Category Archives: Entertainment

  • Friday, January 26, 2024 (8:20 am)

    2024 OC Fair will run July 19-Aug. 18, theme is ‘Always a Good Time’

    COSTA MESA (Jan. 26, 2024) – OC Fair has announced that “Always a Good Time” will be the theme of the 2024 festival that will run July 19-Aug. 18, celebrating summer, community and making memories.
     
    Admission tickets will go on sale online in February. This will be the fourth year the Fair will use a limited-capacity model and days are again expected to sell out.
     
    The OC Fair Every Day Passport will also be offered, allowing guests to visit the Fair any day of its 23-day run without advance tickets or reservations required.
     
    “The annual OC Fair is ‘always a good time’ and this year will be no exception,” said OC Fair Board Chair Nick Kovacevich. “Our staff is hard at work planning to once again welcome back the community for 23 days of fun and entertainment.” 
     
    A special feature exhibit, “The Art of Music,” will return for a second year with new displays highlighting album covers, posters, artwork and interactive experiences. Also on display will be community fine art and photography entries, handcrafts, woodworking, agriculture competitions and more. Deadlines vary and details can be found at ocfair.com/oc-fair/competitions-contests/.
     
    The OC Fair Board voted to keep admission ticket prices the same as 2023, $13 general admission on weekdays (Wednesday, Thursday) and $15 on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Tickets for seniors 60+ and kids 6-13 are $9 all days. OC Fair will again absorb the online admission ticket transaction fees. The Every Day Passport is $60 for visits to the Fair any day, without restrictions. Parking in 2024 will be $15.
     
    Fair hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.
     
    Tickets are now available to purchase for shows in Pacific Amphitheatre and The Hangar. ABBA LA and Bee Gees Gold will perform on July 20, Chris Young and Conner Smith will be in the Pacific Amphitheatre July 19 and Los Tucanes de Tijuana and Voz de Mando will be on stage July 14. Updates are available on pacamp.com and ocfair.com as well as on the new OC Fair Radio platform.
     
    Tickets to performances in Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena during the run of the OC Fair also include same-day Fair admission.
     
    Returning OC Fair favorites include magician Frank Thurston, Brew Hee Haw craft beer festival, monster trucks, demolition derbies, All-Alaskan pig races and, of course, unique and memorable fair food. The Junior Livestock Auction will take place on July 27.
     
    Also featured during the Fair at Heroes Hall will be The Vietnam War Through the Art and Photography of Ed Bowen. The SAAAB Story exhibit continues on the second floor educating visitors on the history of the Santa Ana Army Air Base. Admission is free with Fair entry.
     
    The OC Fair is looking for local people to participate in the annual 2024 event. Community entertainment (unpaid) applications will be accepted through April 5 at ocfair.com/oc-fair/be-a-part-of-the-fair/community-entertainment/. Applications for vendors and concessionaires are now open at ocfair.com/oc-fair/be-a-part-of-the-fair/vendors/. Sponsorship and marketing information is available at ocfair.com/oc-fair/sponsors/.
     
    The 2023 OC Fair had an attendance of 1,048,181 with 12 sold-out days.
     
    For more information, visit ocfair.com.
  • 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!

  • 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

  • Wednesday, June 28, 2023 (4:06 pm)

    What’s going on at the OC Fairgrounds in July

    I think we can all agree the hottest ticket in town is the 2023 OC Fair! The Fair promises to bring everything from cute, cuddly animals to thrilling shows, exhibits and entertainment. There’s something for everyone in the lineup that will surely keep you and the family coming back for more. But don’t forget to join us for the City of Costa Mesa’s Independence Day Community Celebration happening pre-Fair. And, of course, we’re working to keep the party going post-Fair with some exciting events and exhibits in the fall. Whether pre-, during or post-Fair we can’t wait to host your good time.

    See you on the Fairgrounds!

     

    2023 OC Fair Tickets

    Tickets are on sale now at ocfair.com/tickets. Advance admission purchase is required, please choose dates carefully as there are no refunds or exchanges. Buy now – days will sell out. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Our on-site box office will sell admission tickets only until July 13. Tickets will not be available at entry gates during the Fair. There are no transaction fees for admission tickets. Do not purchase tickets elsewhere as they may not be valid. 

     

    EVERY DAY PASSPORT

    New for 2023 is the Every Day Passport. Now, you can enjoy the Fair any day or every day – no restrictions or blackout dates!

