• Tuesday, November 28, 2023 (1:43 pm)

    What’s happening at OC Fairgrounds in December

    Seasonal Adventures Christmas Trees, Through Dec. 12

    Seasonal Adventures’ Christmas trees are harvested one to three days prior to shipping. The tree lot staff will help you pick the best type of tree for your home, cut it fresh and load it into your vehicle. If you like your tree to have a fresh-fallen snow look, there is a selection of flocked trees to choose from. Christmas tree stands, gorgeous fresh garlands, wreaths and a variety of Christmas accessories will also be available.

    When: Through Dec. 12, 2023, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot E
    How Much: General admission is free. Christmas trees vary in price. Parking is $12.
    More Info: Visit Seasonal Adventures

    Winter Fest OC, Nov. 24 – Jan. 7

    Southern California’s largest Winter Fest returns! This year, we’re introducing an outdoor ice skating trail and a real snow play area, including snowball throwing zones, sledding and a snow carousel for the little ones. Also, we’ve got an all-new holiday market featuring talented local artisans. Returning attractions include sliding down the thrilling 150-foot-long ice tubing slide and a tour through the magical “North Pole Journey” with four unique lands filled with wonder, interactive discoveries and so much more!

    When: Nov. 24, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024
    Schedule:
    Nov. 24 – Dec. 9
    Thursday – Friday: 4 – 10 p.m.
    Saturday – Sunday: 2 – 10 p.m.
    Sunday, Dec. 10. Closed for a private event
    Dec. 14 – 17
    Thursday – Friday: 4 – 10 p.m.
    Saturday – Sunday: 2 – 10 p.m.
    Dec. 21, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024
    Monday – Friday: 4 – 10 p.m.
    Saturday – Sunday: 2 – 10 p.m.
    New Years Eve celebration at Winter Fest OC
    Sunday – Dec. 31, 2 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot A
    How much: Adults $55, kids $50, children 2 and under are free. Parking is $12.
    More Info: Visit Winter Fest OC

    Gem Faire, Dec. 1-3

    Kickstart your holiday shopping! Find gifts for every budget. Fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, minerals and much more at manufacturers’ prices. Buy directly from wholesalers and importers. Jewelry repair, cleaning and ring sizing while you shop.

    When: Friday-Sunday, Dec. 1-3, 2023
    Schedule:
    Friday, Dec. 1, noon – 6 p.m.
    Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Sunday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa Building, Main Mall, Santa Ana Pavilion
    How Much: General admission is $7, children 11 and younger are free. Parking is $12.
    More Info: Visit Gem Faire

    Centennial Farm Workshop: Make it, take it – Food preservation with UCCE Master Food Preservers, Dec. 2

    This class will provide you with up-to-date process recommendations, teach you how to process your food safely and explain the reasons behind the process. You’ll also learn about the essential equipment required and effective storage practices.

    When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Centennial Farm
    How much: $35 class fee covers ingredients, handouts and two (half-pint) canning jars with lids and rings. Knives will be provided, but you may bring your own if preferred. Aprons are highly recommended. Tied-back hair and close-toed shoes are required. Parking is free.
    More Info: Sign up at Centennial Farm Garden Classes

    Centennial Farm Workshop: Make it, take it – DIY winter wreaths, Dec. 9

    Embrace the magic of the holiday season by learning to create a fresh winter wreath in the beautiful Millennium Barn at Centennial Farm! This class has become a tradition at Centennial Farm and will surely be a memorable activity for friends and family to join in on! All fresh greens, materials and instructions for this hands-on course will be provided to make a delightful wreath.

