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California Exposition & State Fair

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Address: 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone Number: 916/263-3000
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The California state fair was better than some I have been to, lots of rides, exhibits, food and music. It could be a very fun day for a family but they would have to have a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
Carol P
Antelope, California

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Antelope, California
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39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The California state fair was better than some I have been to, lots of rides, exhibits, food and music. It could be a very fun day for a family but they would have to have a hefty savings account to do all as a family of 4 could easily drop 300 in a day.

Thank Carol P
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

I've lived here for 15 years and haven't gone to the fair due to the hot weather we always have here in the summer. This year we decided to take our granddaughter, go early and hopefully avoid the heat.. It was cooler early on, but it got hot fast and so at that point we went to the inside exhibits.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Very nice state fair. Parking was reasonable with shuttle service. The grounds were well maintained. The variety of sights, vendors, food, rides and performances were good. I was inspired to purchase a Vitamix. :) Lovely day at the fair.

Thank Joygiver
Sacramento, California
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41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

The State Fair was much better this year than some of the past years. I think that it had to do with a much better crowd. This was the first time seeing the parking areas so full and people actually wanting to go and recommending the State Fair.

Thank Alejandro O
Sacramento, California
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67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

I've been a volunteer at the "State Fair" since 2002, but have been attending the fair since the mid 50s. I lived in a house on 8th Avenue which at that time was an empty field across from the State Fair. My older brother & I would sneak out of the house, cross Broadway and get into the fair for... More 

Thank Claudia A
Placerville, California
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225 reviews
137 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

California Exposition & State Fair, Sacramento, CA - if you love going to fairs, this is one to not miss. Lots of fun and attractions. The Expo also offers year round activities and events including the Auto Show, The Western States Horse Expo, concerts, and lots of other events. Be sure to check their online calendar to see what's available... More 

Thank DaisyS01
Sacramento, Ca
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26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We go just about every year mainly because we check out the quilts that are on display. My wife is a professional top stitcher and sometimes she enters the contest and has winners. A lot of the fair is the same each and every year, but the consistent thing that changes each time is what food is going to be... More 

Thank nidan196
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We visited the state fair July 2015. I suggest buying your tickets and other activities online before you go they are pricey at the window!

Thank Latifah C
Cypress, California
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

My favorite part about the state fair was the agriculture section. They had great ideas on drought resistant crops and plants for your garden. They also had displays on aquaponics and hydroponics which I thought were informational and interesting. Overall, it was kind of small time compared to the LA county fair or the Orange county fair.

Thank Robert S
Alpharetta, Georgia
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235 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I did go closing night of the fair, so perhaps it was busier than normal. Packed in fact. You need to take cash with you, many of the food vendors only accept cash. The wine tasting area was a joke - really? we are tasting Barefoot and any cheap under $10 bottle in North California, suggesting it's wine 'tasting'. Don't... More 

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