FAQ's

Questions

  1. When will I get my concert tickets sent to me?
  2. I lost something / I found something...
  3. When is the Fair open to the public?
  4. Is re-entry available?
  5. Map of the Fairgrounds
  6. Are the grounds accessible?
  7. What items are prohibited from bringing into the Fair?
  8. Are personal items subject to inspection prior to entrance?
  9. Can I bring in a reusable water bottle?
  10. Do I have to pay admission for my infant?
  11. Do I need an admission ticket in addition to my Grandstand concert ticket?
  12. At what age does a child need a paid concert ticket into the Chumash Grandstand Arena?
  13. What if I bought a concert ticket through a third-party website?
  14. What is the refund/exchange policy?
  15. Can I bring in my own food?
  16. Do you offer shuttle service to and from the fairgrounds?
  17. Where can I park?
  18. How much does parking cost?
  19. What should I wear?
  20. Are there group rates?
  21. Can I rent a stroller?
  22. Can I rent a wheelchair?
  23. Do you have lockers?
  24. Can I take pictures at the Fair?
  25. Ticket Giveaways
  26. How old do you have be to ride the carnival rides?
  27. Is smoking allowed on premises?
  28. Can I bring in a pet?
  29. How do I pay for things?
  30. Are there ATM machines?
  31. Is there RV parking?
  32. Public Safety Program
  33. What are the COVID-19 protocols?
  34. I am in the Horse Show / Livestock... how do I get on grounds?
  35. Photo/Video Permissions

Answers

  1. When will I get my concert tickets sent to me?

    TICKETS WILL BE EMAILED A FEW DAYS BEFORE SHOW DATE

  2. I lost something / I found something...

    Please fill out THIS FORM if you found or lost an item at the Fair. All items found or turned in to Mid-State Fair staff, owner's will be contacted directly using the above filled out form.

  3. When is the Fair open to the public?

    Fair Dates: July 17-28, 2024

    Fair Hours:

    • Monday-Thursday: 4:00 pm - Midnight
    • Friday-Sunday Noon-Midnight
    • No entry or re-entry after 10:00 pm, daily
    • Livestock barns close daily at 8:00 pm for the safety of the animals, 4:00 pm closure on 7/28/24. 

    Some Livestock and Horse show events take place earlier in the day, so be sure to check the Daily Schedules for those times. Public entry, for events being held prior to the Fair’s regular opening times, is through Livestock Gate. Admission fees apply at entry. Only the scheduled event area is open to the public to attend, all other areas of the Fairgrounds are closed to the public entry.

  4. Is re-entry available?

    Hand stamp for re-entry is available at all public exit gates (Main, Livestock, South, Flower and Rodeo). No entry or re-entry after 10:00 pm, daily.

  5. Map of the Fairgrounds

    Click here

  6. Are the grounds accessible?

    Yes! Click HERE for our ADA Quick Tips.

  7. What items are prohibited from bringing into the Fair?

    The following is a partial list of items people are NOT allowed to carry onto Fair property. Event staff will be authorized to use their discretion in disallowing items not included on this list:

    • guns, including pellet and BB guns (concealed weapons permits are NOT accepted on fair property. All armed on and off duty law enforcement are required to check in with Event Staff at a gate)
    • knives, including pocket knives of any size/length
    • metal water bottles and/or cups
    • ammunition
    • explosives
    • cigarettes, vapes, lighters
    • electric weapons
    • martial arts weapons
    • batons
    • brass knuckles
    • mace
    • pepper spray
    • handcuff keys (except for law enforcement/ probation/parole personnel)
    • outside food, drinks, or alcohol 

    The California Mid-State Fair and its employees will not hold prohibited items discovered during the screening process for persons to retrieve at a later time. Please leave any of these items in your vehicle or at home prior to arriving at the Fairgrounds.

  8. Are personal items subject to inspection prior to entrance?

    Yes, this is for everyone's safety. 

  9. Can I bring in a reusable water bottle?

    Empty plastic reusable water bottles and sealed plastic water bottles are allowed. Metal reusable water bottles/cups are NOT allowed. We have two refill stations located at the Main Quad and down by the Paso Robles Pavilion / Cal Fire building. 

  10. Do I have to pay admission for my infant?

    Children 5 years old and under get in free.

  11. Do I need an admission ticket in addition to my Grandstand concert ticket?

    Yes, you do. Everyone entering the fairgrounds must present a valid ticket of admission, including those attending Grandstand concerts. Concert tickets do not include admission to the fair.

  12. At what age does a child need a paid concert ticket into the Chumash Grandstand Arena?

    Children 3 years old and over need a paid ticket. Children age 2 and under do not require a paid ticket to attend the show, however, they must sit on the lap of a ticketed adult.

