There are still a few days to buy pre-sale tickets to this year’s fair, but sales for the discounted tickets and ride wristbands end July 10! This summer marks the 125th celebration of the Santa Barbara County Fair and it will definitely be “A Fair to Remember.” This year’s Fair takes place July 13-17 at the Santa Maria Fairpark.

Pre-sale tickets are $8 for ages 12 and older; $6 for ages 6 to 11 years old; and $20 for unlimited carnival wristbands. Pre-sale tickets are available through July 10 at the following locations: Rabobanks in Santa Maria, Orcutt, Nipomo and Guadalupe; La Chiquita Markets in Santa Maria, Nipomo and Guadalupe; La Miramar in Santa Maria, Lompoc, Paso Robles and Oceano; and Vallarta Supermarket in Santa Maria. Tickets are also available online at

General admission during the Fair is $8 for ages 6-11; $10 for ages 12-61; and $8 for ages 62 and older. Kids 5 and younger are always free!

Unlimited carnival ride wristbands are $30. Parking is $7.

Destruction Derby is $12 general/$18 box seats. Destruction Derby tickets can only be purchased at the Fairpark Ticket Office.

Dollar Day kicks off the Santa Barbara County Fair with admission and carnival rides just $1 on Wednesday, July 13 until 5 p.m. After 5 p.m. regular prices apply. That day also kicks off our Bud Light Concert Series with a performance by the country band on a hot streak, Parmalee on the KCOY Main Stage.

The excitement continues Thursday, July 14 with Senior Day and seniors (62 and over) pay just $1 admission all day. General admission on that is $3 before 3 p.m., after that regular admission applies. That evening’s concert will feature a performance by 10 time GRAMMY Award-winning musical artist Chaka Khan.

Friday, July 15 is Agriculture & Cattlemen’s Day featuring free rodeo activities in the Budweiser Minetti Arena, and an evening concert by that distinctive crooner Dwight Yoakam. General admission is $3 before 3 p.m.

Military and Law Enforcement Appreciation Day takes place on Saturday, July 16 and all personnel (and their families) receive Free Admission to the Fair all day. That night fairgoers will enjoy a concert by rock ’n’ roll legends Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

Wrapping things up on Sunday, July 17 is Fiesta Day with a Hispanic concert in the Budweiser Minetti Arena.

All KCOY Main Stage entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free with paid Fair admission. The Fiesta Day entertainment is a separate ticketed event.

New attractions this year will amaze, impress and draw laughter from audiences. The stunt duo of Something Ridiculous will stroll the grounds performing for audiences by juggling anything they can get their hands on. Roberto the Magnificent will perform his wild, high-energy, stage act employing a variety of cirque-style skills as he rides an industrial pogo stick and juggles flaming torches and spinning handsaws. Bands like Mister Wonderful and Crawdaddio will meet your every musical taste. The Dock Dogs canine aquatics competition will entertain as canines compete for the honor of best dive dog. Kids will love the Wizards Challenge with Enchanted Forest Animals science-based exhibit. And be sure to catch a glimpse of the larger than life Chicken Rider as he strolls through the Fairpark grounds.

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