California State Fair 2022: Free Tickets, Food Vendors, Discounts


Here’s what to expect at the July 21 state fair.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It’ll be another round of fun, funnel cakes, and carnival rides at the 2022 California State Fair on July 21. The state fair continues through the end of the month.

Here’s a schedule of what’s happening on Thursday, July 21.

Business hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Carnival times: Opens at 2 p.m.

Children’s park opening hours: Opens at 1 p.m.

Discounts: save at the fair

Military, Veteran and First Responder Appreciation Day:

Admission will be free on Thursday, July 21 for active duty, reserve and veterans of all branches of the military and active first responders.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests can try a variety of Fair Trade bite-sized foods with special $2 menus from their favorite food vendors. For a list of participating providers, click HERE.

Fair food

Food vendors are open daily, click here for the full list.

  • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — The California State Fair and Food Festival has a pass which gives four tickets for $28 which can be redeemed at a vendor who is part of the food festival.
  • 11 a.m. – Home Food Preservation Help Desk with UC Master Food Preservers
  • Noon – Dinner 911! Cooking Challenge: Round 1
  • 3:00 p.m. – 911 Dinner! Cooking Challenge: Round 2
  • 6 p.m. – 911 Dinner! Cooking Challenge: Final Round

Fun for kids

  • 3pm/5pm/7pm – FMX Motocross
  • 5:00 p.m. – California Classic Breeds Parade


  • Noon to 6 p.m. – Jimmy Becker and Jay Rin | Save Mart Wine Garden
  • 2:30 p.m. – To mix together | Sky River Casino Boardwalk Stage
  • 4 p.m.-7 p.m. – David Badilla | Lagunitas Craft Beer Scene
  • 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. – Gabelv | Save Mart Wine Garden
  • 9-9:45 p.m. – LSB The group | Sky River Casino Boardwalk Stage
  • 8 p.m. – guess who | Golden Main Stage 1

Live traffic

For real-time traffic updates, check out the Waze map below.

Slushy Wine | California State Fair Wine Bar open to park visitors


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