  13. What if I bought a concert ticket through a third-party website?

    BEWARE OF TICKET SCAMS! Though many online ticket brokers (StubHub, VividSeats, Event Tickets Center, SeatGeek, etc.) may imply that they are an official website for concert ticket purchases for the California Mid-State Fair, only this website: www.midstatefair.com is the official online ticket purchase point for the California Mid-State Fair concerts. We are not affiliated with any third party ticket company or selling sites. We cannot guarantee that tickets purchased from other sources are legitimate nor will we be able to assist you if there is a problem with tickets purchased from such companies.

  14. What is the refund/exchange policy?

    ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.

  15. Can I bring in my own food?

    No, but don’t worry, there is plenty of food available from a wide array of vendors. You are sure to find something that suits your tastes. Baby food, formula, foods for medical conditions/dietary restrictions are allowed. 

  16. Do you offer shuttle service to and from the fairgrounds?

    Yes. We offer a FREE shuttle to and from the fairgrounds. Click HERE for the current pick-up locations and hours of operation. 

  17. Where can I park?

    Unfortunately, there is limited parking at the Fair. Our designated parking lot is located on Riverside Avenue directly across from the Paso Robles Event Center. We do offer a free shuttle service to and from the Fair. Click HERE for service times. 

  18. How much does parking cost?

    In the Paso Robles Event Center parking lot on Riverside Avenue, parking costs $25.00 per vehicle (CASH ONLY). Parking is limited and based on availability. There are no advance parking sales and no in-and-out privileges. No overnight parking.

  19. What should I wear?

    Warm days and cool evenings are the rule of thumb, but make sure you check the weather forecast before you arrive. It can be both very warm in the daytime and turn pretty cool after the sun goes down. Also, please remember that “closed toe” shoes are required for rides in the Carnival

  20. Are there group rates?

    We do not offer group rate discounts. However, there are multiple discounted theme days and other discount opportunities.

  21. Can I rent a stroller?

    No, strollers are not available to rent.

  22. Can I rent a wheelchair?

    Yes, a limited amount of wheelchairs and scooters are available for rent inside the Main Gate. First come, first served. You are also welcome to bring in your own wheelchair or scooter.

  23. Do you have lockers?

    Yes, we will store your belongings for $5.00 per bag at the information kiosk at the Main Quad.

  24. Can I take pictures at the Fair?

    Personal cameras are allowed, but professional cameras are not. Standard Lenses (17-50mm, 18-55mm, etc.) are allowed and Telephoto Lenses (24-70mm, 70-200mm, etc.) are not. Audio and video recording is strictly prohibited. Drones are strictly prohibited on and/or around the fairgrounds. Click here to learn more about our media policy. 

  25. Ticket Giveaways

    Please note that ticket giveaways, of any kind - concert, admission, carnival - must be approved by the California Mid-State Fair and/or Artist Management and are only allowed to be executed by sponsors of the California Mid-State Fair (unless otherwise authorized) with prior written consent. Any and all requests for ticket giveaways should be sent via email to sahvanna@midstatefair.com. Learn more HERE.

  26. How old do you have be to ride the carnival rides?

    There is no age restriction, but some rides have height limitations to ensure safety.

  27. Is smoking allowed on premises?

    The California Mid-State Fair is a smoke-free and vapor-free event. Smoking of any kind, including the use of pipes, e-cigarettes, vapors or similar devices of any kind, is prohibited. Thank you very much for your consideration!

  28. Can I bring in a pet?

    Service animals are permitted, but pets are not.

  29. How do I pay for things?

    Most concession/vendor booths are CASH and CARD. Entry gates and box office accept VISA/MC/AMEX (along with cash for purchase).

  30. Are there ATM machines?

    Yes, ATM machines are conveniently located throughout the grounds.

  31. Is there RV parking?

    There is no RV parking available in our parking lot.

  32. Public Safety Program

    The California Mid-State Fair provides a safe environment for families and all our guests, exhibitors, staff, volunteers and partners. The Fair has a Public Safety Program intended for deterring unwanted activities on the fairgrounds. We are pro-active in our desire to provide this positive experience. As a result, all bags, purses and personal belongings will be screened at entrance gates for contraband. Hand held metal detecting wands will be in use by fair staff. No weapons, food or alcohol will be allowed in. This includes pocket knives of any size or length. Other contraband includes items that would not be allowed onto a commercial airplane.

  33. What are the COVID-19 protocols?

    We will be following all State and County regulations that are in place.

  34. I am in the Horse Show / Livestock... how do I get on grounds?

    Attention all who enter through Rodeo Gate—Know Before You Go - ALL entrants into the Fairgrounds through the “Rodeo Gate” will need valid admission, (ticket, pass, Fair-issued photo id) and a valid vehicle/trailer pass. CLICK HERE to learn more. NO EXCEPTIONS!

  35. Photo/Video Permissions

    The ticket holder acknowledges that the event may be broadcast or otherwise publicized, and consents to the use of the holder’s image or likeness incidental to any live or recorded video display or other transmission or reproductions of the event to which our event ticket provides admission.