    The Every Day Passport is available for $60. Availability is limited and the offer is valid only while supplies last. To purchase, visit ocfair.com/everydaypass/.

     

    TNT Fireworks Stand, June 30 – July 4

    Costa Mesa High School Baseball is selling safe and sane TNT fireworks.
    When:  June 30 – July 4, hours vary by day.
    Schedule:
    June 30, Noon – 10 p.m.
    July 1 – 3, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    July 4, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot E
    How much: Free admission and parking. Firework prices vary. 
    More info: Visit Costa Mesa High School Baseball

    Independence Day Community Celebration, July 3

    What better way to commemorate America’s 247th birthday than with an Independence Day Community Celebration! The festivities include free entry, activities and a firework show. Bring your picnic, lawn chairs and blanket and create a memorable evening as we celebrate our nation’s independence.

    Food and drinks will be available. Glass containers and bottles are prohibited. No hard-sided coolers or outside alcohol permitted.

    When: Monday, July 3, 5 – 11 p.m.
    Firework show starts at 9:30 p.m.
    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot A
    How much: Free admission and parking.
    More info: Visit City of Costa Mesa 

     

    2023 OC Fair – Happy Together, July 14 – 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: July 14 – 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

    Entertainment during the 2023 OC Fair

    Pacific Amphitheatre

    Pacific Amphitheatre is celebrating its 40th anniversary and delivering entertainment you don’t want to miss. Performances include comedians Gabriel Iglesias and Jeff Dunham, concerts by Beck, Ne-Yo, War, George Thorogood, Rebelution, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, -X-, Stephen Marley, Cheap Trick, Bee Gees Gold, The Green, Dwight Yoakam, 3 Doors Down, Yung Gravy, Ziggy Marley, The Fab Four, Styx, Chicago, Gerardo Ortiz, Smokey Robinson, Midland, Ramon Ayala, AJR, Common Kings and Sweet & Tender Hooligans.

    When: July 1 – 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 Dead Man’s Party, Twisted Gypsy, Devotional, Journey Unauthorized, Wild Child, Don’t Look Back, Sweet Home Alabama, Zeppelin Live, Elton: The Early Years, Yachty By Nature, Ticket to the Moon, 24K Magic!, Red Corvette, Which One’s Pink?, Start Making Sense, Damage Inc., Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers, The Beatles vs The Stones and Queen Nation join Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez and Spencer Sutherland over the course of the Fair.

    When: July 14 – 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

    Non-stop adrenaline is scheduled in Action Sports Arena with Monster Truck Nitro, demolition derbies, rodeos, charros and more taking over. There’s sure to be something to keep everyone entertained.

    When: July 14 – 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.

     

    Exhibits 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

     

    Junior Livestock Auction

    For a classic fair experience visit OC Fair’s Livestock Show Ring and view the Junior Livestock Auction! OC Fair’s annual Junior Livestock Auction supports 4-H and FFA agriculture education programs throughout Orange County. Bidding at the OC Fair will be in person with add-on contributions online only. Market shows will be held in person and viewing will be available during OC Fair public hours.

    When: Saturday, July 22, auction begins at 10 a.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Livestock Showring

    How much: Included with Fair admission

    More info: Visit Junior Livestock Auction

     

    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

    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

     

    Coming up in August

    OC Fair Fun Run 5K, Aug. 6

    Run, walk or skip through the OC Fair!

    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: $45 until July 13, $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.

    Hangar doors open at 6 p.m.

    First fight 7 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar

    How much: General admission is $65. 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 $11. Parking is $12.

    More info: Visit Gem Faire

  • Monday, June 19, 2023 (8:05 am)

    Get OC Fair admission and carnival tickets now - don’t miss summer fun!

    COSTA MESA (June 19, 2023) – The first day of summer is just days away and the OC Fair is making big plans and inviting everyone to be “Happy Together” from July 14 to Aug. 13.
     
    Here is what you need to know to make sure you don’t miss out on summer’s best party:
     
    The basics
    Tickets are available now for admission, carnival rides, games and entertainment. The OC Fair will again have limited daily capacity – days will sell out. Carnival wristbands and ride tickets are also currently on sale at discounted prices prior to the Fair.
     
    Advance ticket purchase will again be required for admission to summer’s best event, which will be open Wednesday through Sunday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Guests are encouraged to buy tickets for the specific days they want to attend as soon as possible. Visit ocfair.com/tickets – there are no fees on admission tickets.
     
