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County Fairs and Festivals

Southern California has many small to large fairs and festivals during the year. We have listed the few that stand out and are the most entertaining.

Los Angeles County Fair
This Fair is called the largest fair in the U.S. The area set aside for rides and concessions are larger then the total area of most other fairs. The fair features horse racing, pig racing and drag racing. There are many huge air-conditioned buildings that shelter the countless exhibits from the summer sun. Bands, parades, singing groups and artists are seen around the area. The large grandstand at the racetrack is a drawing place for big name entertainers to play to the fans in the evening hours. On the north side of the fair is a huge floral building containing many exhibits and booths. On the south side are some very large barns containing many of different types of farm animals. They have cow milking shows as well as animal judging contests. The fair is a great place to take the kids or your friend or spouse as you walk around checking out all there is to see. The fair starts in mid September and usually runs for a couple of weeks. This great fair is located in Pomona at Arrow Highway and Gary Ave. If you are on the 10 freeway you will see large signs directing you to the fair. (909) 623-3111
Los Angeles County Fair at the Pomona Fairpllex


Pageant of the Masters and the Festival of Arts
Located in laguna Beach, the Pageant of the Masters is the essence of living art. Living is the key word for this event. The Pageant is held outdoors in a beautiful theater set in laguna Canyon. Local residents dress up as famous paintings or sculpture and sit, stand or lay down in settings exactly like the original. With highly technical lighting and modern makeup techniques and great sets, you can’t tell the living sets from the original paintings or sculptures. This is done with volunteers both on stage and behind. Hundreds of hours go into this production each year. This is not to be missed. Held in early July and usually lasting into late August. Reservations are a must, call early. Along with the pageant is the Festival of Arts, this means close to 150 artists exhibiting their works just outside the theater. The artists must be living within twenty miles or so, of the festival. The art work is second to none and just walking though the area is an uplifting experience. Across the street is the Sawdust Art Festival. This is unique paintings, crafts and unusual items, for sale. We stress the word unusual as some of the art work is unbelievable. The Sawdust Festival runs from late June to early September. Getting to both Festivals-from the Pacific Coast Highway, take Broadway Street from downtown Laguna Beach east to Laguna Canyon Road. From the 405 or the 5 freeways, take Laguna Canyon Road west. It is easy to find the Festivals once you get in the area. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach Phone Numbers Pageant (949) 497-6582 or (800) 487-3378 Sawdust (949) 494-3030

Orange County Fair
Located in North Costa Mesa on Fair Drive and the 55 freeway, Go south on 55 to Del mar/Fair Drive, turn right on Fair Drive. The fair runs from early July for seventeen days. Lots of food and rides enhance this yearly fair. New products and great Art play a large part along with exhibits from schools and young peoples groups. Big name entertainment is held every day at the fair. Motorcycle races, a large farm animal and agricultural area add to the fun at the fair. This is a good size fair and the people that run it do a great job keeping you entertained. (714) 708-fair {3247}

Riverside County National Date Festival
Held in Indio in the month of February the Date Festival has Camel & Ostrich races and other events that please the entertainment seekers including headliner entertainment and the Arabian Nights Musical Pageant. Lots of food and drink add extra pleasure to this clear air event. It has all the usual product and services areas along with carnival rides. A fun day can be had for all at the Riverside date Festival. The fair is located at Highway 111 and 46-350 Arabia Street in Indio. 800-811-fair (81132470) or (760) 863-8247

San Diego County Fair at Del Mar
One of the largest county fairs in California is held at the Del Mar fair grounds. It is set in beautiful Del Mar by the sea. When you go to most fairs in Southern California the climate is somewhat hot but at the San Diego County Fair the weather is very pleasant due to the off shore breeze. The fair is loaded with great food and things to do and see. The Grandstand on the race track has big name entertainment plus different types of events such as Motorcycle stunts and Polo Games. The fair runs from the middle of June to around the 4th of July. Located 20 miles from downtown San Diego Del Mar can be found turning west on Via De La Valle off the 5 freeway, then turn left at Jimmy Durante Blvd, the fair will be on your right. (858) 775-1161
Visit the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar

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