Coronavirus COVID-19

While we had remained hopeful that the CA State Fair & Food Festival would be able to continue our 166-year tradition this summer of showcasing the best of California and entertaining the state’s residents and families, it’s clear the impact of COVID-19 will continue to be felt for the foreseeable future and that large gatherings should be postponed at this time.

Based on the advice of health experts and the continued guidance issued by the governor, the Cal Expo Board has decided to cancel the CA State Fair and Food Festival scheduled for July 17-August 2 until 2021. The health and safety of the community, our guests, and staff is our number one priority, and we agree with the measured, scientific approach that’s been implemented by the governor to combat COVID-19.

Our staff is working diligently on a strategy to safely reopen when appropriate and we look forward to the time when we can all gather again safely to celebrate the great things Californians have done and will do in the future.

Please stay safe and healthy and maintain physical distancing.

Please check below for our latest updates regarding COVID-19:

Free drive-thru testing at Cal Expo is now open to all. You do not need a referral or show symptoms.

If you want to take a test you must fill out a form at the Verily website and obtain an appointment time.

Participants must remain in their cars. A Verily employee will take a swab sample from the participant’s nose. The process takes about 10 minutes.

The tests are limited to determining whether the person is currently infected with the coronavirus. The test does not indicate whether a person was previously infected.

Eligibility Page:

Covid-19 FAQ:

Covid-19 Homepage:

California is expanding coronavirus testing capacity daily. The latest screening criteria can be found here.

Governor Newsom announced COVID-19 Testing Task Force, a public-private collaboration that aims to quickly and significantly boost California’s testing capacity. The Task Force will work to scale up testing as demand increases.

OR, even without symptoms if you:

  • Work in a healthcare facility, such as a clinic, hospital, nursing home,  senior care facility, or other healthcare facility
  • Work in a jail, prison, or other setting of incarcerated persons
  • Serve as a first responder, such as an ambulance worker, law enforcement officer, or firefighter

Learn more about testing and treatment at California Department of Public Health Coronavirus Updates.

Obviously, the world has changed and we’re faced with challenging times. Right now, Cal Expo is doing everything it can regionally to assist with flattening the COVID-19 curve and help save lives. Our number one priority is the health and safety of the community and our guests. Cal Expo has taken to heart the comments made by the governor and state health officials and we are carefully considering all aspects and implications of hosting, postponing, or canceling the 2020 CA State Fair.

From Cal Expo: Calendar of Events Updated

For a list of postponed events on the schedule this summer and fall visit our calendar of events.

From Cal Expo: COVID-19 Emergency Trailers

As part of a collaborative regional response to the COVID-19 crisis, Cal Expo is working with state and local officials to help provide temporary COVID-19 emergency trailers on the Cal Expo grounds to homeless individuals within the County who have been deemed at-high risk of contracting the coronavirus by public health officials.

The temporary shelter, in the form of RV trailers are in Lot 26 surrounded by temporary fencing. The trailers will be under the control of City of Sacramento and will be monitored 24/7 to ensure the safety and well-being of all. Individuals who are temporarily sheltered will not have access to Cal Expo’s facilities, but will be provided with basic necessities by the city. Temporary shelter will be provided until at least June 30 or until seven days after the governor lifts his state of emergency orders, whichever happens first.

Cal Expo is pleased to do its part to help provide short-term assistance to those in need and has always considered itself as part of the statewide community. We will continue to do our part to help flatten the COVID-19 curve while maintaining normal business operations.

For any questions:
Sacramento County Emergency Management as a contact for homelessness Covid-19 or contact 211. A homelessness fact sheet (below) listed as a contact for additional information.

From CA State Fair: California State Fair Competitions Postponed

For more than 165 years, the California State Fair has showcased the Best of California. Although we’re faced with challenging times right now, the CA State Fair & Food Festival team remains optimistic. We are in continuous communication with our States’ leadership as well as our partners to keep our competitors, volunteers, and staff safe and healthy while we continue to plan for our competition season. We recognize the impact that the COVID-19 emergency has had on personal and professional lives. In an effort to provide the opportunity for competitors to continue to focus on business and personal recovery, competition opening dates have been postponed to April 13.

From Cal Expo: Drive-Thru Testing

Cal Expo is a part of the greater Sacramento Community and wishes to do our part to flatten the COVID-19 curve and help save lives.

As such, Cal Expo has partnered with the County of Sacramento to establish a COVID-19 testing site at Cal Expo. Due to limited resources, the testing site will be open to individuals who are considered “at-risk” and have qualified with an official notification from an appropriate healthcare professional.

We are asking members of the community not to show up without being directed by the appropriate medical professionals. Doing so could unintentionally put others at risk, cause dangerous delays, and jeopardize the health and safety of the healthcare professionals and County officials who are working judiciously to open and operate the site.

More information will be shared by the County of Sacramento when it becomes available. For more information about the testing site, contact the Sacramento County Department of Public Health.

Please refer all media calls to:

All community calls should be referred to their own health care provider.

From Cal Expo: Satellite Wagering and Harness Racing Update

Satellite Wagering

Following the advice of state leaders, as well as guidance from the California Department of Public Health, Cal Expo Simulcast will be closed until further notice.

Harness Racing

• Harness Racing is suspended for the remainder of the season.

• Satellite Wagering is closed to the general public until further notice.

From California Department of Public Health:

Mass Gatherings Guidance on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19

Media Alert: Cal Expo Increases Sanitation Measures for All Events


Flu Season and Coronavirus COVID-19

As part of the State’s response to address the global COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday declared a State of Emergency to make additional resources available, formalize emergency actions already underway across multiple State agencies and departments, and help the State prepare for broader spread of COVID-19. The Governor’s proclamation comes as the number of positive California cases rises and following one official COVID-19 death.

As an employer and a major event facility, Cal Expo is prudently monitoring and reviewing information related to flu season and COVID-19.  As we prepare for the growing number of events at the State’s fairgrounds, please know we remain in communication with our State’s leadership, as well as with our partners at leading organizations in the international festivals, fairs and event management business.  Additionally, we have been working to share related information with our employees, event promoters and business partners.

This week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued an interim guidance document concerning mass gatherings and large public events. To date this is the leading guidance to which all local and state health authorities have been directed.

CDC stresses that it is critical to keep solid lines of communication in place at all levels; encourage all persons to practice good personal health habits; and to promote everyday preventive actions to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, which includes:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

To further enhance education and protection, Cal Expo is:

  • Adding additional handwashing stations.
  • Making alcohol hand sanitizers and tissues available at select locations.
  • Posting signage encouraging employees and patrons to wash their hands.
  • Enhancing the janitorial cleaning schedule for select facilities where appropriate.
  • Encouraging persons who feel unwell (i.e. fever, cough, respiratory problems) to stay home (employees and event patrons.)

As we navigate through the coming days and weeks, should you have questions, concerns, please feel free to submit your thoughts to us at or (916) 263-3000 and we will respond as soon as possible.