• Monday, November 29, 2021 (10:00 am)

    Steve Miller Band and ABBA LA with Bee Gees Gold to perform at Pacific Amphitheatre in 2022; plus, live music headed to The Hangar

    OC Fair has announced its first shows to go on sale for the 2022 summer season at Pacific Amphitheatre and The Hangar. Live music performances include Steve Miller Band, ABBA LA and Bee Gees Gold, Which One’s Pink?, 24K Magic, and the brand new show LA Sound Machine.

    Tickets for these shows will go on sale Saturday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster.

    Steve Miller Band
    August 25, 2022, 8:15 p.m.
    Tickets are $55-$100

    The classic rock band will headline at Pacific Amphitheatre in a special post-Fair performance on Aug. 25, 2022. The beauty and immediacy of Steve Miller’s work, whether at its most playful or most serious, is palpable. Steve Miller Band’s most recent performance at Pac Amp was in 2018; it was a sell-out show.

    ABBA LA and Bee Gees Gold
    July 23, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
    All seats are $20!

    ABBA LA is a Los Angeles-based tribute band that celebrates the timeless music of ABBA. They’re pairing up with Bee Gees Gold, the ultimate experience of seeing the Bee Gees in their prime, live once again. This combo tribute performance is being dubbed “The Greatest Show That Never Was,” and all seats are just $20.

    Which One’s Pink? – A Tribute to the Music of Pink Floyd
    July 23, 2022, 8:15 p.m.
    Tickets are $20-$25

    Los Angeles-based Which One’s Pink? offers a live performance of classic Pink Floyd music with a stunning display of vocals and visual effects. This fan-favorite tribute show sold out during the 2021 OC Fair.

    LA Sound Machine – #1 Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine Tribute
    July 24, 2022, 8 p.m.
    Tickets are $20-$25

    LA Sound Machine is an eight-member band that has great stage rapport, attributed to their experiences together in other projects. This brand new show comes to The Hangar to bring you the multi-Grammy Award winner’s greatest hits in high-energy style. The lead singer embodies Gloria Estefan in vocal quality and stage persona, while the backup singers and rhythm section expertly recreate the moves and enthusiasm of the Miami Sound Machine in concert. LA Sound Machine highlights all of Gloria’s mega-hits from the 80s to today.

    24 Karat Magic! – The #1 Bruno Mars Tribute Band
    July 28, 2022, 8:15 p.m.
    Tickets are $20-$25

    24K Magic’s high energy show will have you singing and dancing to all the hits you know and love, like “Uptown Funk,” “Locked Out of Heaven” and, of course, “24K Magic.” The musicians of 24K Magic have worked with the music industry’s best. Together they deliver the ultimate Bruno Mars concert experience, which sold out during the 2021 OC Fair.

    Tickets to these shows go on sale to the public Saturday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster. Tickets to concerts occurring during the OC Fair include same-day admission to the OC Fair. The 2022 OC Fair is July 15-Aug. 14 (tentative dates), open Wednesday-Sunday. Advance tickets are required. More information about the 2022 OC Fair will come early next year, and additional shows will be announced through June.

    These shows were originally scheduled for 2021 and rescheduled for 2022 at Pacific Amphitheatre. They are on sale now.

    Trevor Noah
    July 16, 2022, 8 p.m.
    Tickets are $45-$75

  • Friday, November 19, 2021 (10:49 am)

    OC Fair & Event Center honored with 6 industry awards

    The OC Fair & Event Center received six Awards of Excellence during the International Association of Fairs and Expositions 2021 Virtual Awards Show on Nov. 18.

    First place awards honored OCFEC in the categories of online advertising and unique exhibits. Second place was given to the organization for miscellaneous marketing programs.

    Three third place awards recognized OCFEC for out-of-the-box marketing, a newly established or evolving agriculture program and a technique to correct an issue or challenge to an agriculture program.

    The industry awards were presented during the 2021 Virtual Awards Show on Zoom and Facebook Live. The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), based in Springfield, Mo., is a voluntary, nonprofit corporation, serving state, provincial, regional and county
    agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions and expositions.

    Its associate members include state and provincial associations of fairs, non-agricultural expositions and festivals, associations, corporations and individuals engaged in providing products and services to its members, all of whom are interested in the improvement of fairs, shows, expositions and allied fields.

    For more information, visit www.fairsandexpos.com

  • Thursday, November 18, 2021 (12:03 pm)

    OC Fair Board revises committee assignments

    At its Nov. 18 meeting, the OC Fair Board of Directors revised its committee structure and added two new committees.

    Leadership Committee:
    • Chair La Belle and Vice Chair Pham
    This committee provides executive support to the Board and acts on behalf of the full Board during emergency situations.
    • Consult with CEO
    • Develop Board meeting agendas
    • Address Board issues
    • Conduct annual safety/security meeting
    • Initiate strategic planning
    • Complete the strategic planning process and provide ongoing monitoring

    Financial Monitoring and Audit Committee:
    • Director Kovacevich and Director Bagneris
    This committee monitors the organization’s financial position and ensures financial controls are in place.
    • Monthly financial oversight
    • Annual budget review
    • Annual audit process
    • Participate in the scoring process for key RFPs, including for carnival services

    Facilities Committee:
    • Director Ruiz and Director Aitken
    This committee reviews buildings and grounds related projects and issues and recommends site planning direction
    • Construction projects
    • Capital expenditures
    • Master site planning

