Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions that aren’t listed below, feel free to call us at (916) 263-3000.


Please check back for an update.

General Parking for most events & shows is $10.00

Parking for concerts is $15.00

Parking for events at Papa Murphy Park is $15.00/ $10.00 for Sac Republic Soccer Games

Parking for the California State Fair is $15.00

Yes, lockers are located at the Main, Blue, and Green Gates.

Yes, you can rent them at the site across the way from the Monorail, near the Main gate. You can also make reservations in advanced for Wheelchair or Scooter rentals by clicking the respective links, or by calling 1.262.677.2696

On Sunday, August 2nd, closing hours may vary. Please check back for updates.

If you lost your child, please contact the Cal Expo Police at 1.916.263.3050

Yes, but like backpacks and purses, they are subject to a search when you take them through security.

Yes, water bottles are fine, but no glass, aluminum cans, or outside alcohol are allowed. Paper and plastic containers of non-alcoholic beverages are allowed.

Yes, you can bring outside food.

The only animals allowed are certified service animals.

Concerts are free with Fair admission. However, if you wish, you can purchase a reserved seat close to the stage.  You can read more on how to secure your own free or paid concert tickets at the link here.

Poppy loves Tuesday Kids Free Days!  If you come on Tuesday’s with your family you will see Poppy all over the Fair.  Other days, Poppy roams the fair during various fair hours. His schedule changes daily due to planned appearances and the weather, but he is always willing to take a photo so be ready!

The fountain has a gate surrounding it for public safety.

Cal Expo and the California State Fair receive no state funding. In order to maintain the fairgrounds and to ensure we have adequate staff for the event, including safety and personnel, we have to generate the funds on our own. There are many ways to purchase discount tickets prior to the Fair and we also have special discount days during the week.  Once you purchase an admission ticket most major exhibits and entertainment are free.  The $14.00 admission ticket also allows you to see concerts on the Golden One Stage for free and entertainment all over the Fair.

Fair grounds

Accessible parking spots are available closest to each admission gate
-Main Gate (located on Exposition Blvd. and Heritage way)
-Blue Gate (located on Exposition Blvd. and Challenge Way)
-Rodeo Gate (located on Exposition Blvd. and Challenge way)
-Green Gate (located West of the Main Gate and Parking Lot A)
Click here for a map of the grounds.

There are 3 main Gates you can enter from, Main Gate, Green Gate, and Blue Gate. You can find parking and gate information at the link here.

There are restrooms conveniently located throughout the fairgrounds:
-Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand
-Tractor Supply Big Barn (North and South)
-California Buildings A & B
-Expo Center (behind Expo Center 4 and below Expo Center 2)
-Carnival (North)
-Main Gate
-Coca-Cola Promenade
-Kids Park
-SaveMart Wine Garden
-Shopping (between Buildings C &D)

If it is an emergency, you can reach the Cal Expo Police Department at 1.916.263.3050, otherwise more information can be found at the link here.

Smoking areas are located next to the Green Gate, outside Expo Center 5, outside California Building B, outside the Tractor Supply Co. Big Barn, and at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand.


Cool Spots are all over the Fair!  Look for misting stations and cool down charge up stations where you can relax, cool off and charge your phone.

For your comfort indoors, we have air conditioning in these buildings :
-California Buildings A, B, C, & D
-Expo Center (Buildings 1-8)
-The Tractor Supply Co. Big Barn
-Satellite Wagering Center at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand
-Guest Services

The California State Fair is a family friendly environment, we encourage mothers to breastfeed anywhere on our property they feel comfortable. We have provided a Mommy Lounge in the California Building B, with comfortable seating and air conditioning.

Live Throughbred Horseracing and wagering takes place at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand during the Fair. All horse races are free with Fair admission. Download the California State Fair App for more detailed information on Horseracing or visit Guest Services or any information booth for a daily schedule.

In both the Cool Zone (Near the Kids Park) and the Coca-Cola Promenade (Near the Main Gate) there is seating, shade, and misters for your comfort. Both areas are surrounded by food vendors, so you can grab a snack while you rest you feet. There is also seating near the Farm and in the Forest Center.


Yes, our ticket prices are as follows:
Children ages 4 and younger – Free
Children 5-12 years old – $10
Adult/General Admission – $14
Seniors 62 years and older – $12

Admission tickets are sold at a discount price online until the day before Fair starts.

Fun Packs and Season Passes are a great way to save money and can only be purchased prior to opening day. There is even a discounted parking pass! Check back for the announcement when discount tickets go on sale or sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know!

Fun Packs, formerly known as Poppy Packs, are ticket packages that come with 4 general admission tickets, 4 monorail/ride tickets, and 1 parking pass. Fun Packs are a great deal for anyone looking to save money but still take their family and/or friends to the California State Fair! These are only available prior to the start of the Fair.

Monorail tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the Monorail ticket booth.