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"Feel the Sunshine" at the Orange County Fair

OC Fair 2022 -Jul 15 - Aug 14 - Girls playing games in a fair
Stacey Martin
Stacey Martin
July 11, 2022

From Wednesdays to Sundays between July 15th and August 14th, Orange County residents and visitors alike are invited to gather in Costa Mesa for the 2022 "Feel the Sunshine" Orange County Fair. Offering a variety of attractions, including food, rides, games, and entertainment, this eagerly awaited annual event has something for guests of all interests and ages.

Advance tickets are required, so it's never too early to start planning for the event of the year! Here are the top 5 attractions to look forward to at this year's fair.

1. Carnival Rides & Games

Carnival Rides

A fan-favorite of the OC Fair, the carnival rides and games offer non-stop fun for guests of all ages. With a wide variety of rides available at the Main Carnival and Kidland, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. From the thrilling 164-foot-tall La Grande XL Observation Wheel to family-friendly carousels and everything in between, guests will be entertained for hours on end.

In addition to the rides, there are also a variety of carnival games available. Test your skills at games like Ring Bottle, Rising Water Race, and more to win prizes. Be sure to stop by the OC Fair's game booths to try your hand at these classic games.

2. Shows on Two Stages

The OC Fair is proud to host a variety of concerts on two stages throughout the duration of the event. Guests can rock out to their favorite bands at the Pacific Amphitheater or enjoy a variety of genres at The Hangar.

With paid shows ranging from country to classic rock tribute bands and everything in between, there is something for everyone at the OC Fair's concert series. And music isn't the only thing you can expect on stage -- "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah will also be performing a comedy show as part of his "Back to Abnormal" world tour. Check out the lineup and buy your tickets in advance to secure your spot at the show!

3. Action Sports Arena

Fair Derby

Looking for some excitement? The Action Sports Arena is the place to be. From July 15th-August 14th, the arena will be host to a variety of action-packed shows, including Monster Truck Nitro Tour, Motorhome Madness, and the Speedway Fair Derby.

Guests can also enjoy the X-Treme Freestyle Moto-X show on the Costa Mesa Speedway, where top daredevil motorcycle riders will defy the laws of gravity by performing thrilling stunts and flips.

4. California Fresh Exhibit

The California Fresh Exhibit: Celebrating the Bounty of Our Counties is a must-see for all OC Fair guests. This exhibit highlights the best that California agriculture has to offer, with the goal of educating visitors about the state's diverse specialty crops.

This exhibit will feature a variety of interactive activities themed around California's 400+ agricultural commodities, including an augmented reality game, chef demonstrations, a coloring sheet for kids, and selfie spots.

5. Delicious Fair Food

Funnel Cake

No fair would be complete without delicious food and drink, and the OC Fair has no shortage of options. With over 90 different food vendors to choose from, guests will be spoilt for choice. From classic fair foods like funnel cake and cotton candy to more unique offerings like bacon-wrapped hot dogs and fried pineapple on a stick, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Don't forget to wash it all down with a cold beer or refreshing lemonade. With so many options available from cuisines around the world, you're sure to find the perfect snack to satisfy your cravings.

Ready to purchase your tickets? Don't forget to book your lodging so you can stay close to where the action's happening! By choosing a discount Anaheim hotel, you'll enjoy a cozy place to rest your head at night and more money in your pocket for an unforgettable experience at the Orange County Fair.

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