    When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023
    Schedule:
    Session 1: 9:30 a.m. – noon
    Session 2: 1-3:30 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Centennial Farm
    How much: $65 fee covers materials and any handouts. Ribbon and décor selection will be limited – feel free to bring your own to personalize your winter wreath. We recommend participants bring their own pruners and gloves. Parking is free.
    More info: Sign up at Centennial Farm Garden Classes

    Creative Babe Market, Dec. 9

    Free family-friendly holiday event with 100+ local small businesses to grab your holiday gifts from, and meet Minnie and Mickey! FREE Disney patches for the first 100 customers and FREE grab bag and tote for the first 25 customers. 

    Disney holiday-inspired photo op and boho VW bus photo op. “Build a Bestie” build-a-bear inspired workshop, face painting, live DJ, concessions, bar, food trucks and holiday fun!

    When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar
    How much: Admission is free. Parking is $12.
    More info: Visit Creative Babe Market

    OC Fair Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 14

    When: Thursday, Dec. 14, 9:30 a.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Administration Building or on Zoom
    More Info: Visit OC Fair Public Meetings Information

    Fight Club OC, Dec. 14

    Pro Boxing & MMA

    Welcome to Fight Club OC, a hybrid boxing and MMA fight series that does six shows a year. With three high definition cameras always on the action and an LED HD video board with instant replay, we’ll sell you the seat, but you need to bring the edge.

    When: Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023
    Schedule:
    Baja Bar & Grill Happy Hour 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Hangar doors open at 6 p.m.
    First fight 7 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar
    How Much: Free general admission is $65. Parking is $12.
    More Info: Visit Fight Club OC

    Centennial Farm Workshop: Truffle making – Cocoa couture for your holiday party!, Dec. 16

    Calling all chocoholics! What could be better than making and eating chocolate? Let’s take your chocolate obsession to the next level with this hands-on class taught by chef Vina at Centennial Farm. You’ll learn about chocolate’s origin, how to make your own ganache and how to decorate with gourmet toppings. We will also provide gift boxes and ribbons to pack your scrumptious treats!

    In this two-hour class, we’ll measure, melt, mix, chill and roll truffles made with fair-trade cacao chocolate and silky cream. It’s sure to be a delicious experience to share with your loved one, friend or coworker, and just in time for the holidays! All participants will leave the workshop with chocolate truffles.

    When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, 10 a.m. – noon
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Centennial Farm
    How much: $35 fee covers ingredients and any handouts. Refund policy – There will be no refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of a class. For cancellations made prior, only the class fee will be refunded (not booking fees). Parking is free.
    More info: Sign up at Centennial Farm Garden Classes

    Share Our Selves “Adopt a Family” Annual Program, Dec. 19-20

    Join us for the 54th Adopt a Family Program!

    Provide comfort to families and individuals by exploring the profiles, stories and wish lists of families who could use a little extra cheer during the holidays. Select the family you’d like to support and get ready to bring on the joy!

    When: Tuesday & Wednesday, Dec. 19-20, 2023, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Anaheim Building, Los Alamitos Building
    How Much: Donation requests vary based on family size and needs. 
    More Info: Visit SOS Adopt A Family


    Ongoing at OC Fair & Event Center

    Centennial Farm

    Centennial Farm is home to fruit and vegetable gardens, livestock and the Millennium Barn. Two youth educational tour programs are offered – Discovery Days and Junior Farmer Tours – as well as year-round daily hours so the public can visit the farm. 

    When:  Monday – Friday, 1 – 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Excluding holidays and all-grounds events).
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Centennial Farm
    How much: Free admission and parking.
    More info: Visit Centennial Farm

    Centennial Farm Pig Cam

    Want to keep tabs on our pigs all year long? Watch the Centennial Farm pigs LIVE on our official Pig Cam and see what these adorable animals are up to!

    More info: Visit Centennial Farm Pig Cam

    Farmers Market every Thursday

    Shop local at this OC Farm Bureau-certified farmers market featuring produce, fresh flowers, fish, hummus, honey, hot sauce and more. Some vendors also sell hot food for lunch such as tamales and tacos/burritos.

