Category Archives: OC Fair & Event Center

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2020 (12:23 pm)

    Summer drive-in concert experience featuring The Fab Four headed to OC Fair & Event Center

    OC Fair and Autosonic Concerts have announced a two-night summer drive-in concert experience featuring The Fab Four, a local favorite that pays tribute to The Beatles, on July 31 and Aug. 1.

    Both nights will feature two one-hour showtimes – 7 and 9 p.m. The drive-in concert experience is an Autosonic Concerts production and will take place at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

    The live band will be set up on a stage, and two large video screens will also be available for viewing. See a map of the stage and vehicle setup at

    How it works:
    Arrive at Gate 1 off Fair Drive. Gates will open one hour prior to show time; staff will scan guests’ mobile devices for contact-free entry.

    Park. Vehicles will be positioned on a first-come, first-served basis in the general admission area. Oversized vehicles will be directed to designated areas.

    Enjoy the concert from the car! Vehicles will be spaced apart to promote social distancing. Guests will tune in through their FM radio for audio sent directly from the stage. (A pre-show presentation will inform ticketholders of the station and instructions, as well as sound advisories.)

    Guests are encouraged to bring their own snacks and refreshments as no concessions will be available on the fairgrounds. Restrooms will be available with social distancing protocols in place.

    Masks are required for guests who choose to roll down their vehicle windows or use the restrooms.

    Tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 1, at, for $75-$150 per vehicle (up to four guests allowed per vehicle). Pricing: $150 front row, $125 premium oversized vehicle, $125 premium general admission, $100 general admission (behind video screens), $75 back row oversized vehicle.

    More information about the drive-in concert experience:
    Frequently asked questions
    Oversized vehicles (measurements)
    Buy tickets

  • Friday, June 26, 2020 (10:39 am)

    OC Fair Board issues solidarity proclamation in support of the Black Community

    The OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors unanimously issued a proclamation on June 25, 2020, in support of the Black Community and stands united against discrimination and committed to inclusion, diversity and equality.

    Recognizing this painful time for many members of our community, the Board voted to reaffirm its commitment to denounce discrimination or violence in any form.

    The following statement was approved at today’s Board of Directors meeting:

    Proclamation of the Board of Directors of the 32nd District Agricultural Association

    WHEREAS, the mission of the 32nd District Agricultural Association (the 32nd DAA) is the “Celebration of Orange County’s Communities, Interests and Heritage”; and

    WHEREAS, the 32nd DAA is against discrimination on the basis of race, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, or marital, parental or military status; and

    WHEREAS, the 32nd DAA condemns the deeply troubling actions that occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which led to the inexcusable and senseless death of Mr. George Floyd; and the same troubling actions that have taken the lives of so many other Black men, women, boys and girls, even since Mr. Floyd; and

    WHEREAS, the 32nd DAA stands in solidarity with those that peacefully protest against violence, inequality and excessive force; and

    WHEREAS, the 32nd DAA recognizes the community is in turmoil, and looking to its leaders to affirm their commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equality; and

    WHEREAS, the 32nd DAA stands with the members of our Black Community and all people of color who have been ignored, marginalized and disenfranchised;

    NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of the 32nd District Agricultural Association hereby does proclaim on June 25, 2020, that it stands in solidarity with the Black
    Community and reaffirms its commitment to denounce discrimination or violence in any form.

  • Friday, May 1, 2020 (3:01 am)

    Joan Hamill named Chief Business Development Officer

    Joan Hamill was appointed Chief Business Development Officer May 1, 2020 to lead Communications & Guest Experience, Exhibits & Education, Entertainment, Event Sales & Services, Marketing & Creative Services and Sponsorship & Sales. She worked in various positions for OC Fair & Event Center in the exhibits department and served as the department director since 2003. During this time she developed and directed numerous programming and exhibits for OC Fair and Imaginology as well as year round educational programs and events for Centennial Farm. She lead the development and creation of permanent and rotating exhibitions and educational programs for Heroes Hall since its opening in 2017.

