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Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 OC Fair

About 6 month(s) ago by Ayres Hotels


The countdown has begun for the 2018 Orange County Fair, which runs from July 13 – August 12. This beloved 23-day festival will return with more excitement than ever before! This year fairgoers are invited to get back to basics, embrace simple joys, and “Free Your Inner Farmer.” Don’t miss the delicious fair foods, live concerts, carnival rides, exhibits, animals, and unforgettable memories. Check out what’s going on at this year’s OC Fair…

Important Info

Fair Hours-

The OC Fair is open Wednesday- Friday from noon to midnight and Saturday-Sunday from 11a.m. to midnight. But don’t forget…the fair is closed on Monday and Tuesdays.


If you’re planning to stay at the Ayres Hotel & Suites in Costa Mesa, you can park for free and walk or Uber to the fair.

If you’re planning to park at the fair, the general admission is $10. Don’t forget there are no in-and-out privileges and they only accept cash.


Fair Food

Fair food is definitely something to get excited about! From deep-fried treats to meat-filled meals, the OC fair is known for their unique food creations.

This year you can expect to find your old favorites as well as some new creations, including peanut butter, jelly and Siracha funnel cake, deep-fried filet mignon on a stick, spaghetti donuts, Ramen burritos, deep-fried pineapple on a stick, Carmel Crack Fries, and unicorn cotton candy donuts.

On Thursdays, from noon to 4 p.m., you can get a sampling of foods and treats for only $3.



The Pacific Amphitheatre- Throughout the duration of the fair, The Toyota Summer Concert Series will feature headliners such as Steve Martin and Martin Short, Brett Eldredge, Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss, Trevor Noah, The Psychedelic Furs and much more.

The Hangar, located inside the fair, will showcase some of the best tribute bands and more, including Journey Unauthorized, Zeppelin Live, Hotel California, and BOSTYX.


Rides and Attractions

Grab your tickets…you won’t want to miss the most thrilling part of the fair! The Ferris Wheel is always one of the favorite main attractions, as well as other classics, including the bumper cars, the carousel, the Zipper and Tilt-A-Wheel. But for those looking for a little more action and adrenaline, you can check out Cyclone, Crazy Coaster, G-Force, Insanity and more.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays, you can grab unlimited ride wristbands for only $35. They are sold until 5 p.m. and valid until 8 p.m.

On Fridays, rides and games are only $2 each from noon to 4 p.m.

Shopping & Exhibits and More

Whether you’re looking for beauty products, cookware, landscaping, or up close and personal animal experiences, the OC Fair offers it all. You can check out all your favorites, including culinary experiences, garden and floral exhibits, hand crafts and hobbies, and visit Centennial Farm. New this year, the fair will feature Bravemind, a virtual reality experience and My Faire Selfie, a pop-up palace of photo excitement.


Where to Stay?

Book your hotel for the 2018 OC Fair at Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa. Located only 1.2 miles from the fair, you can relax and enjoy our boutique style comfort and convenience after your exciting day at the Fair. Lock in your best price now and let us take care of all your vacation needs.

See you soon!!

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