Monterey County Fair is Back for 2021 on Sept. 3-6, at Monterey County Fair & Event Center


MONTEREY, CA. (July 8, 2021) — Monterey County Fair is back for 2021 with the theme, “Fair Fun in 2021!” on Sept. 3-6, after cancelling the 2020 event because of the pandemic.

The 85th annual Fair will be held at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, but in a scaled-down version.

“We are excited to have the Monterey County Fair back in 2021, with all the things people expect from the Fair — food, entertainment, live music, exhibits and a carnival with rides and games — although in a scaled-down way for health and safety reasons,” said Fair CEO Kelly Violini. “We have a ‘limited footprint’ with all carnival rides on the main lawn, which allows for parking on-site. All ticket sales are in advance in an effort to be cashless. Tickets are $10 for adults/seniors and $5 for children ages 6-11. Children 5 and under are free.”

Violini said tickets will be on sale in advance until sold out. If tickets don’t sell out, a ticket kiosk will be set up so people can buy them on a walk-up basis on the day they attend the Fair.

While some details of the Fair are still being finalized, the live music lineup has been released:

  • Left of Center — 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 3, at the Payton Stage
  • Journey Revisited –  7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at Payton Stage
  • Money Band — 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, at Payton Stage
  • Samz School of Rock — 2:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6 at Payton Stage

The annual Monterey County Fair Livestock Show, will now be held the weekend prior to the Fair, on Aug. 25-28, 2021.

More information about this year’s Fair will be posted on the official website at:

About the Monterey County Fair & Event Center

The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is a premier event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features four large banquet rooms, two outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility.