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2019 Sonoma County Fair, August 1-11

Sonoma County Fair

General Information

  • Dates: August 1-11, 2019

Wine Country Racing Dates

  • TBA

Hours

  • Gates open daily 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Carnival Lots
    Opening Day - Kid Carnival Open Noon; Main Carnival Open 3:00 pm
    Monday-Friday - Open Noon
    Saturdays - Open 11:00 am
    Sundays - Open 11:00 am
  • Exhibit buildings open 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • PG&E County of Sonoma

Location & Directions

  • Fair Box Office located at the front of Grace Pavilion
  • 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
  • Click here for directions & area map

Parking

Parking fees are charged for all vehicles, including those with disability placards.

  • Pavilion Lot - $15
  • Median Lot - $15
  • Veterans Lot - $9
  • Brookwood Lot - $9
  • Aston Avenue Lot - $9

Ride Share pick up and drop off is located off Maple Drive near the Median Parking Lot, in the turn-out for the Airport Express.

In order to develop an equitable parking policy, we have increased the number of parking spaces for disabled persons, and the same parking fees for each lot are charged for all spaces in that lot. Please be advised that the number of spaces for disabled persons is still limited, however, and early arrival is the best method of obtaining a more close-in space.

Free Bicycle Parking

Free bicycle parking is available each entrance gate.

Visitor Services

Parents' Rest Station

A clean, quiet place to nurse or change your baby or take a break in the shade. Open 11 AM - 8 PM in the Kids Area, just inside the Brookwood Gate

First Aid

Located by the Milk Barn and Racing Grandstand just south of Sliders Gastro Pub & Sports Bar, also known as the Showcase Cafe.

Lost & Found

Items are taken to Guest Services located on the outer East side of Grace Pavilion.

Lost Children

Reclaim your lost child at the Parents' Rest Area in the Kids' Area until 8:00 PM, and at Guest Services located on the outer East side of Grace Pavilion after 8:00 PM.

Strollers & Wheelchairs

Available for rent during the Fair inside the Brookwood Gate. A valid driver's license, state ID or military ID is required for deposit.

  • Strollers $10-$20
  • Wagons $20
  • Wheelchairs* $20 ($10 on Seniors' Day)(250lb limit)
  • Electric Scooters* $50 per day (450lb limit)
  • * First Come, First Served

Please Note

The following items are not allowed on the fairgrounds:

  • Pets, with the exception of service dogs
  • Knives
  • Drugs
  • Glass bottles or metal cans/containers
  • Squirt guns or balloons (through the gate)
  • Bicycles, skateboards, scooters
  • Knives
  • Guns, mace, clubs or any item determined to be a weapon by Fair security
  • Alcoholic beverages (none allowed through gate; beverages are available for purchase on the grounds)
  • Ice chests

Chairs will not be allowed on the Community Theater lawn area. Blankets are OK.

Homemade lunches or snacks and a sealed bottle of water per person will be allowed.

All buildings on the grounds are wheelchair-accessible; an elevator with operator is on the north end of the racing grandstand to access upper level.

Guest Conduct

Welcome to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. In order to provide a safe, secure and pleasant environment we ask for your cooperation in complying with these Rules of Conduct at all times.

These activities are prohibited on the Fairgrounds:

1. Running, shooting, horseplay, throwing any type of debris.
2. Disorderly or disruptive conduct of any type.
3. Threatening, belligerent or hostile behavior of any type.
4. Standing or walking in larger groups that block the movement of Fairgrounds patrons or cause inconvenience to others.
5. Bicycle riding, skateboarding, rollerblading, Moped riding, Segway riding, overboard or skating of any kind on our grounds.
6. Bringing alcohol,(cannabis)or illegal drugs of any kind on to the fairgrounds property.
7. Blocking any building, booth, exhibit, concession stand, performance, ticket window, gate, stage, doorway, walkway, fire exit or stairway.
8. Use of loud or obscene language or gestures or other offensive behavior that interferes with Fair patrons enjoyment of activities and events at the Fair.
9. Littering
10. Sitting on or placing feet on tables
11. Spitting
12. Being on grounds without a shirt or shoes on.
13. Bringing pets on grounds with the exception of service animals (see Service Animal Policy)
14. Soliciting for sale anything on grounds without written agreement from the Sonoma County Fair.
15. No gang-related attire, obscene or offensive clothing. We reserve the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that we considered inappropriate. No clothing or apparent that obscures the face unless worn for cultural, religious reasons or medical conditions.
16. Interfering with Fairgrounds business or interfering with the conduct of business by the Fairgrounds.
17. Distributing buttons, bumper stickers, hats, balloons, t-shirts, novelty items, food or beverages by non-concessionaires.
18. Any activity that could result in physical harm to person or property.
19. Possession of any article defined as a weapon. Any act defined by federal, state or local statute or ordinances as constituting a crime.
20. Patrons are allowed to bring single wagons, no attached wagon trains are allowed on the grounds. Attached coolers no larger than 12”x18”.
21. All persons entering the Sonoma County Fair agree that they are subject to a protective screening and/or search for weapons, narcotics, alcohol and illegal items.

Violations of these Rules of Conduct will constitute cause for removal of the violator from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds property.

Pet Policy

The Sonoma County Fairgrounds complies with California State provisions, which allow service dogs in all public areas. (Miniature horse trained to do work or perform tasks for persons with disabilities are also acceptable).

A service dog is a a dog trained to do specific tasks for a person that he or she cannot do because of a disability. Protecting someone, giving emotional support, or being a companion do not qualify a dog to be a service animal, and are not allowed on the fairgrounds.

At the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, “Dogs in Training” or “Puppies in Training” with appropriate identification will be allowed in all public areas with appropriate supervision providing they do not create a disturbance. One “Dog in Training” or “Puppy in Training” per trainer will be allowed on the property. The Fair reserves the right to exclude any “trainees” creating a disturbance.

ATMs

For your convenience, ATM machines are located throughout the Fairgrounds, including:

  • Near the Brookwood Gate
  • In the Wine Country Racing Grandstand
  • In Mexican Village
  • Around the carnival lot
  • In Grace Pavilion

Sonoma County Fair Smoking Policy

The Sonoma County Fairground is a smoke-free campus, Sonoma County ordinances 5974 and 5953. During the Fair we provide limited designated smoking areas as noted below.

  • Outside the Chris Beck Arena
  • Designated open patios in the Racing Grandstands

Information Booths

Once inside, stop by our information booths for daily schedule updates, lost & found or general assistance. Information Booths may be found:

Professional Event Services
  • Inside the Brookwood Gate
  • Near the main entrance to Wine Country Racing Grandstand

Lodging

Take advantage of our affordable and convenient RV Park!

You may also check out our list of local hotels within 5 miles of the Fairgrounds.

Visit Santa Rosa maintains a list of other area hotels and motels.

Recycling

Recycle can

Please use the blue cans placed throughout the fairgrounds for your cans and bottles!

Thanks!


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1350 Bennett Valley Road - Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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