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Fair Hours

78th Annual Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival
FAIR HOURS August 19 to August 28:
8/19                4pm - Midnight
8/20- 8/21        2pm - Midnight
8/22 - 8/26       4pm – Midnight (8/22:opens 2pm for Seniors/Special Needs citizens)
8/25                 4pm – Midnight (Military Appreciation day: Admission is free for active/retired military and their dependents w/I.D.s)
8/27                 2pm - Midnight
8/28                 2pm- 11pm 
8/19- 8/28/16: NO entry to the Fair 1 hour prior to close.    


GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET PRICES 8/19-8/28:                                   

Adults (12+)   $10      (Pre-Fair to 8/18: $7*)
Juniors (6-11)  $8        (Pre-Fair to 8/18: $7*)
Children under 6         FREE with paid adult
Seniors/Special Needs citizens (62+)   $8     (Pre-Fair to 8/18: $7*)
10% service charge added to each ticket price

Box Office Hours/Information

8/19 - 8/28: Daily, 8am to 11pm
Methods of payment accepted: Cash, Credit/Debit, Visa, MC, Amex, Discover. NO CHECKS ACCEPTED.

Please be aware of third party websites that offer A.V. Fair concert tickets for sale.Tickets can only be purchased at A.V. Fairgrounds, avfair.com, or etix.com. All other re-sellers are considered null and void and will not be refunded.

Any problem w/tickets bought on-line, call E-tix: 919-653-0555 or etix.com.                                                                                   

Coming Soon: Click HERE to purchase Fair Admission Tickets
Click HERE to purchase Concert tickets

Special Days

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Palmdale Auto Mall Concert Series


Click HERE to purchase tickets

Please be aware of third party websites that offer A.V. Fair concert tickets for sale.Tickets can only be purchased at A.V. Fairgrounds, avfair.com, or etix.com. All other re-sellers are considered null and void and will not be refunded.


Daily Home Arts schedule

More information coming soon!

Exhibit Buildings

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Fair 2016 Daily Schedule & Grounds Map

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Alfie's People's Choice Fair Food Competition

The 2nd Annual Alfie's People's Choice Fair Food Competition will be August 19th – 21st at the 78th Annual Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival!!!

There are three 2016 People’s Choice Award Categories: Food, Dessert and Beverage. People’s Choice Award ballots will be available at all participating food concessionaire booths and the Antelope Valley Press InFAIRmation booth for three days only, starting opening day of the Fair, Friday, August 19th (4pm – 11pm), Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st (2pm - 11pm).

Winners will be announced on Monday, August 22nd.  Each of the winners will receive a rosette to display at their booth for the remainder of Fair.

Entry Forms/Rules: Figure 8, Rural Olympics, Demo Derby, Community Stage

2016 Figure 8 Entry Form/Rules: Coming soon!

2016 Rural Olympics Entry Form/Rules: Coming soon!

2016 Demo Derby Entry Form/Rules: Coming soon!

2016 Community Stage Application: Coming soon!

Vendor Fair Applications

2016 Vendor Fair Applications:
Click HERE for Commercial Exhibit Application
Click HERE for Concession Application

Patrons w/Disabilities

Guests with a state disability placard or license plate may park in designated areas in any parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis. Regular parking prices still apply. Please ask a parking attendant for availability upon entering the lot. All parking lots provide parking spaces for guests with disabilities.

A drop-off and pick-up area are available at the main entrance for guests in Gate 2.

Metal detectors are in use at all gates. Advise gate personnel if you have a pacemaker. All items deemed to be a weapon or unsafe will be confiscated.

Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a minimal daily charge at the Main gate in front of the Van Dam Pavilion. A valid driver’s license or other picture I.D. is required and will be returned upon return of the item. Electric wheelchairs are not available. Guests may also bring their own wheelchair, both regular and electric are allowed.

Electric Outlets
Electric outlets for recharging wheelchairs and other necessary equipment are located on the East end of the Van Dam pavilion near the main entrance.

