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California Exposition & State Fair

1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815
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Ranked #9 of 58 Activities in Sacramento
Type: Convention Centers, Amusement
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Type: Convention Centers, Amusement
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Lincoln, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
61 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Get there before opening to get a good parking spot. We visited every exhibition; The kids pavilion showcasing their art, engineering,etc. , was a showcase of the brilliance of the states students. The farm exposition hall is great for kids. There is a lot of great midway food to be had from many countries.

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Sacramento, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Its HOT in Sacramento in July, so when you go to Cal Expo for the state fair, you will need water. Lots of it. Its a large area, and my feet always hurt at the end of a day. The buildings that consist of cal expo, need better A/C to escape the heat and enjoy the stands of things to... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

State fair is a real treat for the whole family. It is huge and takes all day to see everything, a wonderful yearly experience, we haven't missed the fair for the last 35 years!

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Rescue, Ca.
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72 reviews 72 reviews
62 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

You have to experience this fair with friends and/or family to really make it fun. It's a large fair with plenty of things to do and see and you don't need to spend a lot of money to have a good time.

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Rio Linda, California, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The CA State Fair is not to be missed. It's a family tradition, a part of California's history and a chance to marvel at new exhibition's, see livestock, eat a "hot out of the oil" corn dog and just have FUN. We used to just head over to the carnival rides, but now skip that part and enjoy the exhibits.

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Fremont, California
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1,778 reviews 1,778 reviews
1,111 attraction reviews
1,045 helpful votes 1,045 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

California State Fair is so much fun. We love going to it. First there are the amazing animal areas. We like to see the animal judging events. We enjoy going to the carnival area....although we are the type who ride a couple of rides and then move on. We like the hall where each county can showcase what makes their... More 

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Sacramento, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My friends and I go every year to the California State Fair. There are two best times of day to go: early in the day, or later in the evening. If you get there early, you can enjoy the cooler weather, the lack of crowds, and have a good lunch there. If you go later, you can enjoy the night... More 

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Jonesboro, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I had so much fun, Great food and the Whispers was awesome. There is no other fair like it. I came from Georgia and it was well worth it and will be there next year if GOD says the same

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whitestone, ny
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

as NYers who happened to be visiting Sacramento during the California State Fair we HAD to go. we met some friends and were there for HOURS and probably only saw about 10% of the fair. The baby petting zoo was adorable. who gets to pet a baby kangaroo right next to a baby llama. We happened to go on a... More 

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Sacramento, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This was my first visit to the fair this year. It has lots to do and lot of walking, walking from rides to food stall takes easy 10 mins. It was difficult to find places, we spent few hrs, though end up wandering generally around and finding places as we bump into them. Few maps and much better signage will... More 

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