Free Family Fun
Community Concert Series
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
FREE EVENT IN CHRIS BECK ARENA
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!
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.
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!
Don't miss your chance to receive FREE Clover ice cream at the Clover Stornetta Booth everyday from 1:00 - 4:00PM or until supplies last!
Tour the Fair on a Horse-Pulled Wagon
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.