• Thursday, August 17, 2023 (2:22 pm)

    2023 OC Fair by the numbers

    COSTA MESA – The 2023 OC Fair is a wrap and there were a whole lot of summer memories for Fairgoers who wanted to get “Happy Together.” This year’s Fair ran July 14 through Aug. 13.

    “It is an absolute joy for our team to bring the OC Fair to the community each year,” said OC Fair & Event Center CEO Michele Richards. “There is definitely something for everyone at the OC Fair and this year was no exception. From animals and agriculture, exhibits and entertainment, food and fun, the 2023 OC Fair was the place to be this summer. We want to thank our guests for supporting the OC Fair and we look forward to seeing everyone again in 2024.”

    Advance tickets were required again for the third year so daily capacity could be limited to provide a better experience for guests, neighbors and partners.

    The Fair welcomed 1,048,181 Fairgoers who came out to enjoy summer’s most-anticipated event and there were 12 sold-out days during the 23-day run. In 2022, OC Fair attendance was 1,055,173 and there were 11 sold-out days.

    “The Board of Directors is very pleased with the performance of this year’s Fair,” said OC Fair Board Chair Newton Pham. “Once again, our attendance model is proving to be a huge success for the organization. By controlling our daily attendance, we have achieved a high level of per capita spending, while greatly minimizing the impact of the Fair on our surrounding neighborhoods and creating a great guest experience.”

    Here’s a look at this year’s OC Fair by the numbers:

    16,255 competition entries came in from 3,784 exhibitors who vied for blue-ribbons. In Home Arts, there were 1,322 entries, 1,592 entries in Culinary, Visual Arts had 4,768 entries and there were 5,068 entries in Horticulture. Entries were up 21 percent over 2022.

    2.3 million carnival rides were enjoyed by Fairgoers and their favorites were Sky Ride, La Grande Wheel XL, Raptor Coaster, Rave Wave and Crazy Coaster. More than 400,000 stuffed toys were won by Fairgoers trying their luck in the carnival midway.

    112 53-ft. trailers delivered all the carnival rides to the OC Fair.

    91,200 fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies were made from scratch at Mom’s Bakeshoppe.

    35,000 pounds of fries were served up at Biggy’s and these were topped with 400 pounds of Parmesan cheese and 1,500 pounds of garlic. It took one truckload of Kennebec potatoes to get these in to feed hungry Fairgoers. Biggy’s also doled out seven miles of foot-long Big Daddy corn dogs.

    29,914 tickets were purchased for performances in Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena.

    42 concerts were sold out in Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena during the course of the Fair.

    8,400 pounds of Ten Pound Buns were served up at this year’s OC Fair along with 2,758 Philly cheesesteak sandwiches.

    80,000 deep-fried Oreos, 10,000 bacon-wrapped pickles, 6,000 fried Twinkies and 50,000 pounds of fries were served up at the Chicken Charlie’s stands throughout the Fairgrounds.

    18,000 sheets of tissue paper were used to make approximately 2,250 flowers for the Chicano Heritage Month celebration.

    $254,437 was paid out to agriculture students through the Junior Livestock Auction and this year we saw the sale of 179 animals.

    800 pounds of pepperoni topped slices at Enzo’s Pizza along with 500 pounds of pickles for the new Hot Cheeto Cheese Pickle Pizza.

    223,778 Fairgoers visited the Art of Music Experience in the Huntington Beach building. The debut exhibit featured a pop-up vinyl shop and there were 3,100 albums sold.

    Concerts under the stars are continuing with these upcoming shows in Pacific Amphitheatre:

    Aug. 18 – Los Tucanes de Tijuana / La Original Banda El Limon
    Aug. 20 – Chicago
    Aug. 27 – Gabriel Iglesias
    Sept. 2 – Common Kings / Fiji / Sammy J and guests

    Tickets are for sale on Ticketmaster.

    UPDATE: The Chicago concert in Pacific Amphitheatre has been rescheduled to Sept. 5. The performance was originally slated for Aug. 20 and was postponed due to weather.


  • Tuesday, August 8, 2023 (9:10 am)

    Last chance to enjoy summer’s best party at 2023 OC Fair – closing day is Aug. 13

    COSTA MESA (Aug. 8, 2023) – The 2023 OC Fair is heading into its final days and there are plenty of exciting things to do in the last week – don’t miss out!

    Attractions include plenty of animals, culinary treats, X-Treme Freestyle Moto-X, music, carnival fun and exhibits found only at the OC Fair.

    The theme this year is “Happy Together” and the final day is Sunday, Aug. 13. Advance ticket purchase is required, buy online now at ocfair.com/tickets – days are selling out!

