Los Angeles County Fair 2011 free and discount ticket deals

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I just posted the latest L.A. County Fair Deals HERE!

The information below is outdated. See link above for current deals.

The 2011 Los Angeles County Fair runs Saturday September 3 – October 2. Since it’s one of the largest fairs in North America (according the the L.A. Fair website), it draws visitors from all around Southern California. So I’ve compiled a list of free, discounted and promotional deals including admission tickets, available at the L.A. County Fair 2011. Review this guide prior to your visit and save some money!

For the past several years, my wife and I take the drive up the 57 fwy to the L.A. Fair grounds in Pomona, if you haven’t been to this fair, well it’s a BIG event. Like most county fairs, they have concerts, shows, exhibits and great fair food. In the past couple of years we’ve managed to get free or discounted tickets to the fair, so this year I thought I would share some of the admission and fair deals so everyone can save and have fun too! Plus don’t forget to see my tip on how to get free concert tickets towards the bottom of this article.

First, I’ll start with the usual L.A. County Fair deals and promotions available during the first opening weekend – Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3 – Monday Sept. 5.

$1 admission 10 a.m.-1 p.m. only
1 p.m. to closing $17 (ages 13+)
1 p.m. to closing $12 (ages 6-12)

$1 for 22oz. soft drinks at all food & beverage stands, 1-4 p.m.

$1 rides, games and select food and beverage items in the Carnival, 4-7 p.m.

LA County Fair deals that are available now and throughout it’s 2011 run.

  • Ralphs Any-Day Ticket
    Beginning August 22, 2011, participating Ralphs grocery stores will be selling adult admission tickets for $10 and $6 for ages 6-12, plus when you purchase your ticket at Ralphs, they will have an exclusive unlimited ride carnival wristband offer (purchase required, restrictions apply see store for full details on the “Any-Day” ticket offer). Here is a pdf file of the participating Ralphs grocery stores selling the L.A. County Fair 2011 Any-Day tickets.
  • Los Angeles County Day
    A Buy One-Get One free admission coupon for that day only will be available to all county employees. Plus a special parade honoring Los Angeles County will take place at noon.
  • $5 after 5pm
    A special L.A. County Fair coupon – Admission is just $5 after 5 p.m, Wednesdays through Fridays. You must have coupon to get discount. Download your coupon here.
  • Weekend for Heroes
    Both Saturday Sept. 10 and Sunday Sept. 11, active and retired military, reserves, police, fire and paramedics, with ID, plus one guest, can attend the Fair for $1 each!
  • McDonald’s $20 Wednesdays
    Get a voucher from Participating McDonalds for $20 admission on Wednesdays that includes an unlimited carnival ride wristband. The vouchers can be found at select McDonald’s starting September 1, 2011.
  • Thursday’s Book Drive
    at LA Fair – Get free admission Thursdays from noon-6 p.m., with any donation of a new or gently used book.
  • Costco Fair Savings Pack
    Participating Costco stores will be selling sets of four (4) 2011 L.A. County Fair tickets, plus one parking pass and 44 RCS ride/game tickets for $54.99, now I’d say this is probably the best deal for a family of 4. Please note that NOT all LA Costco locations will be selling these tickets, see list of Costco stores selling LA County Fair tickets.
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive
    Donating blood is always a good thing, so it’s nice that the American Red Cross will be having Blood Drives at the the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel Wednesday, August 17 and Monday, September 12, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and donors will receive a ticket to the 2011 Los Angeles County Fair. Give blood(and possibly save a life) get a free admission, not a bad trade!

Discount days for specific Southern California College Students
College students, faculty and staff will get one free admission on their respective college day. Alumni get half-price admission on their respective day. PLEASE NOTE: A coupon or voucher is required for all college day discounts, you get these at your specific college campus.

– Western University of Health Sciences – 9/10/11
– Citrus College, Wednesday – 9/14/11
– University of La Verne, Wednesday – 9/21/11
– Mt. SAC, Thursday – 9/22/11
– UCLA Day, Saturday – 9/24/11
– Cal Poly Pomona Day – 9/25/11
– Claremont Colleges – 9/29/11
– CSUSB, Friday – 9/30/11
– USC Day – 9/30/11
– Chaffey College – 10/1/11

Special Discounts yet to be announced:

Every year the local Southern California fairs have unplanned discount days that are announced on their Twitter or Facebook pages, the L.A. County Fair is no different. These normally occur on the second half of its run. Be sure to bookmark this page as I will be posting any new L.A. County Fair 2011 deals.

Want free 2011 Los Angeles County Fair Concert tickets?

Most people are unaware of this, but a few free general admission tickets to the Grandstand End of Summer Concert Series at the L.A. County Fair are made available at the ticket kiosk located on Rose Lane at 3 p.m. on the day of the concerts. All are first come first served and each person requesting a free ticket must be present. Please note that concert tickets are separate from fair admission, you must still pay for admission to the fair.

Map of the 2011 LA County Fair

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Los Angeles Fair 2011 map

Directions and address to the LA Fair in Pomona:

1101 W. McKinley Ave.,
Pomona, CA 91768


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For a complete list of published offers and promotions visit the website for the LA County Fair.

*All offers and promotions are subject to change, this page is created as a service to the local community. All deals were verified and available on the day of publishing.


Ramon is a long time resident of Southern California and an expert in online advertising as well as an avid photographer. He runs OCGreatDeals.com as well as other local photography sites like OCSurfPix.com, SoCalDailyPhoto.com and Coolest-Travel-Pictures.

4 thoughts on “Los Angeles County Fair 2011 free and discount ticket deals

  • September 1, 2011 at 6:49 am

    My family goes every year to the LA Fair, cant wait. Thanks for the heads up on the discounts, especially the concert tickets.

  • September 24, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    People like you are the greatest!! I appreciate so much for all the details to save money.. thank you!!

  • September 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    soooooooo bored cant find info

  • September 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    oh and by the way are there any coupons for the fair rides


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