• Wednesday, September 20, 2023 (12:05 pm)

    Please help OC Fair & Event Center by taking a quick survey

    Community input is important to us. If you have a few minutes to spare, please take this survey about the music and bands that play in The Hangar during the OC Fair.

    Thank you in advance for your feedback to help OC Fair & Event Center improve!

    Take the survey now!


  • (12:03 pm)

    Plaza Pacifica Youth Diversity Art Competition

    OC Fair & Event Center (OCFEC) is seeking to install artwork created by local youth on the two largest light towers in Plaza Pacifica. The theme of the artwork will focus on celebrating the rich diversity of Orange County and the surrounding region. The winning artwork will be reproduced either on a large canvas or a digital LED screen. The dimensions of the tower on which the artwork will be displayed are 154 inches by 243 inches. OCFEC will determine whether to display the artwork of one or more of the four winners on the towers.

    Contest Guidelines & Eligibility
    • Artists must be 13-17 years of age (on Dec. 31, 2023) and live in the Southern California region.
    • All artwork must be an original creation made by the artist.
    • Acceptable mediums: painting, drawing, printmaking, watercolor, collage, mixed media, digital (computer art).
    • Works should be two dimensional and relatively flat, as it will need to be scanned if accepted.
    • Photography, video, three dimensional and artificial Intelligence (AI) generated artwork is NOT allowed.
    • The dimensions of the artwork must be 13 inches wide x 20 inches high.
    • Artwork should be vibrant, colorful, bold and focus on the themes of diversity, equity, community, inclusion, togetherness, celebration and/or other similar inspirational themes.
    • Due to the family-oriented nature of OCFEC, work dealing with drug use, obscenity, defamatory statements, violence or gang activity, depictions of weapons, satanic or cult themes or other offensive or objectionable content will NOT be accepted. This is at the sole discretion of OCFEC.
    • A maximum of three entries may be submitted.
    • Deadline for submission is Dec. 31, 2023.

    Contest Timeline
    • Deadline for online submissions is midnight on Dec. 31, 2023.
    • First round of judging to be completed by Jan. 12, 2024.
    • Acceptance notifications go out by Jan. 15, 2024.
    • Accepted artwork must be dropped off on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Further instructions will be sent to finalists.
    • Winners announced on Jan. 29, 2024.

    Application Process
    Eligible artists are invited to submit their digital application materials. Please include a digital image of the artwork in a JPG format.
    Apply Today

    Prizes
    The top four entries, determined by a panel of judges, will each receive $500 in prize money, a 2024 OC Fair Every Day Passport, inclusion in a press release and social media as appropriate. For more information, please contact Stephen Anderson at 714-708-1718 or sanderson@ocfair.com

    Disclaimer
    OCFEC reserves the right to alter the artwork to fit the needs of the project. OCFEC also reserves the right to not select any artists for this art project. The artists retain image rights to their artwork. Display of artwork will be for a minimum of one year and is not considered a permanent installation.

    OCFEC is committed to serving a diverse range of individuals and organizations through its programs and services and does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any characteristic protected by law. We will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures to persons with disabilities upon request.


  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023 (12:01 pm)

    What’s happening at OC Fairgrounds in October

    Seasonal Adventures Pumpkin Patch, Sept. 29 – Oct. 31

    Family-fun pumpkin patch! We have inflatable slides, kiddie rides, a petting zoo and a train. Pick out your perfect pumpkin or shop at our farmers market for farm-fresh squash and gourds.

    When: Sept. 29 – Oct. 31, 2023
    Schedule:
    Monday-Thursday, 3 – 9 p.m.
    Friday, 3 – 10 p.m.
    Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Closing at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot C
    How much: Free admission. Parking is free Monday-Thursday, $12 Friday – Sunday.
    More Info: Visit Seasonal Adventures

    Valor & Virtue: Jewish American Medal of Honor Recipients, Oct. 5

    Heroes Hall Museum will open a new exhibit called Valor & Virtue: Jewish American Medal of Honor Recipients. The exhibit focuses on all 18 Jewish American recipients, from Civil War’s Benjamin Levy to the most recent, Christopher Celiz, who was posthumously awarded for his actions in the Afghanistan War.  

    Central to the exhibit is the story of Tibor Rubin, a Holocaust survivor who became a hero fighting for the U.S. Army in Korea before settling in Orange County. 

    Through personal items, photographs, medals, uniforms and letters, the exhibition chronicles exceptional courage and highlights the military’s long fight to overcome boundaries of race, color and creed. 

