This year’s 101st celebration at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton runs June 19 to July 7 featuring $1 admission and $1 rides on opening day. With the theme “Summer Fun Starts Here,” the fair kicks off with a number of popular traditions, including exhibits, animals, horse racing, and the Big O Tires free concert series.
y award-winning producer and artist Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will be among the performers on June 29 at the nightly concert series starting at 7 p.m. as well as Disney’s “Shake It Up” star Zendaya on July 6. The fair will also feature three daily shows of Freestyle Motorcross, one of the fastest growing motor sports activities in the world.
Special event days include $2 Tuesdays on June 25 and July 2; Senior Free Thursdays on June 20, June 27, and July 4 sponsored by Jackson Rancheria Casino; Kaiser Permanente Kids Free Fridays on June 21, June 28, and July 5; Fireworks shows on June 21 and June 28 sponsored by Fremont Bank, and July 5 sponsored by Chevron.
June 21 is Military Appreciation Day – with a valid military I.D. or veterans’ proof of service, receive free admission.
Through the Feed the Need Food Drive on June 26 benefiting the Alameda County Community Food Bank, those attending the fair can receive free admission and $1 for all carnival rides if they bring four non-perishable food items.
The Alameda County Fairgrounds is officially designated by the State Office of Emergency Services as a Regional Disaster Recovery Center and on June 26, they will be packing over 100,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger to provide for the safety of the community.
The fair is closed on Mondays and open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. For more information, including sign ups to help with Kids Against Hunger, visit www.alamedacountyfair.com or call 925-426-7600.