    OC Fair ticket prices are $13 general admission Wednesday and Thursday and $15 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for seniors 60+ and kids 6-12 are $9 all days; children 5 and under are free. Parking is $12 for cars and motorcycles and $24 for buses and limos.
     
    Every Day Passport
    New this year, the Every Day Passport gives Fairgoers access any day – or every day – to all 23 days of the OC Fair for $60 with no restrictions or blackout days. Otherwise, tickets must be purchased in advance for a specific day. Supplies are limited.
     
    Carnival deals
    The popular carnival ride wristbands are back this year for $44 presale online through July 14 and $49 during the Fair. The one-day wristbands can be used Wednesday and Thursday, and include unlimited rides and two free games. Guests can ride and play from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. 
     
    Carnival FunPasses of 50 and 100 tickets can also be bought online prior to the Fair opening at a 20% discount. Tickets required for each ride and game vary. For more information on this year’s rides and games, visit our website.
     
    New rides this year include Sling Shot, Raptor and Joker 360. Sling Shot, classified as an extreme thrill ride, catapults riders 200 feet into the air in 1.2 seconds. This ride requires a separate ticket.
     
    Ray Cammack Shows (RCS) and the OC Fair are rewarding kids for reading during the summer with two free ride passes. Just fill out the online form, print out the email verification and bring it to a RCS carnival information booth in the Kidland area to claim passes for two carnival rides.
     
    Grab our apps
    The 2023 OC Fair app is on its way – download for tickets, events, food, shopping, maps and more! Go to ocfair.com/fair or your app store.
     
    The RCS FunPass carnival app enables Fairgoers to purchase tickets, check and recharge passes. Bonus: FunPasses can be shared between family and friends. For more information, visit ocfair.com/oc-fair/buy-tickets/carnival/.
     
    OC Fair 5K Fun Run
    Registration is open for the OC Fair 5K Fun Run which will take place Aug. 6; pricing is $40 until June 23. Registration for kids 5 and under is $10 and youth 6-12 can register for $20. For more information and to register, visit ocfair5k.com.
     
    Live entertainment
    Tickets are also on sale for OC Fair shows in Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena at Tickemaster.com and ocfair.com. Performance tickets for shows held during the run of the Fair also include same-day Fair admission.
     
    Shows in Pacific Amphitheatre include Beck, Dwight Yoakam, Ramon Ayala, Ne-Yo/RobinThicke, Jeff Dunham and Chicago. In The Hangar, Fairgoers can see Twisted Gypsy, Queen Nation, Elton The Early Years, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez and Spencer Sutherland. In Action Sports Arena, Monster Truck Nitro Tour, demolition derbies and Costa Mesa Speedway will thrill guests.
     
    Returning OC Fair favorites
    Don’t miss magician Frank Thurston, blue ribbon-winning competition entries, hypnotist Mark Yuzuik, Great American Petting Farm, All-Alaskan Racing Pigs and, of course, crazy fair food. The Taste of the Fair is also back with sample-size food options for $4 on Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     
    Stats and info
    OC Fair attendance in 2022 was 1,055,173. The Fair returned to an in-person event in 2021 with attendance at 1,055,770 after a virtual Fair was held online in 2020.
     
    For more information, visit ocfair.com.
     
  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023 (8:35 am)

    OC Fair’s entertainment lineup is ready, with 71 shows across three venues this summer

    COSTA MESA (June 7, 2023) – The OC Fair has announced its entertainment lineup for the summer, featuring 71 performances across three venues, Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena.

    Entertainment tickets are on sale now at ticketmaster.com.

    Pacific Amphitheatre is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and will kick off its summer season with two pre-Fair concerts: Stephen Marley on July 1, and The Green/Hirie/Mike Love/Jesse Royal/Common Sense on July 8.

    Then, the Toyota Summer Concert Series marks the opening weekend of the 2023 OC Fair with Bee Gees Gold/ABBA LA on July 14, 3 Doors Down/Candlebox on July 15, and The Happy Together Tour on July 16.

    Pacific Amphitheatre shows also include Dwight Yoakam/Asleep at the Wheel on July 20, Gerardo Ortiz/Los Farmerz on July 23, X/The English Beat/Save Ferris on July 30, Beck/Phoenix on Aug. 9, Jeff Dunham on Aug. 10, and Ne-Yo/Robin Thicke/Mario on Aug. 4.