    When: The exhibit will be on display from Oct. 5, 2023 through March 31, 2024. Heroes Hall is open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Where: Heroes Hall at the OC Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa
    How much: Admission and parking are free except during all-grounds events.

    More info: Visit Heroes Hall

    Opening Ceremony: A special event to commemorate this new exhibit will take place on Sunday, Oct. 8. More info.

    Orange County Sustainability Decathlon, Oct. 5-8 & 12-15

    The Orange County Sustainability Decathlon (OCSD) challenges university teams to design and build model solar-powered homes that address climate change and California’s housing needs. OCSD teams will showcase innovative, market-ready model homes to display in a sustainable village which will be open to the public. OCSD will take place Oct. 5-8 & 12-15 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. The event will feature the OCSD competition, as well as performances and several family-friendly activities.

    When: Oct. 5-8 & 12-15

    Schedule:

    Thursday and Friday: 3 – 9 p.m.

    Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot I, Los Alamitos Building

    How much: Free admission. Parking is $12

    More Info: Visit Orange County Sustainability Decathlon

    California Bridal & Wedding Expo, Oct. 8

    The Bridal & Wedding Expo features an amazing selection of wedding professionals ready to help you find the perfect gown, reception venue, invitations, photographer, music, menu, honeymoon destination and much more!

    When: Sunday, Oct. 8, 12:30 – 5 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar

    How Much: Free admission – register online. General admission is $10 at the door. Parking is $12.

    More info: Visit CA Bridal Shows

    New Exhibit Opening Reception, Oct. 8

    Heroes Hall Museum will host an opening reception to commemorate its newest exhibit, Valor & Virtue: Jewish American Medal of Honor Recipients. The event will feature speakers, music and refreshments. 

    When: Sunday, Oct. 8, 2 – 4 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Heroes Hall

    How Much: Free admission – RSVP here

    More info: Call 714-708-1613

    Gem Faire, Oct. 13-15

    The largest jewelry and bead show in Southern California. Shop fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, pearls, minerals, fossils and much more at manufacturers’ prices. Jewelry repair and cleaning while you shop.

    When: Oct. 13-15, 2023

    Schedule:

    Friday, Noon – 6 p.m.

    Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa Building, Santa Ana Pavilion, Main Mall

    How Much: General admission is $7. Children 11 and under are free. Parking is $12.

    More Info: Visit Gem Faire

    OC Home & Holiday Expo, Oct. 14-15

    Orange County’s finest home improvement experts are ready to complete your home projects in time for holiday guests. Holiday décor, gifts, special holiday cooking, crafts and interior design classes will be offered.

    When: Oct. 14-15, 2023, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Huntington Beach Building
    How much: Free admission. Parking is $12.
    More Info: Visit Best Home Shows

    Rameelo Raas Garba Festival 2023, Oct. 14

    Indulge in an unforgettable evening of culture, cuisine and captivating rhythms at Rang Taali! Join us as we celebrate the spirit of togetherness through the vibrant beats of Raas Garba.

    When: Saturday, Oct 14, 6:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar

    How much: General admission is $20, children 5 and under are free. Parking is $12.

    More Info: Visit Raas Garba

    Discovery Day at the Farm, Oct. 19

    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: Thursday, Oct. 19, 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.

    Centennial Farm Workshop: Make it, take it – Mediterranean apricot and date chutney, Oct. 21

    Indulge your taste buds in a culinary journey! Led by the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Food Preservers of Orange County, this hands-on class invites you to create a delectable chutney that captures the essence of the Mediterranean. Learn the art of preserving flavors as you blend succulent apricots and rich dates into a symphony of tastes and textures. Guided by expert instructors, you’ll craft your own jar of this flavorful creation to savor at home.

    When: Saturday, Oct. 21, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Centennial Farm

    How much: A $35 fee covers ingredients, handouts and two canning jars with lids and rings. Parking is free.

    More Info: Sign up at Centennial Farm Garden Classes; RSVP by Oct. 18

    Maker Faire, Oct. 21

    Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments and projects.

    When: Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa Building, Park Plaza

    How much: Pre-event general admission is $18; $20 the day of the event. Children 4 and under are free. Parking is $12. 

    More Info: Visit OC Maker Faire

    OC Fair Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 26

    When: Thursday, Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Administration Building

    More Info: Visit OC Fair Public Meetings Information

    Fight Club OC, Oct. 26

    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, Oct. 26

    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

    OC Japan Fair, Oct. 27-29

    Enjoy Japanese food, culture, traditions and innovations! Grab your friends, and celebrate one of the largest Japanese cultural festivals in Southern California. Experience the joy of shopping, tasting and learning about Japanese culture. There will also be live performances, games, Kimono models and more!

