Entry Policy and Rules of Conduct

Guest safety is our first priority at Alameda County Fairgrounds. In our continued effort to ensure a safe and positive environment for all, security screenings are routinely conducted at entrance gates and the following measures are strictly enforced:

Entry Policy


  • Service animals only
  • Prepared food contained in a soft cooler or insulated bag
  • Soft-sided cooler or bag maximum size: 16”x16”x8”
  • Backpack
  • Diaper bag
  • Folding chair
  • Blanket
  • Camel packs, non-breakable water containers
  • Pocket knives (blades shorter than 3”)


  • Pets or other animals
  • Firearms, any type of weapon*
  • Mace or pepper spray
  • Illegal drugs or narcotics
  • Cannabis products of any kind
  • Alcohol or any type of alcoholic beverage
  • Loose or catered-style food
  • Hard shell coolers/ice chests
  • Glass bottles, cans, flasks
  • Grills/charcoal/flammable liquids
  • Tents
  • Large shade umbrellas
  • Bikes, skateboards, scooters, roller blades
  • Fireworks/firecrackers
  • Professional camera equipment (see photography policy)
  • Drones (see drone policy)

*Includes off-duty peace officers or any individual licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

Alameda County Fairgrounds is a smoking and vaping-free facility.

Smoking of tobacco, e-cigarettes or other products that produce smoke or vapor are allowed in designated smoking areas only.

NOTE: Permissible and prohibited items are subject to change for individual events.

Violation of these Rules of Conduct will constitute cause for removal of the violator from the Fairgrounds. See FAQ’s

Fairgrounds Rules of Conduct

While on Fairgrounds property, all guests are expected to:

  • Wear shirt and shoes at all times
  • Behave respectfully

The following are considered serious conduct violations and may be cause for immediate removal from Fairgrounds property:

  • Any act defined by federal, state, or local statute or ordinances as constituting a crime including damage, destruction, vandalism, or theft (may also lead to prosecution)
  • Disorderly or disruptive conduct, or any activity that could result in physical harm to person or property
  • Behavior indicative of alcohol or substance impairment
  • Littering, spitting, sitting/propping feet on table tops, abuse of landscaping, property, etc.
  • Blocking or obstruction of any building, booth, exhibit, concession, performance, ticket window, gate, stage, doorway, fire exit, stairway or walkway
  • Solicitation including the selling and/or distribution of materials of any kind (The sales of goods and services may only be conducted in a designated commercial vendor space. Click here for the commercial vendor application for the 2021 Fair.)