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What's going on at the California State Fair | July 21, 2022

Here's what to expect at the state fair on July 21.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It'll be another round of fun, funnel cakes and carnival rides at the 2022 California State Fair on July 21. The state fair is continuing its run through the end of the month.

Here's a schedule for what's happening on Thursday, July 21.

Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Carnival hours: Opens at 2 p.m.

Kids Park Hours: Opens at 1 p.m.

Discounts: Save at the fair

Military, Veteran & First Responder Appreciation Day:

There'll be free admission on Thursday, July 21 for active duty, reserve and veterans from all branches of the military and active first responders.

$2 Taste of the Fair:

From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., guests can try a variety of bite-sized fair foods with $2 menu specials from their favorite food vendors. For a list of participating vendors, click HERE.

Fair food

Food vendors are open daily, click here for the full list.

  • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — The California State Fair and Food Festival has a pass that gives out four tickets for $28 that can be redeemed at a vendor that is part of the food festival.
  • 11 a.m. - Home Food Preservation Help Desk with the UC Master Food Preservers
  • Noon - Dinner 911! Cooking Challenge: Round 1
  • 3 p.m. - Dinner 911! Cooking Challenge: Round 2
  • 6 p.m. - Dinner 911! Cooking Challenge: Final Round

Fun for the kids

  • 3 p.m./ 5 p.m./ 7 p.m. - FMX Motocross
  • 5 p.m. - California Classic Breed Parade


  • Noon to 6 p.m. - Jimmy Becker and Jay Rin | Save Mart Wine Garden
  • 2:30 p.m. - Shuffle | Sky River Casino Promenade Stage
  • 4-7 p.m. - Dave Badilla | Lagunitas Craft Beer Stage
  • 6:30-7 p.m. - Gabelv | Save Mart Wine Garden
  • 9-9:45 p.m. - LSB The Band | Sky River Casino Promenade Stage
  • 8 p.m. - The Guess Who | Golden 1 Main Stage

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