Free concerts, thrilling rides at the fair



The 2018 Ventura County Fair will run from Aug. 1 through 12 at the county fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura.

The fair will have exhibits, contests, farm animals and entertainment, all free with fair admission.

Special admission days offer opportunities to enter the fair for free or at low prices.

Wed., Aug. 1: Dollar Day. $1 admission until 3 p.m.

Thurs., Aug. 2: “Feed the Need” food drive. Bring five cans of food to donate to FOOD Share to receive a free return ticket to the fair, valid Aug. 6 to 9.

Fri., Aug. 3: Youth Day. Children under 12 are admitted free all day.

Tues., Aug. 7: Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Day. Seniors age 62 and up as well as people with disabilities are admitted free all day.

Wed., Aug. 8: “$3 Before 3” Day. Admission is $3 until 3 p.m.

Thurs., Aug. 9: Military Appreciation Day. All military personnel holding a current, valid military ID will be admitted free.

Carnival Wristband Days are Aug. 2, 6, 7 and 9. Buy a $30 wristband for unlimited carnival rides until 7 p.m.

Grandstand entertainment begins Aug. 1 with Motor Sports. Motor Sports requires a $5 admission in addition to paid fair admission.

PRCA Pro Rodeo Days are Sat. and Sun., Aug. 11 and 12. Two shows each day are free with paid fair admission.

The free grandstand concerts are as follows. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Aug. 2: UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey

Aug. 3: Plain White T’s

Aug. 4: LeAnn Rimes

Aug. 5: Dia de la Familia concert with performers TBA

Aug. 6: Sublime with Rome

Aug. 7: The Fifth Dimension (matinee only)

Aug. 7: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Aug. 8: Boyz II Men

Aug. 9: Hunter Hayes

Aug. 10: Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Entertainment on the grounds will feature favorites like the All Alaskan Pig Races, Sweet Caribbean Steel Drums and hypnotist Tina Marie. New acts include Fido 500 Dog Show, Dezmo’s Blues Band and masking tape sculpture from Tapigami.

The fairgrounds have a parking fee. Free shuttles are available at various locations in Ventura and Oxnard. Wheelchair-capable busing is available from all shuttle sites.

For hours, admission, schedules, shuttle schedule and more information, call (805) 648-3376 or visit