    But the fun doesn’t stop there. Pacific Amphitheatre’s summer season includes four post-Fair shows this year: Los Tucanes de Tijuana/La Original Banda El Limon on Aug. 18, Chicago on Aug. 20, Gabriel Iglesias on Aug. 27 and Common Kings/Fiji and guests on Sept. 2. Visit pacamp.com for the full venue lineup.

    This year’s entertainment in The Hangar includes Devotional (Depeche Mode tribute), Dead Man’s Party (Oingo Boingo tribute), Spencer Sutherland/DOUBLECAMP, Twisted Gypsy (Fleetwood Mac tribute), Queen Nation (Queen tribute), and Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez. See ocfair.com for the complete venue lineup.

    Action Sports Arena will launch the Fair season with OC Brew Hee Haw, a craft beer roundup with live music, on July 14 and 15. The Monster Truck Nitro Tour, demolition derbies, rodeos, X-Treme Freestyle Moto-X and the Speedway Fair Derby on Aug. 1 will round out the entertainment. Check out ocfair.com for the detailed venue lineup.

    Fair-time entertainment tickets include free same-day admission to the OC Fair, July 14-Aug. 13. Shows are selling out so guests are encouraged to purchase tickets now at ticketmaster.com.

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2022 (2:54 pm)

    New character, Sunny, heading to this year’s OC Fair

    Today we held auditions for our new Foodie, and this was one of our favorites – we hired them on the spot!

    We thought it’d be the perfect way to introduce our Lemon’s name. *drumroll*

    Meet SUNNY!!

    This year, Sunny will join his Foodie friends Olivia (the Orange), Arturo the Churro, Cornelius and Strawberry Jan every day at the OC Fair.

    THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our naming contest on social media – we had 250+ votes! John Lemmon came in real close, and there were lots of votes for Twist/Twisty and Drop/Lemon Drop.

    Some of the write-ins were also pretty great. We got tons of variations of Squeezy, Zesty, Lemony and Lemonade. Some of you went with citrus themed, suggesting names like Pucker, Sour and Tart. Others went literal with names like Meyer and Bonnie Brae. Lots recommended we name the Lemon after famous people or characters such as Miley Cytrus, Lemon Stefani, Jack Lemon, Liz Lemon LuluLemon and even Pikalemon. A few gave the Lemon fun last names like Bigfair, McLemonFace and Picket. We especially enjoyed the creative ones like Nomel (lemon spelled backwards) and the French-sounding Sunny Le Monet.

    Don’t forget to say hi to Sunny this summer at the OC Fair!

  • Thursday, April 7, 2022 (3:05 pm)

    Imaginology is this weekend!

    Imaginology returns in person this Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10! We’ve got a packed schedule of take-home crafts, science experiments, live performances by local entertainers, youth competitions and more.

    The free two-day event gives students the chance to explore careers in the S.T.E.A.M. fields –that’s science, technology, engineering, arts and math – as well as agriculture education.

    After being canceled in 2020 and going virtual in 2021, this year the family fest returns IN PERSON with activities and entertainment for kids of all ages.

    Programming includes:

    Science exploration

    Local exhibitors like Compass Charter Schools, YMCA of Orange County and Gemology will provide hands-on experimenting. Plus, try a little physical science with activities like hula hoops, Recess Revolution’s free-play area, or Heroes Hall Museum’s Fort Blisters Boot Camp.

    Tech lessons

    The Coder School and National College Resources Foundation will be on hand to talk about the future and the history of computers. Plus, OC Fair has a fun augmented reality activity in which kids can make their own coloring page come alive!

    Engineering playtime

    From woodcarving and scroll saws to Rigamajigs and module trains, there will be plenty to put together at Imaginology. Harbor Soaring Society will host aerospace adventures, Brain Builders will show off robots and LEGOs and Imaginology’s cardboard engineering competition will be on display.

    Arts in crafts, displays and more

    Local entertainers such as dance groups, DJs and music groups will provide live entertainment at the Main Stage. There is also a plethora of hands-on crafting – many of which come with a take-home project! Plus, Imaginology’s mural competition will be on display.

    Math by way of strategy

    We can find math in just about everything (like having students count out the cash for a burger and brat!). But logic and mathematical reasoning is the way to win at chess, and the local Academic Chess chapter will host their annual Tournament of Champions on Saturday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Registration is $30 at strategickids.com.

    Agricultural education

    Livestock competitions and exhibits will be on display throughout Imaginology. Plus, OC Fair & Event Center’s year-round Centennial Farm will feature activities such as radish seed planting, a terrarium makeshop, oxen demos and more – and don’t miss a peek at the piglets born March 16. There will also be blacksmithing demonstrations at the Farm.