    When: Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot D
    How much: Free admission and parking.
    More info: Visit OC Farm Bureau

    Heroes Hall

    Heroes Hall is a free, permanent, year-round museum and education center with exhibitions, performances and educational programs that celebrate the legacy of Orange County veterans and others who have served our nation. The two-story exhibition space will rotate themes semi-annually with each focusing on an aspect of the personal stories and experiences of veterans.

    When: Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Excluding holidays and all-grounds events). 
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Heroes Hall Museum
    How much: Free admission and parking.
    More info: Visit Heroes Hall


    Coming up in January

    Orange County Brick Convention – LEGO® Fan Expo, Jan. 27-28

    Brick Convention is the greatest LEGO® fan event! Bringing all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO® building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.

    When: Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 27-28, 2024
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa Building
    How Much: General admission is $15. Parking is $12. 
    More Info: Visit Brick Convention

    Newport Mesa Unified School District College & Career Night, Jan. 31

    Save the Date for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District College & Career Fair. There will be opportunities to meet college, university and international school representatives, as well as workshops on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), hands-on Career Technical Education (CTE) demonstrations and more! 

    When: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa Building, Santa Ana Pavilion
    How Much: Free admission and parking. 
    More Info: Visit NMUSD College & Career Night


  • Thursday, November 9, 2023 (11:58 am)

    OC Fair Board of Directors votes in new leadership

    COSTA MESA (Nov. 8, 2023) – The OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors has named Nick Kovacevich as Chair and Barbara Bagneris as Vice Chair.

    Kovacevich, who previously served as Vice Chair, replaces Newton Pham as Chair. The Board voted in new leadership at its Oct. 26 meeting.

    Kovacevich is the former CEO of Greenlane Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of ancillary cannabis products and accessories. He is an entrepreneur who co-founded several successful businesses including KushCo Holdings, which merged with Greenlane in 2021, and BigRentz, an Irvine-based technology company. Kovacevich is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University where he captained the men’s NCAA II basketball team. He is a resident of Newport Beach and was appointed to the Board in 2020.

    “It has been a great experience serving on the OC Fair Board and I am excited about the opportunity to lead us for the next year, working with my colleagues and the community,” said Kovacevich. “We are in terrific financial shape as we head into the 2024 OC Fair season and our Master Site Plan work has begun. This is truly an exciting time for OC Fair & Event Center.”

    Bagneris has been a principal financial analyst at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems since 2010. She was a senior financial controls analyst at L-3 Interstate Electronics Corporation from 2008 to 2010 and held multiple positions at the Boeing Company from 1980 to 2008, including business analyst and program financial controls analyst. Bagneris is past president of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Orange County (CA) Alumnae Chapter. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix, Fountain Valley. Bagneris has served on the Board since 2014 and resides in Orange.

    Exiting Chair Pham will continue to serve on the Board of Directors, as he has since 2016.

    Two new members have recently joined the Board. Tanya Bilezikjian and Dimetria Jackson were appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in September.

    Bilezikjian, of Anaheim, has been chief of staff and vice president at MNS Engineers Inc. since 2023. She held several positions at Michael Baker International from 2005 to 2023, including vice president and civil engineer. She was a staff engineer at Environmental Engineering and Contracting in 2004. She was a water resources control engineer for the San Diego and Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Boards from 2001 to 2003.

    Jackson, of Irvine, has been a broker associate for eXp Realty of California since 2021 and principal at the Law Offices of Dimetria Jackson since 2018. She was a contract attorney for Lexolution from 2019 to 2021. Jackson held several positions at Nano Financial Holdings-Nano Banc EVP from 2017 to 2018, including general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer. She was a freelance attorney for Montage Legal Group from 2011 to 2012 and 2016 to 2019.

    Board officers typically serve one-year terms and are nominated for office by a committee of fellow Board members. Board members are appointed by the Governor of California and may serve more than one term.


