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Ultimate Family Fun: Detailed Bay Area Fair Guide

As Memorial Day approaches, the Bay Area is gearing up for a series of lively county fairs. These fairs not only bring us a wide array of amusement rides and exciting performances but also serve as a great place to spend quality time with family and friends. Here are the details of the upcoming county fairs in the Bay Area. Start planning your summer festivities now!


San Mateo County Fair

Dates: June 1 - June 9

San Mateo County Fair kicks off the summer fair season in the Bay Area. This fair offers a dazzling array of amusement rides, various exhibits, and live music performances that guarantee a fun-filled experience. In addition to classic attractions like the carousel and Ferris wheel, there are special activities including: Craft Exhibitions, Duck Races, Pig Races, Magic Shows, Butterfly Observation, Camel Rides, etc.

Photo Source: Alameda County Fair

Alameda County Fair

Dates: June 14 - July 7

Alameda County Fair is the longest-running fair in the Bay Area, filled with numerous rides and fun activities. Besides taking a scenic ride on the cable car, you can enjoy hilarious pig races and various daily activities and shows that ensure new surprises every day.

Solano County Fair

Dates: June 13 - June 16

Solano County Fair is a brief but must-visit event. Despite its short duration, the fair offers plenty of rides, exhibits, and performances that make it worth your while. Come here to enjoy a vibrant summer day!

Marin County Fair

Dates: July 3 - July 7

This year's Marin County Fair has the theme "Make a Splash." In addition to a variety of amusement rides, there are live music performances, a petting zoo, and spectacular fireworks every night. Unique activities include: Marin Galactic Outpost, Balloonacy, Stilt Circus, Hillia Hula Hoop Extraordinaire, The Butterfly Kingdom, Ford Farms Petting Zoo, etc.

Sonoma County Fair

Dates: August 1 - August 11

This year's theme for the Sonoma County Fair is "The Greatest Fair on Earth." The fair will host various competitions, music performances, and animal races, along with a wide range of amusement rides. Every corner is filled with joy and surprises.

Photo Source: Santa Clara County Fair

Santa Clara County Fair

Dates: July 25 - 28, and August 1 - 4

The Santa Clara County Fair is held in two sessions, giving you more opportunities to join the fun. The fair features a variety of rides, live music performances, exhibits, and animal activities, making it an ideal destination for friends and family outings.

Monterey County Fair

Dates: August 29 - September 2

Monterey County Fair is the last summer fair, offering visitors a variety of rides, music performances, and competitions. Spend a weekend filled with music and laughter here!

Santa Cruz County Fair

Dates: September 12 - 15

Santa Cruz County Fair covers 105 acres, offering a wide range of exhibits, rides, and activities. Especially for young children, there is the kiddie korral with toys, picnic tables, and various fun activities, ensuring a delightful time for the entire family.

The Bay Area county fairs are annual events that bring joy and memories while offering a great opportunity to share wonderful moments with family and friends. Whether you love thrilling rides or enjoy live music and performances, these fairs have something for everyone. Get ready to embrace the summer festival season and enjoy every moment of it!Start planning your summer itinerary now and make this summer full of joy and surprises!


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