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Sonoma County Fair

Community Concert Series

Community Concert Series at the Sonoma County Fair

The Community Theater stage will be packed with nightly entertainment and concerts which will all be FREE with Fair admission. Get details on our Headlining Concerts page.

Barrel Racing, August 4 - 5:30 PM


Barrel Racing at the Sonoma County Fair

Speed is what it’s all about in this event that pits contestants against each other and the clock. Riders steer their horses around a series of barrels, coming as close as they can to shave precious seconds off the clock. Fast and furious, this sport is exhilarating for rider and spectator alike!


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Godfrey the Magician

Godfrey the Magician

Watch for some special 'holiday' touches in Godfrey's family-friendly magic show. See how many holiday connections you can identify! This is a small-scale magic show, and the audience will be seated close to the stage so they can try to figure out ‘how did he do that?' Barnyard Stage, three shows a day.


Free Cake at the Sonoma County Fair!

There's always a reason for free cake! Stay alert...when you see the cake cart arrive, get in line and claim your free piece.

FREE Clover Ice Cream!

Clover Ice Cream at the Sonoma County Fair

Don't miss your chance to receive FREE Clover ice cream at the Clover Sonoma Pasture, everyday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm or until supplies last!

Tour the Fair on a Horse-Pulled Wagon

Horse-Pulled Wagon at the Sonoma County Fair

Free Rides Daily this is the way to see the Fair’s famed Livestock Area—from a wagon pulled by draft horses. You’ll roll along past the sheep barns, the cattle barns and the livestock area. Catch a ride at the "Welcome to the Livestock Area" sign. Check your daily schedule for times.

Daily Parade

Daily Parade Floats at the Sonoma County Fair

Strolling bands, floats, giant puppets and kids in costume are just the beginning! The Parade starts at 5:00 pm and lasts just 15 minutes. If you would like to be in that parade, just go to the staging area (by the Milk Barn) by 4:45 pm. You can march along while playing a drum, twirling a baton, wearing a grape costume or pulling a wagon...there are possibilities to fit all sizes and talents. We want YOU to be in the parade!

High Diving Pirates of the Caribbean

High Diving Pirates of the Caribbean

This pirate-themed high dive show is filled with comedy, excitement and fun. The divers will plunge from as high as 70 feet off a spring board or tower and into a pool that “looks like a 50-cent piece” from up on the platform. The 26’ diameter pool has only has 9 1/2 feet of water. Three shows a day, four shows on Saturday and Sunday. Located at the South End of the Carnival Lot.



A hysterical water balloon gladiator show with comic antics, flying water balloons, and loud opera music. Using no words, Seth and Christina of Acrobuffo deliver Water Bomb!, a gut-busting, interactive show that has thrilled crowds in 13 countries. An audience and press favorite around the globe. Fierce, funny, and great for a hot day, but just as funny when the weather turns cold, this show is fun for all ages. Follow the sounds of loud music and equally loud laughter to find Water Bomb! Three shows a day.

San Francisco Street Performers

San Francisco Street Performers

Stop by the Family Fun Stage and watch some of the best San Francisco performers. These comedy/jugglers have worked their way up the hard way, starting on street corners and ending up as featured performers at Pier 39, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and more! Three acts (Marcus Raymond, Scotty & Trink, Michael Goudeau] will alternate performing during the Fair, but you can always count on hilarious fun! Family Fun Stage, three shows a day, free with Fair admission.

Creature Features!

Creature Features!

Cold blooded fun at its finest! You see, touch and learn about captive-raised reptiles, amphibians and arthropods from the near and far corners of the world. View science artifacts, nature videos, hatching snake eggs, parrots, and even an alligator. All of these creatures are sharing space with Junior Exhibits in Finley Hall.

Lorikeet Encounter

Lorikeet Encounter

Enter this amazing exhibit and get up close and personal with these friendly and colorful creatures. Lorikeets are beautiful, gentle birds. Bird lovers of all ages will find lorikeets landing on their shoulder for, in search of conversation…or a snack! This is the ultimate up-close encounter for bird lovers. Free with Fair admission, additional charge for bird feed.