    Here are 10 top tips to enjoy the final days of OC Fair fun:

    • Don’t stop the music: Concerts at Pacific Amphitheatre during the final week include Beck / Phoenix and Rebelution (three shows). All Fair-time shows include free same-day Fair admission. Post-Fair shows include Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Chicago, Gabriel Iglesias and Common Kings.
    • Last chance to dance: Hit La Cantina for Latin music or head to the new Western Saloon & Whiskey Bar – put your boots on and get out on the dance floor.
    • Last chance for Fair romance: Get that final sunset kiss on the Ferris wheel or the Sky Ride and grab a photo booth pic to capture the memories.
    • Final $4 Taste of Fair Food on Thursday: Check out the special offerings from concessionaires that give Fairgoers sample-size portions: ocfair.com/oc-fair/things-to-do/food/
    • Unlimited ride carnival wristbands: The one-day wristbands can be used Wednesday and Thursday, must be purchased or redeemed by 5 p.m. and include unlimited rides and two free games; guests can ride and play from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. 
    • Chicano Heritage Month: In celebration of Chicano Heritage Month, the OC Fair offers special exhibits and activities in the Visual Arts building. Every day, craft tissue flowers and showcase them on a display wall with quotes of what it means to be Chicano/a. Be sure to also visit the Chicano wardrobe display, too. Featured artists will offer painting demonstrations in the Visual Arts building.
    • Take the Fair home with you: Hit the shopping buildings and get the only-at-the OC-Fair deals, grab take-and-bake options like cookie dough, cinnamon rolls and Ten Pound Buns.
    • Camel dairy: Another popular yearly attraction is the camel dairy. These special animals come to the OC Fair and show off their size, agility and personalities. Don’t miss learning about camel milk and its uses including powdered milk, chocolate and soaps and lotions.
    • What about wine? The final OC Fair weekend will feature wine seminars at The Courtyard with tastings including OC Fair Gold Medal-winning wines and food pairings.
    • The Art of Music Experience: Free with Fair admission, this featured exhibit debuted at this year’s OC Fair and offers visitors the chance to see large-scale, hand-painted iconic album covers, shop in the pop-up vinyl record store and enjoy renderings of legendary musicians, neon signs and displays.

    Key things to know about the 2023 OC Fair

      • A limited number of tickets are available each day – days are selling out.
      • Advance online ticket sales only – no transaction fees at ocfair.com/tickets.
      • Tickets are good only for the date purchased; please choose dates carefully – no refunds.
      • Same-day Fair admission is included with tickets to concerts during the Fair.
      • Tickets are $13 weekday general admission (Wednesday, Thursday) and $15 weekend general admission (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Admission for seniors (60+) and youth (ages 6-12) is $9 every day and children 5 and younger are free.
      • General parking is $12, $24 for buses and limos, credit card only.
      • Tickets for concerts in The Hangar and Pacific Amphitheatre can be found at ocfair.com/entertainment.
      • The 2023 OC Fair mobile app is now available with information on daily activities as well as a map, news & information and tickets.
      • The Fair will open each day at 11 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. except on Fridays and Saturdays, when it closes at midnight.

  • Friday, August 4, 2023 (6:05 pm)

    How to do the 2023 OC Fair like a pro

    COSTA MESA (Aug. 4, 2023) – Many Fair fans return every year to enjoy summer fun and make memories with friends and family. We’ve got tips for those long-time Fairgoers as well as first-timers so anyone can do the Fair like a pro!

    Top tip – don’t miss out! The OC Fair closes on Aug. 13 and days do sell out. Get tickets now at ocfair.com/tickets.

    Planning ahead

    Tickets to the 2023 OC Fair must be purchased in advance online for specific days.

    There are four new water bottle filling stations with cold water so be sure to bring your refillable bottles and stay hydrated.

    Bring sandwich bags to store your leftover Fair food. There are many great shareable options, but even the mightiest of stomachs can get full, so don’t let good food go to waste.

    Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes (or you could be subject to spills, animal droppings or having to wear funny plastic covers available at certain rides for protecting your little piggies).

    Wear sunscreen – and don’t forget to reapply. We also recommend wearing a hat or something to shade yourself from the sun. Also, dress in loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing.

    Bring some quarters! Your feet will love Footsie Wootsies, the colorful foot massage chairs located throughout the Fairgrounds.

    Follow us on social media. We post sold-out updates, clips from live performances and more! We’re on Facebook (@ocfair), Instagram (@oc_fair), Twitter (@ocfair) and TikTok (@oc_fair).

    Getting here

    Map to 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa, but then follow the directional signs, not the lines of cars. Signs will tell you which gates are open, which should help you get to your parking spot as fast as possible. 

