC Fair Early Bird Deal Pronto
NBC LA
Time is moving faster than a coaster, so line up your midway-cool deal now.

May 26, 2019

Sunday “Gayle on the Go!”, Sunday, May 26th, 2019
KTLA
Costa Mesa observes Memorial Day with this exhibition: Victory From Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience.

May 25, 2019

Scottish Fest brings a taste of the Highlands to Costa Mesa
Daily Pilot
The annual event brought hundreds of bagpipers and drummers and a hefty lineup of entertainment and activities.

May 24, 2019

Biz News: O.C. Fair seeks employees for this year’s summer run
Daily Pilot
Positions include livestock attendants, guest service concierges, costumed characters and plumbers.

May 23, 2019

O.C. Fair Board votes to fly LGBTQ pride flag at Costa Mesa fairgrounds year-round
Daily Pilot
Raising the flag sends a clear message that all are welcome to the fairgrounds at 88 Fair Drive.

May 23, 2019

Top 10 Concerts at the Pacific Amphitheatre During the OC Fair
Travel Costa Mesa Blog
With the OC Fair comes the return of the Pacific Amphitheatre Toyota Summer Concert Series!

May 22, 2019

2019 OC Fair tips: Make the most of early-bird deals
Morning Ag Clips
Start planning your 2019 OC Fair adventure and take advantage of early discounts.

May 17, 2019

OC Fair 2019: The complete lineup of Pacific Amphitheatre’s 2019 Summer Concert Series plus shows before and after the OC Fair
OC Register
Tickets also include admission to the annual OC Fair, which runs Friday, July 12-Sunday, Aug. 11.

May 17, 2019

OC Fair 2019: The complete music line-up in The Hangar and how to get tickets.
OC Register
Tickets also include admission to the annual OC Fair, which runs Friday, July 12-Sunday, Aug. 11.

May 17, 2019

OC Fair 2019: Get an adrenaline rush with bull riding, motorcycle racing, demolition derbies and more in the Action Sports Arena.
OC Register
Tickets also include admission to the annual OC Fair, which runs Friday, July 12-Sunday, Aug. 11.

May 14, 2019

Creators of 626 Night Market Preview Upcoming O.C. Events
KTLA
The foodie gathering will be held at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

May 10, 2019

The Orange County Fair is Hiring 1,300 Employees This Summer
NBC Los Angeles
Some available jobs include costumed character and video editor.

May 9, 2019

Seasonal hiring underway as OC, LA fairs look to fill 4,500 jobs
OC Register
Deep-fried food and lots of temp jobs

May 7, 2019

Workers Wanted For OC Fair 2019
Patch.com
OC Fair & Event Center needs 1,300 seasonal workers to help people make memories at the 2019 OC Fair. Are you one of them?

May 7, 2019

‘Mad men’ on motorcycles open 2019 racing season at Costa Mesa Speedway
OC Register
The Costa Mesa Speedway kicks off its 2019 season on Saturday, May 11.

May 6, 2019

Costa Mesa’s bigger, better July 3 celebration will boast fireworks, family fun
OC Register
The city is seeking sponsors for a free community event to be held at the OC Fair & Event Center.

May 5, 2019

Athleticism and human drama meet at OC Marathon
OC Register
Runners in the 15th annual OC Marathon and OC Half Marathon raced through four cities Sunday, finishing at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

May 2, 2019

Mariachi Maestro empowers next generation of musicians
ABC 7
Students practice their craft in different sessions, like vocals and instruments, leading up to the grand finale at the OC Fair.

May 2, 2019

OC Fair 2019: Brandi Carlile will headline Pacific Amphitheatre in July
OC Register
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4.

April 26, 2019

America’s Family Pet Expo showcases all the ways pets are special
OC Register
Among the highlights this year are a children’s pet care course, a reptile show and stunt dogs show.

April 25, 2019

Fairgrounds and county agree to bring Vietnam War-era A-4 Skyhawk to Heroes Hall
Daily Pilot
Jet will have a new home at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

April 25, 2019

OC Fair 2019: Collective Soul and Gin Blossoms are coming to Pacific Amphitheatre
OC Register
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4 at Ticketmaster.com.

April 24, 2019

America’s Family Pet Expo is this weekend in Costa Mesa
OC Register
Thousands are expected at the annual celebration of pets being held this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center.

April 22, 2019

‘World’s Largest’ Pet Expo Leaps for OC
NBC Los Angeles
Wag your tail at the colossal gathering of pet lovers, in Costa Mesa.

April 17, 2019

Goat Yoga Returns to Orange County
OC Mom Blog
Things will get wild at Centennial Farm when Goat Yoga returns on Saturday, May 18.

April 15, 2019

OC Fair 2019: The Damned, Brothers Osborne, The Fab Four and America are coming to Pacific Amphitheatre
OC Register
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20.

