Alameda County Fair brings summer fun to fall days – Marin Independent Journal

The popular Alameda County Fair is back in Pleasanton after being postponed due to COVID concerns. Normally held in summer, the fair started a 10 day race Friday and will welcome fans every day until October 31.

Carnival rides, pig racing, live music, and indulgent food can be enjoyed again at the fairgrounds.

In addition, a comprehensive list of live music shows is available; artists include Night Ranger, War, Lenny Williams of Tower of Power, the Spin Doctors (a replacement at the eleventh hour for a popular South Bay band) and several cover bands.

Details: daily until October 31, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; concerts every evening at 8 p.m. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton; tickets will be sold by the day with limited capacity, $ 15 to $ 18 admission, packages $ 30 to $ 40 halfway; concerts $ 15- $ 60; parking $ 15 on weekends, free on weekdays; the show website has more details on security requirements.

Kinsley Lewis, 6, of Livermore, greets her parents as she drove a carousel on Friday on the first day of the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton. (Anda Chu / Bay Area News Group)
A participant walks past the wheel of the century on the first day of the fair. (Anda Chu / Bay Area News Group)
The pigs race at the All-Alaskan Racing Pigs show on Friday. (Anda Chu / Bay Area News Group)
Participants applaud during the All-Alaskan Racing Pigs show. (Anda Chu / Bay Area News Group)
Michael and Linda Dozier, from Piedmont, ride the Sky Ride on their Friday date night at the fair. (Anda Chu / Bay Area News Group)
Shaun Freitas, from San Ramon, takes a bite of his cookie and cream churros. The fair returned on Friday after being postponed due to COVID concerns. (Anda Chu / Bay Area News Group)
Shaun Freitas, from San Ramon, enjoys his cream and cookie churros on Friday. (Anda Chu / Bay Area News Group)
Jonathon Holmes, 6, of Newark, checks the layout of the Alameda County Central Railroad Society model railroad at the fair on Friday. (Anda Chu / Bay Area News Group)
Jeff Cole of San Jose admires the layout of the Alameda County Central Railroad Society model railroad. (Anda Chu / Bay Area News Group)
A goat stands on a stack of hay at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. (Anda Chu / Bay Area News Group)
Carnival lights shine on Friday during the first day of the Alameda County Fair. (Anda Chu / Bay Area News Group)
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