Fair Tickets

Buckaroos and Howdy Do's Monterey County Fair August 31 - September 4, 2023 With a horse and rabbit in chaps and overalls, the horse is wearing a cowboy hat standing on 2 legs they are both whipping a lasso

2023 Ticket Information!

Parking is available at the Monterey Pines Golf Course right by the Fairgrounds Thursday – Sunday for $20.00 per vehicle

Parking is available at Monterey Peninsula College, Friday after 3 PM – Monday for $15.00 per vehicle. Shuttle provided by Monterey Salinas Transit.

Please see map below. Click here for the parking schedule.

Parking Map

Pre-Sale Fair Admission Tickets

  • Adults $10

    (Ages 13-61)

  • Children $5

    (Ages 6-12)

  • Children FREE

    (Ages 5 & Under)

  • Seniors $9

    (Ages 62+)

Fair Admission Tickets (At The Gate)

  • Adults $13

    (Ages 13-61)

  • Children $7

    (Ages 6-12)

  • Children FREE

    (Ages 5 & Under)

  • Seniors $11

    (Ages 62+)

Special Fair Days

Thursday, September 1st is Aspire Health Plan Day at the Monterey County Fair! Seniors 62 & over, Military and Veterans are admitted free

Friday, September 2 is Kids Day. All kids 6-12 years old are free.

Saturday, September 3rd is Natividad Day at the Monterey County Fair!

Helm and Sons

Carnival Wristband

Magic Money FAQ's

What is Magic Money?

Magic Money is a digital, contactless payment system that allows you to buy ride wristbands and credits that can be used to purchase rides, games, and food in the carnival area.

Are unlimited ride wristbands still available to purchase?

Yes. You can purchase an unlimited ride wristband with a unique QR code that grants access to unlimited rides for a single day.

Can I buy wristbands now?

Yes. We are offering presale specials that can only be purchased online before the fair opens. They can be purchased here.

How do I redeem my online tickets for a wristband?

Each ticket includes a QR code that can be redeemed at any designated wristband kiosk. Simply select the redemption button on the kiosk screen, scan your QR code, and put on the dispensed wristband.

How do I buy an unlimited ride wristband at the fair?

Simply walk up to any designated wristband kiosk, select “Buy Band” on the screen, select the wristband package and amount you wish to purchase and then insert your payment method. The wristband(s) will be dispensed.

How do I purchase credits?

Credits can be purchased at any Magic Money reload kiosk around the park. Walk up to any kiosk and select “Buy New Card.” You then select your payment method, the amount of credits you wish to buy, and complete your purchase. A Magic Money card will be dispensed with your credits.

If I have a wristband, do I need to buy a card?

No. If you have a wristband, you can load game and food credits onto it by going to any kiosk and selecting the “Reload” option.

Do I have to buy a new card each time?

No. Once you purchase a card you can take that card to any kiosk and reload it with Magic Money credits. You simply walk up to a kiosk and select an icon that reads “Check & Reload.” You place the card on the card reader at the kiosk and choose how many credits you want reloaded onto the card.

Do you sell front-of-the-line passes?

Yes. Front-of-the-line passes can be purchased early online, bought at the time of wristband purchase, or loaded onto an unlimited ride wristband any time.

Do I have to use Magic Money credits to buy food and play games?

Magic Money credits are required to play the games. Food can additionally be purchased with cash or credit/debit cards.

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2004 Fairground Road
Monterey, CA 93940


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