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.

Go on opening day, June 17th, 2015, to pay $1 admission per person and $1 for each ride.

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:

$1 Carnival Rides – Every Wednesday
Carnival rides are $1 every Wednesday until 5pm

$2 Tuesdays until 5pm- June 23 & June 30
$2 admission until 5pm

Kids FREE Fridays until 5pm – June 19, June 26 & July 3
Kids 12 and under receive FREE admission until 5pm

FREE ADMISSION WITH CANS – Feed The Need Food Drive and $1 Rides until 5pm- June 24
Bring 4 non-perishable food items and receive FREE Fair admission benefiting the Alameda County Community Food Bank and $1 carnival rides until 5pm


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.


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  1. says

    When we went a few years ago there was a Facebook deal where you could sign up for a free admission. My husband and each registered to dramatically cut our family’s entrance price. Probably worth a look in case they offer it again.