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Events: California State Fair

Enjoy concerts, food face-offs, horse racing, and family fun

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Since the 1850s, locals and visitors have flocked to the California State Fair for a gamut of fun activities. Over a century and a half later, there’s still a bit of that downhome vintage feel, with kids getting a chance to pan for gold and pet farm animals. There’s a dose of new too, with live music with top talent (recent artists have included Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Macy Gray) heating up the night. Friday and Saturday nights get jazzed up with fireworks. Craft beer-tastings, wine competitions, cooking demos, and real horse races give the grownups plenty to enjoy at this summertime favorite, held at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds.

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