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Spooky Corner

Spooky Corner

Stop by Spooky Corner for a not-so-scary dose of Halloween fun! Check out the miniature Halloween Village, and lots of light-up pumpkins. This preview of coming attractions will really put you in the modd for Fall. Fun for all ages!

Redwood Writers

If you ever wanted to learn how to write and publish abook, now you can by attending the 2017 Sonoma County Fair. For the first time in its 42-year history, Redwood Writers will participate in the Fair. “Writers helping writers” is the motto of this 300-member local writing club, founded in 1975 to educate both members and the public in the craft of writing and in marketing their works.

Redwood Writers will staff its booth in the EC Kraf tBuilding from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the eleven-day run of the Fair. At least eight authors of every genre will be on hand daily to sell and sign books and to read from their published works. The public is invited to meet the authors or to relax and listen to authors read from their children’s books, historical fiction, memoir, mystery, detective novels, thrillers, literaryfiction, how-to books, and even coloring books for both children and adults. Watch for book giveaways throughout the Fair.

Other publishing professionals will be on hand to answer questions about editing, marketing, social media, indie publishing, and other aspects of getting one’s book into the marketplace. Redwood Writers welcomes all writers from novices to very experienced and published authors. Being part of a large writing community is inspirational at every level. More information can be found at

40 Fun Free Things to do at this year's Fair


1. Enjoy one of our FREE Headline Concerts in Community Theater.
2. Watch a horse race.
3. Eat a free Clover ice cream cone.
4. Pet some animals at the Great American Petting Zoo
5. Milk a cow at Sweet Lil’s Farm.
6. Watch chicks hatch at Sweet Lil’s Farm.
7. Talk to a 4-H exhibitor about his or her animal in the Livestock Area.
8. Enter a contest and win a ribbon!
9. Sit down and listen to live music in Shade Park.
10. When you arrive at the Fair, get free ‘If I Look Lost’ stickers for your kids.
11. Dance along to free live music throughout the fairgrounds.
12. Watch or join the Fair parade every day at 5:00 pm.
13. Watch a demonstration in Grace Pavilion.
14. Visit the Garden Building.
15. Cheer on your favorite dog in the Derby Dog Dash!
16. On Thursday – kids ages 12 & under get into the Fair for FREE!
17. On Fridays – seniors ages 60 & up get into the Fair for FREE!
18. Sit on a bench and experience the best people-watching anywhere.
19. Go to the Racing Paddock to watch the horses get ready to race and guess who will win.
21. Enjoy watching an amazing carnival ride.
22. Take a hay wagon ride through the Livestock Area between noon and 5 p.m.
23. Watch a cow milking demonstration at the Milk Barn.
24. Enjoy Holiday Adventures in the Kid's Area.
25. Embark on a Treasure Hunt through the fairgrounds and get a prize (Treasure Hunt booklets can be picked up at any of the information booths during Fair).
26. Get ready to see reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods from the near and far corners of the world.
27. Receive feedback from the Redwood Writers and watch for book giveaways throughout the fair.
28. Attend the Junior Livestock Auction, and see the auctioneers in action.
29. Enter something you made, raised or grew in the Fair and get into the Fair for FREE!
30. Catch a greased pig on Farmers Day.
31. Vote for your favorite quilt.
32. Vote for your favorite picture.
33. Compete in the Holiday Singing Contest.
34. Go to the Hall of Flowers and ask a Master Gardener a question.
35. Get up close with Lorikeet birds in the Garden Building.
36. Watch babies race in the Diaper Derby.
37. Enter the Halloween Costume Contest (August 12).
38. Join the Fiesta in Mexican Village.
39. Enter the Bubblegum Bubble Blowing Contest and get a free piece of gum.
40. Enter the Derby Dog Dash, held on Sundays in between horse races.

Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road - Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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