  • Thursday, October 26, 2023 (1:38 pm)

    What’s happening at OC Fairgrounds in November

    The Great Junk Hunt, Nov. 3-4

    Discover vintage, farmhouse, handmade, industrial, up-cycled and repurposed goods from more than 100 vendors. Don’t miss out on one of the top markets in the country!

    It’s a roundup of curated vendors selling their best goods, plus no party is complete without cocktails, live music and aisles of junkin’ treasure. Shoppers walk away with items they can’t find anywhere else.

    When: Friday – Saturday, Nov. 3-4, 2023
    Schedule:
    Friday, Nov. 3, 4-9 p.m.
    Saturday, Nov. 4, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Anaheim Building, Los Alamitos Building, OC Promenade, The Hangar
    How Much: Tickets start at $10. Children 12 and younger are free. Parking is $12
    More Info: Visit The Great Junk Hunt

    Centennial Farm Workshop: Winter’s Sweet Harvest With Persimmons, Nov. 4

    Get ready to uncover the secrets of cultivating bountiful persimmon trees that yield nature’s candy! Led by seasoned horticulturist, Isabel Barkman, you’ll explore the intricacies of different varieties. Proper soil, sunlight and other tips to nurture these exquisite fruits will be covered.

    When: Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. – noon
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Centennial Farm
    How much: A $6 fee covers materials and any handouts. Parking is free.
    More Info: Sign up at Centennial Farm Garden Classes; RSVP by Nov. 2

    Discovery Day at the Farm, Nov. 7

    Discovery Days at Centennial Farm are open to the public, and are perfect for mom groups, homeschool groups and more. Groups may participate in the following activities:

    • Self-guided tours
    • Radish seed planting
    • Chick education
    • Oxen demonstration
    • Crops education
    • See livestock animals

    When: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. – noon
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Centennial Farm
    How much: Free admission and parking.
    More Info: Open to all grade levels, as well as the general public. Reserve your spot online at Discovery Day.

    Orange County Wine Fest, Nov. 11-12

    Enjoy 3 hours of unlimited wine tasting for the price of a good bottle of wine.

    The Orange County Wine Fest (OCWF) is bringing you a diverse group of wines from around the world under one roof. From crisp, refreshing whites to deep-flavored reds, whatever your preferred grape, you’ll find plenty to discover and love at OCWF.

    When: Nov. 11-12, 2023
    Schedule:
    Session 1: Saturday, Nov. 11, Noon – 3 p.m.
    Session 2: Saturday, Nov. 11, 5 – 8 p.m.
    Session 3: Sunday, Nov. 12, Noon – 3 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar
    How much: Tickets start at $55. Parking is $12.
    More info: Visit Orange County Wine Fest

    Repticon, Nov. 11-12

    Come and experience the animal kingdom the exotic way. Explore rows of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and other exotics all longing to become your new family pets. Everything you need to support your hobby will be available.

    When: Saturday – Sunday, Nov. 11-12, 2023
    Schedule:
    Saturday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Sunday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Huntington Beach Building
    How much: Tickets start at $10, $6 for kids ages 5-12, children 4 and younger are free. Parking is $12.
    More info: Visit Repticon

    Veterans Day Commemoration at Heroes Hall, Nov. 11

    Please join us for a ceremony and the unveiling of a new plaque honoring our fallen heroes and veterans who served post-9/11. The event will include a performance by All-American Boys Chorus, veteran service organization booths, kids’ activities and food.

    When: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2-4 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Heroes Hall
    How much: Free admission and parking
    More Info: Post-9/11 veterans who would like to be honored in our ceremony, please RSVP.

    OC Fair Board of Directors Meeting, Nov. 16

    When: Thursday, Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Administration Building
    More Info: Visit OC Fair Public Meetings Information

    Centennial Farm Workshop: Crafting a Fall Charcuterie Board, Nov. 18

    Indulge in the charcuterie board trend and seize the opportunity to craft your very own exquisite platter! Immerse yourself in a hands-on session led by chef Vina. Whether it’s the allure of holiday hosting or the desire for an exceptional brunch, these boards have you covered!

