It’s Time to “Get Your Fair Face On!” for the 2016 OC Fair

oc-fairThe OC Fair is inviting guests to show off their happy, wowed and thrilled faces when it returns July 15-August 14, 2016.

The 126th edition of this annual must-do is themed “Get Your Fair Face On!” and will feature fan favorites from nightly musical entertainment to days filled with classic fair food, award-winning exhibits, and carnival thrills.

Concertgoers can enjoy a variety of musical genres and comedy acts in the Toyota Summer Concert Series in the Pacific Amphitheatre featuring nightly live entertainment from artists like The Psychedelic Furs, Andy Grammer, Jim Gaffigan, Hunter Hayes and Michael Franti & Spearhead.

In The Hangar, music lovers can enjoy almost-like-the-real-thing tribute performances covering music from The Eagles, Billy Joel, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and Oingo Boingo plus original music from Ozomatli, Stick Figure and HAPA.

In the Action Sports Arena, adrenaline junkies can get their fix with extreme events including demolition derby, motocross, monster trucks, mixed martial arts and equestrian arts.

As always, concert and action sports tickets include free OC Fair admission.

Foodies can get their fill with a variety of classic treats and unique and new combinations while they fill their minds with culinary demonstrations on baking, canning and more.

Guests of all sizes can enjoy the Taste of Fair Food on Thursdays from Noon-4 p.m. featuring $2 samples at every vendor.

Competitive artisans can compete in photography, culinary arts, fiber arts, jewelry, woodworking, floral design, gardening in one of the many 2016 OC Fair competitions.

Entry deadlines for most competitions are early June, visit for more details.

For thrill seekers, the OC Fair features two carnivals for daredevils of all ages. In Kiddie Carnival, rides geared towards younger Fairgoers include slides, fun houses, carousel, Ferris wheel and more.

In the Main Carnival, taller Fairgoers can enjoy being spun, twisted and flipped on a variety of rides.

Unlimited ride wristbands are featured on Wednesdays and Thursdays for $30 (sold until 5 p.m. and valid until 8 p.m.) and $2 Rides & Games are available on Fridays from Noon-4 p.m.

Down at Centennial Farm, Fairgoers can get up close with piglets, goats, cows, chickens and growing vegetable plants and fruit trees.

Weekly garden and floral competitions are available for green thumbs and daily exhibits are featured on agricultural and gardening topics.

The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa.

For more information, become a fan at, follow us at or call (714) 708-1500.

Also, download the free OC Fair iPhone and Android apps available this summer.

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