The Fair Returns

The Ventura County Fair returns August 3-14 with twelve days of fun, excitement and entertainment. Returning after the 2 year postponement, this year’s fair, with the tagline “VC Fair Rides Again” is a celebration of Ventura County’s creativity, tradition and resilience. The Fair will bring back unique exhibits, exciting contests, and top-of-the line Grandstand Entertainment performances, free with Fair admission.

The Ventura County Fair continues to maintain the tradition of great values. Special admission days offer opportunities to enter the Fair free or at low prices. Opening day, Wednesday, August 3, is “Dollar Day”, with $1 admission until 5PM. On Kid’s Day, Friday, August 5, children under 12 are admitted free all day. Seniors (65+) and Persons with Disabilities are admitted free all day on Tuesday, August 9th. Military Appreciation Day is Thursday, August 11- on this day, all military personnel holding a current, valid military ID will be admitted free. Thank you for your service!

Thrill-seekers will enjoy Carnival Wristband Days again this year. On August 4, 8, 9, and 11, purchase a $40 wristband until 6:00pm, good for unlimited carnival rides until 7:00 pm.

The Fair offers a unique way for visitors to have fun while giving to the community at the “Feed the Need” Food Drive, presented by FOOD Share on Thursday, August 4. Bring 5 cans of food to donate to FOOD Share. For this, you’ll receive a free return ticket to the fair, good for August 8-11.

Grandstand Entertainment is back and once again visitors can see their favorite musicals acts and rodeos FREE with paid admission to the Fair. This year’s lineup includes Marina McBride (August 3) , KC and the Sunshine Band (August 4), The All-American Rejects (August 5), Blue Oyster Cult (August 6), La Arrolladora Banda Limon, Los Parras and Jesus Ojeda (August 7), The Beach Boys with Special Guest John Stamos (August 8), Clay Walker(August 9) and Cheap Trick (August 10.

Rodeo Days at the fair are extended this year with the addition of a Friday night show on August 12 at 7pm as well as the Saturday and Sunday shows August 13 & 14 at 2 and 7pm. These exciting shows are free with paid Fair admission and are a sure way to Cowboy Up and experience great P.R.C.A. Pro Rodeo action and adventure with your family and friends!

The Junior Livestock Auction is the culmination of a year’s activity for Ventura County’s 4-H, Grange, FFA and Independent exhibitors.  These young exhibitors select, feed and groom their animals, and learn the process of marketing their animals. The animals are shown to judges at the fair and awarded for the quality of the animal. The Ventura County Fair Junior Livestock Auction is when the animals are sold to the public at an authentic auction. The money raised by each child is used for further educational goals or continuations of marketing projects. The buyer gets the satisfaction of supporting the educational efforts of a local child, helping bolster the future of Ventura County’s agriculture industry and quality food to serve to their families. All are welcome to Bid and Buy at this old fashioned auction, bring a friend and share the cost of the purchase, or purchase an animal for a donation to FOOD Share.

Everywhere you look at the Fair you will see someone singing, dancing, playing music, making magic and more. While there are acts from all over California the Ventura County Fair takes great pride in presenting Ventura County talent. Check the schedule of events for these great local acts and say hello to our neighbors as they take to the stages throughout the Fair. As we work toward going paperless, this year you can find schedules online at

The Ventura County Fair makes transportation easy with free shuttle rides to and from the Fair. Convenient and comfortable, the shuttles begin ½ hour before the fair opens and bring visitors to the Fair’s front gate. No traffic hassles, no parking problems, free parking and free shuttle bus service to the Fair is available from 10:30 am until 11:00 pm at these locations: County Government Center (Lot E, off Telephone Rd. in Ventura) Pacific View Mall (behind the former Sears location) , Ventura Community Park (on Telephone Rd at Ramelli Ave.), and Ventura High School (Larrabee lots off Poli St. in Ventura). Free shuttle service is also provided from San Buenaventura State Beach off Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, but regular State Beach parking fees will be charged. Wheelchair capable busing is available from all sites.

The Ventura County Fair is a family event, and the health and safety of our guests, staff and vendors remains our highest priority. While guests are not required to provide proof of vaccination, the Fair strongly recommends all guests 2 and older either be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID 19 viral test prior to entry.

While masks are optional, they are encouraged in crowded and/or indoor areas. Masks will be available to guests who may have forgotten to bring one.

The Ventura County Fair follows the public health COVID guidelines of the State of California and the Ventura County Departments of Public Health. The Fair will institute the guidelines applicable at the time of the Fair

The Ventura County Fair 2022 “A Country Fair with Country Air” runs August 3-14 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Next Door and Twitter. For more information, please visit or call (805) 648-3376.