    Governance Committee:
    • Director Cervantes and Director Rubalcava-Garcia
    This committee ensures compliance with all Board policies and regulatory requirements
    • Policy updates
    • Bagley-Keene open meeting compliance
    • Annual form 700 reporting
    • Annual required Board training

    Community Affairs Committee:
    • Director Bagneris 
    This committee oversees the Board’s relationship with the community
    • Diversity, equity and inclusion
    • Community engagement
    • Relationships with local, county and state officials

    Entertainment and Business Development Committee – NEW
    • Director Rubalcava-Garcia, Committee Chair; Director Cervantes
    This committee, in coordination with staff, evaluates opportunities at all District entertainment venues and pursues business development opportunities
    • Pacific Amphitheatre programming enhancement opportunities
    • Hangar and Action Sports Arena programming enhancement opportunities
    • Development of year-round and fairtime business opportunities
    • Utilizing Board contacts and relationships for sponsorship and new event sales opportunities

    Governmental Relations Committee – NEW
    • Director Aitken, Committee Chair; Director Pham
    This committee evaluates opportunities for expanding programing with the county and cities in Orange County and monitors legislative matters.
    • Legislative monitoring
    • Evaluate City and County programing opportunities
    • Annual “State of the District” presentation
    • Monitor the development of the Joint Powers Authority initiative

    Centennial Farm Foundation Liaisons
    • Director Kovacevich 

    Heroes Hall Veterans Foundation Liaisons
    • Director Cervantes and Chair La Belle

  • (11:54 am)

    Fair Board pays tribute to Native American Heritage Month

    During November’s OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors meeting, members paid tribute to Native American Heritage Month.

    The presentation highlighted the contributions Native Americans have made to Orange County’s communities, education and heritage, and to agriculture throughout California.

    View full presentation


  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021 (8:00 am)

    Mid-month update: November 2021 events

    COVID Testing

    When: Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., through Dec. 31 (closed Saturdays & Sundays)

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot E (corner of Fairview and Arlington; enter at Gate 4)

    How much: Free drive-through COVID-19 testing

    More infoMake an appointment online. PCR test results take 24-48 hours.

    Discovery Days at the Farm

    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: 9 a.m.-noon on the following dates
    Tuesday, November 16, 2021
    Thursday, November 18, 2021
    Wednesday, December 1, 2021
    Thursday, December 9, 2021
    Friday, December 17, 2021

    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 ocfair.com/community-programs/centennial-farm/tours-and-reservations/self-guided-tours/

    Progressive IMS Outdoors – Southern California

    Experience the Ultimate Powersports Weekend at Progressive IMS Outdoors, the all-new version of Progressive International Motorcycle Shows. Grab your friends, get outside and ride! Take motorcycle demo rides from top manufacturers, 4-wheel offroad test rides, electric bicycle demos, learn-to-ride courses and put the kids on 2-wheels in the Kids Zone with Strider. See bikes, bikes and more bikes in the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show and IMS Vintage collections. You can also meet the industry’s top brands, shop, enjoy live music, food and attractions.

    When: Friday, Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center

    How much: Tickets are available online, $20-$35. Kids 12 and younger are free. Parking is $10.

    More info: Go to motorcycleshows.com/southern-california

    Seasonal Adventures Christmas Tree Lot

    When: Open daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 26-Dec. 17

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot C (corner of Fair and Fairview)

    How much: Free admission and parking; tree prices vary

    More info: Visit seasonaladventures.com 

    Night of Lights OC

    After last year’s sold-out event, Night of Lights OC is back! Don’t miss a magical and interactive Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Experience. From the safety and comfort of your own vehicle, guests will be guided through a mile-long course featuring:

    Over one million dazzling lights
    Themed holiday scenery & immersive vignettes
    Characters and dancers including Santa (through Dec. 24), Snow Princess, Toy Soldiers, Yeti, Snow Angels and more
    Animated light shows to music through your car radio
    Light tunnels
    Snow flurries and bubbles falling on your car!

    When: Nov. 26, 2021, through Jan. 2, 2022 
    Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays, 5-10 p.m.
    Fridays & Saturdays, 5-11 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center 

    How much: Tickets per car start at $39 for general admission and $59 for VIP (early bird pricing, limited supply)

    More info: Visit NightofLightsOC.com, email Info@NightofLightsOC.com or call (657) 333-2520

    Crossroads of the West Gun Show

    When: Saturday, Nov. 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
                  Sunday, Nov. 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot I (enter at Gate 10 off Newport and park in Lots A & H) 

    How much: $18 two-day admission. $17 for seniors (65+) and military; children 12 and younger are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parking is $10 daily, credit card only; the parking lot will be open one hour prior to event time.

    More information: Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets online prior to the event. Visit crossroadsgunshows.com, call (801) 544-9125 or email gunshows@crossroadsgunshows.com

    The Original O.C. Swap Meet

    This event was created to provide a space for local small businesses and the community to come together in an outdoor setting. Showcasing products and goods for all to buy, with the thought of bringing common items and at times unique ones for all to enjoy.

    When: Saturday, Nov. 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – NEW LOCATION! Enter the event at Green Gate, which is located on the north side of Pacific Amphitheatre

    How much: Free admission, $10 parking

    More info: Check instagram.com/ogocswapmeet, email ogswapmeet@gmail.com or call (949) 302-0355