April 13, 2019

Imaginology Fair in California Ignites Children’s Imagination
Voice of America News
A program at the OC Fair provides children and adolescents with a wide range of opportunities that can ignite their imagination in a variety of scientific and artistic fields.

April 13, 2019

Imaginology sparks STEAM-powered learning at O.C. fairgrounds
Daily Pilot
E-sports are making their debut this weekend at Imaginology.

April 12, 2019

Imaginology sparks STEAM-powered learning at O.C. fairgrounds
Daily Pilot
The OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa fired up some STEAM-powered learning Friday.

April 12, 2019

Kids explore and learn at OC Fair’s free Imaginology this weekend
OC Register
The entrance and the activities are all free and continue through Sunday, April 14.

April 10, 2019

Imaginology STEAMs back to OC Fair & Event Center
Daily Pilot
The annual festival runs Friday through Sunday.

April 9, 2019

Imaginology offers kids of all ages 3 days of fun and exploration this weekend
OC Register
Children and teens — and their imaginations — are invited to three days of hands-on learning and fun at the OC Fair’s annual Imaginology.

April 6, 2019

Inflatable festival bounces into Costa Mesa
Daily Pilot
The OC Fair & Event Center was one big bouncy castle Saturday at the Inflatable Run & Festival.

April 2, 2019

‘Good Day LA’ Welcomes Scott Faris & Charlie Duke to Talk about ‘APOLLO 11’
Good Day LA
Show will thrill audiences, taking them to the moon and back.

April 2, 2019

‘Apollo 11’ heads to the Rose Bowl for an immersive 360-degree adventure this summer
Daily Breeze
OC Fair & Event Center dates to be announced soon.

April 1, 2019

OC Fair 2019: Pacific Symphony goes ‘Star Wars’ and Lindsey Stirling, George Thorogood have been added to the Pacific Amphitheatre line-up
OC Register
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6 at Ticketmaster.com.

April 1, 2019

OC Fair & Event Center will start recording board meetings
Daily Pilot
Board members voted to install equipment to begin recording and live-streaming their monthly gatherings.

March 31, 2019

Kids get in touch with trucks in Costa Mesa
Daily Pilot
Families had fun by the truckload Saturday at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

March 25, 2019

OC Fair 2019: Which One’s Pink, Berlin and Elton — The Early Years are headed to The Hangar
OC Register
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30.

March 25, 2019

Veterans Storytelling Project returning to Heroes Hall on March 28
HB News
The program empowers veterans to use theater and storytelling to recount their military experiences.

March 21, 2019

Photo essay of veterans being honored at Heroes Hall is recognized
Voice of OC
Pictures earned place among finalists in California Journalism Awards.

March 20, 2019

Costa Mesa mayor presents check to Heroes Hall Foundation
HB News
The donation will help fund student field trips to the museum.

March 18, 2019

OC Fair 2019: Seal will headline Pacific Amphitheatre and X-treme Freestyle Moto-X returns to the Action Sports Arena
OC Register
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23.

March 16, 2019

The Classic Auto Show at the O.C. Fairgrounds
KTLA
Gayle Anderson was live in Costa Mesa with a preview of The 2019 Classic Auto Show at OC Fair & Event Center.

March 12, 2019

OC Fair 2019: Jackson Browne will headline Pacific Amphitheatre while Ozomatli, Queen Nation and Rumors will play The Hangar
OC Register
All tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16 and include free admission to the OC Fair.

March 5, 2019

Bush, Live join forces for joint 25th anniversary tour
Entertainment Weekly
The bands will play at Pacific Amphitheatre on Aug. 10.

Travis Barker and Chuey Quintanar talk music and tattoos ahead of the three-day Musink Festival in Costa Mesa
OC Register
The 12th Annual Musink Music Festival & Tattoo Convention will take over the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa Friday, March 8-Sunday, March 10.

March 1, 2019

Local high school teams try to be FIRST in robotics competition in Costa Mesa
Daily Pilot
Students compete in The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center.

Feb. 28, 2019

The OC Family Friendly Itinerary Guaranteed to Keep Everyone Happy
Travel Costa Mesa Blog
Centennial Farm, the OC Fair and Imaginology top the list.

Feb. 28, 2019

OC Fair & Event Center continues work to bring A-4 Skyhawk jet to Heroes Hall
Daily Pilot
Board also approves video recording meetings.

Feb. 25, 2019

OC Fair 2019: The English Beat, Purple Madness and The Man in Black will play The Hangar
OC Register
Tickets to all three shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at Ticketmaster.com.

Feb. 25, 2019

Nights of horror never end for America’s POW heroes
OC Register
Former prisoners of war share through new exhibit in Costa Mesa.

Feb. 19, 2019

Heroes Hall: ‘Victory From Within’ exhibit honors POWs
KTLA
The veterans museum is also celebrating its second anniversary.