    When: Friday – Sunday, Oct. 27-29

    Schedule:

    Friday: 5-11 p.m.

    Saturday: Noon – 10 p.m.

    Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot I, Los Alamitos Building

    How much: General admission is $10. Free for kids 6 and younger and seniors 66+. Parking is $12

    More Info: Visit OC Japan Fair


    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: Re-opens Aug. 22

    Schedule: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Sept. 8

    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: Re-opens Aug. 23

    Schedule: Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Sept. 10

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Heroes Hall Museum

    How much: Free admission and parking.

    More info: Visit Heroes Hall


    Coming up in November

    The Great Junk Hunt, Nov. 3-4

    Discover vintage, farmhouse, handmade, industrial, up-cycled and re-purposed goods from over 100 vendors.

    When: 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

    How much: Tickets start at $10. 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. Free parking

    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

    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

    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


  • Friday, September 8, 2023 (11:52 am)

    Gov. Newsom announces to new appointments to OC Fair Board of Directors

    COSTA MESA (Sept. 7, 2023) – Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced two new appointments to the 32nd District Agricultural Association, Orange County Fair Board of Directors.

    Tanya 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.

    She is a member of the California Stormwater Quality Association and Co-Chair of its 2023 conference. Bilezikjian is a member of the Anaheim Public Utilities Board of Directors. She earned a Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. 

    Dimetria 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.

    She was Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability for Golden State Foods from 2012 to 2016. Jackson held several positions at First American Trust from 2000 to 2009, including Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary. She is a member of the Collaborative Courts Foundation Board and the International School of Orange County Board of Trustees. Jackson is a Past President of the Orange County Bar Association. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Dartmouth College. 

    These positions do not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. 

    Read the full announcements here: gov.ca.gov/2023/09/07/governor-newsom-announces-appointments-9-7-23/


  • Monday, August 21, 2023 (11:32 am)

    What’s happening at OC Fairgrounds in September

    Shoreline Dog Fanciers Association, Sept. 1-3
    Three American Kennel Club sanctioned all-breed dog shows.

    When: Friday – Sunday, Sept. 1 -3
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa building, Huntington Beach building and Santa Ana Pavilion
    How much: General admission is free. Parking is $12.
    More Info: Visit Shoreline Dog Fanciers Association

    Common Kings / Fiji / Sammy J / Jakob’s Castle / Western Conference, Sept. 2
    Pacific Amphitheatre’s 40th anniversary continues with a special post-Fair concert by Common Kings, Fiji, Sammy J, Jakob’s Castle and Western Conference.

    When: Saturday, Sept. 2, 6 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Pacific Amphitheatre
    How much: Varies by seating selection ($29.50-$69.50). Parking is $12.
    More info: Visit OC Fair Events

    Chicago, Sept. 5
    Pacific Amphitheatre’s 40th anniversary continues with a special post-Fair concert by Common Kings, Fiji, Sammy J, Jakob’s Castle and Western Conference.

    When: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 8:15 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Pacific Amphitheatre
    How much: Varies by seating selection ($42.50-$82.50). Parking is $12.
    More info: Visit OC Fair Events

    Cruisin’ For A Cure, Sept. 9
    Cruisin’ for a Cure is the world’s largest one-day charity car show with more than 3,000 vehicles on display and over 150+ vendors and exhibitors. Be assured that your participation in the event and any donations go directly to prostate cancer research at the KSK Cancer Center of Irvine to help find a cure.

    When: Saturday, Sept. 9, 6 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center
    How much: General admission is $17, kids 11 and under are free. Parking is $12.
    More Info: Visit Cruisin’ For A Cure

    Costa Mesa Speedway, Sept. 9
    Harley Night Finals / Speedway / Sidecars

    See “mad men” on high-compression single-cylinders powering down short straights before throwing their bike on its ear and sliding at impossible lean angles around each end of the track. It’s a spectator’s dream!

    When: Saturday, Sept. 9
    Schedule:
    Gates open at 6 p.m.
    Races start at 7:30 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Action Sports Arena
    How much: General admission $30; juniors (13-17), military and seniors (65+) $20; children (3-12) $10; kids 2 and under are free. Parking is $12.
    More Info: Visit Costa Mesa Speedway

    Sand Sports Super Show, Sept. 15-17
    The world’s biggest sand sports expo! Join us for three days of fun and get up close to the latest sand rails, ATVs, UTVs/side x sides, accessories, apparel and a whole lot more!