    If you have tickets to a Fair performance, remember to arrive early so you don’t miss a minute of the show if parking gets a little crowded.

    In case you get separated, take a picture of your children and what they are wearing. Just in case, pick a landmark to meet up. There is a Lost Child area on the Fairgrounds – it’s with Security and First Aid, all located to the right of The Hangar building. 

    Looking for deals? Plan to be here by the time we open at 11 a.m. We’ve got unlimited ride wristbands available on Wednesdays and Thursdays ($49 each, one per person/day, purchase/redeem by 5 p.m., use from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.). PLUS on Thursdays we have our $4 Taste of Fair Food promotion, which features sample-size bites from our food vendors for just $4 each. 

    At the Fair

    Grab a Food Guide and printed map from one of the Info Booths. On the back of the map, there’s a list of things to do and see every day. 

    In August, celebrate Chicano Heritage Month at the Fair! Guests can craft tissue flowers and showcase them on a display wall with quotes of what it means to be Chicano/a. Additionally, there will be painting demonstrations taking place in the Visual Arts building, culinary demonstrations in the OC Promenade and traditional dress displays in the Home Arts building throughout the month.

    You can fill your day without spending money beyond admission. Hungry? Bring your own sealed snacks and water/juices (please no cans or hard-sided coolers). Bored? We’ve got tons of entertainment, exhibits and shows that are free with Fair admission.

    Don’t miss our mascots! Did you know the OC Fair Foodies, our costumed characters, have a schedule? And thanks to their human handlers, they stick with it. Catch Olivia, Arturo the Churro, Cornelius, Strawberry Jan and Sunny at the OC Fair letters at noon, 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and in front of The Hangar at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

    Feel like dancing? La Cantina is the best spot to let your hair down as the music is nonstop with modern mixes to cumbias and more. Bonus, on Sundays, a live mariachi band will be onsite from 3-6 p.m. to really get the party started. If country music is more your vibe, the Western Saloon on Livestock Lane is serving stiff drinks and country crooners that will have you moving till the cows come home. Looking for something a little more mainstream? The entertainment at Baja Bar & Grill delivers a medley of music styles that will surely get your group boogieing.

    RCS, our carnival provider, is offering a special deal for children ages 5-11. First, read three books, then, go to ocfair.com/readandride to fill out the form. You’ll receive a QR code valid for two free rides in Kidland Carnival.

    Extend your memories and take the Fair home with you! There are a number of vendors who sell take and bake items such as pizza, cookie dough, bread and more. Better at eating than baking? Buy a bucket of cookies or bring empty food containers and fill them with your favorite Fair foods. On Centennial Farm, you can purchase farm fresh produce to use in your favorite recipes, create a commemorative penny or grab flower seed packets from the Save Our Water booth to plant in your garden. For more traditional memories, visit a selfie spot and snap pictures with your family and friends or cram into a photo booth and make memories while making funny faces.


    Key things to know about the 2023 OC Fair which runs through Aug. 13:
     

    · A limited number of tickets are available each day – some days are selling out
    · Advance online ticket sales only – no transaction fees
    · Tickets are good only for the date purchased; please choose dates carefully – no refunds
    · Same-day Fair admission is included with tickets to concerts during the Fair

    Tickets are $13 weekday general admission (Wednesday, Thursday) and $15 weekend general admission (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Admission for seniors (60+) and youth (ages 6-12) is $9 every day and children 5 and younger are free.

    General parking is $12, $24 for buses and limos, credit card only. Carnival tickets are also on sale now so Fairgoers can skip the ticket booths, and tickets for concerts in The Hangar and Pacific Amphitheatre can be found at ocfair.com/entertainment.

    The 2023 OC Fair mobile app is now available with information on daily activities as well as a map, news & information and tickets. Search for “ocfair 2023” in your app store.

    The Fair will open each day at 11 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. except on Fridays and Saturdays, when it closes at midnight.


  • Monday, July 31, 2023 (9:00 am)

    From The Art of Music to blue-ribbon competitions, the 2023 OC Fair exhibits will impress and entertain

    COSTA MESA (July 31, 2023) – From table settings to the largest squash to fine art and woodworking, the OC Fair always showcases the best in local talent and awards coveted blue ribbons to the cream of the crop.

    All exhibits are free with Fair admission. The 2023 theme is “Happy Together” and the Fair runs through Aug. 13.

    Featured exhibit – The Art of Music
    In addition to the exhibits and competitions that are the traditional heart of the Fair, there is a featured exhibit this year located in the Huntington Beach Building.

