Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds

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2016 Sonoma County Fair, July 22 - August 7

Sonoma County Fair

General Information

2016 Fair Dates

2016 Sonoma County Fair - Lights, Camera, Fair!
  • July 22 - August 7 (Closed on Mondays)


  • Gates open daily 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Main Carnival open daily 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Kiddy Carnival open daily 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Exhibit buildings open 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Fair Closed Mondays

Location & Directions

Fair Tickets

  • Single General Admission Tickets
    (Ages 13+) $11
  • Single Kids Admission Tickets
    (Ages 7 - 12) $5

Fair Discount Days

Deals valid for purchase at the gate only

Too Good To Be True Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays - $22
Includes: Gate Admission and a Carnival Wristband to enjoy unlimited rides (all ages). Fairgoers may choose to purchase regular gate admission only, if they do not choose to enjoy the carnival.

Pay-One-Price Fridays - Sundays - $35
Includes:A Carnival Wristband to enjoy unlimited rides (all ages). Use your WOW Coupon these days. (Does NOT include Gate Admission)

Seniors' Day Thursdays - Seniors 60 & Up FREE
Kids (6 and Younger) - FREE Every Day
Kids (7 – 12) -FREE on Fridays

Food Bank Fridays
Bring 2 nonperishable food items and get $2 off on General Fair Admission! Limit: 1 discount/person


Garton Tractor

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

Click here for a fairgrounds map

  • Pavilion Lot - $10
  • Median Lot - $10
  • Veterans Lot - $8
  • Brookwood Lot - $7
  • Aston Avenue Lot - $7

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 and secure bicycle parking is being provided by the Bicycle Coalition and is available at the southeast corner of the Median Lot.

Visitor Services

Parents' Rest Station

A clean, quiet place to nurse or change your baby or take a break in the shade. Open 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. 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, previously known as the Showcase Cafe.

Lost & Found

Items are taken to the Info Booth at the entrance to the Racing Grandstand until 8 pm, and to the Special Events Office on the east side of Grace Pavilion after 8 pm.

Lost Children

Reclaim your lost child at the Parents' Rest Area in the Kids' Area until 8 pm, and to the Special Events Office on the east side of Grace Pavilion after 8 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
  • Jogger Strollers $15
  • Double Strollers $15
  • Wagons $15
  • Wheelchairs* $15 ($5 on Seniors' Day Thursdays)(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
  • Glass bottles or metal cans/containers
  • Knives with blade longer than 1.5 inches
  • 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)
  • Drugs
  • Squirt guns or balloons (through the gate)
  • Bicycles, skateboards, scooters
  • Ice chests or food purchased from restaurants outside Fairgrounds

Homemade lunches or snacks and a container 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. Click here for an accessibility guide


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

Thanks to Professional Event Service for sponsoring the 2016 Information Booths!



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!

The Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors' Bureau maintains a list of other area hotels and motels.


Recycle can

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


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