This year’s fair runs from Wednesday, July 25th through Sunday August 12th (closed on Mondays). This year, kids between the ages of 7-12 are $5 (free on Fridays), and those 6 & under are free.

Here are a few things you need to know for taking your kids to the fair:

Save money at the fair:
~ You can pre-purchase admission and carnival tickets up until Tuesday July 24th to receive a break on pricing.
~ Too-good-to-be-true Tuesdays: $20 gets you admission and unlimited carnival rides.
~ Pay-One-Price Wednesdays & Thursdays: Unlimited carnival rides wristbands for only $25 each. With a WOW coupon, Saturday & Sundays are only $10 each.
~ Choose Your Discount Fridays: $20 wristbands gets you unlimited rides from 11am-5pm OR 5pm-11pm (or pay $35 and ride unlimited all day long)
~ Pay-One-Price Saturdays & Sundays: Unlimited carnival rides wristbands for only $35 each. With a WOW coupon, only $10 more each.
CLICK HERE for more ways to save at the fair.

Special Events:

On the first day of the fair is the Opening Day Sidewalk Procession. Attend the Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Market and walk from downtown Santa Rosa to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Those participating get in for free.

Farmers Day is on Sunday, August 5th, starting with a sheep drive from downtown Santa Rosa to the fairgrounds. It will be a wooly sight to see more than 150 sheep guided by trained sheep dogs make their way from Courthouse Square to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, followed by a tractor parade.

Miranda Cosgrove of the Nickelodeon show iCarly will be performing in the Chris Beck Arena at 7:30pm on Thursday, August 9th. Tickets are $20 for grandstand seating, and $30 for reserved floor/box seating. At last glance the grandstand seating was already sold out, so don’t hesitate to purchase box seating if you want to go.

Other activities worth noting:

Greentivities: An interactive venue with hands on exhibits that include ‘The House of Pressure’, the ‘Energy Bike’, hands-on Paleotechnic bead and cord making, worm composting, and more. It’s all in the Garden Building from 11am-10pm.

Kids Area: Take a crash course in pirate talk, compete for the best milk mustache, be the best of the best in jump roping, take part in stroller races, and catch the adorable diaper derby races as babies vie to be the fastest crawler.

Backdoor Stage: Family Look-alike contest, game shows, contests for screaming the LOUDest, Elvis Bingo….

Barnyard Stage: Scarecrow building and unbuilding competitions, bubblegum blowing contests, magic shows….

And don’t miss sheep rides for kids ages 3-6 in the Sheep Pasture, free draft horse wagon rides, 4-H livestock and small animal shows in the Livestock Area, the daily 5pm Fair Parade and so much more.

For a full line-up of what’s going on daily at the Sonoma County Fair, CLICK HERE.

What’s your favorite thing to do with the kids at the fair?