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Marin County Fair 2024 Theme: ‘Make a Splash!’

From July 3-7, 2024, it’ll be time to celebrate all things water-related.
Three teenage girls hold up ice cream cones and smile during the fair.
 January 31, 2024

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San Rafael, CA – From July 3-7, the Marin County Fair will return with the theme Make a Splash!, celebrating one of our most precious natural resources — water! 

From the splash of the ocean waves to water conservation during drought times, to sea level rise and local marine life, water is especially relevant and important in Marin County. The 2024 Marin County Fair will pay homage, educate, and entertain our community with water-related partnerships, and water-themed competitive exhibits categories. 

Community partners will tell the story of the important role water plays in our local environment, from the source of our precious drinking water on Mount Tamalpais and the Novato Creek Watershed to the rising sea along our coast. Fairgoers will be invited to engage in water related activities as they learn about watersheds, water conservation, and more.  

The fair will also include favorites such as the juried fine arts and photography exhibit, headline concerts, carnival rides, sheepdog trials, a petting zoo, fireworks every night, and your favorite fair food.

Special competitive exhibit categories will include decorated birdbaths, driftwood designs, surfboards, miniature sailboats, and more. Fine art will include categories such as watercolors, sea, surf and sand, water birds, drip paintings, and marine mammals, just to name a few. Competitive exhibit categories will be announced in February.

The Community Stage will showcase local talent from around the Bay each day of the fair. July 5 will feature family-friendly LGBTQ+ acts for Fair Pride Day and, on July 7, the Community Stage will showcase Latin artists all day long as part of Latin Heritage Day. The talented grounds performers will be seen across the fairgrounds ensuring wet and wild fun! 

The full headline concert lineup will be announced soon. 

The Make a Splash! poster was designed by Marin County watercolor artist Kate Peper as a special commission to celebrate the spirit of the fair theme.

Fair tickets go on sale May 1 

Fair tickets are available online only. Select-Day tickets will be available at a discount beginning May 1 through July 2. Flex-Day tickets and July 4 tickets are always $30.

If you plan to attend the Fair on July 3, 5, 6, or 7:

  • Select-Day tickets purchased between May 1-31: $15 
  • Select-Day tickets purchased between June 1-July 2: $20 
  • Select-Day tickets purchased between July 3-7: $25*

*does not include July 4

If you plan to attend the fair on July 4:

  • Tickets purchased between May 1-July 4: $30

Flex-Day Fair tickets (good for any day): 

  • Only available for purchase May 1-July 2: $30

SPECIAL DAY Wednesday, July 3    

  • Ages 12 and under: FREE 
  • Ages 65 and over: FREE 
  • Veterans with ID: FREE 

Daily FREE Admission

  • Children 3 and under
  • Active-duty military

Ticket purchases

All fair tickets must be purchased online and include general admission to the headline concerts on a first-come, first-served basis. There are 900 seats under the Island Pavilion, and 400 of those are reserved for Gold Circle Ticket holders and headline concert guests. The remaining 500 seats are open to general admission ticket holders on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchase Gold Circle tickets for a guaranteed seat in the reserved section for the headline concert on the Island Pavilion.

Gold Circle Concert Tickets $65
Gold Circle tickets include general fair admission and guarantee a seat in the reserved section of the Island Pavilion. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Fair management reserves the right to move parties to ensure seating for everyone who has purchased a ticket in the reserved section. No discounts or early bird pricing are available for Gold Circle tickets. No Gold Circle tickets are available for July 4. 

All tickets are final sale; there are no exchanges or refunds.

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Page updated January 31, 2024