Save the Dates:
Ventura County Fair, August 1-12, 2018
The Ventura County Fair began in 1875, when the primary focus of the fair was horse racing. The fair was enjoyed so much that it continued every year up until today- with the exception of a few years during World War II.
The 143rd Ventura County Fair returns August 1-12. We look forward to making lasting memories with you, your friends and your family.
Fair News & Updates
Items Restricted from the Ventura County FairAugust 2, 2016
ABCs of Child Safety at the FairMarch 28, 2014
Tell Your Friends About The 2017 Fair
Illustration by Anna Sorensen, Simi Valley, age 13
“A Country Fair with Ocean Air”
Whether you visit for a day or two, or purchas a WOW Pass and come for all twelve days you’ll have to agree, there is something for everyone at the Fair! From carnival rides and corn dogs, to farm animals and exhibits to entertainment and good old family fun, The Ventura County Fair, “A Country Fair with Ocean Air,” has something exciting for everyone!
Like every year, there are so many great things to do at the Fair you won’t know where to start! You can enter a contest, visit the farm animals, watch a free concert, go on the rides, eat lots of yummy food or do one of the hundreds of other down home fair activities. You can spin, flip or fly on the great rides in the carnival midway. Sample the gourmet food and wine (or beer) pairings at the “Bounty of the County: People’s Choice” contest. Snack on fair favorites like mini donuts, turkey legs or funnel cake. Wander through the inspirational gardens of the Floriculture department and check out all of the exhibits and displays throughout the fair. Enter one of the cooking contests, what could be more down home than that? Hope you enjoy the FREE concerts and rodeos in the Grandstand Entertainment series.
Whatever you chose to do at the Fair, we hope you have the time of your life and make some indelible memories that you will share for years to come.
Every year the Grandstand Arena Concert series at the Fair features something for everyone: Country, Hispanic, Rock, R&B and more. We hope the 10 exciting concerts keep you and your friends moving and grooving. Ventura County Fair Grandstand Arena Concerts are FREE with paid fair admission!
Visit the farm animals in the Livestock Center
The Ventura County Fair Livestock area houses all of the 4H Grange and FFA projects. The Livestock Center adds a modern country look to the Fairgrounds and offers exhibitors the facilities they will need to present their animals in a safe, clean and welcoming environment. This is a great opportunity for you to bring your family to see the farm animals, ask the volunteers and exhibitors questions about livestock and agriculture, and the impact it has on our lives.
As every year we are inspired and impressed by thousands of great exhibits that are on display in Agriculture, Amateur Art, Floriculture, Gems & Minerals, Hobbies & Collections, Home Arts, Horse Shows, Large Livestock, Photography, Professional Art, Small Livestock, Uncle Leo’s Barn and Youth Expo. It’s so much fun to see what your neighbors and friends have entered in the Fair, or enter your own creations!
Calling all Ventura County Artists in grades 5 – 12, do you like to draw, sketch, paint, collage, color or design?
Enter the 2018 Ventura County Fair Poster Contest! It’s fun and you can win cash prizes and Fair tickets!
You can use paint, crayon, chalk, pastels, pen & ink, collage or your favorite medium! (No glitter or puff paint and do not attach objects to your art please!)
The 2018 Fair theme is “A Country Fair with Ocean Air”, use the theme as your guide to creating your masterpiece!
Deadline is April 6, we will be here to accept your entry at the Fairgrounds administration office, Monday – Friday, 8AM til 5PM.
For more information call (805) 648-3376.
Fair Shuttles and other Transportation
Read & Ride Program
Reading is FUN-damental! The Ventura County Fair invites students to earn free carnival rides through our reading program, “Read & Ride” for local kindergarten through 8th grade students. Students are encouraged to read books to earn carnival ride passes for the 2017 Fair.
Read a good book every day!
To avoid inconvenience at the gate please check your pockets or bag for restricted items before leaving your car. Thank you!
Smoking at the Fair is permitted in designated areas only.
Click on the link below to download the appropriate application.
Come back soon for more Fairtime applications.
The Fair wants to connect with you!
“Like” us on Facebook, “Follow” us on Twitter and follow our boards on Pinterest! Now you can share your Fair photos on Instagram and Snapchat and follow our Fair time scopes on Periscope. Through social media, fun fair entertainment, concerts and information will be shared. Or share with us- we’d love to see your fair photos and read stories about your experience at the fair. Connect with the Ventura County Fair today!
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Thanks to the Sponsors of the Ventura County Fair
Purchase a Personalized Brick in Heritage Square and be a permanent part of Ventura County Fairgrounds Heritage!
Founder’s Square is Sold Out but your name, your company’s name, or the name of a loved one can be a part of the Heritage Square at the Ventura County Fair forever.
Beautifully engraved paving bricks are available for sale now. Click here or call 648-3376 for information and to order yours today!