Mirth, Merriment and Memory Making at the 144th Ventura County Fair

Thrill-seekers will enjoy this ride at the Fair. Photo by Richard Lieberman

The Ventura County Fair returns July 31 – August 11 with twelve days of fun, excitement and entertainment. This year’s fair, themed “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” is a celebration of one of Ventura County’s oldest and most beloved traditions. The Fair will feature unique exhibits, exciting contests, and top-of-the line Grandstand Entertainment performances, free with Fair admission.

The Ventura County Fair carries out the tradition of great values. Special admission days offer opportunities to enter the Fair free or at low prices.

Thrill-seekers will enjoy Carnival Wristband Days again this year. On August 1, 5, 6, and 8, purchase a $35 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, presented by FOOD Share on Thursday, August 1. Bring 5 cans of food to donate to FOOD Share. For this, you’ll receive a free return ticket good for August 5-8.

Grandstand concerts are a Fair favorite, visitors can see wonderful musicals acts and rodeos free with paid admission. Rodeo Days are a sure way to Cowboy Up and experience great P.R.C.A. Pro Rodeo action and adventure with your family and friends!

Everywhere you look you will see someone singing, dancing, playing music, making magic and more. While there are acts from all over California the 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 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.

Follow the Fair on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information, please visit www.venturacountyfair.org or call (805) 648-3376.

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