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Free Activities Galore – Once you are at 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

San Mateo County Fair Farm

Location: Barn

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 at the Farm.

Roberto the Magnificient

Roberto The Magnificient

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.

Fun Zone

Family Fun Zone

Location: Fiesta 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. Make and Take projects will also be available.

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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!

All-Alaskan Racing Pigs

All Alaskan Pig Race

Location: West Exterior of Expo Hall

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.


Robotics Zone

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.

Black History Museum

Black History Month

Location: Event Pavilion

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


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!



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.

Louie Foxx Magician

Louie Foxx

Location: Strolling Grounds Act / Community Stage

Audiences across the USA love Louie Foxx’s One-Man Side Show and you will too. Howie Mandel called Louie’s performance on NBC’s America’s Got Talent “Fantastic” and the International Brotherhood of Magicians said Louie was “incredible.”

Street Drum Corps

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.

Zoey the Butterfly

Zoey The Butterfly

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!

Sky River Butterflies

Location: Expo Hall

Butterflies have fascinated us for thousands of years, from their humble beginnings as a caterpillar to their emergence from their chrysalis as butterflies, theirs is an amazing life cycle.

In many cultures, butterflies symbolize love, freedom, and the rebirth of the immortal soul. For centuries, collectors and philosophers poured over the biology of butterflies and the fascinating patterns coded on their wings.

Come and learn about butterflies. Feed them. Enjoy them and take LOTS of pictures!

Super Science Company

Super Science

Location: Expo Hall

Entertainment For The Whole Family!

Learn more about Super Science Company here!

San Mateo County Libraries Bookmobile

Location: Fiesta Hall

The San Mateo County Libraries Bookmobile brings essential library programs and services to residents throughout the County. Mobile services allow us to engage with patrons beyond our buildings. The Bookmobile offers a collection for children and adults, including new movies and books, magazines, WiFi hotspots, Spanish language materials, and other popular items.

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA


Location: Outdoor by Expo Hall

When: From Wednesday, June 8th to Friday, June 10th

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA strives to make lasting matches and make it easy for animals to go into good homes. They are successful when animals enjoy long, happy lives with their adopters. They place thousands of animals into new homes each year yet celebrate them one at a time.

This year, they will have a booth at the San Mateo County Fair from Wednesday, June 8th to Friday, June 10th with flyers and information on their services, and have some adoptable dogs and cats/kittens for you to meet. Adoptions can’t be directly completed from the fair; however, potential adopters can learn about the animals, fill out a brief adoption application, do an initial meeting, and then bring the rest of their family to their adoption center to have everyone meet the animal and complete the adoption.

Paid Attractions

Pacific Northwest Camels

PNW Camels

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 Rides


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

Rock Wall

Rock Wall

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 Chu Chu

Chu Chu

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.