    When: Saturday Nov. 18, 10 a.m. – noon
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Centennial Farm
    How much: A $35 class fee covers ingredients and any handouts. Parking is free.
    More Info: Sign up at Centennial Farm Garden Classes; RSVP by Nov. 10

    NAWGJ-SC 2023 Judges Cup, Nov. 17-19

    When: Friday – Sunday, Nov. 17-19
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa Building, Huntington Beach Building
    How much: General admission is $20, $15 for military and seniors, $10 for children under 15.
    More info: Visit NAWGJ-SC

    Loving Cats Worldwide, Nov. 18-19

    It’s ALL ABOUT the CATS! Discover a world of feline wonder at a family-furr-iendly event to increase the visibility of all cats, with education and awareness for the overwhelming rescue situation. 

    When: Saturday – Sunday, Nov. 18-19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar
    How much: General admission is $25, seniors (65+) $23, children (6-12) $20, free admission for children 5 and younger.
    More info: Visit Loving Cats Worldwide

    Seasonal Adventures Christmas Trees, Nov. 24 – Dec. 12

    Seasonal Adventures’ Christmas trees are harvested one to three days prior to shipping. The tree lot staff will help you pick the best type of tree for your home, cut it fresh and load it into your vehicle. If you like your tree to have a fresh-fallen snow look, there is a selection of flocked trees to choose from. Christmas tree stands, gorgeous fresh garlands, wreaths and a variety of Christmas accessories will also be available.

    When: Nov. 24 – Dec. 12, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot E
    How Much: General admission is free. Christmas trees vary in price. Parking is $12.
    More Info: Visit Seasonal Adventures

    Winter Fest OC, Nov. 24 – Jan. 7

    Southern California’s largest Winter Fest returns! This year, we’re introducing an outdoor ice skating trail and a real snow play area, including snowball throwing zones, sledding and a snow carousel for the little ones. Also, we’ve got an all-new holiday market featuring talented local artisans. Returning attractions include sliding down the thrilling 150-foot-long ice tubing slide and a tour through the magical “North Pole Journey” with four unique lands filled with wonder, interactive discoveries and so much more!

    When: Nov. 24, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024
    Schedule:
    Nov. 24 – Dec. 9
    Thursday – Friday: 4 – 10 p.m.
    Saturday – Sunday: 2 – 10 p.m.
    Sunday, Dec. 10. Closed for a private event
    Dec. 14 – 17
    Thursday – Friday: 4 – 10 p.m.
    Saturday – Sunday: 2 – 10 p.m.
    Dec. 21, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024
    Monday – Friday: 4 – 10 p.m.
    Saturday – Sunday: 2 – 10 p.m.
    New Years Eve celebration at Winter Fest OC
    Sunday – Dec. 31, 2 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot A
    How much: Adults $44.99, kids $39.99, children 2 and under are free. Parking is $12.
    More Info: Visit Winter Fest OC


    Ongoing at OC Fair & Event Center

    Centennial Farm

    Centennial Farm reopens to the public Aug. 22! The Farm is home to fruit and vegetable gardens, livestock, and the Millennium Barn. Two youth educational tour programs are offered – Discovery Days and Junior Farmer Tours – as well as year-round daily hours so the public can visit the farm.

    When:  Monday – Friday, 1 – 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Excluding holidays and all-grounds events).
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Centennial Farm
    How much: Free admission and parking.
    More info: Visit Centennial Farm

    Centennial Farm Pig Cam

    Want to keep tabs on our pigs all year long? Watch the Centennial Farm pigs LIVE on our official Pig Cam and see what these adorable animals are up to!

