Fun at the Contra Costa County Fair: May 31 – June 3

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 – all in a community-friendly environment.

For entertainment, the Fair’s 2012 concert series features the Spazmatics on Thursday night; Nathan Owen Motown After Dark on Friday evening; and Rockin’ Down the Highway (a tribute to the Doobie Brothers), Cream of Clapton (a tribute to Eric Clapton), and Blaze of Glory (a tribute to Bon Jovi) 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.

This year’s exciting arena events take place on Saturday and Sunday evenings. On Saturday, watch Stock Car Racing at the Speedway. On Sunday, don’t miss the crashing and demolition at the Boat Trailer Races and the Roll Over Competition. Cost is $6 per event, and tickets to these events will be sold at the gate.

While visiting the Fair, take time to see some of the many daily events – the Sea Lion Splash, Magic on the Midway, Tyzen the Hypnotist, Jeremy the Juggler, Dr. Solar’s Magic Show, Wild West Express Cowboys, and Circus Imagination. 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. A complete schedule of events is available online at

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.

The Contra Costa County Fairgrounds is located at 1201 West 10th Street in Antioch. For directions, event details or general information, visit or call the Fair Office at (925) 757-4400.

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