The giant Ferris wheel is up, Millennium Barn is got a fresh coat of paint and crazy decor has been created – think giant popsicles, pickles and avocados.
That means the 2019 OC Fair is ready for opening day, and this is a great time to come out to take a look at the summer’s best party.
Let’s take a look at what went on behind the scenes at OC Fair & Event Center
La Grande Wheel XL is raring to go. This 130-foot-tall Ferris wheel debuted at the OC Fair in 2017 and has been the gorgeous background of many pics ever since. With climate-controlled cabins and half a million LED lights, the wheel can be seen from the 55 Freeway, indicating the Fair is just around the corner.
New this year: Solar and wind-powered charging stations in Plaza Pacifica, which is located near Green Gate. Fairgoers will be able to recharge their phones while enjoying a little music at Plaza Stage before heading into a concert at Pacific Amphitheatre.
The Crazy Coaster is in the Main Carnival. Titan, making its California debut at the OC Fair. Titan rockets riders 17 stories into the air and will be the OC Fair’s tallest ride.
Heritage Stage, located near Plaza Pacifica, this stage will feature Tupua, a Polynesian dance troupe, as well as returning favorite Mark Yuzuik, comedy hypnotist.
New this year: Four California commodity lounges located throughout the fairgrounds, including the Orange Grove, dripping with citrusy kitsch. Find the Orange Grove and the Avocado Pit in Plaza Pacifica, the Strawberry Patch in Centennial Farm, and the Beef Corral near Yellow Gate.
The exhibits, hundreds of entries for various competitions, including Fine Arts, Photography, Hand Crafts & Hobbies and more. The Visual Arts, Collections and Crafts & Woodworking buildings filled up fast with lots of great entries by talented Southern California artists
The 2019 OC Fair runs July 12 through Aug. 11 and offers 23 days and nights of entertainment, food, rides, shopping, exhibits and more. Hours are noon to midnight Wednesdays through Fridays, and 11 a.m. to midnight Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit ocfair.com.
OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa is home to the annual OC Fair and Imaginology. Year-round attractions include Centennial Farm, Table of Dignity, Heroes Hall and Pacific Amphitheatre. Throughout the year, events ranging from recreation shows to cultural festivals are held at the Fairgrounds.
Discounts
Save money at the OC Fair! Discounts are honored during the specified timeframe. Please arrive early to enjoy all promotions.
Freebie alert! All reserved seats in the Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena include FREE Fair admission.
OPENING DAY
Free ‘Til Three on Friday, July 12 (12-3 p.m.)
Enjoy free admission and parking on Opening Day of the 2019 OC Fair – Friday, July 12, only. Valid noon-3 p.m.
DAILY
San Diego / San Bernardino / Indio / Ventura & OC Fair Bounceback
Save your San Diego County Fair, Riverside County Fair, San Bernardino County Fair, or Ventura County Fair ticket stub for one FREE admission at the OC Fair, July 12-Aug. 11.  Ticket must be surrendered at the gate to redeem offer.
Save your 2019 OC Fair admission ticket for one FREE admission at the 2020 Riverside County Fair (Feb. 14-23).
Active Military & Veterans
Active-duty military and veterans receive free OC Fair admission and are eligible to purchase half-price general admission tickets. Promotion is valid all 23 days of the OC Fair. Military ID is required. Free admission is not applicable for spouses or dependents. A maximum of six half-price general admission tickets may be purchased.  This offer may not be combined with any other offers.
Read & Ride
Bookworms ages 5-11 can read two books to earn three free carnival rides!
Download the book report form. Completed book report forms can be redeemed for ride tickets at the Kidland Information Booth during Fair hours. Tickets are valid July 12-Aug. 11, 2019, only.
Super Pass
The 2019 OC Fair Super Pass is available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com and at the Pacific Amphitheatre Box Office.
General (13-59)     $40
Senior (60+)          $33
Youth (6-12)            $33
LIMITED TIME
First Responders and Law Enforcement Week is Aug. 7-11
FREE admission to active-duty and professional staff of the police, sheriff, fire and emergency services departments Aug. 7-11 with option to purchase up to 4 general admission tickets for your guests at half price. Issuing agency ID is required.
WEDNESDAYS
We Care Wednesday Drives (12-3 p.m.)
Donate on the specified dates listed below for FREE general admission to the OC Fair and one carnival ride per person. Offer valid noon to 3 p.m. General admission tickets may not be used on any other day. Donations are accepted at public entrances (Blue Gate, Yellow Gate or Green Gate). Donations are not accepted at Gate 5 off Arlington Drive, and FREE admission will not be honored after 3 p.m.
$35 Unlimited Ride Wristband
Ride until 8 p.m., sold until 5 p.m. – includes 2 free games and 1 ride on the Titan; all other rides are unlimited.
THURSDAYS
$3 Taste of Fair Food (12-4 p.m.)
Enjoy $3 samples of select Fair treats. Valid noon – 4 p.m.
Kids Day
Children 12 & younger receive FREE Fair admission all day.
$35 Unlimited Ride Wristband
Ride until 8 p.m., sold until 5 p.m. – includes 2 free games and 1 ride on the Titan; all other rides are unlimited.
FRIDAYS
Seniors Day (60+)
$5 Senior admission plus FREE Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides all day.
$2 Rides, $2 Games until 4 p.m.
WEEKENDS
Best Deal Ever!
Half-price general admission ($7) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday
Sundays only: $35 Unlimited Ride Wristband available – ride until 4 p.m., sold until 1 p.m. Includes 1 ride on the Titan; all other rides are unlimited.
FREE Off-Site Parking (Saturday & Sunday)
Free parking and shuttle service is available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure located off the Bristol Street exit of the 405 Freeway. Follow the signs to “Experian.” The shuttle operates from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday & Sunday only.
OC Fair Express Bus Service
Buses depart from nine locations on Saturdays and Sundays from July 13 to Aug. 11 and run from approximately 10 a.m. to midnight.
If riding Metrolink, you can connect to the OC Fair Express at the Anaheim Canyon, Santa Ana, Irvine or Anaheim-ARTIC Metrolink stations. Simply show your valid Metrolink ticket and ride the bus for free.
OC Fair Express costs $4 roundtrip, or $1.50 for seniors 60+ and persons with disabilities. When you ride the OC Fair Express, you will receive a coupon for $4 OC Fair admission – that’s a $10 savings!

Community OC Fair: Getting Ready for Acres of Fun July 12-Aug. 11