California Mid State Fair 2017 – The Ultimate Guide

California Mid State Fair 2016 Logo

The 2017 California Mid State Fair is almost here! From July 19th – 30th 12 pm to 10 pm people from all over the United States will come to Paso Robles for concerts, auctions, carnival rides and a great time. If this is your first visit to the fair, or you remember when it first opened in 1946, we hope this guide will help you have a great time and find what your looking for. This is a BIG list, so to help you navigate everything here is a quick list so you can jump to the section you want:


California Mid State Fair Map


To help you find all of the activities, competitions and concerts, take a look at the mid state fair map so you can see where everything will be happening. Click here to download the California Mid State Fair 2017 map.

California Mid State Fair Concerts


There are big names this year! Below is a list of headliners you can see on the Chumash Grandstand Arena


To see a full list of concerts on all stages click here, for seating charts click here.

California Mid State Fair Activities

California Mid State Fair 2016 Activities

Photo Credit: Anita Ritenour

There is something going every day at the fair. Expand the day below to see the time, event and location:

California Mid State Fair Parking, Shuttles and Lodging




You can park in the lot across the from the fair grounds for $10 before 3:00pm and $15 after 3:00pm. Parking is limited. Pro tip: bring a sunshade so you don’t return to a roasting car. Alternatively, you could park near shuttle locations. Shuttles run every 10 to 15 minutes. Here is where you can find the shuttles:



Westside pick-up / return stops:


Pick Ups:

  • “State Farm” @ 20th/Spring
  • “Citibank” @ 16th/Spring
  • “Bank of America” @ 15th/Spring
  • “Courtyard by Marriott Parking Lot” @ 120 South Vine
  • “City Hall” @ 10th/Spring
  • “Radio Shack” @ 21st/Spring


Return Drops:

  • “Smart & Final” @ 22nd/Spring
  • “State Farm” @ 20th/Spring
  • “Citibank” @ 16th/Spring
  • “Bank of America” @ 15th/Spring
  • “Courtyard by Marriott parking lot” @ 120 South Vine
  • “City Hall” @ 10th/Spring
  • “Radio Shack” @ 21st/Spring


Eastside Stops

  • “Lowe’s Hardware” @ Main Parking Lot
  • “Paso Robles High School” @ City Bus Stop
  • “Albertsons Parking Lot” @ City Bus Stop


Click here for more information about travel and lodging.

10 Tips For Attending The California Mid State Fair


There are so many fun and free things to do when you visit the fair. Here are 10 tips from our own experiences and other SLO County locals to help you enjoy your day at the fair


#1 Water bottles are cool, but leave the food at home


You’re not allowed to bring in outside food, but you can bring two (2) unopened plastic water bottle(s).


#2 Kids 5 and under get in free!


Bring all the kiddos, but remember: although there is no age restriction on rides there might be height restrictions. Bonus tip: strollers are available for rent at the fair.


#3 Bring plenty of cash


Most vendors only accept cash. Some will take credit or debit cards, but you’re best off bringing cash. There are ATM machines on the grounds if you need to grab some more cash.


#4 Can I get back in once I leave?


Yup! Once you have entered the fair you can get a hand stamp at the Main Exit Gate when you leave if you plan to re-enter.


#5 Dress for a hot afternoon and a cooler evening


It’s going to be pretty hot in the afternoon, but make sure you bring a sweater or jacket for after the sun goes down.


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