• Friday, February 26, 2021 (10:03 am)

    Board of Directors honors Black History Month

    At yesterday’s OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors meeting, Directors Nick Kovacevich and Robert Ruiz, representing the Community Affairs Committee, paid tribute to Black History Month.

    The presentation highlighted the contributions the Black community has made to Orange County’s communities, education and heritage, and to agriculture throughout California.

    View the full presentation: ocfair.com/blackhistorymonthocfec

  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 (5:10 pm)

    OC Fair Board reaffirms support of LGBTQ Pride Month and display of flag

    The OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors today voted to reaffirm its support of the Board’s 2019 resolution regarding LGBTQ Pride Month and display of the rainbow LGBTQ Pride flag throughout the year.

    The Board and its Community Affairs Committee heard from dozens of members of the public at a special meeting on Jan. 20, via email, through the results of a public survey and at monthly Board meetings before bringing the matter up for a vote.

    The Board’s decision today is that the Pride flag will continue to fly at OCFEC along with the American, California State and OCFEC flags.

    “It is extremely important for OCFEC to ensure the Orange County community feel welcome at the fairgrounds regardless of their race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.  That’s why it was so important for the full board to discuss this and vote on our position with regard to the resolution,” said Board Chair Natalie Rubalcava-Garcia. “While the OC Fair Board of Directors could not make everyone happy with this vote, the Pride flag is a nationally accepted universal symbol of inclusion and represents all diverse groups of every culture.  All lives united.”

     The Community Affairs Committee will continue to work to find additional ways to represent members of Orange County’s diverse communities at OC Fair & Event Center.

  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021 (11:10 am)

    Please help us by taking a quick survey

    UPDATE: This survey has expired. However, we are still accepting feedback via email at ocfinfo@ocfair.com

    To be notified of future surveys, please sign up to receive communication from OC Fair & Event Center: ocfair.com/sign-up-to-provide-additional-feedback/

    Community input is important to us. If you have a couple of minutes to spare, please take this survey about equity and diversity at OC Fair & Event Center.


    Thank you in advance for your feedback!


  • Thursday, December 3, 2020 (12:46 pm)

    Fairgrounds activated for large-animal evacuations

    OC Fair & Event Center has been activated for large-animal evacuations by the Orange County Office of Emergency Services due to local wildfires.

    We are using vacant stalls at the Equestrian Center on the fairgrounds to house evacuated animals. If the need should arise, our staff has also constructed temporary stalls inside Action Sports Arena.

    At this time, no volunteers or supplies are needed. Large-animal evacuation efforts are being coordinated through the OC Animal Care agency.

    We hope everyone in the community stays safe.

  • Saturday, November 21, 2020 (9:33 am)

    UPDATE: Winter Fest OC’s Night of Lights OC drive-thru announces new dates, Dec. 10 – Jan. 10, and new hours

    Winter Fest OC’s Night of Lights OC, an immersive winter wonderland drive-thru experience, has announced new plans to operate at the OC Fair & Event Center, with changes in place to safely meet all government guidelines. The previously postponed event is back and will run Dec. 10-Jan. 10 (excluding Christmas Eve), with sessions ending at 9:30pm nightly.

    Guests can to enjoy more than 1,000,000 lights from the safety of their own vehicles. The guided experience through a mile-long route features themed holiday scenery, special effects such as snow flurries and bubbles and animated light shows and tunnels synchronized to music through a car radio or smartphone. 

    Entry to the event is through online ticket purchase only at NightOfLightsOC.com. Entrance begins at 5 p.m. with timed sessions available until 9:30 p.m. Limited reservations are available per session and guests are encouraged to buy in advance to reserve their date and session before they sell out. 

    Early bird general admission starts at $39.99 per vehicle (up to five people) on select nights. Larger vehicle tickets (six to nine people) start at $59.99 on select nights. Vehicle height is limited to eight feet or less, due to the light tunnels. Pricing will increase after early bird tickets are sold out.

    Holiday favorite treats are available before entering the Night of Lights OC experience through pre-order when purchasing tickets. Seasonal favorites include hot cocoa, cinnamon sugar donuts, as well as Mom’s Bake Shoppe cookie buckets and brownies, tamales, holiday ‘Family 4 Pack’ meals, and more. Food is available to order online by 10am on the date of admission and will be available to pick-up prior to entering the drive-thru experience.

    Every Monday, Night of Lights OC will honor local community heroes with a special $5 off coupon for teachers, military personnel, law enforcement, medical workers and firefighters.

    For more information, visit NightOfLightsOC.com.


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