Service Animals
Service animals are welcome throughout the Fairgrounds. No other animals are permitted on the Fairgrounds. A service animal relief area is located near the livestock area. Due to safety concerns, service animals are allowed in livestock barns, but are not allowed in work areas where animals are being groomed or washed.

The Fair has designated seating in its grandstand area specifically for guests with disabilities in each of the following categories: wheelchair accessible, semi-ambulant and transfer seats, with accompanying companion seats available in most cases. Handicap seating is free with exception of the 1st Sunday, the 2nd Friday and the last Sunday. For groups of 25 or more that include guests with disabilities, please contact our Administration Office at (661) 948-6060 Ext. 135. Every effort will be made to provide seats adjacent to any disabled seating locations for the entire party attending the event.

Tickets and Ticket Windows
Tickets for guests with disabilities can be purchased on site at any ticket window, located at the Main entrance. Will Call windows are also accessible. Please identify your need for disabled seating at the time of purchase. The ticket office provides wheelchair accessible windows for your convenience. When ordering tickets for those that use mobility aids, either at the ticket window or by phone , please request seating for the disabled. One attendant or family may accompany guests with disabilities. The accompanying attendant or group must also purchase a ticket to the grandstand event.

Wheelchair accessible stalls built to accommodate those using mobility aids are available throughout the Fairground. Trash cans are available inside the wheelchair accessible stalls for your convenience.

Midway Rides
In accordance with ADA statutes, any physically or mentally special needs individual may ride any carnival ride, providing that the individual can enter and exit without the assistance of the ride operator and meet all other requirements (height, age, weight, etc.).

Emergency Evacuations
In the event of an emergency, you may request assistance from any Sheriff or Antelope Valley Fair Security who have been trained in evacuation procedures. Emergency information will be announced by the Voice of the Fair, sheriffs or security personal. 

First Aid
A first aid facility is located at Gate 6. It is staffed by Antelope Ambulance. For proper disposal of sharps, a sharps container will be available in the First Aid area as well as in the restrooms of the H.W. Hunter & Van Dam Pavilions and in the L.A. County Farm Bureau Legacy Hall and Antelope Valley Harley Davidson Community Hall located in Heritage Park.

Cash Machines
There are five locations on the fairgrounds that are mobility aid-accessible. ATM’s are located throughout the grounds, outside + inside the H.W. Hunter and Van Dam Pavilion as well as bar locations and the carnival.

Drinking Fountains
Guests using wheelchairs can find accessible drinking fountains in the Van Dam and H.W. Hunter pavilions, in the restroom foyer.

2016 A.V. Fair Theme Art

Click HERE for 2016 Theme logo - Color

Click HERE for 2016 Theme logo - B&W

Click HERE for 2016 Theme artwork - Color

Click HERE for 2016 Theme artwork - B&W

Click HERE for 2016 FULL poster artwork - Color

Click HERE for 2016 FULL poster artwork - B&W


Click HERE for Fair photos

Welcome to the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds!
As home to the annual Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival in August and more than 100 events each year, the A.V. Fairgrounds provides a premier campus for our customers and yours. In addition to numerous buildings of various sizes, areas for BBQs and an outdoor pavilion and waterfall display for weddings and events, our facility features the Turf Club, a $4 million dollar, Off-Track Betting facility. Our 2 newest buildings are 4,000 sq ft. each and were built to accommodate the increasing demand for weddings and receptions.

Our signature event is our annual 10-day Fair beginning August 19 - August 28, 2016. Over 250,000 visitors attend our fair to see live music concerts, automotive events that include the Figure 8 Race, Monster Trucks and Demo Derby events. We also continue the tradition of our Rural Olympics where local community members participate in events such as tractor pulls and hay baling contests. And don't forget our Fair vendors, spectacular carnival rides and mouth-watering food!

