Friday, July 15, 2016

Orange County Fair: Costa Mesa, 7/15-8/14

I love taking my family to the O.C. Fair! I grew up only going to the fair in Pomona, but once I heard about the Orange County Fair, I gave it a try, and it's awesome!

It's about a third of the size of the L.A. County Fair which means parking is closer & the kids don't get as tired. The O.C. Fair also offers lots of promotions for free rides and admission, making it so affordable  & fun it's well worth the trip to Costa Mesa!

OC Fair guests can cool off in a large ground level fountain.
Friday, July 15: Opening Day. Free Admission & Free Parking from Noon - 1pm.
Active & Retired Military w/ ID: Free fair admission & up to six half price tickets per admission.

Read & Ride Program: Kids ages 5-11 can read 2 books, fill in a form, and get 3 free carnival rides! Parents must download the form and have their children fill it out prior to visiting the fair.

 We Care Wednesdays:
  • Wednesday, July 20:  Food Drive.  Donate five cans of food for free fair admission and a free carnival ride. Noon-3pm.
  • Wednesday, July 27: Children's Book Drive. Donate one new children's book or three gently used children's book and receive free fair admission and a free carnival ride. Noon-3pm.
  • Wednesday, August 3: Clothing Drive. Donate five gently used clothing items for free fair admission and a free carnival ride.
  • Wednesday, August 10: School Supply Drive. Donate new school supply items valued at $5 or more in exchange for free fair admission and a free carnival ride. Accepted items: pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, notebook paper and school backpacks. Receipt Required. Noon-3pm.
Thursdays: Kids 12 and under get into the fair for FREE!

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Unlimited ride wristband + 2 games for $30.

Fridays: $2 Rides & $2 Games from Noon-4pm. Seniors get $2 admission & free merry-go-round & ferris wheel rides all day.
Saturdays & Sundays: $3 admission from 10am-11am. Free off-site parking with shuttle service.

General (13-59) $12, Seniors (60+) $7, Youth (6-12) $7, Children under 5 are free. Fair parking is $10, cash only. The Fair is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Orange County Fair
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

TIPS for Visiting the OC FAIR
  1. If the Fair Drive exit off the 55 South is congested, take the following exit at 22nd Street. Make a right at the signal then follow the signs leading to the fair gates.
  2. The fair grounds are 4 miles from the ocean. When the sun sets it gets downright chilly. My husband and I felt okay, but 71 degrees for a toddler is cold. Bring sweaters if you plan to stay the evening.
  3. Ride tickets are 50 cents each at the fair. There is no quantity discount. Rides require 6-12 tickets. For your convenience there are strolling vendors wearing flags in the ride area selling tickets.
  4. Kiddie rides have a 36" height requirement and some ride don't allow kids to ride alone unless they are 42" tall.
  5. Combine any of the promotions above and save big at the OC Fair.

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