    Debuting at the OC Fair is The Art of Music, an experiential exhibit that inspires people of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate the stories and creators behind album cover art.

    Fairgoers can embark on an immersive journey through a series of themed gallery and vendor environments, flip through bins of vinyl records at a pop-up independent record store, watch live painting of album cover art, rank their favorite album cover and more.

    Here’s a list of exhibits at the 2023 OC Fair

    Bug Bizarre Exhibit – Explore the exotic world of bugs and learn how different cultures use insects in their daily lives.

    Explorium – A special area for the younger crowd. This year’s theme is buzzing with bugs. Kids can participate in crafts and other interactive activities.

    Woodworking and Scroll Saw Demonstrations – Masters will be demonstrating the different techniques, styles and steps of woodworking.

    Culinary Activities & Contests – Daily stage activities and demonstrations take place on the OC Promenade stage, including a fun food-related contest.

    Oasis Camel Dairy – Showcasing camels and providing educational camel milking demonstrations.

    Heroes Hall
    Armed Only with a Camera: World War II Photography of Stanley Troutman.
    Living History – Visitors will be able to see, handle and wear military artifacts.
    The SAAAB Story – Celebrate the history of the flight training center.

    Arts, animals and more
    Cow Milking Demonstrations
    UCCE Master Food Preservers of OC
    Explorium crafts & activities for kids
    Great American Petting Zoo
    OC Tole & Decorative Painters
    OC Quilters Guild
    Friesian Horse Club of Southern California
    Chef Ray Duey Vegetable Carver
    UCCE Master Food Preservers of OC
    OC Beekeepers
    Bird Exhibit
    Chef Exhibits & Demonstrations

    Competitions on display
    Collections
    Hand Crafts and Fiber Arts
    Jewelry Arts
    Culinary Arts
    Horticulture including fruit, vegetables and floral
    Table Settings
    Photography
    Fine Arts
    Woodworking
    Youth Competitions (ages 5-12)
    Miniature Donkey Competition
    OC Equestrian Vaulting
    Angora Goat Competition
    Miniature Donkey Competition
    Rabbit Competition

    For more details and additional exhibitions at the OC Fair, visit ocfair.com/exhibits.


  • Sunday, July 30, 2023 (3:00 pm)

    What’s going on at the OC Fairgrounds in August

    2023 OC Fair – Happy Together, through – Aug. 13

    We are thrilled to welcome everyone back for the 2023 OC Fair, “Happy Together.” Get ready for 23 days of fun-filled live entertainment, exhibits, food, carnival rides, shopping and more!

    When: Through Aug. 13
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – midnight
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center
    How much:
    $13 general admission on Wednesday & Thursday
    $15 general admission on Friday, Saturday & Sunday
    $9 seniors 60+ and kids 6-12 every day
    Free for kids ages 5 and younger
    Parking is $12 for cars and motorcycles, $24 for buses and limos
    More information: Visit 2023 OC Fair

    *Advanced ticket purchase is required and no fees on admission tickets. Purchase your tickets at ocfair.com/tickets.

    OC Fair Fun Run 5K, Aug. 6
    Run, walk or skip through the OC Fair! Every runner gets an awesome medal, a T-shirt and free race photos. Huge thanks to our partner OC Marathon for making this event possible!

    When: Sunday, Aug. 6, 8 – 11 a.m.
    Schedule:
    Bib pickup: 6 – 7:40 a.m.
    Race begins: 8 a.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center
    How much: $50 until July 31, $25 for youth 6-12, $10 for kids 5 and under.
    More info: Visit OC Fair Fun Run 5K

    Fight Club OC, Aug. 24
    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, Aug. 24, 5:30 – 10 p.m.
    Schedule:
    Baja Bar & Grill happy hour 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    The Hangar doors open at 6 p.m.
    First fight 7 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar
    How much: General admission varies by seating selection ($40-$80). Parking is $12.
    More info: Visit Fight Club OC

    Gem Faire, Aug. 25-27
    The largest jewelry & bead show in SoCal. Shop fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, pearls, minerals, fossils and much more at manufacturer’s prices. Jewelry repair and cleaning while you shop.

    When: Aug. 25 – 27, 2023
    Schedule:
    Friday: Noon – 6 p.m.
    Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    No admittance after 4 p.m. Sunday.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Santa Ana Pavilion, Costa Mesa Building
    How much: General admission is $7. Parking is $12.
    More info: Visit Gem Faire

    626 Night Market, Aug. 25-27
    626 Night market is back at the OC Fair & Event Center. The iconic Californian festival features 200+ food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music and entertainment attractions in an epic event that appeals to all ages. Join us for warm summer days and bright nights.