    When: Friday – Sunday, Sept. 15–17
    Schedule:
    Sept. 15, 4 – 10 p.m.
    Sept. 16, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Sept. 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center
    How much: General admission $16, kids (6-12) $6, kids 5 and under are free. Parking is $12.
    More Info: Visit Sand Sports Super Show

    Costa Mesa Speedway, Sept. 23
    53rd U.S. National Speedway Championship

    See “mad men” on high-compression single-cylinders powering down short straights before throwing their bike on its ear and sliding at impossible lean angles around each end of the track. It’s a spectator’s dream!

    When: Saturday, Sept. 23
    Schedule:
    Gates open at 6 p.m.
    Races start at 7:30 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Action Sports Arena
    How much: General admission $30; juniors (13-17), military and seniors (65+) $20; children (3-12) $10; kids 2 and under are free. Parking is $12.
    More Info: Visit Costa Mesa Speedway

    SoCal VegFest, Sept. 23-24
    A vegan festival that offers a range of activities for attendees to enjoy, including free food samples, food and drink for purchase, a cruelty-free marketplace, inspirational speakers, food demonstrations, appearances by celebrity chefs and social media influencers, live music from famous musicians and DJs, comedy performances, yoga sessions, games, a kids area and much more!

    When: Saturday – Sunday, Sept. 23-24, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center
    How much: General admission is $10, kids 11 and under, seniors 65+, veterans and active military are free. Parking is $12.
    More Info: Visit SoCal VegFest

    Discovery Day at the Farm, Sept. 28
    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: Volunteers are present to provide information.
    • Radish Seed Planting: Children will plant a radish seed to take back to school.
    • Chick Education: Learn about the chick development process.
    • Oxen Demonstration: Demonstration days vary depending on the volunteers’ schedules.
    • Crops Education: Seasonal varieties.
    • See Livestock Animals: Swine, goats, sheep, cattle, rabbits and poultry.

    When: Thursday, Sept. 28, 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

    OC Fair Board of Directors Meeting, Sept. 28

    When: Thursday, Sept. 28 & Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Administration Building or Virtually on Zoom
    More info: Visit Public Information

    Seasonal Adventures Pumpkin Patch, Sept. 29-Oct. 31

    Family-fun pumpkin patch! We have inflatable slides, kiddie rides, a petting zoo and a train. Pick out your perfect pumpkin or shop at our farmers market for farm fresh squash and gourds.

    No pets allowed.

    When: Friday, Sept. 29 – Tuesday, Oct. 31
    Monday-Thursday, 3 – 9 p.m.
    Friday, 3 – 10 p.m.
    Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Closing at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot C
    How Much: Free admission. Parking is free Monday-Thursday, $12 Friday – Sunday
    More Info: Visit Seasonal Adventures Pumpkin Patch

    Centennial Farm Workshop: Handspun magic – Basics of spinning yarn with a drop spindle
    Delve into the time-honored craft of transforming fibers into artistry as you learn the age-old techniques of the drop spindle. Guided by local fiber artisans, unlock the secrets of drafting, twirling and crafting your own yarn, bridging the gap between ancient tradition and modern creativity. Hands-on instruction from the experts will follow a brief lecture on the history and technique of handspun yarn. Guests will be provided with a drop spindle and fiber to take home!

    When: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; RSVP online by Sept. 27, 2023.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Centennial Farm
    How much: A $25 fee covers materials and any handouts. Refund policy – There will be NO refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of a class. For cancellations made prior, only class fee will be refunded (not booking fees).

    Parking is free.

    More info: Sign up at Centennial Farm Garden Classes

    Costa Mesa Speedway, Sept. 30
    Fall Classic / Speedway / Sidecars / Juniors

    See “mad men” on high-compression single-cylinders powering down short straights before throwing their bike on its ear and sliding at impossible lean angles around each end of the track. It’s a spectator’s dream!
    When: Saturday, Sept. 30
    Schedule:
    Gates open at 6 p.m.
    Races start at 7:30 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Action Sports Arena
    How much: General admission $30; juniors (13-17), military and seniors (65+) $20; children (3-12) $10; kids 2 and under are free. Parking is $12.
    More Info: Visit Costa Mesa Speedway


    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: Re-opens Aug. 22
    Schedule: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Sept. 8
    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: Re-opens Aug. 23
    Schedule: Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Sept. 10
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Heroes Hall Museum
    How much: Free admission and parking.
    More info: Visit Heroes Hall

    Serenity Walk

    Located outside of Heroes Hall, this newest addition to the Fairgrounds was designed to honor veterans and to provide a place of rest and contemplation for the community. Take a stroll and admire the Serenity Walk’s winding pathway and intricate landscaping honoring Purple Heart recipients!

