From Livestock to Wonders of the World, it's all at the LA County Fair (2024)

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Kayte Deioma

Kayte Deioma

Kayte Deioma is an internationally published travel writer and photographer based in the Los Angeles area.

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Updated on 06/26/19

When you think of LA, most people don't think of farm animals or pie-baking competitions, but we have 'em. Yep, we sure do. At least once a year, during the Los Angeles County Fair. Not all of the county is urban, so local farmers bring their rabbits, goats and pigs to show off their biggest and best. Quilters and jam makers whip up their best patterns and recipes.You can learn about organic farming and gardening, and how to cook those vegetables you've never seen before.

Of course, you can also stuff yourself with turkey legs, deep-fried Oreos and chocolate-covered bacon, shop 'til you drop in the exhibit halls, ride carnival rides, watch sea lions and pirates perform and rock out to nightly concerts. My favorite thing is still watching city teens taking selfies with farm animals. Here's what's new and who's playing this year at the LA County Fair.

The Basics:

When:Sept 1-24, 2017

  • Mon & Tue- CLOSED, except Labor Day Monday
  • Labor Day Weekend, Friday, Sept 1, noon to midnight, Sat-Sun10 am - midnight, Mon 10 am - 10 pm
  • Wednesdays-noon - 10 pm
  • Thursdays -noon - 11 pm, buildings close at 10
  • Fridays - noon - midnight, buildings close at 11
  • Saturdays - 10 am - midnight, buildings close at 11
  • Sundays - 10 am - 10 pm

Admission:Adults $14 weekdays/$20 weekends/holidays; Seniors 60+ $10/$15; Child 6-12 $8/$12; 5 and under Free. $29.99 Season Pass.Check the website for rates and promotions. CheckGoldstar.comfor discount tickets.
Jurassic Planet, and The Igloorequire separate tickets that are $5 each for ages 6 and up. ​
Carnival Ride Tickets or wristbands are extra.
Location: The Fairplex in Pomona, 1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768, off the 10 Freeway, exit Fairplex Drive or White Ave.
Parking: $15, $25 VIP/Gate 17 & 9 when available, $30 valet at Gate 3. $60 season pass
Public Transportation: Metrolink trains run from Union Station in Los Angeles to the Fairplex Station. There's a shuttle from the station to the Yellow Gate pedestrian entrance. The Foothill Transit 197 bus also goes from the station to the Fairplex.
A Yellow Cab stop is outside the Green Gate.
On-site Services:
Wheelchairs, scooters, strollers, double strollers, wagons and lockers are available for rent at the Yellow, Blue and Green Gates.
Package check service is available at the Grandstand.
ATMS (Interlink, Cirrus) and check cashing services are available.


ANY DAY Tickets:$12/adult $6/child any-day tickets are available at participatingVons,Albertsons and Cadenas supermarkets.

Costco Special:$59.99 for 4 adult tickets,1 parking pass and 44 ride & game tickets (rides and games require multiple tickets). Available in-stores and at beginning August 16.


  • Seniors 60+ free until 3 pm
  • Free admission with 5 new, packaged school supplies donation noon to 5 pm
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts Wild Wednesdays - present O'Reilly's receipt or free coupon from any O'Reilly's store forFair admission and a carnival ride wristband for just $29.


  • Noon – 5 pm Donate five canned goods (per person) and receive one free admission that day only.
  • Subway Fresh Fun Thursdays -Fair admission and a carnival ride wristband for just $29with coupon on Subwaystore receipts Aug 14 - Sept 21,. 2017

Happy Hour -$2 off Fountain Drinks, Draft Beer & Margarita at participation Stands Wednesday through Friday from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Community Day Discounts and Parades- the LA County Fair offers discounted admissions to residents of surrounding communities on their designated community day, which also includes a community parade and community hero presentations.

Week for Heroes: Sept 7-11, 2016, $2 admission foractive & retired military, reserves, fire, police and paramedics w/ ID plus 1 guest.
Additional promotions at Costco, Subway, O'Reilly's Auto Parts and King Taco.
Official LA County Fair Website

What's New at the La County Fair for 2017

  • Wonderland: A Floral Fairy Tale is the theme for this year's Flower & Garden Pavilion, with displays depicting scenes from Lewis Carroll's classic Alice in Wonderland.
  • The Magic World of Dragons, Wizards & Beasts will take over Building 10 with a dragon-themed castle exhibit with tons of interactive exhibits and live animal interactions.

Popular Highlights of the LA County Fair

In addition to the new additions and updates on the previous page, here's a taste of a few more fun things you'll find at the Los Angeles County Fair.

