California State Fair 2013

| July 8, 2013 | 249 Comments


The California State Fair is just about here (Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 28) with great family activities and new features! This year’s theme is Food, Family & Fun so they’re all about making sure that everyone has a good time and tasty treats to eat!

For the Foodies, all of the deep fried favorites will be there, in addition to healthy alternatives like grilled fish and shrimp State Fair Tacos. For the adventurous this year… Spaghetti Ice Cream! Looks like spaghetti but tastes like ice cream!

Thrilling rides include the all-new 100 high-flying feet of Vertigo, the White Water Log Flume and a Zip Line over the fairgrounds. Some of the exciting shows and exhibits include the chance to discover your superhero powers in the “Hall of Heroes”, 8 days of Thoroughbred Racing, the Brewfest, Bull-riding, Wine Tasting, “The Farm” which will feature Urban and Suburban Gardening this year, of course the baby animals and 17 nights of free concerts.

The ever so popular Kids Days are Tuesdays (July 16 & 23) when kids 12 and under get FREE admission and $1 rides for everyone!

The Read to Ride Program is for kids K-8 to encourage reading. They read two books and in exchange will receive two free ride vouchers!

Fun and New things at the State Fair:

Hall of Heroes Exhibit: This new exhibit will let your child (or really anyone who loves superheroes and comics!) test their superhero powers, pop into Batman’s Bat Cave and provides a lot of fun photo opps.

5th Dimension Experience: This new exhibit will take you through a theatrical environment with 3-D glasses that have lights, lasers and ground fog and let you walk through all sorts of fun adventures.

Jewels of the Jungle: Experience the Amazon at the State Fair with beautiful exotic plants, animals.

[Giveaway now closed. Congratulations to Rebecca Burke, Cindy McPhail, Richard Chadwick, and Nichole Georgopul! Thanks to all who entered!]

Enter to Win a Family Fun Pack ~ 4 Winners!

I am thrilled to have Family Fun Packs to offer 4 readers! Woohoo! Each Family Pack includes four general admission tickets, four ride tickets & one parking pass!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Click here and ‘Like’ California State Fair on Facebook.

2. Leave a comment below letting me know if your family has been to the State Fair before or if attending this year will be your first time.

These 2 things count as 1 entry. 1 entry per person. The giveaway will close on Thursday, July 11th at midnight and the winner will be announced Friday morning. Good Luck!


Written by Keilah Woodard

Keilah Woodard

Keilah Woodard is the creator and editor of She has a passion for finding adventures with her three kids. As a native Southern Californian, she has been exploring Sacramento for the last ten years, happily finding hidden treasures and sharing a firsthand perspective with fellow parents.

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  1. Deborah Wells says:

    Yes, took the family last year,we hadnt been since the new dates, had a ball! A bit pricey’ but great memories! woo hoo!!

  2. windy centeio says:

    Its been about 10 years and we would really love to go to the fair this year with our 5 year old daughter who has never been!

  3. Sheila Skinner says:

    I take my daughter every year. We love the state fair!!

  4. cf says:

    We’ve been before but our kids were so young it always ended up being a nightmare leaving. Hoping this year will be a different experience now that they’re a little older! Great people watching for me too! 🙂

  5. Casey says:

    My birthday is the last day of the fair, my husband likes to take me for a special “date night” without our 4 kids, lol. We usually take the kids on kids day, too, though.

  6. Leslie Setser-Pfleger says:

    We try to go to the state fair every year. This sounds like fun! Looking forward to experiencing 5D!!

  7. Brittany Chargualaf says:

    I have been to the state fair lots of times, but this year will be my fiancé and my daughters very first time! So excited!

  8. meloni luck says:

    Its been 3 years and we love the State Fair.

  9. Nancy Bridges says:

    I’ve been to the state fair the last couple of years with my daughter in law and my two small grandkids. My grandson would love the super hero exhibit and the Amazon exhibit. We have always enjoyed our visits to the fair!

  10. Sidney says:

    We go every year, but last year my wife was pregnant so we couldn’t go on many rides. Looking forward to enjoying it to the fullest this year!

  11. Marlene Korling says:

    I “Liked” the State Fair on Facebook. We missed it last year, but typically we go to the State Fair every year. My favorite part is the county displays.

  12. Dee dee says:

    I liked state fair on Fb

    My family goes every year.

  13. Lisa J says:

    We have 3 younger kids 5 and younger.
    We haven’t been to the fair together.
    I know they would love the animals, food, games, and Farris wheel.

  14. Tamara Anderson says:

    We took our older children once 7 years ago, but haven’t been since. Our 6 year old daughter has never been to the state fair.

  15. Desirae says:

    I’ve been to the state fair but the kids have only been to our local county fair. Now they are old enough to enjoy it!