  • Monday, April 27, 2020 (9:52 am)

    OC Fair Board cancels 2020 Fair due to pandemic

    The OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors voted unanimously today to cancel the 2020 OC Fair, one of the most anticipated and enduring summer celebrations in Southern California for 130 years. The Board considered ongoing guidance and updated information from State and County health care and government officials about the status of the coronavirus pandemic and the improbability that mass gatherings like the OC Fair could safely and responsibly take place this summer.

    In addition to the regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Board called a second April meeting specifically to review all options and discuss whether or not to move forward with the 2020 OC Fair. The action comes amid unprecedented community stay-at-home and social distancing orders and will protect guests, vendors and staff during the COVID-19 crisis.

    “The decision to cancel the 2020 OC Fair was not taken lightly by the Board. As Governor-appointed representatives the Board has a responsibility to provide a safe experience to the community-at-large, the hundreds of people who depend on county fairs for their livelihood, fairgoers and OC Fair staff,” said Board Chair Sandra Cervantes. “While many of our guests have expressed extreme disappointment over the idea of the 2020 Fair being canceled, we strongly believe it is the right thing to do in this current situation. However, we will keep the spirit of the OC Fair alive with virtual fair concepts such as contests, competitions, entertainment and concessions to bring the fair experience to guests through and social media.”

    The 23-day OC Fair welcomes more than 1.3 million fairgoers each year and has an estimated economic impact of $350 million annually. The Fair was canceled 1942-1947 during wartime, but otherwise has been a summer staple since 1890. Information on refunds for concert tickets and Super Passes that have already been purchased can be found at

    “We love the OC Fair as much as our guests do. And, while it’s disappointing that the Fair can’t take place this year, we fully support the Board’s decision,” said Michele Richards, OC Fair & Event Center CEO. “But please know OC Fair & Event Center will still be here to serve the community as we plan for the next OC Fair and the eventual return of our wonderful events.”

  • Friday, April 17, 2020 (1:52 pm)

    OC Fair ticket booths on loan for marriage services

    OC Fair ticket booths are helping love triumph during the pandemic.

    Three booths are on loan to the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department so they can offer marriage licenses and civil marriage ceremonies, with social distancing in place, to couples during the COVID-19 lockdown.

    “It warms our hearts that our OC Fair & Event Center ticket booths are providing safe windows to love and marriage during these challenging times,” said Michele Richards, OC Fair & Event Center CEO. “We are glad to partner with the County to share such a hopeful sign for the future.”

    Marriage services are available at Honda Center by appointment only. Visit for more information, or call the county’s Marriage Service Hotline at (714) 834-2740.

  • Friday, April 10, 2020 (9:49 am)

    News about OC Fair & Event Center use for emergency relief during pandemic

    OC Fair & Event Center leadership is in communication with state, county and city agencies regarding the use of the fairgrounds for emergency purposes during the coronavirus pandemic.

    We have received an updated notice that 10 temporary trailers will be delivered today, April 10, to the corner of parking lot G, nearest Gate 10, for potential emergency housing. These trailers were requested by the City of Costa Mesa from the State of California to assist with housing if needed for unsheltered residents who may have risk factors that make them vulnerable to COVID-19. It is not yet known if or when the trailers will be utilized for this purpose. The trailers will be placed in a secured area.

    Also, three buildings in the Main Mall area of the fairgrounds are being considered for emergency medical use. The Orange County Health Care Agency has assessed the property and is considering it to assist with hospital overflow. Details about how the facilities will be utilized and who will occupy them is not yet known. If the buildings are put into use, the area will be secured. The timetable is also in the works as coordination continues.

    “Fairgrounds all over the state are being called into service to assist their communities and we are happy to do our part in helping Orange County through this pandemic,” said Michele Richards, OC Fair & Event Center CEO.

    Thank you for your continued support as it is determined how the fairgrounds will be used to assist our community during this unprecedented crisis.

