When to go to the Alameda County Fair

Things to do with kids at the Alameda County Fair

The Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton is a traditional state fair format: carnival rides and games, award-winning quilts and pigs, and booths offering treats like funnel cakes and deep-fried pickles.

I took my children on opening day which was the smartest move I could have made, because admission for all three of us was three dollars. Normally adults are $10 and children 6-12 are $6, while children under 6 are free.

There are reptile shows, a younger kids area, and a sophisticated model train set-up. My 6-year old and I enjoyed browsing a room full of bunnies and learning their breeds.


Other Deal Days:

Mark your calendar for June 25th, the only other $1 Day during the fair’s run. Not only is admission $1 per person, but all rides cost $1, too. This is a deal not to be missed.

Missed it? There are also also $2 Days: June 24th and July 1st, but the low price is just for admission. You’ll pay in full for the rides.

But wait, there’s more! Kids are free on Fridays: June 20, June 27, and  July 4.

And one more awesome offer: Feed The Need Food Drive and $1 Rides – June 25

Bring 4 non-perishable food items and receive FREE Fair admission benefiting the Alameda County Community Food Bank. All carnival rides are $1.


What to expect: The Fair is sensory overload, but arriving when it opens at 11 am will allow you the best chance for short ride lines and wide-open walkways.

Parking is $10 and there’s no getting around that. Bring a stroller for your little one, but if it turns out your preschooler can’t walk another step, there are strollers and wagons for big kids to rent.