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OC Fair & Event Center

  • 88 Fair Drive
    Costa Mesa CA 92626
  • Phone: (714) 708-1500
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Shortly after Orange County was created in 1889, the Orange County Community Fair Corporation was formed. This group put on a small fair in 1890 that included a horse race and a few exhibits in Santa Ana. In 1894, another group, the Orange County Fair Association, Inc., took over
The first Orange County Fairs were primarily livestock exhibitions and horse races. At the turn of the century, a "carnival of products" was added and the Fair became an annual event. In ensuing years, the Fair was held in Santa Ana, but after World War I it was moved to Huntington Beach for two years and then back to temporary grounds on East Fruit Street in Santa Ana.
In 1916, the Fair was taken over by the newly organized Orange County Farm Bureau. The first OC Fair Board was elected in 1925 and the Fair relocated to Anaheim, across the street from the Orange County Hospital. In 1925, a rodeo and carnival were added to the Fair.
OC Fair Clowns After World War II, the state formed the 32nd District Agricultural Association and made it responsible for the Fair. The state then purchased land occupied by the Santa Ana Army Air Base and some of it was earmarked for a new fairground. The Fair was first held at the new site in 1949 and it soon was designated as the permanent Fairgrounds. In 1953, the City of Costa Mesa was incorporated - the new city included the Fair's location. From 1949 to the present, the OC Fair has grown from a small, community, five-day celebr /ation to a 23-day festival that is one of Orange County's most eagerly awaited annual events.

48th Annual Costa Mesa Speedway - Harley Night Finals & Sidecar Nationals

  • October 01, 2016
  • Location: Costa Mesa Speedway
  • Address: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Venue: OC Fair & Event Center
  • Times: From: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Admission: General Admission $20
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The most exciting, colorful and unpredictable live action racing event in the nation. Costa Mesa Speedway has put fans right on top of all the action from the comfort of Arena style grandstand seati...

Centennial Farm Garden Classes: Make A Succulent Container Garden

Days & Hours Saturday 9:30 a.m. (Classes last 1.5-2 hours unless otherwise specified.) Prices - Admission $20 (Includes materials & handouts) Reservation deadline: Thursday, October 27 ...

Farmers Market (Costa Mesa)

  • September 08, 2016 to October 27, 2016
  • Address: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Venue: OC Fair & Event Center
  • Times: Thursdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Recurrence: (Every Thursday)
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A California-certified farmers' market where genuine farmers sell fruits, nuts and vegetables directly to the public. Every farmer who sells at a certified market is inspected by the county agricultur...

Food Truck Fare (Wed & Thurs)

  • September 07, 2016 to October 27, 2016
  • Address: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Venue: OC Fair & Event Center
  • Times: Wednesday 5:30-9 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Recurrence: (Every Wednesday, Thursday)
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Food Truck Fare will bring a variety of gourmet food trucks that will change weekly each Wednesday & Thursday. Check our Twitter (@ocfair) or Facebook (OCFair) pages for each week's offerings and ...

Heroes Hall Dedication Ceremony

Join us as we dedicate the new Heroes Hall veterans museum with a public ceremony that will include speeches, sneak peek at the first exhibits and more. All veterans and their families are invited to ...

Reef-A-Palooza

  • November 19, 2016 to November 20, 2016
  • Address: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Venue: OC Fair & Event Center
  • Times: Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm; Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Admission: $10-$40
  • Recurrence: (Recurring daily)
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World's largest marine (saltwater) aquarium show featuring rare and exotic tropical fish and corals from around the world. Industry professionals, manufacturers, retailers and hobbyists all under one ...

Repticon

  • November 12, 2016 to November 13, 2016
  • Address: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Venue: OC Fair & Event Center
  • Times: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (VIP Early Entry at 9 a.m.), Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Admission: $10
  • Recurrence: (Recurring daily)
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Two-day reptile event features vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and raffles and more exciting, educational and family-oriented fu...

StyleCon

Days & Hours Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices - Admission General $39 (VIP packages available online) Prices - Parking $8 About This Event StyleCon is OC's biggest fashion & beauty event ...

Tater Tots & Beer Festival

Days & Hours Saturday, Session 1: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Session 2: 3-6 p.m. Prices - Admission (Per Session) General $40 advance online, $50 day-of VIP (unlimited pours) $75 advance online, $100 da...

The Red Barn - A Farm to Fork Experience

The Red Barn - A Farm to Fork Experience at Centennial Farm is a new, exclusive, sit-down dining series hosted by the OC Fair & Event Center in the Millennium Barn. Each event will feature a fine ...