Ticket Alert: Alameda County Fair June 14-July 7 - 510 Families
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Ticket Alert: Alameda County Fair June 14-July 7

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

In 2024, the Alameda County Fair runs from Wednesday to Sunday from June 14 through July 7. Hours are 12 pm to 11 pm on Wednesday through Sunday (Closed Monday and Tuesday).

Children at petting zoo
The petting zoo is included with admission | Source: Maureen Burke

Family-friendly highlights of the Alameda County Fair daily schedule:

  • Carnival games open at 1 pm, one hour after the gates open. run the entire time. Kids must be at least 36″ tall to ride kiddie rides. Slides and rides do get HOT.
  • Large petting zoo to meet goats, pigs, sheep, and other farm animals, plus an alpaca and kangaroo.
  • Pig races are scheduled throughout the day and are super entertaining for kids and parents alike.
  • Nightly, a different kid-friendly movie is scheduled at 6 pm on the concert lawn. It won’t be dark yet, but there are plenty of chairs and space to watch the film. Check the schedule here >
  • Go to the Grandstand for a lively jousting performance every day, or horse racing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus July 4.
  • Each night a different concert is scheduled for 8 pm (except July 4, no concert). Concert tickets do not include fair admission and vice versa.
  • Find a calm space in the AgVenture Park’s Wizard Challenge Zone for bubbles, building blocks, puzzles, and other activities under multiple tents.
  • At 9:30 pm, once the kids are good and exhausted, there’s a nighttime drone light show over the grandstand, except on July 4. On June 14 and 28th, there are fireworks, too.

Things to do with kids at the Alameda County Fair

 

Alameda County Fair rides

 

Plan your visit to the 2024 Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton

Admission and Ride Fees

While pre-purchase isn’t required, it will simplify your day. Purchase admission tickets separately or add on wristband access (rides) or concert tickets at the same time. Pre-buy your tickets to sorta save $2 or $3 at the gate. By and large, much of the fair runs on a credit card-only basis.

Admission prices get you through the gate, but you’ll need tickets or wristbands to get on the rides. Double-check prices here and pre-book if you can.

If your family would prefer to skip the rides, it’s easy to enjoy the free entertainment such as a dog stunt show included in fair admission. Many options are in the AgVenture Park and Red Zone; see the free offerings. Pro Tip: Enter in the Red Gate to bypass the carnival. View a map >

County Fair pig races
Pig races are so stinking cute! Arrive early for a prime seat. | Photo: Maureen Burke

Alameda County Fair Discounts & Deals

Going to the Fair is not cheap for a family! Single-day tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for children, however, if you will go more than three times, consider a season pass: $45 to go every day that the Fair is open.

  • Every day, CHILDREN 5 & UNDER ARE FREE to enter, but will still need to pay for rides. A wristband is $34.
  • Wednesday, June 19, Pet Food Drive. Free admission when you bring needed pet food.
  • Wednesday, June 26, Feed the Need Food Drive. Free admission when you bring food donations. Also, dollar rides until 5 pm.
  • July 4, First Responder Day. First responders enter free before 3 pm.
  • See all the specifics on these deals, especially the approved donations list.

Child on car-themed carnival game
Carnival rides galore! | Source: Maureen Burke

Getting to the Alameda County Fair

Location: 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton
To BART: Take BART to the Dublin/Pleasanton Station then catch the WHEELS Fair Shuttle (Route 52) to the Fairgrounds — all day, every day of the Fair, until closing.

Parking fees: General Parking starting at $15 (credit card only).

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.

Carnival lovers might want to see our round-up of more summer fairs and festivals for Bay Area families!

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5 thoughts on “Ticket Alert: Alameda County Fair June 14-July 7”

  1. Why did you advertise that Father’s Day was free for fathers as in the past! But had to pay full about!

    1. Frank, I’m sure that was my mistake. I’m so sorry that happened to you because of what we wrote here. We have been trying to keep up with the fair’s current discounts and promotions but they have scaled back so many. I’ll go double check the rest of the “deals” we have listed.

  2. WHAT IS A KIDDIE RIDE? Does that mean there are no rides for those 3-6 years, for those not 36 inches tall? I need to know if if I should purchase a wrist band for our 3 year old.I know rides are limited but I don’t know if she is generally excluded. Thank you

  3. Is this Comment section merely window dressing? Why does it take so long to get a reply? I am beginning to wonder if you intend to answer at all.

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