Ventura County Fair Returns for 143rd Year

August 1, Ventura County’s original Social Network returns with twelve days of fun, excitement and entertainment. This year’s Fair, themed “A Country Fair with Ocean Air”, will feature interesting exhibits, exciting contests, and top-of-the line Grandstand Entertainment performances.

The Ventura County Fair is a top quality experience at great values. Special admission days offer opportunities to enter the Fair free or at low prices. Opening day, Wednesday, August 1, is “Dollar Day”, with $1 admission until 3PM. On Youth Day, Friday, August 4, children under 12 are admitted free all day. Seniors (62+) and Persons with Disabilities are admitted free all day on Tuesday, August 7th. “$3 Before 3” Day is Wednesday, August 8; admission is $3 until 3PM. Military Appreciation Day is Thursday, August 9- on this day, all military personnel holding a current, valid military ID will be admitted free. Thank you for your service!

Thrill-seekers will enjoy Carnival Wristband Days again this year. On August 2, 6, 7 and 9, purchase a $30 wristband, good for unlimited carnival rides until 7:00 pm.

The Fair offers a unique way for visitors to have fun while giving to the community at the “Feed the Need” Food Drive on Thursday, August 2. Bring 5 cans of food to donate to FOOD Share. For this, you’ll receive a free return ticket to the fair, good for August 6-9.

The Grandstand Entertainment begins on August 1 with Motor Sports, a great way to get revved up for the concerts to come. (Motor Sports requires a $5 admission in addition to paid fair admission.)

Grandstand concerts are a Fair favorite, visitors can see their favorite musicals acts and rodeos FREE with paid admission to the Fair. This year’s lineup includes UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey (August 2); Plain White T’s (August 3); LeAnn Rimes (August 4); Alfredo Olivas (August 5); Sublime with Rome (August 6); The 5th Dimension (August 7 matinee only); Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons (August 7); Boyz II Men (August 8); Hunter Hayes (August 9); and Creedence Clearwater Revisited (August 10).

Rodeo Days at the fair are Saturday, August 11 and Sunday August 12. Two shows each day are free with paid Fair admission and are a sure way to Cowboy Up and experience great P.R.C.A. Rodeo action and adventure with your family and friends!

Everywhere you look at the Fair you will see someone singing, dancing, playing music, making magic and more. While there are acts from all over California the Ventura County Fair takes great pride in presenting Ventura County talent. Check the schedule of events for these great local acts and say hello to our neighbors as they take to the stage.

The Ventura County Fair makes transportation easy with free shuttle rides to and from the Fair. Convenient and comfortable, the shuttles begin ½ hour before the fair opens and bring visitors to the Fair’s front gate. No traffic hassles, no parking problems, free parking and free shuttle bus service to the Fair is available from 10:30 am until 11:00 pm at these locations: Oxnard Performing Arts Center (on Hobson Way in Oxnard) County Government Center (Lots E & F, off Telephone Rd. in Ventura) Pacific View Mall (off Mills Rd. in Ventura, near Sears Auto) Ventura High School (Larrabee lots off Poli St. in Ventura) Parking lot at Schooner & Harbor Blvd. (across from Sheraton 4 Points Hotel in Ventura) Free shuttle service is also provided from San Buenaventura State Beach off Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, but regular State Beach parking fees will be charged. Wheelchair capable busing is available from all sites.

The Ventura County Fair 2018 “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” runs from August 1-12 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. For more information, please visit or call (805) 648-3376.