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2017 Sonoma County Fair, August 3 - August 13

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General Information

Fair Dates

2017 Sonoma County Fair
  • August 3 - August 13

Wine Country Racing Dates

  • August 3 - August 6
  • August 10 - August 13
  • August 18 - August 20 (after Fair)

Hours

  • Gates open daily 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Carnival Lots
    Opening Day Thursday, August 3 - 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 INSIDE THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

1350 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa
(Fair Box Office will move to the front of Grace Pavilion approximately two weeks before Fair opens.)

Please note: There are handling fees for all tickets sold on-line. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, debit cards and cash. Sorry, we cannot accept personal checks.

Fair Tickets

  • Single General Admission Tickets
    Buy Tickets Here
    (Ages 13+) $13
  • Single Kids Admission Tickets
    (Ages 7 - 12) $7
  • Kids (6 and Younger)
    FREE Every Day

Fair Admission Discount Days

Deals valid day-of only and are available at the gate only.

Kids' Day THURSDAYS
Children 12 and younger receive free General Admission to the Fair every THURSDAY.

Seniors' Day FRIDAYS
KSRO Seniors 60+ receive free General Admission to the Fair every FRIDAY.

Dollar Day! (Requires a Coupon from Bank of Marin)
Monday, August 7 ONLY
Bank of Marin Hot 101.7 Visit any Bank of Marin between July 6 and August 7 and get a coupon for $1 fair admission! Coupons will be redeemed at any of the admission gates for entry on Monday, August 7 from 11:00 am - 9:00 pm.
One coupon per person only; each coupon is valid for $1 admission per person for up to 4 people.

"Veterans Day" - Tuesday, August 8
First Community Bank Veterans get in free after showing their Military ID. This offer is good ONLY on 8/8..

"Thanksgiving" Food Drive Lucky Supermarkets Saturday, August 12 – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm ONLY
Bring 2 non-perishable food items for the Redwood Empire Food Bank and get $4 off on General Admission to the Fair. Limit: 1 discount/person.

Wine Country Racing Tickets

Please Note: Purchase of Fair Admission is required to attend Wine Country Racing and must be purchased in addition to seating (except for After Fair).


RACE DATES: August 3 - 6, August 10 - 13, August 18 -August 20 (After Fair)
Buy Tickets Here
  • Grandstand Seat - $3.00
  • Box Seat - $5.00
  • Preferred Grandstand - $5.00
  • Season Box Seating - $810 includes 8 days of Fair admission & box seating for 6
  • VIP Tent - $40/pp, 50 person minimum. Includes a VIP tented location near the racing grandstand that is yours for an entire day. Enjoy an all-inclusive, catered BBQ buffet lunch for your guests with non-alcoholic beverages, security and serving staff, fair admission, parking and more! Limited availbility. Only sold at the Box Office.
  • Trackside Dining - $160 per table of 4. Reserved table for 4 within the box seating sections. Includes table service and elegant buffet meal. Drinks and required Fair admission sold separately. Available for purchase at the box office and online.
  • Trackside Dining AFTER Fair (August 18 - 20) - $70 per table of 4. Reserved table for 4 within the box seating sections. Includes cocktail service. Drinks sold separately. Available for purchase at the box office and online. Please note, there will be NO buffet meal with Trackside Dining AFTER the Fair.
  • Paddock View Dining - $600. Reserved seating section for up to 26. Includes Fair admission and official racing programs for the group. Food and drink are sold separately. Catering options available for additional fee. Available for purchase at the box office only.

Parking

Parking fees are charged for all vehicles, including those with disability placards.
Click here for a fairgrounds map
Click here for a parking map

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

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
  • Glass bottles or metal cans/containers
  • 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)
  • Drugs
  • Squirt guns or balloons (through the gate)
  • Bicycles, skateboards, scooters
  • Ice chests

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

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

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

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

Lodging

Flamingo

Take advantage of our affordable and convenient RV Park!

Ask about special Fair rates at Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa! 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!


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

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