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 this year from June 16th to July 9th, but not on Mondays or Tuesdays, except for July 4th.
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.
Go on July 5th, 2017, 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:
Kids FREE Fridays until 5pm – June 16, June 23, June 30 & July 7
Kids 12 and under receive FREE admission until 5pm
FREE ADMISSION WITH CANS – Feed The Need Food Drive until 5pm – June 28
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 head and see what works best for your family!
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.