Feb. 18, 2019

Photos: Heroes Hall celebrates 2nd anniversary and unveils new exhibit
Daily Pilot
Local POWs honored during Saturday event.

Feb. 14, 2019

Heroes Hall to mark 2nd anniversary and open new exhibit Saturday
Daily Pilot
‘Victory From Within’ showcases stories of American POWs.

Feb. 12, 2019

OC Fair 2019: Los Lobos, King of Pop and Sweet & Tender Hooligans added to The Hangar line-up
OC Register
Additional show at Pacific Amphitheatre with O.A.R. and American Authors announced for Aug. 18.

Feb. 11, 2019

POWs honored in new exhibit at Heroes Hall opening Saturday
OC Register
The museum will honor four Orange County veterans who are part of the exhibit.

Feb. 1, 2019

OC Fair 2019: 6th Annual Brew Hee Haw will return in July with more craft beer and ’80s music
OC Register
Tribute acts Dead Man’s Party and Fast Times will entertain as guests taste craft beer from dozens of local and regional breweries.

Jan. 29, 2019

The Best Kept Secret for A Perfect Spring Break in Orange County
Travel Costa Mesa Blog
Help the kids build their imaginations at the OC Fair & Event Center’s free Imaginology fair April 12-14.

Jan. 28, 2019

Best Wedding Venues in Costa Mesa
Travel Costa Mesa Blog
Centennial Farm is one of the most surprising wedding venues in the city.

Dec. 31, 2018

Squeal Over Centennial Farm’s Christmas Eve Piglets
nbcla.com
You can view these cuties in person, for free, at the OC Fair & Event Center.

Dec. 14, 2018

O.C. Fair Board says no to raising ticket prices
Daily Pilot
Budget OK’d; new board members take seats.

Nov. 30, 2018

Winter Fest OC a top pick for December
Los Angeles Magazine
Whimsical winter wonderland opens Dec. 20 at OC Fair & Event Center.

Nov. 28, 2018

OC Fair artist’s work on display at airport
Orange County Breeze
Nancy Caldwell’s whimsical watercolors delight travelers at John Wayne Airport.

Nov. 28, 2018

Governor appoints 2 to Orange County Fair Board (last item)
Daily Pilot
Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed two new members to the Orange County Fair Board. 

Nov. 26, 2018

Editor’s Picks: December 2018 
Parenting OC
Editors at ParentingOC.com pick the upcoming Winter Fest OC as a top event for the month. 

Nov. 25, 2018

In Focus: Using virtual reality to face the realities of PTSD
Spectrum News
Heroes Hall exhibit highlights the latest technology to help veterans

Nov. 23, 2018

Legally blind man teaching Folklorico dancing
KESQ
Gary Ferrer and his group have performed at the OC Fair. 

Nov. 20, 2018

James Lindberg, longtime Corona del Mar resident and retired Air Force general, dies at 100
Daily Pilot / LA Times
James Lindberg once served on the Orange County Fair Board. 

Nov. 20, 2018

Classic Auto Show to feature more than 2,000 vintage vehicles
Motorway America
The car show will be held at the fairgrounds in March 2019. 

Nov. 19, 2018

Pacific Amphitheatre adds country star Justin Moore and others to its 2019 line-up
Orange County Register
Three more shows are announced for the 2019 OC Fair.

Nov. 15, 2018

OC Fair reveals its ‘acres’-big 2019 theme – NBC Los Angeles
Next year’s OC Fair promises ‘Acres of Fun’ – Daily Pilot / LA Times
The 2019 OC Fair theme is announced! 

Nov. 12, 2018

The OC Fair’s summer concert series is getting ‘Weird’ in 2019 
Orange County Register, Press-Telegram, Press-Enterprise and other SCNG publications
“Weird Al” Yankovic is the first show announcement for the 2019 OC Fair. 

Nov. 11, 2018

Series on Veterans Memorial Plaques at Heroes Hall
Voice of OC 
Stories of OC Fair & Event Center’s Heroes Hall’s Medal of Honor Courtyard. 

Nov. 10, 2018

Celebration salutes veterans at OC fairgrounds
Daily Pilot / LA Times
OC Fair & Event Center hosted its annual Veterans Day celebration. 

Nov. 8, 2018

Pig cam lures Australian family to OC Fairgrounds
Daily Pilot / LA Times
A family came all the way from Australia to visit Centennial Farm. 

Nov. 8, 2018

CRAF Grateful Table event raises $90,000 for Restaurants Care program
Restaurant News
The event is held annually at OC Fair & Event Center’s Centennial Farm. 

Nov. 3, 2018

Cosplayers showcase their ingenuity at the Big Adventure Fest in Costa Mesa – Orange County Register
These are the cool, weird and unique things we saw at the Big Adventure Festival – Orange County Register
Big Adventure Festival satisfies many levels of pop culture fantasy – OC Weekly 
The festival was held at the fairgrounds on Nov. 3-4.