  • The Farmexpanded tremendously a couple years ago, covering four more acres. The expansion features over 100 specialty crops grown in California and a kitchen for demonstrations on how to cook locally grown produce. Farmers are on hand to give growing advice. You can have a taste of some of that produce on wood-grilled flatbread at the new Farmhouse Grill.Goat-milkingand learning about wool join the other petting zoo animals. You'll also find the Heritage Mission historical reenactors and craftspeople at the Farm.
  • The Igloois an indoor skating rink coming to the fair. (Additional $5 fee)
  • Jurassic Planetis a tour through a real-size dinosaur exhibit with over 40 dinosaurs roaming the hillside. (Additional $5 fee)
  • Mojo's Wild & Crazy Lagoonis back. This water feature is home to some interesting interactive animal exhibits.
  • Adventures in Literatureis the theme of this year's America's Kids exhibit, which features costumed characters from favorite children's books and interactive activities.
  • Wilderness Ridge- join Smokey Bear and friends to learn about protecting the wilderness.
  • Esmeralda's Traveling Circusbrings amazing acrobats and jugglers to the LA County Fair. Cirque du Feu combines old school circus with modern day theatrical stunts. For an additional fee you can learn a few circus tricks yourself.
  • Garden Railroad Historic Trains- the Fairplex Garden Railroad is the oldest and largest garden railroad in the nation, with an acre of detailed, scenic landscape and more than three miles of winding track. Open noon to 8 pm.
  • Rail Giants exhibit of real steam engines and diesel locomotives.
  • The Millard Sheets Gallerypresents One Path Two Journeys –Judithe Hernández and Patssi Valdez.
  • Exhibit halls filled with every gadget and gizmo you can imagine and some you'd never think of.
  • Horse shows, horse racing, off-track betting and a Horse Racing Exhibit including racing seminars and wagering instructions
  • The Wine & Spirits Marketplacefeatures tastings of the winners from the Los Angeles International wine, beer & spirits competitions.
  • Pig Races
  • Cooking, wine-making, arts and crafts demonstrations and workshops
  • Street performers
  • Children's educational exhibits
  • Carnival rides and games
  • The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum (half price admission)
  • California's Heritage Square - living history demonstrations
  • Grandstand Concerts and Spectacles
  • Special Events

LA County Fair Grandstand Concerts and Spectacles 2017

General admission to the concerts is included in Fair admission. Premium reserved seats for concerts require an additional fee ($44-$165). This year your concert tickets DO include Fair admission. A limited number of free assigned seating tickets are available at the ticket booth on Floral Lane across from the Grandstand box office starting at 2 pm the date of the performance. All Grandstand events begin at 7:30 pm and are subject to change without notice. Get Tickets Online.

Sep 1, Fri - I Love the 90s Tour Featuring Salt-N-Pepa

Sep 2, Sat - Hunter Hayes, Frankie Ballard, Lauren Alaina

Sep 3, Sun - Juanes

Sep 4, Mon - Boyz II Men & Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds

Sep 7, Thu - Charlie Wilson, Johnny Gill

Sep 8, Fri - Patti LaBelle & Queen Latifah

Sep 9, Sat -Trace Adkins

Sep 10, Sun - La Arrolladora/Banda El Limon
Sep 14, Thu - The Whispers & The Stylistics with Lenny Williams

Sep 15, Fri -Fifth Harmony

Sep 16, Sat - ​Styx/Kansas
Sep 17, Sun -Ramon Ayala y sus Bravos del Norte
Sep 22, Fri - War & Tower of Power

Sep 23, Sat - Chicago

Sep 24, Sun - Migos

Get Tickets Online
Other Fair entertainment includes the Tribute Bands, High School Marching Band Competition and the Grinding Gears Nightclub.

Special Events at the Los Angeles County Fair 2017

Band Competitions, Parades, Culinary Contests and More

High School Marching Band Competition – bands compete throughout the Fair, check theschedulefor parade dates and times.

Culinary Competitions - Chefs and home cooks compete in all kinds of categories from pies, chocolate chip cookies and brownies to BBQ, tamales and everything bacon.

America's Kids Competitions are educational and creative competitions for kids from pre-school through high school.

Community Day Discounts and Parades - the LA County Fair offers discounted admissions to residents of surrounding communities on their designated community day, which also includes a community parade and community hero presentations.

A Week for Heroes, Sept 6-10, 2017 all active and retired military, reserves, police, firefighters and paramedics with valid ID, can attend the Fair with one guest for just $2 each. $1 from each admission will be donated to Vet Hunter's Project.

From Livestock to Wonders of the World, it's all at the LA County Fair (2024)
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