    When: Friday – Sunday, Aug. 25 – 27, 4-11 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – OC Promenade and Lot I/G
    How much: General admission for adults, seniors and children $5. Children 3 and under are free. Parking is $12.
    Most vendors accept cash only. ATMs will be available.
    More info: Visit 626 Night Market


    Entertainment during the 2023 OC Fair

    Pacific Amphitheatre

    Pacific Amphitheatre’s 40th anniversary continues to deliver the hottest entertainment with upcoming performances by comedians Gabriel Iglesias and Jeff Dunham, concerts by Beck, Ne-Yo, War, George Thorogood, Rebelution, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, -X-, Cheap Trick, Ziggy Marley, The Fab Four, Chicago, AJR, Common Kings and Sweet & Tender Hooligans.

    When: Through Sept. 2
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Pacific Amphitheatre
    How much: Varies by performer and seating selection
    More info: Visit Pacific Amphitheatre

    The Hangar
    In The Hangar, tribute bands have delivered some classic tunes that have kept Fairgoers rocking. Up next: Journey Unauthorized, Wild Child, Zeppelin Live, Elton: The Early Years, Yachty By Nature, Red Corvette, Which One’s Pink?, Start Making Sense, Damage Inc., Queen Nation join Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez and Spencer Sutherland to close out the second half of the Fair.

    When: Through Aug. 13
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar
    How much: Varies by performer and seating selection
    More info: Visit OC Fair

    Action Sports Arena
    The adrenaline rush carries on in Action Sports Arena with demolition derbies, rodeos, charros and motosports keeping Fairgoers entertained.

    When: Through Aug. 12
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Action Sports Arena
    How much: Varies by performer and seating selection
    More info: Visit OC Fair

    * Entertainment tickets include same-day Fair admission for shows

    happening July 14 – Aug. 13.


    Things to do and see during the 2023 OC Fair

    ‘Armed Only With A Camera’
    The World War II Photography of Stanley Troutman is now on display at Heroes Hall. Troutman served his country by photographing the war in the South Pacific Theater including the devastated cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    When: Through Sept. 2023
    Where: Heroes Hall is next to Centennial Farm
    How much: Included with Fair admission
    More info: Visit Heroes Hall

    Bug Bizarre
    Explore this year’s Bug Bizarre exhibit where touchable displays and hands-on demonstrations will immerse you into the exotic world of bugs! Visitors will also have the chance to learn from an expert entomologist about these critters’ intricate ecosystems, ecological importance and how different cultures utilize insects in their daily lives.

    When: Through Aug. 13
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – OC Promenade
    How much: Included with Fair admission
    More info: Visit Exhibits

    The Art of Music Experience
    An experiential exhibit that inspires people of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate the stories and creators behind album cover art.

    Embark on an immersive journey through a series of themed gallery and vendor environments, flip through bins of vinyl records at a pop-up independent record store, watch live painting of album cover art, rank your favorite album cover and more.

    When: July 14 – Aug. 13
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Huntington Beach Building
    How much: Included with Fair admission
    More info: Visit Exhibits

    The SAAAB Story
    The SAAAB (Santa Ana Army Air Base) Story exhibition celebrates the history of the flight training center, its contribution to the war effort, the servicemembers that served here and its role in the development of the growth of Orange County through film, photographs, maps, oral histories, works of art and ephemera. 

    When: Ongoing
    Where: Heroes Hall is next to Centennial Farm
    How much: Included with Fair admission
    More info: Visit Heroes Hall


    Ongoing at the OC Fair & Event Center

    Centennial Farm
    Centennial Farm reopens to the public Aug. 21! 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-opening Aug. 21
    Schedule: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Sept. 22
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Centennial Farm
    How much: Free admission and parking.
    More info: Visit Centennial Farm

    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. 

    Hours: Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Where on the fairgrounds: Outdoors in Lot D
    How much: Free admission and parking; let parking attendant know you are going to the Farmers Market.
    >More info: Visit OC Farm Bureau 

    Centennial Farm Pig Cam
    Want to keep tabs on our pigs during the Fair? 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

    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-opening Aug. 23
    Schedule: 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 September

    Fight Club OC, Sept. 2
    DAZN Special Edition

    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: Saturday, Sept. 2
    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: General admission varies by seating selection ($40-$80). Parking is $12. More Info: Visit Fight Club OC

    Cruisin’ For A Cure, Sept. 9
    Cruisin’ for a Cure is the world’s largest one-day charity car show with over 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.
    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! Take part in the world’s largest sand sports expo.

    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: Sunday, 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.
    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

    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.
    More Info: Visit Costa Mesa Speedway


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