Exciting arena events, a concert series, contests, carnival rides, livestock, exhibits and more
This week’s Contra Costa County Fair is happening Thursday through Sunday at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch. With four days of fun planned for Fair-goers of all ages, the Contra Costa County Fair is the perfect place to enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides, animals, and hundreds of exhibits.
For entertainment, the Fair’s 2013 concert series features Tennessee River and the Chris Gardner Band on Thursday night; All-4-One and Big Bad Boogie Rock on Friday evening; and Aerorocks, Hot for Teacher (a salute to Van Halen), and Flock of 80z on Saturday evening. On Sunday afternoon, find musical entertainment at the Main Stage with FRESH, and on the Fiesta Stage, enjoy a Hispanic Musical Celebration. All concerts are free with admission to the Fair.
New this year is a Roller Derby, hosted by the Undead Bettys, on Friday and Saturday night at 8 pm at the Paradise Skate Rink on the Fairgrounds. This is sure to be one entertaining event! Admission to the Roller Derby is free with paid admission to the Fair.
Over at the Antioch Speedway, we’ve got the crashing and demolition at the Boat Trailer Races and the Roll Over Competition on Friday night. On Saturday, check out the Stock Car Racing, and on Sunday, we’ve got the always popular demolition derby! Cost to attend an arena event is $6, plus Fair admission, and tickets are available at the gate.
Battle of the Bands will be held on Saturday of the Fair. The event will serve as a fundraising event for East County Music Programs. Youth bands will be performing from 11 – 7, and will feature jazz bands, rock and roll bands, and worship bands.
While visiting the Fair, take time to see some of the many daily exhibits – Wild About Monkeys, Circus Imagination; Tyzen the Hypnotist, Jeremy the Juggler, and Skip Banks the Balloon Man. Or hop on a carnival ride, enjoy a delicious Fair treat, play a game on the mid-way, see the livestock exhibit, or stroll the Ag Museum.
Gates open at noon on Thursday and Friday, and at 11 am on Saturday and Sunday. Gates close each day at 11 pm. Admission is $8 for adults (13 and older), $5 for seniors, $5 for children 6 to 12, and children five and under receive free admission.
Want a great way to enjoy the Fair at some great prices? Special promotions include Thursday’s “Three for Free,” where you bring three cans of food to the Fair on Thursday, May 30, and you will receive free admission to the Fair on that day! All food collected will be donated to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Also, on Thursday of the Fair, it’s buy 1 carnival wristband and get one free. All day long! On Friday, it’s “Fun Family Friday” – get one Fair admission and one unlimited ride wristband for only $20 (a $13 savings!). Also on Friday, kids 12 and under are admitted for free all day long.
The Contra Costa County Fairgrounds is located at 1201 West 10th Street in Antioch. For directions, a schedule of events, or general information, visit www.ContraCostaFair.com or call the Fair Office at (925) 757-4400.