    When: Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    How much: Admission is free and most activities are included. Parking is $10. Food will be available for purchase.

    For more information including a full list of exhibitors and food that will be available, visit ocfair.com/steam.

  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022 (2:31 pm)

    Jim Gaffigan, Kool & the Gang headlining this summer; plus, annual craft beer fest to return to 2022 OC Fair

    OC Fair has announced more if its 2022 summer entertainment lineup. Live music performances at Pacific Amphitheatre include Kool & the Gang with Sister Sledge on opening weekend, and Jim Gaffigan on Aug. 4.

    Also performing during the OC Fair at The Hangar: Elton – The Early Years – A Tribute to Elton John, Dog N Butterfly – The Heart Experience and The Long Run – Experience the Eagles. OC Brew Hee Haw, the annual craft beer festival, will return this summer at a new venue: Action Sports Arena.

    Tickets for these shows will go on sale Saturday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster.

    COMING TO PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE

    Kool & the Gang with Sister Sledge
    July 15, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
    Tickets are $39.50-$79.50

    Get ready for a dance-filled summer night with Kool & the Gang and special guest Sister Sledge. Formed as a jazz ensemble in the mid-’60s, Kool & the Gang became one of the most inspired and influential funk units during the ’70s, and one of the most popular R&B groups of the ’80s after their breakout hit “Celebration.” They’ll follow Sister Sledge, the sibling vocal group behind the anthem “We Are Family.”

    Jim Gaffigan
    Aug. 4, 2022, 8:15 p.m.
    Tickets are $55-$95

    It’s about time for some belly laughs. Jim Gaffigan is a five-time Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, best-selling author, two-time Emmy-winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist. He is known for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around his observations on life. Gaffigan recently released his seventh stand up special, Quality Time, with Amazon Studios, making history as their first original comedy special. He also continues to tour around the world.


    COMING TO THE HANGAR

    Elton – The Early Years – A Tribute to Elton John
    July 21, 2022, 8:15 p.m.
    Tickets are $20-$25

    Accomplished musician and vocalist, Kenny Metcalf recreates the multiple Grammy-winning legend and flamboyant superstar in each and every performance. Dazzling outfits, stunning vocals, and a spectacular backing band complete this reproduction that brings the audience on an adventure of both sight and sound.

    Dog N Butterfly – The Heart Experience
    July 29, 2022, 8:15 p.m.
    Tickets are $20-$25

    Created in late 2003, Dog N Butterfly is a five-piece band dedicated to bringing their talent and love of Heart’s memorable music to the stage. Complete with retro-inspired costume and dance, Dog N Butterfly performs all the ’70s hits as well as the chart-toppers that brought Heart back into the lime light in the ’80s.

    The Long Run – Experience the Eagles
    Aug. 4, 2022, 8:15 p.m.
    Tickets are $20-$25

    The Long Run is a hard-working tribute act from Los Angeles dedicated to faithfully recreating the timeless music of The Eagles. Marked by lush harmonies and exceptional musical accuracy, every performance delivers a reverence for the beloved Eagles recordings, blended with TLR’s own live-concert personality.


    COMING TO ACTION SPORTS ARENA

    OC Brew Hee Haw – A Craft Beer Roundup
    Tickets are $50 (GA) / $60 (VIP) / $25-$30 (no-alcohol tickets)
    Session 1: July 15, 6 p.m. (VIP) / 7 p.m. (GA)
    Sessions 2: July 16, 12:30 p.m. (VIP) / 1:30 p.m. (GA)
    Sessions 3: July 16, 6:30 p.m. (VIP) / 7:30 p.m. (GA)

    Following another record-breaking year, the 8th Annual OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup will return to the OC Fair on July 15 & 16, 2022! In addition to delicious unlimited beer tastings, each session will include entertainment with epic themes in their genres by some great live music. Band information to be announced, so stay tuned!

    Tickets to these shows go on sale to the public Saturday, Jan. 22, 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, open Wednesday-Sunday. Advance tickets are required.

  • 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.

    COMING TO PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE
    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.

    COMING TO THE HANGAR
    SOLD-OUT SHOW IN 2021
    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.

    NEW TO THE HANGAR
    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.

    SOLD-OUT SHOW IN 2021
    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.

    RESCHEDULED SHOWS ALSO ON SALE
    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