The Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton is a traditional fair: 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 15th to July 4th.
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 $8, while children under 6 are free for pre-sale tickets. Add $2 if you buy at the gate.
Go on opening day, June 15th, 2016, 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:
$2 Tuesdays until 5pm- June 21 & June 28
$2 admission until 5pm
Kids FREE Fridays until 5pm – June 17, June 24 & July 1
Kids 12 and under receive FREE admission until 5pm
FREE ADMISSION WITH CANS – Feed The Need Food Drive until 5pm- June 22
Bring 4 non-perishable food items and receive FREE Fair admission benefiting the Alameda County Community Food Bank
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.