Surf’s Up at the “Cow-A-Bunga” Themed 2024 Sonoma-Marin Fair!


Looking for an extraordinary way to kick off your summer with the kids? Pack up the kids and head over to the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma! From June 20th to 23rd, this four-day extravaganza promises endless fun, entertainment, and a celebration of Bay Area community spirit. With free carnival rides and entertainment included with fair admission, we are in for a real treat! We LOVE this all-inclusive ticketing arrangement – no need to ration ride tickets and keep topping up for that “one more ride PUH-leaseeee mommy!!!”

The Sonoma-Marin Fair has something for everyone, from thrilling concerts to educational agricultural exhibits. The daily fair favorites, such as Hypnotist Michael Mezmer and Salsa Steel, are back. Plus, families can watch The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show – as seen on America’s Got Talent – and interact with a wide variety of animals in the All Smiles Petting Zoo. And, of course, the fair would not be complete without Trixie The Magical Clown, Balloonacy, The Hollywood On Wheels Comedy Show featuring The Balloon Man, Wild Science, The Cutest Show on Earth, Ballet Folklorico Petaluma and more!

One of the fair’s highlights is the renowned World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest, happening on Friday, June 21st, where unique and lovable canines compete for the title. This beloved event has gained international recognition and never fails to entertain. Whether you’re a dog lover or simply appreciate the extraordinary, this contest is sure to warm your heart! Enter your “ugly dog” today at and show off your loveable pup at this year’s fair. 

Additionally, the Farm Olympics, on Saturday, June 22nd, will showcase the skills and dedication of local farmers, providing a glimpse into the region’s rich agricultural heritage. Looking to participate? Entry forms are available now at

Immerse yourself in a world of creativity and talent through the fair’s diverse exhibits. Local artisans young and old display their remarkable skills, ranging from beautifully crafted baked goods to awe-inspiring fine art to 4H projects galore. Prepare to be amazed and inspired by their incredible craftsmanship and talent. 

For those seeking a taste of adventure, the fair offers exhilarating carnival rides that will leave attendees on the edge of their seats. There is no shortage of excitement, from classic favorites to thrilling new additions. And what’s more, all rides and entertainment are included with fair admission, making it an incredible value for families and friends. Brace yourselves for an exhilarating experience that will have you laughing, screaming, and holding on tight!

Food enthusiasts will be delighted by the diverse culinary offerings available at the fair. From traditional fair favorites like corn dogs and funnel cakes to gourmet delights, there is something to satisfy every craving. And for those looking to indulge in the region’s renowned wines, the wine garden experience awaits, showcasing the best local vintages.

Speaking of vintage… the Sonoma-Marin Fair is hosting TWO car shows during the fair. On Saturday, June 22, catch the Car Show on the Gardenway from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Then on Sunday, June 23, enjoy Cars & Coffee at the Fair from 8:00 am  – 10:00 am. 

In addition to the thrilling entertainment and delicious food, the Sonoma-Marin Fair is a platform for community engagement. Visitors can explore a variety of exhibits that highlight the talents and achievements of local organizations and individuals. From art displays to educational showcases, the fair celebrates the unique contributions of the community.

The Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma is a must-visit destination for families seeking a family-oriented summer experience. With everything, including the concerts, included in the price of your fair ticket, it provides unbeatable value for a memorable family outing. Whether you’re cheering on adorable dogs, exploring impressive exhibits, enjoying live music, indulging in delicious fair food, or seeking thrills on carnival rides, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

All of these incredible activities are included in the price of your fair ticket. You can enjoy all the entertainment, exhibits, concerts, fair food, and rides without any additional cost.

Discounted tickets are available until June 19:

Adults (13+) $22 (Gate price $25)
Kids (4-12) $15 (Gate price $18)
Seniors (65+) $13 (Gate price $14)
Concert Pit Pass $25 Limited availability

Parking $10

Mark your calendars for June 20th to 23rd and secure your tickets in advance at Grab your surfboard and get ready for a wave of excitement!


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