Marin County Fair 2019
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Who's ready for the fair?! The 78th annual Marin County Fair opens on Wednesday, July 3–7, at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael, near the Marin Civic Center. This year's Marin County Fair theme is "Over the Moon!"
Events and attractions include traditional fair offerings like farm animal exhibits and demonstrations, Great American Pig Racing and Petting Zoo in the barnyard, 28 free (with fair admission) carnival rides—including the 10-story Giant Wheel and the Marin Clean Energy solar-powered carousel. You'll also experience exhibits from Novato's Space Station Museum, "Over the Moon" virtual reality, appearances by the ever-popular Imperial Storm Troopers of the 501st Legion Golden Gate Garrison, Balloonacy, Something Ridiculous comedy juggling duo, and Street Drum Corps; fantastic concerts, short films and videos, demonstrations on the Blue Ribbon Stage, music and dance contests on the Three Twins Solar Stage; over 12,000 exhibits; and the Fair's biggest and most elaborate fireworks display ever, presented nightly over the lagoon at 9:30 pm.
This year's Marin County Fair runs from Wednesday, July 3 through Sunday, July 7, from 11 am to 11 pm daily. The exhibit hall and auditorium close at 9:30 pm; the carnival stays open until 11 pm.
Admission to the Marin County Fair is $15 in advance or $20 at the gate for adults 13–64 and $12 or $15 for seniors 65 and over and children 4–12. Admission is free for children 3 and under. Order advance tickets online here.
All admission prices include exhibits, entertainment, nightly fireworks, and carnival rides. A special $3 ticket is required for the Wacky Worm Coaster, the Drop Shot Tower, and the Freak Out. The Fair accepts Visa and Mastercard at the gate for admission, and there is an ATM inside the main gate. Monday, July 2 is Children's Day: children 12 and under are admitted free.
The Marin County Fair always presents a range of diverse musical acts, all included in the price of admission. This year's lineup includes a number of famous names as well as some of the best tribute bands out there. Reserved "Gold Circle" concert admission costs $60 per person and includes fair admission and reserved seating in a special section. The 2019 concert schedule features:
- Wednesday, July 3: Dwight Yoakam, 7:30 pm
- Thursday, July 4: The Distractions, 3 pm
- Thursday, July 4: ABBA the Concert, 7:30 pm
- Friday, July 5: Steel Pulse, 7:30 pm
- Saturday, July 6: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 7:30 pm
- Sunday, July 7: Mariachi Divas, 3 pm
- Sunday, July 7: Cheap Trick, 7:30 pm
You'll also get to see plenty of local talent perform throughout the day on the Three Twins Solar Stage.