What are the hours for the 2021 Monterey County Fair?
Thursday, September 2nd from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM for our Seniors, Special Friends, Military and Veterans. The RSVP for this free day to the fair is
Friday, September 3-Monday, September 6 the hours are 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM daily.
Where can I purchase admission tickets?
All admission tickets are available at www.montereycountyfair.com. Ticket kiosks will be set up during the Fair in an effort to be touchless. Pre-Sale tickets are on sale until September1st and then prices increase.
Will the fair be ‘normal’ this year?
The fair will not have livestock on property, with the exception of Racing Pigs and an animal display in the arena. The livestock show will be held prior to the County Fair. The Fair will have a reduced footprint with all carnival rides on the main lawn, allowing for parking on property through Gate 8.
Do I need to be vaccinated or wear a mask?
The fair is following all county and state guidelines. Vaccinations and masks are not required for entry but are strongly recommended. Upon entry to the Fair, all state health and safety guidelines must be adhered to, or the ticket holder is subject to removal from the Fair.
What are your COVID 19 Protocols?
Staff and volunteers are encouraged to wear gloves when coming in close contact with equipment and fair patrons. Touchless payment options are recommended. Tables and seats will be cleared and sanitized after each use. Sanitizer stations are available in all dining areas. Restroom surfaces and contact points throughout the Fair will be wiped down and disinfected continually throughout the fair day. Please stay at home if you are experiencing any flu symptoms, have a temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees and/or you’ve had known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have Covid-19.
Public Safety Program
The Monterey County Fair provides a safe environment for families and all our guests, exhibitors, staff, volunteers and partners. The Fair has a public safety program which includes a Code of Conduct and Screening Policy. Handheld metal detecting wands will be in use by our security company and Monterey Police Department will be on site daily.
Is there a clear bag policy?
Yes, there is a clear bag policy for the 2021 Monterey County Fair
What items are prohibited from bringing into the Fair?
- Guns, knives, mace/pepper spray/stream, or any items that could be considered or used as weapons
- Alcohol, illegal substances or cannabis products in any form
- Bottles, cans or hard-sided containers
- Non-factory sealed plastic bottles (permitted if empty)
- Ice chests or coolers
- Outside food and beverage (unless for infant/medical reasons)
- Pets other than approved service animals
- Grills, charcoal and flammable liquids
- Tents, tables and large shade umbrellas
- Fireworks, firecrackers
- Unmanned aerial vehicles
- Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, skates/rollerblades and Segway
- Any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate by MCF personnel
Can I rent a stroller or a wheelchair?
No, strollers and wheelchairs are not available to rent.
Where can I park and how much does it cost?
Free parking is available on Fairgrounds Road daily. Parking is offered on the Fairgrounds at Gate 8 for $20.00 per vehicle from Thursday – Monday of the Fair. Parking is also offered at the Monterey Pines Golf Course for $15.00 per vehicle from Friday – Monday.
Do you have lockers?
No, unfortunately we do not have lockers.
Can I bring in my own food and beverage?
No, but don’t worry there is plenty of food available from a wide variety of vendors. Food that is medically necessary is allowed.
How old do you have to be to ride the carnival rides?
There is no age restriction, however rides do have height limitations to ensure safety. Be sure to check out this information at www.helmandsons.com.
Do I have to pay admission for my infant?
No, children 5 years old and under get in free.
Is there a free kids day this year?
No, however children can earn a free admission ticket valid for Monday, September 6th by reading books!
Can I bring in a pet?
Valid service animals are permitted, but pets are not.
Is re-entry available?
Exit and re-entry is available with a hand stamp at the main gate 3 or 5.
Is smoking allowed on premises?
The Monterey County Fair is a smoke free and vapor free event. Smoking of any kind, including the use of pipes, e-cigarettes, vapors or similar devices of any kind is prohibited. Thank you for your consideration of others!
Do vendors accept cash?
Yes, most vendors do accept cash however debit/credit cards are preferred.
Are there ATM machines?
Yes, ATM machines are located throughout the Fairgrounds.