A guide to the 2018 L.A. County Fair

Your complete guide to this year’s L.A. County Fair, from ticket information to the best rides and attractions
LA County Fair
Photograph: Courtesy LA County Fair
By Stephanie Morino |
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Summer in Los Angeles may be officially over come September, but the fun has just begun for L.A. County Fair-goers. Every year, thousands of people make the trip to the Fairplex in Pomona to eat fried foods, take a plunge on a roller coaster and maybe win a prize at one of the many game booths. But there are more attractions at the fair than just the food and rides. So before you start making your plans for the fall, enjoy one last summer hoorah at the L.A. County Fair—and make the most of it with our guide. 

When is the L.A. County Fair 2018?
The L.A. County Fair runs from August 31–September 23. Hours are Wed noon–10pm, Thu noon–11pm, Fri noon–midnight, Sat 10am–midnight and Sun 10am–10pm. Labor Day Weekend hours are extended, and the fair will be open that Monday. 

Where is the L.A. County Fair?
The L.A. County Fair takes place at the Fairplex (1101 W McKinley Ave) in Pomona.

How do I get there? 
If you’re coming from Los Angeles, take the 10 East, get off at the Fairplex Drive exit, turn left and follow signs to the Fairplex. Another option is to exit at White Avenue, turn left and follow signs to the fair. If you’re not coming from L.A., you can find directions from various Southern California locations here.

Don’t want to drive or pay for parking? Board Metrolink’s Riverside line and get off at the Pomona Metrolink Station. From there, grab the Line 197 bus to the Fairplex. In honor of the L.A. County Fair, there will be late-night service from Union Station to the fair.

How much does the fair cost? 
The admission ticket breakdown is as follows: On weekdays, tickets are $14 for adults, $8 for children (6-12), and $10 for adults 60 and over; on weekends and holidays, adults are $20, children $12 and seniors $15. Children under 6 are always free. 

General admission parking is $15 and VIP parking is $25. 

Carnival tickets are $100 for 200, $50 for 100 and $20 for 40. A carnival ride wristband is $50. Some attractions have an additional cost, including igloo ice skating and sledding ($5), Jurassic Planet ($5) and various concerts.

You can purchase tickets in advance here

What bands are playing? 
This year’s performers include Joan Jett, Cheap Trick, the Beach Boys, WAR, Tower of Power and more. Click here for the full lineup.

What’s new at the fair this year?
This year’s new additions include a candy factory, a Southwestern flower display, an eSports competition and an exhibition about Route 66 as well as a Route 66-themed haunted attraction. 

What about the food?
All sorts of belly bombs—plus a $6.60 value menu across the grounds. Look out for deep-fried hot sauce, deep-fried butter, chicken and waffle on a stick, french toast bacon bombs, truffle-gouda bacon fries, bacon-wrapped baked potato, portabello kabobs, vegan burritos, tacos and nachos. There’s also deep-fried pizza, churro shakes and the Cowboy Crunch Sundae—we don’t know exactly what that is, but we can’t wait to try it. 

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