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OC Fair & Event Center

88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, United States

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  • OC Fair & Event Center
    John H.
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    3 Sep 13, 2013

    A better fair than the LA county fair but everything can still be overpriced. The exhibits aren't tremendous but it's a nice get away for a bit of family fun. You can eat all the fried things you want here. Fried oreos, fried twinkies and even fried butter. They have special two dollar Fridays and I'm sure they'll keep that up in the future.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • OC Fair & Event Center
    Nathan Nowack
    4 Sep 13, 2013

    Bacon, fried food, BBQ corn, ice cream, and repeat. Rode a few rides. Won a few stuffed animals, and overall have a great time. I love the fair. They have animals, rides, and a lot of things to buy. It's good family fun.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • OC Fair & Event Center
    Ellen Eliot
    5 Sep 13, 2013

    The OC fair is a great family adventure. My favorite is the concert series. Either at the Hanger or the Pacific Amp. You can get discount tickets to the concerts on Goldstar and it gets you into the fair also

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • OC Fair & Event Center
    Ngoc Hanh Pham
    4 Aug 11, 2013

    Remember to go see all the cool animals when you're at the OC Fair! The fair isn't just about fried food and games. The petting zoo had pigs, lambs, and so many other animals. They were really cute and I don't know when else I would get a chance to see these animals. I was really surprised to also see such gigantic bulls and cows!

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  • OC Fair & Event Center
    Michelle B
    5 Aug 02, 2013

    July - August the OC fair is open with great entertainment and lots of fun! Every Sat. is the swap meet. Lots of great buys!

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  • OC Fair & Event Center
    Michael Bergevin
    1 Jul 25, 2013

    Beware of the Vendors!!!!! Went into the carnival of products, there was a both selling scissors, magnifying glasses etc, I think I is called PRISTINE SYTEMS,
    anyways the kid working in the booth tried to overcharge my 88 year old Mom $10 bucks, not much but it is the principle. Sad to see the OC Fair tolerate this, sure this wasn't the first time these guys tried to rip somebody off, but an 88 year old woman, there is a special place in hell for people like that.......

    Recommended for:Local Culture
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  • OC Fair & Event Center
    Britta W
    3 May 21, 2013

    During the summer month's the OC Fair is hosted here. Not a huge fan, since it's usually really hot during that time of year and visiting the fair gets really pricey, but the kids seem to have a good time nonetheless. When the fair is not on (e.g. the majority of the year), they host the OC Swap Meet each Saturday and Sunday which is a fun place to visit. Lots of vendors selling lots of different stuff and reasonable prices.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • OC Fair & Event Center
    Lucy A
    5 May 03, 2013

    Just a 30 minute drive to the Orange County Fairgrounds for some old time
    open air swap meet shopping. Wear your walking shoes.
    Also called the Orange County Market Place
    88 Fair Dr. Costa Mesa Ca. 92626
    $2.00 per person admission Children below 12 free ,no pets.
    Saturday and Sunday 7 A.M. - 4 P.M.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • OC Fair & Event CenterPro 2014
    Kim L. "Lady Boss"
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    2 Dec 19, 2012

    Cheaper and more organized than LA county fair. but smaller and with cooler weather.

    food and rides are way too expensive and it seems pretty small compared to other venues. There were three rides and all the food booths were the same just spread out in said small space.

    No Bueno...

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  • OC Fair & Event Center
    travel33
    4 Jul 27, 2012

    The OC Fair & Event Center is mostly knows for the yearly summer fair but there is a lot of other things that happen year round.

    First, the fair goes on for 2 weeks during the summer. It's the typical fair with a large ferris wheel, carnival games, pig racing, and rows and rows of unhealthy food. It's absolutely fantastic.

    Outside of the fair, this is the location for the Orange County Swap Meet (Sat/Sun). There are a lot of booths and plenty of stuff to see/buy. There is also a farmers market on one side of the swap meet.

    There are also buildings they hold various craft fairs, gun shows, etc., throughout the year.

    But the fair is my favorite...too bad it's only 2 weeks a year!

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Description:

Beginning over a hundred years ago as a small agricultural fair with livestock exhibitions and horse races, the Orange County Fair and Event Center now hosts concerts at the Pacific Amphitheater, as well as activities in a complex of other buildings and areas on the grounds. You can attend free events such as the Farmer's Market, or a visit the Centennial Farm. Kids enjoy the annual Youth Expo, with free admission to activities like its science and engineering fair, gardening competition and art exhibits. The fair itself runs for 23 days in summer.
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