We’re celebrating 125 years of the Santa Barbara County Fair, and it’s still the best deal around when it comes to family-friendly entertainment. This year’s Fair takes place July 13-17 at the Santa Maria Fairpark, with the theme “A Fair to Remember.”
Santa Maria Fairpark CEO Richard Persons said the Fair’s discount days offer an even bigger value for fairgoers. “We strive to offer unique exhibits, quality headliners, and thrilling rides that set the stage for long-lasting memories, all at a price that’s still one of the biggest values in summer entertainment,” he said. “We also offer discount days to show appreciation to the community for making the Fair such a big part of summer.”
Dollar Day kicks off the Santa Barbara County Fair with admission and carnival rides just $1 on Wednesday, July 13 until 5 p.m. After 5 p.m. regular prices apply. That day also kicks off our Bud Light Concert Series with a performance by the country band on a hot streak, Parmalee on the KCOY Main Stage.
The excitement continues Thursday, July 14 with Senior Day and seniors (62 and over) pay just $1 admission all day. General admission on that is $3 before 3 p.m., after that regular admission applies. That evening’s concert will feature a performance by 3-time GRAMMY Award-winning musical artist Pointer Sisters.
Friday, July 15 is Agriculture & Cattlemen’s Day featuring free rodeo activities in the Budweiser Minetti Arena, and an evening concert by that distinctive crooner Dwight Yoakam. General admission is $3 before 3 p.m.
Military and Law Enforcement Appreciation Day takes place on Saturday, July 16th. All active duty personnel (and their immediate families) receive Free Admission to the Fair all day, with their active duty identification. That night fairgoers will enjoy a concert by rock ’n’ roll legends Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
Wrapping things up on Sunday, July 17 is Fiesta Day with a Hispanic concert in the Budweiser Minetti Arena.
All KCOY Main Stage entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free with paid Fair admission. The Fiesta Day entertainment is a separate ticketed event.
New attractions this year will amaze, impress and draw laughter from audiences. The stunt duo of Something Ridiculous will stroll the grounds performing for audiences by juggling anything they can get their hands on. Roberto the Magnificent will perform his wild, high-energy, stage act employing a variety of cirque-style skills as he rides an industrial pogo stick and juggles flaming torches and spinning handsaws. Bands like Mister Wonderful and Crawdaddio will meet your every musical taste. The Dock Dogs canine aquatics competition will entertain as canines compete for the honor of best dive dog. Kids will love the Wizards Challenge with Enchanted Forest Animals science-based exhibit. And be sure to catch a glimpse of the larger than life Chicken Rider as he strolls through the Fairpark grounds.
About the Santa Maria Fairpark
The Santa Maria Fairpark serves as the hub for major events and community activities on California’s Central Coast. The state-owned facility hosts the annual Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival, which attracts more than 60,000 people and is home to its headlining event the Santa Barbara County Fair, which is attended by more than 140,000 people.