Yay! The 2018 Fair is almost here! But between admission tickets, parking, rides, food, drinks, concerts and shopping, we all know a day at the Fair can add up to big bucks, fast. But have no fear, with a little pre-planning, there so many ways you can save money and do it for less if you just know where and when to look. Our team members have put together a list of the best ways to do the Fair for less. Whether you plan to go a single day, or all 18, you can save a bundle with these super deals & strategies:
Go on Opening Day – Friday, June 15
Besides the sheer fun and excitement of going to the Fair on opening day, admission and rides are just $1 until 5PM! Better yet, make your way over to the real live Cattle Drive on Main Street Pleasanton that morning. While you’re there enjoying the amazing spectacle, be sure to pick up some of the totally FREE tickets being given out by participating merchants (while supplies last.) And tickets are good for ANY day of the opening weekend! Visit http://annual.alamedacountyfair.com/cattle-drive/
Buy Tickets Early
Did you know you can save up to 20% on just about everything if you buy before June 15? Get admission tickets, Fun Packs, carnival wristbands, tasting event tickets, parking passes, you name it through the Fair’s website at https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/10432?cobrand=alameda
For a family or group of four, the Fun Pack is the best deal. Get 4 tickets and a parking pass for just $50 – a $20 savings over the regular full price.
For Frequent Fair-ers (people who like to go the Fair more than once), a Season Pass is definitely the way to go. Benefits include admission every day of the Fair, plus discounts and freebies on concert & event tickets, 24-hour pre-sale advantage and more. Get the details at:
Bring the kids on Thursdays & Grandparents on Fridays
Kids ages 12 and under get in FREE on Thursdays (June 21, 28 & July 5,) and Boomers, ages 62 and better, get in FREE on Fridays (June 22, 29 & July 6.) All days from 11AM until 5PM. http://annual.alamedacountyfair.com/discount-days/
Foodies “Can’t Miss” Thursdays
Do you LOVE Fair Food? Be sure to come on $2 Fair Food Bite Thursdays, when the Fair’s food vendors offer fun-sized samples of select tasty treats for just 2 bucks! Happens June 21, 28 & July 5 from 11AM – 5PM. If you want to plan your grazing route, visit the website for a list of vendors & offerings.
Check out the Discount Days
Find out how you can get free admission if you’re a dad on Father’s Day, a First Responder on July 4th, or on any day with a valid Military ID. Plus, for a modest donation, everyone can get in free on our food & clothing drive days (plus ride all the rides for just a buck each!)
Did you know that if you follow the Fair on social media, you’ll find out about exclusive perks and contests? It’s true! There are lots of chances to win Fair & event tickets — and even super cool stuff like back stage Meet & Greets with the Big O Tires Concert Series performers. Don’t miss a thing from now on – follow us on Facebook, Instragram, You Tube and Twitter!
Get a Carnival Wristband
If you can’t get enough spinning and flying, a Carnival Wristband is the way to go for unlimited ride fun all day long. Bands cost $30-35 depending on the day and are available at carnival area ticket booths. Or get them in advance online (before June 15) and save even more – just $28 for any day. Buy now at: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/10432?cobrand=alameda
Be a Coupon Clipper
A lot of people don’t know that Fair offers money-saving coupons. The Fair Deal is a full page of vendor coupons & specials to save on food, drinks, merchandise and more. Look for it in the June 8 edition of Pleasanton Weekly or pick one up at any information booth inside the Fair. You can also download it here.
Pack a Picnic
Skip the Fair food and pack a tasty picnic instead. Enjoy dining al fresco on the lawn or any of the open seating dining tables. Save your spending for ice cream or a special treat later! For picnic guidelines & restrictions visit http://annual.alamedacountyfair.com/4th-of-july/
Enjoy the FREE entertainment!
The Fair offers tons of fun & exciting free-with-admission entertainment including Alaskan Pig Races, Monster Trucks, Demolition Derby & Extreme Rodeo, Great American Petting Zoo, STEAM Themed weekend for kids, live cooking demonstrations, fun contests and much more.
Visit www.alamedacountyfair.com for complete list & schedule.