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

    Youth Plaza Contest, through Dec. 31

    Calling all youth artists! OC Fair & Event Center (OCFEC) is seeking to install artwork created by local youth on the two largest light towers in Plaza Pacifica. The theme of the artwork will focus on celebrating the rich diversity of Orange County and the surrounding region. Enter today!

    When: Through Dec. 31
    More info: Visit OC Fair & Event Center


    Coming up in October

    Orange County Sustainability Decathlon, Oct. 5-15
    The Orange County Sustainability Decathlon (OCSD) challenges university teams to design and build model solar-powered homes that address climate change and California’s housing needs. OCSD teams will showcase innovative, market-ready model homes to display in a sustainable village which will be open to the public. The Decathlon will take place Oct. 5-15, 2023, at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA. The event will feature the OCSD competition, as well as performances and several family-friendly activities.

    When: Oct. 5-15, 2023
    Schedule:
    Thursday and Friday: 3 – 9 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot I, Los Alamitos Building
    How much: Free admission. Parking is $12
    More Info: Visit Orange County Sustainability Decathlon

    California Bridal & Wedding Expo, Oct. 8
    The Bridal & Wedding Expo features an amazing selection of wedding professionals ready to help you find the perfect gown, reception venue, invitations, photographer, music, menu, honeymoon destination and much more!

    When: Sunday, Oct. 8, 12:30 – 5 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar
    How Much: Free admission – register online. General admission is $10 at the door. Parking is $12.
    More info: Visit CA Bridal Shows

    Heroes Hall Exhibit: Valor & Virtue Opening Reception, Oct. 8

    Heroes Hall’s newest exhibit Valor & Virtue focuses on all 18 Jewish American recipients of the Medal of Honor. Central to the exhibit is the story of Tibor Rubin, a Holocaust survivor who became a hero fighting with the U. S. Army in Korea before settling in Orange County. The exhibit chronicles exceptional courage while highlighting the military’s long fight to overcome boundaries of race, color and creed.”

    When: Sunday, Oct. 8, 2 – 4 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Heroes Hall
    How Much: Free admission and parking. Please RSVP.
    More info: Visit Heroes Hall

    Rameelo Raas Garba Festival 2023, Oct. 14-15
    Indulge in an unforgettable evening of culture, cuisine and captivating rhythms at Rang Taali! Join us as we celebrate the spirit of togetherness through the vibrant beats of Raas Garba. Savor a delectable array of culinary delights, immerse yourself in the joyous festivities and dance the night away with friends and family. Don’t miss out on this enchanting experience!

    When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar
    How Much: General admission is $20. Children 5 and under are free. Parking is $12.
    Early bird pricing ends Aug. 31.
    More info: Visit Rameelo Raas Garba Festival

    OC Home & Holiday Expo, Oct. 14-15
    OC’s finest home improvement experts are ready to complete your home projects in time for holiday guests. Holiday decor, gifts, special holiday cooking, crafts and interior design classes will be offered. Presenters include 5-star Chef Chad Pritchard, succulent specialist Paige Hunt, and award-winning designer Tiffani Baumgart. 

    When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 14-15
    Schedule: Oct. 14: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Oct. 15: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Huntington Beach Building
    How Much: Free admission. Parking is $12.
    More info: Visit  Best Home Shows

    OC Fair Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 26

    When: Thursday, Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Administration Building

    More Info: Visit OC Fair Public Meetings

    Fight Club OC, Oct. 26
    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, Oct. 26
    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

    OC Japan Fair, Oct. 27-29
    Enjoy Japanese food, culture, traditions and innovations! Grab your friends, and celebrate one of the largest Japanese cultural festivals in Southern California. Experience the joy of shopping, tasting and learning about Japanese culture. There will also be live performances, games, Kimono models and more!

    When: Friday – Sunday, Oct. 27-29
    Schedule:
    Friday: 5-11 p.m.
    Saturday: Noon – 10 p.m.
    Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot I, Los Alamitos Building
    How much: General admission is $10. Free for kids 6 and younger and seniors 66+. Parking is $12.
    More Info: Visit OC Japan Fair


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