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The OC Fair is back. Here's what to know

The Orange County Fair is back this summer with rides, concerts, deep-fried delicacies and more.

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What To Know:

  • The OC Fair will take place July 14 through Aug. 13
  • Tickets are now on sale: $13 Wednesdays and Thursdays, $15 Friday - Sunday
  • Seniors and children $9; children 5 and younger are free
  • Advance ticket purchase is required 
  • Parking Fee: $12 for car, $24 for limo or buses

School's out, summer's in. Lather on the sunscreen, grab your glasses and start making plans to check out the Orange County Fair, where you can see farm animals, eat a deep-fried Oreo, and top it all off by winning some carnival style games.

Tickets are on sale now to visit July 14- Aug. 13, 2023

OC Fair Ticket Prices

Ticket prices are the same as previous years: $13 on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and $15 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 

OC Fair Food


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If your only intention of visiting the OC fair was for the food, you can actually sample your way through the stands on Thursdays. The fair hosts $4 Taste of Fair Food with all the classics from hot dogs, barbecue, funnel cakes and deep-fried Oreos. You buy a pass, and can buy $4 samples at each fair food stand. Click here for the menu. Note: Taste of the Fair is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays.

OC Fair Food Rules: What Can I Bring In?

If carnival food isn't your thing, you can bring your own food in "factory-sealed receptacles." The fair does however prohibit cans, glass bottles, and outside alcohol. They allow you to bring in sealed water bottles upon entry. 

The Orange County Fair opens Friday July 14, 2023.

OC Fair Concerts and Entertainment

Aside from classic carnival games, the fairgrounds hold multiple theaters that host different entertainment options.

The Pacific Amphitheater will have a concert series with a variety of music genres. The Hangar offers live entertainment from tribute artists.

What is Not Allowed Inside the OC Fair?

  • Cans or glass bottles
  • Hard-sided coolers
  • Folding chairs
  • Clothing that is indecent or offensive; exposed tattoos that are indecent or offensive
  • Pets or other animals with the exception of service animals as defined by the ADA
  • Outside alcohol
  • Selfie sticks
  • Umbrellas
  • Photography tripods or professional camera equipment
  • Drones or remote-controlled surveillance devices
  • Guns, knives, stun-guns, tasers, mace, pepper spray, tear gas or any other firearms or weapons, regardless of whether the guest holds a concealed weapons permit
  • Narcotics or other illegal substances
  • No smoking or vaping at the OC Fair
  • you can see more information here.
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