  16. Erin B says:

    My family has been to the State Fair ever since our 3-year-old son was born. It was also my husbands and my first date back in 2005 so it’s become a fun family tradition!

  17. Elizabeth Cundiff says:

    of course we’ve been before, but it’s different every year, so definitely don’t want to miss! My parents tell of the fair being on Stockton and Broadway many years ago too, so it’s a family tradition 🙂

  18. Kristy Ly says:

    I have taken my children to the fair twice in the 3 years weve lived here, on kids night only, they are big enough now to go on big kid rides!

  19. Althea L. says:

    Our family has always wanted to go but never have so this would be a real treat. The last time I went was when I entered some artwork during high school! Keep up the great work!

  20. becky gonzales says:

    Clicked and now‘Like’ Ca state fair on Facebook. My family and i have not attended the state fair in the past few years. So we are looking foward to seeing all the new things this year !

  21. Tracy M. says:

    I went our state fair as a child numerous times, but that was over 30+ years ago! This would be a new family excursion, as sounds like FUN…plus I can reminisce and make new family memories!

  22. Kim Reynolds says:

    We would love to go to the State Fair! Anthony can enjoy his first of many corn dogs 🙂

  23. Renee says:

    My family and I have only been once all together, but we are definitely going this year!

  24. rachel says:

    We haven’t been able to go since having children, but it would be great to take my girls to where daddy proposed! <3

  25. Megan P. says:

    We missed last year due to a very sick relative in the hospital 🙁 looking forward to going this year for sure!

  26. Johanne says:

    This will be our second time with our 2-year-old daughter. Looking forward to going to the fair! Please, please pick us 🙂

  27. anna says:

    we have a blast at the state fair every year 🙂

  28. KB says:

    We have been a few times before, but it is always fun to go again!

  29. Carly Bridges says:

    My two kiddos at the right age to enjoy the Fair and all it has to offer. My boy loves the rides and my girl loves the farm animals. It would mean so much to experiance this joy of thier youth.

  30. Carly Bridges says:

    We have tried to go every year even before the kids were born.

  31. Janelle says:

    Liked both and shared! We love the state fair and have been going since my son was born (he was only 2 months his first fair) we may not be able to go this year due to low funds. Hoping this contest will help is out. Thank you!

  32. Courtney says:

    We love the state fair. Every year we hit the photo booths to add to our growing collection. Plus you can’t beat the food 😀

  33. Laniey says:

    This would be both my kids 1st time at the fair. I grew up I’m Sac and going every year that I could. Love the exhibits and food!

  34. Jeannine K says:

    My husband and I have been to the fair before but this year will be our little girl’s first experience 🙂 We’re planning to go on her 2nd birthday. I think the animals will be her favorite!

  35. Heather Reynolds says:

    I love the fair!!! I haven’t been since before I had kids (My oldest is 6). So this year would be our first time going as a family!

  36. Charlie Y says:

    The last time we were at the fair was when it was just wifey and me. I would love to take my girls this year. Liked the page. Thanks!

  37. Jennifer Hernandez says:

    As a family we’ve never been it would be my daughters first time she is 2! i would love to be able to take her!

  38. Kim says:

    We have been to the State Fair in the past but last year “daddy” was traveling and didn’t get to join in the fun. It would be great to all go together this year!

  39. Julie G. says:

    This will be the first year my youngest of 3 gets to go to the fair. My 5 and 7 year old will be experiencing their first concert at the fair this year too!

  40. Lori Shea says:

    I am a transplant from PA…and this will be my 10th consecutive State Fair . Never missed one since moving here 🙂 Taking our 4 yo and 9 month old this year. Wooo hoooo!

  41. Laurie says:

    We haven’t been in years I would love to take the kids, Please pick us, Thanks

  42. Elle Johnson says:

    Done and done. My 2 older boys have been to the fair when they were much younger and our third has never been. Would be must husband and I’s first time together

  43. Ivonne says:

    We went once before in 2009 with my back then 3yr old + I was ‘very pregnant’…lol! almost 9 months…baby was born July 28th 😉

  44. Robyn Valencia says:

    We have been to the fair but my 5 your old Jesse has never been. I would love for him to experience this fun time!

  45. Rebecca Wiest says:

    We go every year!!

  46. Nicholas Malloy says:

    We wait all year for the California State Fair! We work on grades — straight “A’s” guarantees that we go with a “Yes pass” to do anything and eat everything we want including wristband, zip line, games, animals, shows, exhibits, food and fireworks way into the night. We are five kids and two adults…and we can bring a friend or two on a different day…CRAZY FUN! Worth the wait all year for the funnel cake we share at the end of the day!

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