California State Fair & Food Festival starts today


Award-Winning International Fair Celebrates the Best of California

Sacramento, Calif. – The California State Fair returns to Sacramento in 2022 and kicks off today, July 15, and will run through the end of the month before concluding on July 31.

“We are thrilled to announce that the California State Fair will return in 2022,” said Jess Durfee, Chairman of the Board of Cal Expo. “While Cal Expo was honored to provide much-needed support and assistance to Californians during this health crisis, our region and our state greatly missed the excitement of the State Fair.”

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As of March 2020, Cal Expo has focused almost entirely on COVID-19 responses, serving as a mass COVID-19 testing site and providing shelter trailers and warming stations for homeless people. Since the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, Cal Expo was also the site of two mass vaccination sites – one run by the Sacramento County Public Health Department and the other by Kaiser Permanente.

International acclaim

The California State Fair and Food Festival is an award-winning international fair, which has received the highest honors from the International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions among more than 1,100 fairs worldwide. The California State Fair is dedicated to celebrating the best the state has in agriculture, technology and the diversity of its people, traditions and trends that are shaping the future of the Golden State.

The 2022 State Fair will feature a full slate of competitions, including California’s top wines, cheeses, craft beers, cannabis, olive oils and fine arts, among others. For more information, please visit

Free Tuesday for kids

Every Tuesday of the Fair, children 12 and under get free admission to the Fair! Plus, all guests of all ages pay just $2 per Carnival ride.

Senior Savings Friday

Every Friday of the Fair, including opening day, seniors 62 and older pay just $10 for admission.

Military, Veterans and First Responders

Visit Thursday, July 21 for a day of immense appreciation, we invite active duty, reserve and veteran personnel from all branches of the military as well as first responders and lifeguards to enjoy FREE admission at the fair. This year, active duty spouses and dependents are also included in FREE admission on this special day.

$2 Taste of the Fair

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
With the $2 Taste of the Fair, you can try bite-size versions of all your favorite Fair foods – for just $2 a taste!


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