KQED Guides

Live it Up! Summer Fun at County Fairs

Updated: June 2, 2014

Flickr: Orin Zebest

Embrace your inner child and let your kids call the shots this summer by hitting these county fairs. Some “G-rated” family fun for everyone, the cotton candy and ferris wheel are waiting for you!

SONOMA COUNTY FAIR
July 24 – August 10, 2014
Gates open 11am – 9pm
1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa
Free for young kids, $11 for General Admission

This year, the Sonoma County Fair presents a Sixties-themed garden show entitled “Flower Power,” where “each garden will be themed after iconic songs that start with a color.”

SOLANO COUNTY FAIR
July 30 – August 3, 2014
900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo
Young kids are free, $10 for adults

Seems like the main attraction this year may be the concert lineup (free with admission to the fair), featuring class acts like ConFunkShun, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and Los Lobos.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY FAIR
July 31 – August 3, 2014
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose

Join folks in the excitement of the seeing Greg Kihn at the Santa Clara Fair. Or maybe your kids will get a kick out of Captain Jack Spareribs or the Santa Clara Fair debut of Twinkle Time.

MONTEREY COUNTRY FAIR
August 27 – September 1, 2014
Fairground Rd & Casa Verde Way, Monterey

This year’s slogan is “Party with the Animals” and if that isn’t enough to get your juices flowing, maybe photos from last year’s fresh-faced fair-goers will.

Check out KQED Arts for more arts-related ideas.

- By Nicole Zeichick and Adrienne Blaine