16 Northern California County Fairs and Expos you can still catch in 2022

The county fair — there’s nothing quite like it. The aroma of fair food wafting through the crowds, the screams carrying from the carnival rides, the music blasting from the stage, and the sounds of the animals roaming their pens, then check out this sampling of Northern California fairs happening this summer.

Alameda County Fair: June 17-July 10, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. The Alameda County Fair returns for 19 days of all your favorite fair fun, plus new rides, shows and food experiences. $15-$18 admission. annual.alamedacountyfair.com/

A carnival ride zips fairgoers into the air on opening weekend of the 2022 Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton. (Shae Hammond/Bay Area News Group) 

Marin County Fair: June 30 – July 4, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Enjoy carnival rides, exciting exhibits, spectacular firework displays, first-rate concerts and all kinds of food. $20 admission. fair.marincounty.org/2022

Stanislaus County Fair: July 8-18, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. This year’s fair will feature carnival rides, animals, live entertainment, local exhibits — including a new Selfie Museum — and such beloved events as the famous Duck Races, Marionette Show and Destruction Derby. $7-$15 admission. stancofair.com/

Santa Clara County Fair: July 23-30, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. With a theme of “Get your Ag on,” this year’s fair will emphasize livestock and home art exhibits. No carnival rides this year, unfortunately, commercial vendors or traditional fair food, but there will be plenty of exhibits and a Jr. Livestock Auction. Free admission. thefair.org/

Amador County Fair: July 8-31, 18621 Sherwood St., Plymouth. Join the fun at this county fair, where the theme is “Around The World In Four Days,” and festivities celebrate California’s living history. You’ll find all your favorite carnival rides, entertainment and food, too. $7-$12 admission. amadorcountyfair.com/

California Exposition and State Fair: July 18-25, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. Join this showcase of California’s industries, agriculture and diversity. The state fair features blue-ribbon animal displays, culinary delights and competitions, live music concerts, a carnival, fireworks and other family fun. $8-$14 admission. calexpostatefair.com/

The Ferris wheel dominates the midway at the California State Fair. (VisitCalifornia/Carol Highsmith)
The Ferris wheel dominates the midway at the 2018 California State Fair. (VisitCalifornia/Carol Highsmith) 

Sonoma County Fair: Aug. 4-14, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Enjoy all your fair favorites including carnival rides, live concerts, food, horse racing, special contests and a flower show. $10-$18 admission. sonomacountyfair.com/

Napa Town and Country Fair: Aug. 11-14, 575 Third St., Napa. Enjoy carnival rides, a livestock show and competitive exhibits where artists, craftspeople, farmers and youth can show off their creative expertise. Prices tba. napavalleyexpo.com/town-and-country-fair.php

Yolo County Fair: Aug. 17-21, 1250 Gum Ave., Woodland. This year’s fair will feature crowd favorite activities and a local exhibitor and livestock show. Tickets go on sale July 11, check back for prices. yolocountyfair.net/

Butte County Fair: Aug. 25-28, 199 East Hazel St., Gridley. The Butte County Fair has been creating feel-good family memories for the last 75 years. Enjoy fair food, fun events and shows. Prices tba. buttecountyfair.org/

Lake County Fair: Sept. 1-4, 401 Martin St., Lakeport. The Lake County Fair will feature all your favorite carnival rides, food, live entertainment and concerts, animals, and special competitions. $4-$9 admission. lakecountyfair.com/

Monterey County Fair “Wool Meet Ewe at the Fair!”: Sept. 1-5, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. Enjoy carnival rides, fair food, live entertainment and concerts, local exhibits and a livestock show and special contests. $5-$10 admission. montereycountyfair.com/

Crews on Monday work on assembling rides for the Monterey County Fair that begins Thursday. (Dennis L. Taylor/Monterey Herald)
Crews  work on assembling rides for a pre-pandemic Monterey County Fair. (Dennis L. Taylor/Monterey Herald) 

Mariposa County Fair: Sept. 2-5, 5007 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa. Enjoy family fun, agricultural events, displays and demonstrations, live entertainment, a carnival, a midway and more provide old-fashioned fun for the young and young-at-heart. $5-$10 admission. mariposafair.com/fair

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