Sonoma County Fair 2013
July 25 - August 11 (Closed Mondays)
July 25 - August 11 (Closed Mondays)
Join the Fair Fun
Participate in the Fair's Exhibits
- Guidebooks are now available!
- Visit here for more information
Join the Fair Team
- Employment Applications are now available
- Get your Fair and Concert tickets early at the Sonoma County Box Office on May 11th. The Box Office will open at 8:30 am.
Be apart of our Tiny House Town
We are putting together a small town at the Fair this summer and we would like you to be a part of our neighborhood. Please call Jane Engdahl at 707.545.4200 x 209, or click here for more information.
- July 25 - August 11, closed on Mondays
- Gates open daily 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Carnival open daily 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
- Exhibit buildings open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Location & Directions
- 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
- Click here for directions & area map
- Click here for parking map
- General admission $10 ages 13 & up
- Children $5 ages 7 - 12
- Ages 6 & younger FREE!
- Ages 7 - 12 FREE on Fridays
- Seniors 60 & up free on Thursdays
- Check out the New Carnival Wow Coupons
Please Click Here for a Full Box Office Schedule
General Fair Admission, Wine Country Horse Racing, Concert and Show tickets will be on sale at the Fairgrounds Box Office (please check back for a schedule) and online.Please note: There are handling fees for all tickets sold on-line.
Parking fees are charged for all vehicles, including those with disability placards.
Click here for parking map
- Pavilion Lot - $8
- Median Lot - $8
- Veterans Lot - $7
- Brookwood Lot - $6
- Aston Avenue Lot - $6
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.
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
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.
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 or $35 for 4 hours (450lb limit)
- * limited number available
For more information and reservations, please call 1-855-443-8632! We recommend that you make your reservations ahead of time.
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.
For your convenience, ATM machines are located throughout the Fairgrounds, including:
- near the Brookwood Gate
- in the Wine Country Racing Grandstand
- in Mexican Village
- and around the carnival lot
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
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)
- 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.
Once inside, stop by our information booths for daily schedule updates, lost & found or general assistance. Information Booths may be found:
- inside the Brookwood Gate
- near the main entrance to Wine Country Racing Grandstand
Thanks to Professional Event Service for sponsoring the 2012 Information Booths!
Take advantage of our affordable and convenient RV Park!
Visit our offical lodging partner and ask about available Fair discounts. The Vagabond Inn offers affordable lodging options for those staying in the area.
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.
Please use the blue cans placed throughout the fairgrounds for your cans and bottles!
Sonoma County Fair Links
Call Us: (707) 545-4200
We appreciate your patronage and comments!
Thank you for the free Senior Day at the Sonoma County Fair. This year I thought the exhibits in the Hall of Flowers were all so creative and imaginative. I was truly drawn into the artistry and sensations of each unique display. The artists obviously pulled out all stops with their creations.
I even took a spin on the Ferris Wheel . (Seniors were offered a free ride on Seniors Day.) The view of Santa Rosa was amazing from the top, it was really fun.
Today, Saturday, I’m going back to the Fair, with my husband, (as a “paying” customers). I’m excited about going for my second peek at the Hall of Flowers and seeing my first Rodeo in Santa Rosa tonight.
If the Fair planners had not given me an opportunity for a “free” Seniors Day, I would only have been able to attend the fair once. I really appreciate this “free senor’s day”, tradition at our fair, and wanted to “shout out” a big thank you to everyone who organized and worked at our fair. Don’t miss the fair!
We are new to the community so this is our first time at the fair. I can honestly say this is the best fair we've been to, and we've been to fairs from San Diego to Wisconsin!
... I also want to appreciate the fair board and staff for their continued dedication and focus on county agriculture. We love taking our kids to see all the exhibited animals, and they loved Sweet Lil's Farm too!!! Huge kudos to you for moving it to the Lyttle Cow Palace this year and expanding it...our kids loved petting the baby chicks, the piglets, and "milking" the cow.
Another great find was the Turkey Stampede ... what an awesome fair entertainment (it helped put the "country" in county fair!)--the emcee was witty and professional, and the turkeys were truly professional.
We're a family of four on a budget, and while I grew up here and have always gone to the fair I wanted to let you know what a wonderful job you're doing in putting together a truly special family experience that's well worth the price of admission.
-- Melinda and family
Thank you so much for the work you’ve done to make this year’s fair a great time. We had fun all day including horseracing, Ibleto’s (pasta), Dixieland parade, animals, chickens, baby goats, cows, Clo’s ice cream, and a big dill pickle.
Thank you! The Derby Dog Dash was the most fun I’ve had since the Harvest Fair last year. Splash Dogs was also great, and the AcroCats were a class act.
I played at the Sonoma County Fair today with the band "The Don Giovannis". I also have a small sound reinforcement company in Sonoma County, Authentic Audio & Sound. We were playing on "The Park Stage" and our sound tech was Gabriel Eller. I wanted to let you know that Mr. Eller did an outstanding job. He worked very hard and quickly to set up our 8 piece band and he did so with great courtesy and respect to all members of our band. We received nothing but high compliments from audience members in regards to the balance and quality of the sound that Gabriel provided.