Every year in October, nearly 600,000 people come together for two weeks to enjoy the Valley’s largest annual event – The Big Fresno Fair. People from all backgrounds, ethnicities and beliefs join together to celebrate this longstanding annual tradition. Whether it is the live music, intriguing exhibits, fun attractions, community performances, delicious food, signature events, carnival rides or live horse racing that bring them out, there is one thing for certain…The Big Fresno Fair is the place to be in October!
Founded in 1884, The Big Fresno Fair is the 5th largest fair in the State and represents the 21st District Agricultural Association, an entity of the California Department of Food & Agriculture’s (CDFA) Division of Fairs & Expositions. The Big Fresno Fair holds the rare distinction of operating in the same location at the same time of year since its inception. The Fresno Fairgrounds encompasses 165 acres of land in the City of Fresno. The land is owned by Fresno County and leased to the Fair under a 50-year land lease that allows it to continue to operate. The 2023 Big Fresno Fair, which will be held October 4 – 15, will mark its 140th year.