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Summer Fun @ the OC FAIR + Tips

Updated 12/2019

The 2020 OC Fair is happening July 17 through Aug. 16, open Wednesdays through Sundays!
Get ready for 23 days of food, entertainment and agriculture. 
I wanted to share with you some tips on how to save some money while you're there!
Photo of OC Fair - Costa Mesa, CA, United States


Parking is a whopping $10! BUT, if you plan on going during the weekend, the OC Fair offers FREE parking and FREE shuttle service!

Exit Bristol off the 405 and follow the signs to the Experian Parking Structure (475 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa). The shuttle runs ONLY on weekends from 10am - 1am every 15 minutes. Save $10 for a meal instead!


 Yes, there's FREE admission to the fair BUT only on Wednesdays.
OC Fair has a promotion called We Care Wednesdays. When you donate an item (each week is something different) you will get FREE admission + 1 FREE Carnival Ride per person!

If you can't make it on Wednesday, the OC Fair also offers discounted tickets:
Rise & Shine during the weekend between 10am - 11am for $7 admission! (Reg: $11 - 2020 price may change)


 There's really no way to money on food at the fair. 

Snacks are allowed, but don't bring in full-entree meals. Food is expensive but worth it. It doesn't hurt to splurge on deep fried food at least once a year ;)

My recommendations?

 Our breakfast @ 11am.

Zac ordered Pulled Pork Sandwich with Waffle Fries.
Waffle fries was a huge disappointment; extremely bland. The sandwich on the other hand was extremely juicy and tender :)

We also ordered the Garlic Butter Bacon Bits Fries - which was another good recommendation to eat. So butter-y  bacon-y. Fatty goodness.
Bring Cash:

 Most vendors don't take credit cards, and it's definitely not worth the $5 service fee at the ATM.

It was sleeping... in that position! So creepily cute! o__o
Rides & Carnival Games:

Rides are worth it if you really want to ride it.

Carnival games, I believe, are NOT worth it. If you win a game, you get a small stuffed animal. Win at least 2 times to upgrade to a Medium-size stuffed animal.... and another 2 times to a Large-size stuffed animal, depending on the game.

With each game starting at $5, is it really worth it? Maybe, if you're really good at winning. 

One thing you MUST buy while at the OC Fair?
Papa Dan's Jerky!
If you LOVE jerky, Papa Dans is a MUST. They're local and the best. Oh, and cheapest! I mean... $12 for 1 lb of jerky?! That's way too good to pass up.

Am I forgetting anything else? Let me know down the comments below!