In 1890 - only a year after Orange County was founded - the Orange County Community Fair Corporation created the first ever OC Fair to celebrate OC and bring the wonderful community together. Starting with horse races and a few small livestock exhibitions, it's fair to say (no pun intended) that the fair has come a long way. Over the past nearly 130 years, the OC Fair has grown from a five-day celebration to a 23-day festival that is one of Orange County’s most highly anticipated annual events. Their mission statement reads: Celebrating Orange County’s communities, interests, agriculture and heritage.
This summer, it's easier than ever to get to and from the fair. For the 8th year, the OC Fair has partnered with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to provide an even more pleasing day at the OC fair. One of my least favorite things is finding parking - because whether I am in Old Towne Orange, Newport Beach, Disneyland, or practically anywhere in Southern California, there seems to always be a shortage.
That's why OCTA provides the OC Fair Express! On Saturday and Sunday, the OC Fair Express offers direct bus service to the OC Fair from 9 Orange County locations. Our Orange departure point is located behind Sears at the Village at Orange (view it on a map HERE). This bus service will take you directly from The Village at Orange to the gates of the OC Fair with no stops. The bus ride is only $2 each way and you will even receive a coupon for $4 OC Fair Admission, which is a $10 savings off the weekend admission price! Furthermore, this means you don't need to fight traffic or pay for parking. Phew... a true relief.
The service is funded by a grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), which provides subsidies for cleaner transportation alternatives. This service is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the fair, cut the parking hassle, and have a stress-free celebration with friends and family!
And don't worry! Not in Orange? The OC Fair Express also picks up from Fullerton, Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana, and more! Check out the OC Fair Express website for all of the details!
You can purchase tickets when you arrive or with the OCBus mobile app!
We can't wait to see you at the OC Fair on the OC Fair Express!