When to go to the Alameda County Fair - 510 Families
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When to go to the Alameda County Fair

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. It runs in 2019 from June 14th to July 7th, but not on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Things to do with kids at the Alameda County Fair

How to save money at the Alameda County Fair

Last year, I took my children on $1 Day – dollar admission, dollar rides – which was the smartest move I could have made because admission for all three of us was three dollars. Normally adults are $12 and children 6-12 are $8, while children under 6 are free for pre-sale tickets. Add $3/adults, $2/child if you buy at the gate.

Discounted tickets at Living Social >>

Go on Opening Day June 14th, to pay NO ADMISSION FEE BEFORE 3 PM.


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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.

Bunnies at Alameda County Fair

Other Deal Days:

Kids FREE Thursdays until 5 pm – June 20, 27
Kids 12 and under receive FREE admission until 5 pm & $2 small bites of the fair

FREE ADMISSION with kids clothing & $1 Rides – until 5pm – July 3
Bring one item of clothing FREE Fair admission benefiting the Foster Kids Clothing Drive & $1 Rides


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FREE ADMISSION WITH CANS – Feed The Need Food Drive until 5 pm – June 26
Bring 4 non-perishable food items and receive FREE Fair admission benefiting the Alameda County Community Food Bank

There are even more discount days that you might qualify for (military, seniors, fathers, etc.) so go ahead and see what works best for your family! You can also see if this Living Social deal is a good one >>

Alameda County Fair rides

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.

Official Fair Website >

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

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4 thoughts on “When to go to the Alameda County Fair”

  1. 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.

  2. Your info said nothing about the fair being closed on Mondays and Tuesdays!!! We drove over an hour today to go to the fair for my husband’s birthday and were out of luck. Very disappointing.

    1. Hi Karen,

      I’m so sorry you had that experience. This happened to our co-founder Heather a few years ago, which is why the second sentence in this post reads “It runs in 2019 from June 14th to July 7th, but not on Mondays or Tuesdays.”

    2. My daughter and I found out the hard way too.SheandI decided to walk around town and it was nice.It is way too expensive for us but we found a nice pizza and pasta place and some ice cream .Wewill always check the fair site in the future.

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