Without carnivals, grownups could only relive their childhoods by wearing oversize trench coats and pretending to be two kids pretending to be an adult. Step right up to this Groupon.
$12 for 30 Carnival-Ride Tickets or One Unlimited-Ride Bracelet (Up to $29 Value)
Fair-goers have a choice between 30 ride tickets or a wristband valid for unlimited admission to rides, which generally cost three to four tickets each. Festivities take place from May 30 to June 2. Admission to the fair is not included in this Groupon; view admission prices here.
Though the Contra Costa County Fair sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Contra Costa County Fair
Decorative figurine horses bob up and down aboard a merry-go-round, striving to mimic the actions of their real-life equine counterparts trotting in the pony-ride tent nearby. Farther across the grounds, live music wafts past a magician and stirs the rabbit in his hat to beat-box along to the tune. Such attractions are hallmarks of the annual Contra Costa County Fair, which aims to keep the revelry thriving with a rotating lineup of shows and exhibitions. The bash commemorates the region's rich creative and agricultural scenes as locals vie for blue-ribbon glory during livestock, art, and garden exhibitions. Musicians from across the country take the stage for concerts, regaling crowds alongside entertainment such as clowns, circus acts, and elephants made entirely of elephant ears. Though the roster of attractions changes each year, venerable county-fair staples—including rides, concessions, and face paintings—make regular appearances.
Midway of Fun
There's something timeless about a classic county fair. There are the attractions such as antique cars and horse carriages, rodeos and livestock exhibitions. And, of course, there are the carnival rides. Midway of Fun makes sure that county fairs all over California stay stocked with the kind of flashing, whirling, fun that families have enjoyed for generations. A safety-focused team of pros sets up rides that range from sweet (the Berry Go Round and the Dragon Wagon) to nail-biting (the Viper and the Ranger). Fairgoers can also compete to win a stuffed toy or a term as mayor of next year's fair at games such as break-a-bottle and baseball toss.