- Public Safety Program
- What items are prohibited from bringing into the Fair?
- Can I bring in a pocket knife?
- Are personal items subject to inspection prior to entrance?
- Can I bring in a water bottle?
- What should I wear?
- Where can I park?
- How much does parking cost?
- Is there RV parking?
- Are there group rates?
- Can I rent a stroller?
- Can I take pictures during the concerts?
- Can I rent a wheelchair?
- Can I bring in my own food?
- How old do you have be to ride the carnival rides?
- Do I have to pay admission for my infant?
- At what age does a child need a paid concert ticket into the Chumash Grandstand Arena?
- Can I bring in a pet?
- How much do food and drinks cost?
- Do you have lockers?
- How should I dress?
- Is re-entry available?
- Is smoking allowed on premises?
- How do I pay for things?
- Are there ATM machines?
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.
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)
- electric weapons
- martial arts weapons
- knives, including pocket knives of any size/length
- brass knuckles
- pepper spray
- handcuff keys (except for law enforcement/ probation/parole personnel)
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.
Can I bring in a pocket knife?
No. Pocket knives of any size or length are not allowed.
Are personal items subject to inspection prior to entrance?
Yes, this is to ensure the safety of everyone.
Can I bring in a water bottle?
Yes, you may bring up to two (2) unopened plastic water bottle(s); they are also available for sale from various vendors. There is one public water fountain on the grounds, located in the Main Quad
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
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. Locations and pick-up/drop-off times are located under the Travel & Lodging Tab – Local Shuttles.
How much does parking cost?
In the Paso Robles Event Center parking lot on Riverside Avenue, parking costs $20.00 per vehicle. Parking is limited and based on availability.
Is there RV parking?
There is no RV parking available in our parking lot.
Are there group rates?
We do not offer group rate discounts. Please refer to the Promotion Tab for theme days and other discount opportunities.
Can I rent a stroller?
Yes, strollers are available to rent for $10.00 per day and are located at the main entrance. Jogger Strollers are available for $15.00 per day. Double Strollers and Wagons are available for $20.00 per day.
Can I take pictures during the concerts?
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.
Can I rent a wheelchair?
Yes, wheelchairs are available for rent for $20.00 per day with a 250 pound weight limit and are located at the main entrance. Motorized wheelchairs are available for $50.00 per day with a 450 pound weight limit.
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.
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.
Do I have to pay admission for my infant?
No, children 5 years old and under get in free.
At what age does a child need a paid concert ticket into the Chumash Grandstand Arena?
All people 3 years old and over need a paid ticket. 2 years old and under do not need a ticket.
Can I bring in a pet?
Service animals are permitted, but pets are not.
How much do food and drinks cost?
There are over 85 vendors selling food and drinks; prices vary.
Do you have lockers?
Yes, we will store your belongings for $5.00 per item at the Main Gate Entrance.
How should I dress?
It can get very hot during the day, so dress accordingly. But, it can also get chilly at night, so make sure to bring a sweater if you plan on staying into the evening. For your safety, shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
Is re-entry available?
Convenient exit and re-entry is available with a hand-stamp at the Main Exit Gate.
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!
How do I pay for things?
Most concession/vendor booths are CASH ONLY but some will accept debit and/or credit cards. Entry gates and box office accept VISA/MC/AMEX (along with cash for purchase).
Are there ATM machines?
Yes, ATM machines are conveniently located throughout the grounds.