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Alameda County Fair returns with new ride, celebrations

The Alameda County Fair expands its award-winning fair with a new ride and cultural celebrations. The fair also boasts good food and big-name music acts.
Credit: Courtesy the Alameda County Fair
People walking through the Alameda County Fair at dusk.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — For over 100 years, the Alameda County Fair has shown off the agriculture, livestock, and culture of the county all while having a good time through rides and games.

They do it so well they're recognized as one of the best fairs in the country.

This year, Alameda will continue its tradition of celebrating the county's bounty by adding a new ride and more ways to celebrate the people that live in the county.

What's at the fair?

Aside from horse racing, games, and the usual livestock showings, the fair will have a few things that are different this year, said Angel Moore, vice president of business development for the Alameda. 

First, there will be a new ride called the Mega Flip that takes a different spin on your typical thrill-seeker ride. It sends riders into four different "swinging booms" while spinning 

The fair will have "Fiesta a la Feria" to celebrate the Latino community in Alameda County on June 16. 

"Out at the Fair" will be a time for the community to celebrate the LGBTQ community at the fair June 22.

The "Asian Pacific Celebration at the Fair" and the "Bollywood at the Fair" will be held June 23 and June 30, respectively, to celebrate the Asian, Pacific Island and Indian communities of Alameda.

“The Alameda County Fair prides itself on community and inclusiveness,” Moore said. “We are excited to introduce these new festivals to recognize the importance that diversity plays in all communities throughout the Bay Area.”

The fair will also host musical performances by Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Trace Adkins, Ashanti, Loverboy, Gin Blossoms, Sheila E., Ramon Ayala and many more.

A full schedule of events can be found on the Alameda County Fair website.

How much does it cost?

Tickets are up to 85% off until June 14. After that they go up to the regular price of: 

  • $15 for adults
  • $10 for kids
  • $10 for adults older than 62-years-old

There is also a Fun Pack that costs $70 and includes admission for four people and one parking pass.

The carnival wristband costs $35, and the Sky Ride costs $6 for unlimited rides for one day.

If you want to go for free or cheap here are the discount days:

  • Free admission before 3 p.m. on June 14.
  • Dad's get in free on Father's Day until 5 p.m.
  • Kids get in free on June 20 and June 27 before 5 p.m.
  • Fridays before 5 p.m., people older than 62 years of age get in free.
  • If you donate unopened dog food before 5 p.m. on June 19, you get in free.
  • If you donate non-perishable food items you get free admission before 5 p.m. on June 26
  • People who donate child's clothing are admitted for free before 5 p.m. on July 3
  • First responders with identification get in for free.
  • Members of the Military get in free every day!

When and where is it?

The Alameda County Fair runs from June 14 to July 7. It is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, except the Fourth of July. The fair closes early at 8 p.m. on that day.

The address for the fairgrounds is 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Parking at the fairgrounds is $10 and cash only. 


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