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California State Fair

Yup, it’s that time again. For 17 days, from July 11-July 27, Cal Expo will host the 161st Annual California State Fair. Enjoy the many rides and games in the popular midway carnival, tour the candy-themed “Sweet–California’s Tasty Journey” exhibit, and rock out to the performers at the Toyota Concert Series (including Steppenwolf, Macy Gray, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, America, Pat Benatar, Bret Michaels and many more).

Meanwhile, many other events and exhibits will show off the best the Golden State has to offer. This year, that includes awards for the finest California wines, craft beers and cheese (with official tastings during the Whiskey Festival on July 11 and Brewers Festival on July 19), horse racing and soccer showcases, and celebration of “The Farm,” a large living exhibit of native California flowers, fruits and vegetables. 

And as always, you can also expect a delicious, bad-for-you plethora of fried foods. Ticket prices (for general admission, rides and special events) and hours vary throughout the run of the fair. For more information, visit

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