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San Mateo County Fair Returns for 2021 (June 5-13)

By Astrid Casimire Bay City News Foundation

The San Mateo County Fair kicks off on Saturday, June 5, 2021, featuring carnival rides (though a smaller amount of rides than past years), musical performances, food vendors and free entry for those who get vaccinated on site.

It takes place at the San Mateo County Event Center at 1346 Saratoga Drive in San Mateo from Saturday to June 13, except this coming Monday and Tuesday. The fair takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

San Mateo County Fair 2021
June 5-13, 2021 | 11a-10p
closed Mondays and Tuesdays
San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Dr., San Mateo
Advanced Tickets: $15 adults, $10 kids (6-12), $10 seniors (62+) – same day tickets at the gate are $5 more
– Wednesday is $5 day
– Most rides require additional purchase
– If you get vaccinated at the fair, you get free admission, 4 ride tickets and a $20 food credit (San Mateo County residents only, June 5, 6, 10, 11, 12 & 13 only – 10:30am to 6pm at Gate 5)


Saturday marks the grand opening and Family Pride Day takes place on Sunday. Throughout the week, there will be a variety of booths and activities, including a farm, livestock competitions and exhibits.

The fair will also display panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which includes over 48,000 panels in memory of people impacted by AIDS. There will also be a Black History Museum featuring 100 exhibits.

Free Outdoor Concerts
For each day of the fair, there will be free outdoor concerts starting at 7:30 p.m. Some of the featured performers include Young MC, Coolio, C+C Music Factory, Queen Nation and Journey Revisited.

Free COVID-19 testing will also be available at the fair, every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Masks and social distancing will be required at the fair and attendance will be limited to 35 percent capacity, per state guidelines.

Free Admission if you Get Vaccinated at the Fair
Plus, San Mateo County residents who get vaccinated on site will receive free admission to the fair for themselves and anyone under 11 years old or younger in their household, a $20 food voucher and four ride tickets.

Free vaccinations will be available at Gate 5 on June 5, 6, 10, 11, 12 & 13 for county residents, including those 12 and older.

Residents under 18 will need parental consent to get vaccinated. The parental consent form is available online from San Mateo County Health at https://www.smchealth.org/post/covid-19-vaccination-consent-form.

People are encouraged to use touchless transactions, though cash will be accepted.

More information and tickets for the fair are available online at https://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/. Same-day tickets can be purchased at the entrance for a higher cost. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for juniors six to 12 years old or seniors 62 years and older. All tickets for Wednesday cost $5


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