California State Fair: Clay Walker, food, discounts and more


The State Fair is expected to be California’s largest outdoor venue with dozens of events and attractions.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California State Fair is in its first of two full weeks of operation, which this year will run from July 15-31.

While the first weekend of the fair has passed, the weekdays at the fair are still filled with events and food.

Here’s a schedule of what’s happening on Tuesday.

Main gate opening hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Carnival hours: 2pm-10pm
Children’s park opening hours: 1pm-10pm

For foodies

Save Mart California Kitchen Schedule

  • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — The California State Fair and Food Festival has a pass which gives away four tickets for $28 that can be redeemed at vendors that are part of the food festival.
  • 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Free California Olive Oil Sampling with Eyrie Olive Oil Company
  • 12 p.m.-2 p.m.: Cooking demonstration by Jorden Crozier
  • 4-6 p.m.: Cooking demo by Chef Dean Hiatt of Food Network
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Funnel-Cake Shrimp with Toasted Coconut Pineapple Dip
  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Cooking demonstration by Chef Dean Hiatt of Food Network

For the fans

Country music icon Clay Walker will perform at the Toyota Concert Series on the Golden 1 Stage beginning at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Admission to the concert is free with a general admission ticket. Reserved and ADA seating is an additional $20 per seat.

Wristbands are available for free seating behind reserved Golden Circle seating, with giveaway starting at 5 p.m. outside the venue.

In Buildings A and B, notable authors from across the state will be available for talks and signings. Among the authors are:

  • 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. | M. L. Hamilton
  • 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Bob Irélan
  • 1pm-9pm | Eileen Hook
  • 1pm-9pm | Catherine McGreevy
  • 2pm-10pm | Elizabeth and Hannah Jorgensen
  • 2pm-10pm | Sharon Darrow

Freestyle motocross shows are held at FMX Lagoon three times a day, daily at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm

For kids

Kids can ride the carnival rides all day for just $2 each way, and guests under 12 get free admission to the fairgrounds.

Poppy the bear’s schedule

On Tuesday, kids can find Poppy at the following times and locations:

  • 12pm-1pm: Meet & Greet: Tuesday Kids Free Day – Kid’s Carnival
  • 2-3 p.m.: Meet & Greet – Candy Maze – Expo Center Building 2
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m.: Cooking Demonstration: Chef Dean Hiatt of the Food Network – Save Mart California Kitchen
  • 7-8 p.m.: A tail as old as time – Cavalcade of horses – Horse Arena

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