Antelope Valley Fair Association Mission Statement
To serve as a well managed, safe, multi-purpose, year-round facility which meets the diverse educational and entertainment needs of the residents and families of the Antelope Valley. The A.V. Fair Association will be innovative in planning and growth while protecting the public’s investment, maintaining sensitivity to our environment and preserving and caring for our agricultural heritage while creating new cultural traditions.

Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival’s vision is to provide innovative, professional leadership that creates a premiere state of the art complex which showcases and develops resources and economic vitality to achieve our highest potential.

The Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival is committed to:
1. Maintaining a clean, safe, family-oriented and culturally diverse environment.
2. Promoting education, agriculture and preserving our heritage while meeting the challenges of the future.
3. Maintaining a high quality staff, which provides customer service and promotes the community while sustaining strong business relationships and fiscal responsibility.

Antelope Valley Fair's roots go back to 1895, when the Antelope Valley Association sponsored a two-day celebration for area ranchers and farmers. The first organized Harvest Festival took place in 1931, featuring Hollywood entertainers. In 1934, a "field day" was held with competitions among local ranchers and farmers at the Antelope Valley High School football field. The competitions in following years featured friendly contests between Eastsiders and Westsiders, including women, in cow milking, hay loading and others. This was the forerunner to the Rural Olympics that is the fair’s signature event.

The Antelope Valley Fair was formed September 1, 1938 and held its first meeting on December 5, 1938. At this meeting the Association officers were authorized to purchase eighty acres of land at a total price of $2,800, the terms being $1,000 down, with the balance to be paid at the rate of $300 per year. Of course, the problem that immediately arose was the lack of funds to purchase the land. All the ranchers in the Valley were approached and each donated a ton of hay. The truckers of the Valley hauled the hay to Lancaster, and the merchants of the Valley made cash contributions toward the fund. Hay buyers from all over Southern California were invited to come up and bid on the hay to the highest bidder. Mr. Henry Clark of Bakersfield was asked to auction the hay to the highest bidder. With the funds raised, the grounds were purchased. Those grounds were the home of the fair until September 2003 when it moved to its new quarters on Avenue H in Lancaster, CA.

The Antelope Valley Fair was incorporated on September 12, 1938 with the following signers of the incorporation papers: George Rush, Lloyd Mikelson, Jesse Romine, D.R. Jaqua and Tom Foley. After operating as the Antelope Valley Fair for three years, and having full community cooperation in erecting the original buildings, it was deemed advisable to become an Agricultural Association under the Division of Fairs and Expositions, State of California. With the help of many individuals and organizations of the Valley working with State Legislators to make possible, on September 13, 1941, the 50th District Agricultural Association became operative. The fair was originally a four-day event until 1959, then a five-day event until 1972, then a six-day event until 1981, and is now a eleven-day event.

In November of 2011, with the help of Assemblyman Steve Knight and Senator George Runner the new Antelope Valley Fair Joint Powers of Authority (JPA) was established. This new entity allows the AV Fair to operate free of the constraints created by State bureaucracy. The goal in forming a JPA with closer ties to local government is to enable the AV Fair to operate more efficiently and with greater flexibility. This transition as a non profit 501 (c)(4), once again return the Fair to the community. This endeavor has changed the face of California Fairs, helping to move them into a successful future.


Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
2551 West Avenue H., Lancaster, CA 93536.
For mail to the Admin. office, add “Ste. 102”.
Main: (661) 948-6060
Fax: (661) 942-2135.
Box office during Fair: (661) 948-6060, xt. 230

Administation Office Regular Hours:
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Click HERE to go to vendor applications

Home Show/Facility Rentals/Concessionaires 661-948-6060, ext. 123, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Turf Club/Catering (via Friends of the A.V. Fair, Inc.) 661-948-6060, ext. 180, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Business Partnerships 661-948-6060, ext. 130, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marketing/PR 661-948-6060, ext. 132, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Competitive Exhibits (Fair) 661-948-6060, ext. 123, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bridal Show Linda Erb at 661-948-0606, ext. 123, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RV Park 661-206-0404, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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