"So Happy Together!" at the 2022 Marin County Fair
Who's ready for the fair?! The 2022 Marin County Fair opens on Thursday, June 30 and runs through Sunday, July 4, at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael, near the Marin Civic Center. This year's Marin County Fair theme is "So Happy Together!" and celebrates the return of the fair after a two-year hiatus.
The 2022 Marin County Fair is the first one since summer 2019, and will be an outdoor-only event. The 2022 fair will feature outdoor headline entertainment, roaming performers like jugglers, unicyclists, and stilt walkers, and interactive art experiences for all ages.
Once again you can experience fair favorites like carnival rides, the Global Marketplace, the animals of the Barnyard, food and drinks, and fireworks over the Civic Center’s Lagoon Park. Note that the competitive exhibits program will again take place online this year, since the fair is outdoor only.
Hours & Admission
This year's Marin County Fair runs from Thursday, June 30 through Monday, July 4, from 11 am to 11 pm daily; last entry at 10 pm. All fair activities and events take place outdoors this year.
Admission to the Marin County Fair is $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for adults 13–64 and $20 both advance and at the gate 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 $5 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. Thursday, June 30 is Kids' 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 seating costs $60 per person and includes fair admission. The 2022 concert schedule features:
- Thursday, June 30: Pablo Cruise, 7:30 pm (with opening band Matt Jaffe)
- Friday, July 1: Sheila E., 7:30 pm
- Saturday, July 2: Sons of Champlin, 7:30 pm
- Sunday, July 3: Digable Planets, 7:30 pm
- Monday, July 4: George Porter Jr. and Dumpstaphunk, 7:30 pm
If You Go
The Marin County Fairgrounds are located near the Marin Civic Center in northern San Rafael, right off Highway 101. Parking for cars and motorcycles is $15–$20 in all lots (payment by credit or debit card only). Free bicycle valet parking will be provided by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition from 11 am–10 pm on June 30 and 11 am–11 pm July 1–4.
The Marin County Fair is also serviced by several different Golden Gate Transit and Marin Transit bus lines as well as the SMART train; for more information, visit www.goldengate.org, www.marintransit.org, and sonomamarintrain.org or call 511. Fairgoers can ride Marin Transit for free during the fair! Marin Transit fares will be free on all fixed routes during the duration of the fair, June 30–July 4, 2022. Check www.marintransit.org for details.
To get to the Marin Country Fairgrounds, take Highway 101 to the North San Pedro Road exit and head east on North San Pedro Road toward the Marin Civic Center. Turn left at the stop light onto Civic Center Drive and look for parking — you'll find it near the Lagoon Park and around the Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium. Additional paid parking can be found in lots off civic center drive just north of the fairgrounds.
Ice chests, coolers, pets, cans, or glass bottles are not permitted, and the Marin County Fair is a smoke-free event.
For more information on this year's Marin County Fair, visit www.marinfair.org or call (415) 473-6400.
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