The California State Fair and Food Festival is back in Sacramento July 14-30. This favorite Sacramento summer tradition brings a plethora of rides, fair food, live music, animals, competitions, cooking challenges, and more to Cal Expo. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s fair.


California State Fair 2019



Tickets to the fair and food festival start at $16 for adults and $10 for children. If you’re looking to purchase tickets for the whole family, the “Fun Pack,” which includes four single-day general admission tickets, four ride tickets, and one parking pass, is only $49.99. Tickets can be purchased online on the California State Fair website.


2023 Toyota Concert Series:

This year’s Toyota Concert Series features performances by Fitz and the Tantrums, Ashley McBryde, Scotty McCreery, LeAnn Rimes, Boz II Men, Kool & The Gang, Trace Adkins, and more. Cal Expo encourages all attendees to purchase tickets directly from as they cannot guarantee the authenticity of tickets sold by third-party vendors.


Food Festival:

Looking to eat your way through the State Fair? With food ranging from a bacon and pecan cinnamon roll to all your favorite fried fair food classics, the Food Festival is a must-try attraction. Food Festival Pass tickets, which include four Food Festival pass tickets to be redeemed at the participating vendors that have special items entered into the Food Festival and Competition, are $34. For a full list of participating vendors and food items, click HERE.


The State Fair wouldn’t be complete without competitions highlighting the best of California’s traditions, culture, and cuisine. This year’s competitions include livestock competitions, art competitions, the California Commercial Wine competition, California Cannabis competition, California Commercial Craft Beer competition, California Commercial Cheese competition, and more.


Exhibits & Shows:

There are a number of exhibits and shows to keep you entertained at the fair all day long. This year’s exhibits include a candy maze exhibit where attendees can make their way through 14 candy-themed photo stations, the California Fresh Exhibit where attendees can learn more about the state’s specialty crops, and the best of California Brewfest. Some of this year’s shows and attractions include the Made in California fashion show, the corn dog eating contest, thoroughbred horse racing, motocross, and more.



Parking at the Cal Expo fairgrounds is $15 and cash-only, unless purchased as part of a package.


Hotel in downtown Sacramento, next to the Sacramento Convention Center and state capitol.


Looking to make a weekend out of your trip to the fair?

Book a stay at one of Sacramento’s many hotels HERE.