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California State Fair Fast Facts

• Where: Cal Expo, Sacramento

• When: Friday, July 14 - Sunday, July 30, 2017

• Hours: Mon - Thurs: 11AM - 10PM
Weekends: 10AM - 10PM

Directions: Capitol City Freeway (Business 80) (North). to Exposition Blvd exit.

The California State Fair, which is held annually in Sacramento, is an amazingly popular event that brings in just shy of a million people each year, with attendance records generally going up from year to year.

This year, watch for the California State Fair to open on Friday, July 14 and continue for 16 fun-filled days until Sunday, July 30, 2017.

California State Fair admission prices usually run from $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, and $8 for children.

Like many other state fairs, the first in California (in 1854) premiered when the state was looking to promote its farming and industry. For the next few years, the fair moved from city to city beginning in San Francisco and eventually settling in Sacramento in 1859 where it remains to this day.

Today, the fair is a truly massive event that brings in an estimated one hundred and fifty million dollars or more to the Sacramento area and the state of California.

To further attract visitors, and to take advantage of the annual peak summer vacation and travel periods, starting in 2010 the fair changed its regular mid-August dates to reschedule in mid-July.

2017 Concert Lineup

In addition to the huge number of exhibitors, what would a state fair be without the live music concerts?

This year the California State Fair concert lineup was announced in April with a schedule of star performers at concert nights throughout the fair's three-week run, including:

california state fair concert lineup
Headliners at the 2017 California State Fair
in July include Sheila E., Smash Mouth,
Belinda Carlisle, and Melissa Etheridge.

July 14 Sheila E.

July 15 John Michael Montgomery

July 16 Ozomatli

July 17 Lita Ford

July 18 Queen Nation

July 19 Brian McKnight

July 20 Good Charlotte

July 21 Sister Sledge

July 22 Smash Mouth

July 23 Eddie Money

July 24 Blues Traveler

July 25 Anthem Lights

July 26 Paperback Writer – Beatles Tribute

July 27 Trace Adkins

July 28 Belinda Carlisle

July 29 The Marshall Tucker Band

July 30 Melissa Etheridge

Concert seating is available on a first come first served basis, with exclusive reserved seating for those who purchase tickets available online at the California State Fair website. All concerts usually begin at 8PM:

What else to see and do at the California State Fair

scenes from the California State Fair
The food, exhibits, carnival rides, and sports competitions are just part of fun at the annual California State Fair.

Some of the other entertainment that fair-goers are treated to includes food and livestock competitions, thoroughbred horse racing, and talent shows for adults and children. Visitors can also take in a variety of extreme sports competitions and demonstrations, including freestyle motocross.

For indoor browsing, there's a juried fine art show, crafts exhibitions, and -- for kids of all ages -- don't miss a visit to the Toytopia exhibition featuring retro coin op games, a giant interactive dollhouse, and lots, lots more.

Anyone looking to get out and enjoy a great state fair will find that the California State Fair is one of the biggest and best of them. With so much to do and see, it's end-of-summer excitement you won't want to miss.

Have fun!

More about the California State Fair around the Web:

California State Fair
- The official site with information on admission and ticket prices, fair highlights including rides, concerts, entertainment, and attractions with directions, map, photos.

California State Fair on Yelp - More than two dozen star-rated reviews from the Yelp community with information on food, attractions and fun.

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