The Big Fresno Fair is Back! What to know before you go, 2021 edition

After a year of drive-thru concessions in lieu of the typical large-scale event due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the Big Fresno Fair is back to a full-fledged in person event for 2021!

The Big Fresno Fair was originally created to celebrate the region’s rich agricultural industry and history, as well as to provide an opportunity to educate the community, showcase products and crafts, and attract entertainment acts of all kinds. It’s grown to entertain, educate, and stimulate the local economy in hundreds of different ways, generating an average of 77 million dollars a year in local revenue and hosting over 600,000 guests each year.

Planning a visit? Here are ___ things to know before you go!

Dates and Times

The Fresno Fair’s opening day is Wednesday, October 6th, and the final day is Sunday, October 17th.

  • 4-11pm Tuesday-Thursday
  • 10am-Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays
  • 10am-11pm Sundays and Mondays
  • Buildings close at 10:00pm daily, with the exception of Museums, which close at 8pm
  • Horse racing begins at 1:45pm, and races will be held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays


Adults – $12.00
Children 6-12 – $8.00
Children 5 and under – FREE
Seniors 62 and over – $8.00
Military – $8.00 (ID required)
Visa/MasterCard are accepted at all admission gates


Parking is $10 in most lots, with the exception of the Chance Avenue Lot, which is $15.

Packages and Discounts

You can purchase a Fair Season Pass that grants daily access for $38 (not transferrable)

Additionally, unlimited carnival ride wristbands are available for $30 on weekdays and $35 on weekends (including Fridays)

There are a number of special events and purchasing options that will provide additional discounts. You can view those specials here.

COVID-19 Precautions

The following COVID-19 precautions will be in effect throughout the duration of the 2021 Fair.

The fair asks all guests to prescreen themselves for the following criteria, and refrain from attending if any of the criteria are met:

  • Have a fever (100.4 or higher), or any sense of a fever or chills.
  • Have trouble breathing, cough, sore throat, nose congestion, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea or loss of taste or smell.
  • Have had close contact (longer than 15 minutes cumulative within a 24-hour period and within 6 ft.) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is in quarantine due to possible COVID-19 exposure.

Masks are required indoors, regardless of vaccination status and suggested outdoors, anytime social distancing is not possible. Social distancing is strongly recommended whenever possible. If face shields are worn instead of a mask, there must be a bottom drape. Additional hand sanitizing stations will be available for public use throughout the fairgrounds.

All indoor locations will be regularly disinfected and fogged. All staff will be wearing masks regardless of vaccination status and tested for COVID-19 before the fair begins and again during the second week of the fair.

What’s New for 2021?

Livin’ Local MarketPlace

Enjoy shopping from local vendors and makers featuring a wide-range of product offerings including artisan cheeses, dairy products, honey, olive oil, vinegars, almonds, walnuts, walnut oil, teas, breads, dried fruit, spices, jerky, preserved food, hand crafted and repurposed items, jewelry, locally roasted coffee and more! (Located in the former Gems & Minerals Building)

Pop! Culture Experience

The Pop! Culture Experience is sponsored by Blue Shell Gaming and will feature a Comic-Con style building with vendors, a gaming museum, Virtual Reality stations, retro and new gen video gaming, including Mario Kart LIVE and eSports competitions! There’s even a parents’ lounge where parents can relax or learn more about gaming. Entrance is free, game play is $5/hour or $20 for the entire day.

Food Truck Alley

For the first time, the Fair will welcome a number of locally owned food trucks for fair goers to enjoy purchasing from in addition to the usual touring concession booths.

For additional details on this year’s Big Fresno Fair, visit their website here. We at FresYes as wishing everyone a fabulous Fresno Fair experience!

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