  • Thursday, April 2, 2020 (9:00 am)

    A message from our CEO Michele Richards

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020 (10:02 am)

    Centennial Farm donates produce to OC Food Bank

    Centennial Farm, which is currently closed to the public, sure does miss its after-school program, class tours and visitors. 

    But in the meantime, we are doing what we can to help our community by donating produce to OC Food Bank. Our hard-working farm staff has harvested several pounds of carrots, different types of lettuce and more.

    The farm staff is also making sure the livestock at Centennial Farm continues to be fed and cared for. Most of the rest of OC Fair & Event Center staff is working from home while the fairgrounds are closed.

    As always, thank you for your support of Centennial Farm. And make sure to check in on the pigs anytime at

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 (7:16 pm)

    OC Fair & Event Center closes property until further notice

    (Updated June 11, 202o) 

    Out of an abundance of caution and to help stem the spread of coronavirus, OC Fair & Event Center announces a full public closure of the facilities, including Heroes Hall Veterans Museum, Centennial Farm, Equestrian Center and the administration building lobby until further notice.

    OC Fair & Event center will continue to follow public health directives.

    The following events previously scheduled to take place at OC Fair & Event Center have been impacted: 

    • Orange County Market Place – weekends, canceled until further notice
    • Farmers Market – Thursdays, canceled until June 18
    • OC Wine Fest – June 13-14, canceled
    • BrideWorld – June 14, canceled
    • OC Market Place Taco Fest – June 20, canceled
    • Costa Mesa Speedway – June 20, canceled
    • FamFest – June 20-21, canceled
    • Pacific Symphony – July 4 & Aug. 21, canceled
    • 2020 OC Fair – July 17-Aug. 16, canceled
    • SoCal World Guitar Show – Aug. 22-23, canceled
    • Irish Festival – Sept. 5-6, canceled

    The following is a list of events originally scheduled for earlier this year that have been rescheduled for a later date: 

    • AAOC Trade Show and Conference – March 26, postponed to Sept. 10
    • Mom Made Market – March 28-29, postponed to Oct. 10-11
    • Fight Club – April 9 & June 11, postponed until Oct. 15 & Nov. 12
    • OC Marathon – May 1-3, postponed to Nov. 6-8
    • OC Night Market – May 8-10 & May 15-17, postponed to Oct. 23-25 & Oct. 30-Nov. 1 

    For a complete list of upcoming scheduled events, please visit

  • Friday, February 28, 2020 (11:49 am)

    New OC Fair & Event Center Community Engagement Program approved

    The OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors voted Feb. 27 to approve a new Community Engagement Program aimed at helping local community groups, nonprofits and government agencies by supporting projects and events this year.

    A Community Engagement Program was proposed by CEO Michele Richards as a way to include employees and the board in decisions on how OC Fair & Event Center (OCFEC) supports local efforts that are in alignment with the agency’s mission and that meet specific criteria. OCFEC’s mission is “Celebration of Orange County’s communities, interests, agriculture and heritage.”

    As part of OCFEC’s 2020 budget, a $150,000 Community Engagement Fund was set aside and a committee of two board members was created to work with a 10-member employee panel to determine which requests will be approved and funded.

    “The idea of this Community Engagement Program is extremely important to me. I want a fully transparent process in place and I believe it is in the best interest of the organization and public for our employees to be involved in this decision-making,” said Richards. “We want these funds to help further our mission and to lift up the people and the organizations out there doing such good work in our communities.”

    The Community Engagement Fund is one of several ways that OCFEC provides support to local philanthropic groups and other organizations.

    The Community Meeting Space Program allows groups to use meeting rooms for free or at a discount and the Community Event Rental Waiver program offers free or discounted use of facilities for events and larger meetings. Facilities must not be booked for other uses and particular criteria must be met. Staffing and equipment rental or usage costs are not included in the fee waiver and are subject to charges.

    Organizations interested in applying for any of OCFEC’s community programs can soon fill out an application online at