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