50 Free Things to Do at the Sonoma County Fair

Fairs have been an annual family tradition for decades- and what do we love more than coming to the fair? FREE STUFF! Check out these 50 free things to do at the Sonoma County Fair during your visit!

  1. Enjoy one of our FREE Headline Concerts in Community Theater every night of Fair.
  2. Watch a horse race during 8 days of live Wine Country Racing. RACE 7 ACT (3)
  3. Check out lots of corny humor with The Farmer’s Daughter. The Farmer’s Daughter Show harvests bales of belly laughter and truck loads of fun. Farm-tastic, gymnastics, rowdy rope tricks and the one-of-a-kind milk bottle walk combines for an udderly amazing show.
  4. Watch us crown a Foodie Fight Grand Champion during a live KSRO broadcast on Saturday, August 3 at 11:00am.
  5. Pick your favorite horse and enter the Win/Place/Show Contest on live race days.
  6. Cheer on a herd of 30 cattle during our Cattle Drive on Farmers Day, August 4. Enjoy the parade of cattle as they make their way from Downtown Santa Rosa to the Fairgrounds along E street.
  7. Attend a racing seminar and learn more from the experts in Shade Park Thursday through Sunday during Fair.
  8. Eat a free Clover ice cream cone- EVERYDAY.
  9. Pet some animals at the Great American Petting Zoo._MG_6715
  10. Enter our bubblegum blowing contest on the Barnyard Stage August 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 10th! Gum not your thing? We have free contests all day, every day!
  11. Sit down and listen to live music in Shade Park.
  12. Grab a free slice of cake! There’s always a reason for free cake! Stay alert…when you see the cake cart arrive, get in line and claim your free piece.
  13. Dance along to free live music throughout the fairgrounds.
  14. Watch or join the Fair parade every day at 5:00 pm.
  15. Watch a magic cowboy show. Godfrey brings his fast moving magic cowboy show to the Barnyard Stage three times a day. Count on lots of comedy and audience participation!
  16. Learn about Sonoma County agriculture in the Garden Building and Courtyard. You’ll find opportunities to dig deep in corn, buzz your way around nursery products, flip out over California Fun facts, become buds with the grape industry, spin crazy for wool products, create an ag-tastic masterpiece and more!
  17. Watch a demonstration in Grace Pavilion.
  18. Visit one of the exhibit buildings to view art by fellow community members.
  19. Cheer on your favorite want to be cowboys and cowgirls during Farmers Day as they compete in events like the Stick Horse Race or Watermelon Obstacle Race.
  20. Take a selfie of you enjoying the Fair and share on Social Media using the hashtag #SonomaCountyFair19
  21. Cheer on your favorite dog in the Derby Dog Dash on Sunday August 4 & 11!DD5
  22. On Thursday – kids ages 12 & under get into the Fair for FREE!
  23. Walk through the Hall of Flowers exhibit and step into a flower filled western wonderland.
  24. Meet the 2019 Miss Wine Country Rodeo Queen Sarah Mcknight during Farmers Day.
  25. On Fridays – seniors ages 60 & up get into the Fair for FREE!
  26. Go to the Racing Paddock to watch the horses get ready to race and guess who will win.
  27. Take a hay wagon ride through the Livestock Area between noon and 5 p.m.Farmer's Day-2
  28. Watch a cow milking demonstration at the Milk Barn.
  29. Embark on a Treasure Hunt through the fairgrounds and get a prize (Treasure Hunt booklets can be picked up at any of the information booths during Fair).
  30. Receive feedback from the Redwood Writers and watch for book giveaways throughout the fair.
  31. Watch the fast and furious sport of Barrel Racing Friday, August 2 at 5:30pm in Chris Beck Arena.
  32. Bring all your plant and garden questions to ask the experts at the Master Gardeners booth in the Garden Courtyard. MGs-Vonnie-Matthews-&-Susan--Calvert-manning-the-2016-County-Fair-demo-garden
  33. Visit the Kids Area for craft projects and hands on activities every day between noon and 6:30pm.
  34. Pan for gold with the Gold Rush Mining & Refining Company. Each fair-goer gets a chance to pan for gold, and the operators promise “No one walks away without gold!”
  35. Watch a magic show in Finley Hall. Flashy illusions, modern costuming, audience participation and great comedy have made Gossamer Magic a favorite at fairs all over the country.
  36. Save a life and learn CPR. Come to the First Aid Booth to learn how to perform hands only CPR.
  37. Check out Karen Quest – Cowgirl Tricks every day of the Fair. Cowgirl Tricks is a fun-filled vaudeville-style comedy western show filled with trick roping, whip cracking, music, magic and audience participation.
  38. Watch local 4H and FFA members compete in livestock shows.
  39. Enter one of the ticket giveaways on the Sonoma County Fair Facebook or Instagram accounts to win FREE tickets to the Fair.
  40. Watch some of your favorite barnyard animals race during the Pig Races three times a day.
  41. Visit the Out at the Fair booth for a free rainbow flag on August 11.
  42. Help celebrate Pronto Pup’s 50th anniversary at the Sonoma County Fair
  43. Use one of the Sonoma County Fair Snapchat filters to share your day at the Fair with friends.
  44. Watch Mudslinger and Digger some very talented pigs three times a day at the HillTop Stage. Top Hogs of the West is an amazing, comedy-filled trick pig show filled with action-packed and fun for the entire family!
  45. Participate in some western fun and games every day at 3pm in the Garden Courtyard. Watch for Stick Horse Barrel Racing, Lasso Toss, Boot Kicking for Distance, Snake in my Boot Relay and more at Western Fun & Games! Every day will be different, but it will always be fun!
  46. Attend the Senior Day Program on August 9 from 11am-3pm. Information tables and entertainment in Shade Park.
  47. Visit the Garden Building and help milk Sweet Lil at one of her milking times.
  48. Sort your trash, recycling and compost items with help from Recology and help cut down on event waste.
  49. Participate in a Scarecrow Building or Un-Building contest. Come build a scarecrow, we have all of the supplies every day at the Barnyard Stage.
  50. Thank a Fair employee for making your trip to the Fair a special one!

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