    More info: Visit Centennial Farm Pig Cam

    Farmers Market every Thursday

    Shop local at this OC Farm Bureau-certified farmers market featuring produce, fresh flowers, fish, hummus, honey, hot sauce and more. Some vendors also sell hot food for lunch such as tamales and tacos/burritos.

    When: Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot D
    How much: Free admission and parking.
    More info: Visit OC Farm Bureau

    Heroes Hall

    Heroes Hall reopens to the public Aug. 23. Heroes Hall is a free, permanent, year-round museum and education center with exhibitions, performances and educational programs that celebrate the legacy of Orange County veterans and others who have served our nation. The two-story exhibition space will rotate themes semi-annually with each focusing on an aspect of the personal stories and experiences of veterans.

    When: Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Heroes Hall Museum
    How much: Free admission and parking.
    More info: Visit Heroes Hall


    Coming up in December

    Centennial Farm Workshop: Make it, take it – Food preservation with UCCE Master Food Preservers, Dec. 2

    This class will provide you with up-to-date process recommendations, teach you how to process your food safely and explain the reasons behind the process. You’ll also learn about the essential equipment required and effective storage practices.

    When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Centennial Farm
    How much: $35 class fee covers ingredients, handouts and two (half-pint) canning jars with lids and rings. Knives will be provided, but you may bring your own if preferred. Aprons are highly recommended. Tied-back hair and close-toed shoes are required. Parking is free.
    More Info: Sign up at Centennial Farm Garden Classes

    Centennial Farm Workshop: Make it, take it – DIY winter wreaths, Dec. 9

    Embrace the magic of the holiday season by learning to create a fresh winter wreath in the beautiful Millennium Barn at Centennial Farm! This class has become a tradition at Centennial Farm and will surely be a memorable activity for friends and family to join in on! All fresh greens, materials and instructions for this hands-on course will be provided to make a delightful wreath.

    When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023
    Schedule:
    Session 1: 9:30 a.m. – noon
    Session 2: 1-3:30 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Centennial Farm
    How much: $65 fee covers materials and any handouts. Ribbon and décor selection will be limited – feel free to bring your own to personalize your winter wreath. We recommend participants bring their own pruners and gloves. Parking is free.
    More info: Sign up at Centennial Farm Garden Classes

    Creative Babe Market, Dec. 9

    Free family-friendly holiday event with 100+ local small businesses to grab your holiday gifts from, and meet Minnie and Mickey! FREE Disney patches for the first 100 customers and FREE grab bag and tote for the first 25 customers. 

    Disney holiday-inspired photo op and boho VW bus photo op. “Build a Bestie” build-a-bear inspired workshop, face painting, live DJ, concessions, bar, food trucks and holiday fun!

    When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar
    How much: Admission is free. Parking is $12.
    More info: Visit Creative Babe Market

    Fight Club OC, Dec. 14

    Pro Boxing & MMA

    Welcome to Fight Club OC, a hybrid boxing and MMA fight series that does six shows a year. With three high definition cameras always on the action and an LED HD video board with instant replay, we’ll sell you the seat, but you need to bring the edge.

    When: Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023
    Schedule:
    Baja Bar & Grill Happy Hour 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Hangar doors open at 6 p.m.
    First fight 7 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar
    How Much: Free general admission is $65. Parking is $12.
    More Info: Visit Fight Club OC

    Centennial Farm Workshop: Truffle making – Cocoa couture for your holiday party!, Dec. 16

    Calling all chocoholics! What could be better than making and eating chocolate? Let’s take your chocolate obsession to the next level with this hands-on class taught by chef Vina at Centennial Farm. You’ll learn about chocolate’s origin, how to make your own ganache and how to decorate with gourmet toppings. We will also provide gift boxes and ribbons to pack your scrumptious treats!

    In this two-hour class, we’ll measure, melt, mix, chill and roll truffles made with fair-trade cacao chocolate and silky cream. It’s sure to be a delicious experience to share with your loved one, friend or coworker, and just in time for the holidays! All participants will leave the workshop with chocolate truffles.

