FREE ACTIVITIES

Expanding the creative world of kid fun!

Free Activities Galore – Once you are in the Fair all these activities are free!

The San Mateo County Fair is a perfect family outing, we offer free activities and attractions that are fun for everyone!

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San Mateo County Fair Farm

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Location: Barn & Sequoia Hall

Come visit the Farm – see animals raised on local San Mateo County Farms entered into the Fair for Ribbons and Prizes by our 4-H participants and Future Farmers of America.  From rabbits, turkeys and chickens to lambs, pigs, goats and steers.  See all the barn animals in at the Farm.

Roberto the Magnificent

Roberto the Magnificent

Location: Strolling Grounds Act

Captivating audiences for more than two decades, Roberto the Magnificent is recognized as one of the nation’s most unique variety acts performing throughout the USA. Roberto the Magnificent has appeared at thousands of events from civic performances, state fairs, music & arts festivals and schools.

Family Fun Zone

Family Fun Zone

Loction: Expo Hall

The Family Game Zone made its debut at the 2018 San Mateo County Fair.. It was created with the idea that people of all ages could have an area to be enjoyed together. Some of the games you’ll find there are Life Size Connect 4, Corn Hole, Life Size Chess and Checkers, and Classic Ring Toss.

San Mateo's Creative Kids

Creative Kids

Location: Expo Hall

Get in on the fun and tradition of SAN MATEO’S KIDS, San Mateo County Fair’s creative and educational competitions for kids from pre-school through high school. Check out the all-new 2021 competitions such as Art, Photography, Sewing, Science, Hobby Collections, Quilting, Needlework, Woodworking, Drafting, and Creative Writing are always popular…and so much fun! It's easy to enter!

Pig Races

Pig Races

Location: Between the Barn and Event Pavilion

Faster than a speeding train, bigger than a rabbit, and loves Oreo cookies! This show is educational and exciting and includes audience participation, pig trivia, pig cheerleaders, speedway flags, and fun prizes for winning cheerleaders. Location TBD. 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm Daily.

Robobtics Zone

The Drone Zone

Location: Expo Hall

Robotics

First Robotics

Location: Expo Hall

Don’t miss San Mateo County’s finest Robotics competitors as they demonstrate their skill in robotics and capture your imagination. Teams that will be at the Fair include Jefferson Robotics, Aragon Robotics Team, Vulcan Robotics Team and more.

Fritters

First Robotics

Location: Strolling Grounds Act

Fritters area fantastically friendly, furry, fluffy flock of costumed critters that can be found throughout the fairgrounds begging for your attention, hugs, and photo opportunities. Look for the Fritters throughout the Fair as they are sure to be close by!

Balloonacy

First Robotics

Location: Strolling Grounds Act

Dennis Forel, one of America’s foremost Balloon Sculptors, has been performing since the Ides of March 1975. His repertoire of over 108 different animals, have taken him to state and county fairs, amusement parks, shopping centers, and special events throughout the Western U.S., Alaska, Mexico, Japan, and the Bahamas.

Street Drum Corps

First Robotics

Location: Strolling Grounds Act

Street Drum Corps is a world-renowned, high energy, drum and percussion show formed in Los Angeles in 2004 that performs on musical tours, performing art centers, festivals, theme parks, sporting events, fairs, cruise ships, military bases, private parties, schools and colleges. Founding members Bobby Alt, Adam Alt and Frank Zummo had a vision to create something unique and unseen in the percussion world. Today Street drum corps has grown into a global movement with honorary members such as Tommy Lee, Adrian Young, Max and Jay Weinberg, Jeremy Piven, Chad Smith, Matt Sorum and more.

Black History Museum

Black History Museum

Location: Meeting Pavilion

The Domini Hoskins Black History Museum showcases more 100 exhibits at the San Mateo County Fair.

AIDS Memorial Quilt

Aids Quilt

Location: Expo Hall

This year, the San Mateo County Fair is proud to display panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt.  Each panel is an impressive12 feet by 12 feet. This will be one of the first displays of the AIDS quilt in Northern California in over a year.

Learn more about the Aids Quilt history

Zoe the Butterfly

First Robotics

Location: Strolling Grounds Act

Catch a glimpse of Zoey the Butterfly as she flutters and flies around the fairgrounds. Brightly colored and towering above even the tallest of people. She will be dancing and posing for pictures–hopefully you will get a chance to see Zoey!

Paid Attractions

Pacific Northwest Camels

Pony Rides

At Pacific Northwest Camels, our goal is to teach people about these rare domesticated animals that are the camel. The San Mateo County Fair offers a unique activity - and photo opportunity! - to meet and ride on the friendly animals. Camel rides at the Fair are available June 9 thru 13 only.

Butler Amusements Carnival Rides

Carnival Amusments

Eurobungy

Carnival Amusments

Reach new heights, do flips, catch air! This isn’t your average backyard trampoline. This a bungee trampoline.

Rock Wall

Carnival Amusments

Explorers, thrill-seekers, problem-solvers  - do  you have the skills it takes to climb the Rock Wall? It’s challenging, but a reward awaits if you can make it to the top!

Kiddo's ChuChu

Carnival Amusments

Enjoy this state of the art trackless train for a fun train experience! Children and parents will love riding the trackless train as it chugs around the fairgrounds. Kiddo’s ChuChu has billowing smoke, wheels in motion, large wagons, blowing horns, and a great time for all.