The San Mateo County Fair Opens June 8 (Ticket Giveaway!)


This post is in partnership with the San Mateo County Fair.

children playing games at the san mateo fair

Summer’s almost here, and there’s no better place to experience summer than a fair! Do you remember how fun it was to go to the fair as a kid: the sounds of carnival rides, the huge stuffed animals, and smell of the funnel cake? Let your kids experience all of these traditions—and some new ones—at the San Mateo County Fair, which runs June 8 through June 16.

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Visit our Facebook page today and look for your chance to WIN TICKETS and UNLIMITED RIDE BRACELETS to the fair! We’ll be giving away two prize packages:

 4-pack of tickets + 2 unlimited ride bracelets

 2 tickets + 2 unlimited ride bracelets

Fair location and hours:

1346 Saratoga Dr, San Mateo, CA 94403

Saturday and Sundays: 11:00am- 10:00pm

Monday- Friday: 12:00pm- 10:00pm

*Carnival closes one hour later each night.

The award-winning San Mateo County Fair is the Peninsula’s premier community event for family fun and entertainment, providing a diverse experience through education, inspiration, and entertainment. The theme of the 2019 Fair is “Celebrating the Best of the Bay.”

This year, new attractions join annual fair favorites: racing pigs, free concerts, and carnival rides—all included with admission to the fair. “Our goal is to bring exciting new features to the fair each year while maintaining fair traditions,” said Dana Stoehr, chief executive officer of the San Mateo County Event Center and Fair. 

New Attractions

new attraction at san mateo county fairAussie Kingdom

The only traveling Australian animal show in the United States and Canada features the wonders of “Down Under.” Fair guests will interact with several different species of marsupials (pouched animals) such as kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos and other native Australian wildlife.

Selfie Museum sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle

Pull out your mobile device and pose in front of the six different life-size backdrops, smile, point, click, tag #SMCF2019 and share. With one of the creative backdrops you can even become front page news. Silent Disco

The DJs from Q102 and Alt 105.3 will host fun but completely silent parties each evening. Fair guests will be issued a pair of wireless headphones so they can tune into three different genres of music at their own personal party. Dark June 11. 

Mobile Glassblowing Studio

Glass artist, Ryan Gothrup brings the artistry of glass blowing to an outdoor studio. Right before your eyes, Gothrup will transform liquid to a solid as he demonstrates how a hot molten material transforms into beautiful glass art.

Family PRIDE Day

In partnership with the San Mateo County Pride Center, June 10 will celebrate the LGBTQIA community, allies and family members. On this date, children 12 and under will be admitted free, plus there will be free parking until 2 p.m. The day will include a resource fair with partnering organizations that are LGBTQ centering and affirming.

Pacific Islands Day

Rowena Meafua, founder of Pacific Islands Together, has joined with the fair to present this new celebration. On June 9, the two organizations will salute the Pacific Islander community of the Bay Area. The day will be filled with cultural entertainment, education, demonstrations and more from the islands of Samoa, Tonga, Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji, Marshallese and Palau.

Free Concerts

This year’s concert series features Morris Day & The Time (June 8); Air Supply (June 9); Queen Nation – A Tribute to the Music of Queen (June 10); and Petty & The Heartshakers – A Tom Petty Tribute Band (June 11); Sir Mix-A-Lot (June 12); Better Than Ezra (June 13); The Commodores (June 14); and 98° (June 15).  All shows are free with fair admission on a space-available basis. For those who are unable to obtain a seat in the concert hall, or prefer their music outside, fair guests can enjoy the concerts at a nearby outdoor stage where the shows will be broadcast on a jumbo screen. 

For those who prefer reserved seats for the concerts, Gold Circle tickets are available for $40 and include fair admission. Gold Circle tickets (reserved seats) for Air Supply and 98° are no longer available, but free indoor seating and outside seating is offered on a space-available basis.

Visit for regular updates and other contest entries, ticket giveaways, and promotions.

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