    When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, 10 a.m. – noon
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Centennial Farm
    How much: $35 fee covers ingredients and any handouts. Refund policy – There will be no refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of a class. For cancellations made prior, only the class fee will be refunded (not booking fees). Parking is free.
    More info: Sign up at Centennial Farm Garden Classes


  • Sunday, September 24, 2023 (3:30 pm)

    OC Register and readers name OC Fair best fair/festival in OC

    From the OC Register:

    The OC Fair was voted Best Fair/festival in the 2023 Best of Orange County balloting

    For many locals, a trip to the OC Fair is an essential part of any summer. There’s so much to experience that multiple visits are common, with more than a million people attending annually. OC Fair Chief Business Development Officer Joan Hamill says the event “is a place where memories are made. Families, friends, and (those) you’ve never met come to gather and celebrate together. It attracts a wide variety of people from all different walks of life.”

    Besides fun rides, midway games and the Ferris wheel, fair activities include dozens of shows across three venues. The 8,200-capacity Pacific Amphitheatre, which marked its 40th anniversary in July, hosted concerts by Beck, X, Styx, Dwight Yoakam, Ziggy Marley, Cheap Trick, and others this season. Tribute bands appear at The Hangar, while the Action Sports Arena is the place for motocross, rodeos, themed demolition derbies, monster trucks and the annual craft beer roundup. Local and community entertainment also happens on other stages throughout the fairgrounds.

    From funnel cakes, huge turkey legs and buttery corn on the cob to Chicken Charlie’s deep-fried delights and California Grill’s vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free options, there are all types of culinary fare. Courtyard wine seminars and tastings are offered near the food contest winners. Shopping opportunities abound. Marveling at the work of OC’s best amateur visual artists and photographers provides plenty of inspiration.

    Hamill notes that some chilled water stations help reduce plastic water bottle usage and the Every Day Passport allows patrons to visit anytime.


  • Thursday, September 21, 2023 (4:31 pm)

    Centennial Farm Volunteers

    CALLING ALL WANNA-BE FARMERS!

    Looking for a rewarding experience? Becoming a Jr. Farmer tour guide offers new experiences and provides a great opportunity to help educate today’s youth about agriculture and the role it plays in our daily lives.

    Centennial Farm invites you to join our team of more than 80 volunteer docents who help to make this one of Orange County’s most exciting and rewarding school field trip venues!

    Tour guides:
    • Welcome students from around Southern California.
    • Provide free educational Jr. Farmer Tours to students Kindergarten through 3rd grade.
    • Offer tours Monday through Friday, typically September through June, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. AND 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Ideal Candidates
    • Must be at 18 years of age or older.
    • Consistently available for at least one weekly tour (1.5 hours), Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during the months of September through June.
    • Comfortable around children, animals and educating students on where their food and clothing come from.
    • Able to bend, kneel, walk and stand for at least 90 minutes.
    • Retirees, potential educators, work and school required volunteer hours.

    OC Fair – Centennial Farm Open House Sessions
    Open House I: Thursday, Oct. 12, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 10
    Open House II: Tuesday, Oct. 17, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    RSVP by Friday, Oct. 13

    Location: Silo Building at Centennial Farm (enter Gate 1) – 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    RSVP to cfemail@ocfair.com or (714) 708-1619

    Click the link below to watch a brief video on the school tours at Centennial Farm:
    https://youtu.be/l0MpN04DyQY?si=WNMIf68kxg53EqEK

    Centennial Farm General Information
    Since 1989, our 3-acre working Farm has become a popular agriculture education site for many youth from various Southern California counties. We currently have tour guides (docents) providing educational tours to elementary-aged students, Monday through Friday, during the months of September through June, and we are always in need of more help to aid us in educating today’s youth about agriculture and the role it plays in our daily lives.


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