157th Annual California State Fair
July 14 - August 1, 2010
California State Fair Announces 2010 Theme: "Your Passport to Adventure!" The 2010 State Fair will feature some all new attractions, a summer concert series and new exhibits that celebrate travel, adventure and more.
Fairgoers can look forward to the following new attractions, among others:
NEW! "Days of the Dinosaur" Adventure
Families are invited to embark on a prehistoric adventure -- the world-renowned "Days of the Dinosaur" Exhibit, in its first US appearance. The all-ages indoor attraction will feature more than a dozen life-sized dinosaur robots, skeleton replicas, interactive areas and photo opportunities. The exhibit will be free with Fair admission and will include hands-on activities like an archaeological dig site where children will have the opportunity to find their own fossils using authentic paleontology tools!
NEW! Jungle & Reptile Experience
This new interactive animal exhibit will be housed in a whimsical garden environment full of lush California plants. The jungle adventure will feature a variety of birds, amphibians and reptiles, including a colony of alligators and a colony of large tortoises. The fairgoers will be able to see and touch the species up close and personal in a very family-friendly and educational environment.
NEW! 'Get Animated' Pop Culture Exhibit
The State Fair and Stage Nine Entertainment Company invite you to come 'Get Animated' in a new feature exhibit on the unique and entertaining world of Animation. It will showcase everything from the classics of traditional hand drawn cell animation, to the ever-changing and exciting new computer animation of the last 15 years, as well as the advances with 3-D in the future. The exhibit will also feature major animation studios whose amazing animators have brought to life some of our favorite characters.
In addition, the 'Get Animated' exhibit will have:
- Celebrity voice talent and artists;
- Licensed costumed characters;
- Interactive stations featuring the drawing, painting and layout of traditional animation;
- A sound effects area;
- Digital character construction workshops;
- Unique 3-D models and industry collectibles;
- Original artwork from the classics from pencil drawings and painted cells, to painted background.
BIG FUN for Everyone
In addition to these new attractions, the State Fair will focus its traditional exhibits and competitions on recreation, sports and tourism that make California an adventure capitol of the world.
The fairgrounds will highlight some of the unique recreational activities available throughout the State of California for people of all ages. Partnerships are already being solidified with the California Travel & Tourism Commission, the US Post Office, the California Auto Museum, the Davis Bicycling Museum, US Bicycling Hall of Fame, and many others to provide a roadmap of adventures and travel destinations in the State.
New Dates, New Adventures!
For the first time in more than 100 years, the California State Fair has moved off its traditional Labor Day schedule to a July event. An adventure will be waiting inside Cal Expo from Wednesday, July 14 to Sunday, August 1, a 19-day summer schedule that will no longer conflict with the busy back-to-school season.