Administration Office Closed in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they have died for.” – Martin Luther King Jr.


In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Fair’s Administration Office will be closed Friday, January 17 and will reopen Tuesday, January 21.

National Hat Day – Kentucky Derby Hat Contest

Happy National Hat Day! Hats can be good for a bad hair day, to complete your outfit or in this case WINNING MONEY! Did you know that we hold our annual Kentucky Derby Hat Contest every year at The Big Fresno Fair? Be sure to keep an eye out for 2020 Big Fresno Fair contest dates for your chance to participate and win!

Sunshine Millions is This Weekend | January 18

Join us at the Fresno Fairgrounds’ Starting Gate located south of Butler Ave. between Maple and Chance this Saturday, January 18 to watch the Sunshine Millions at Santa Anita Park! Watch and wager live via satellite with over $900,000 in stake races! Admission is $5 and parking is FREE. Pardini’s Catering will be offering lunch specials throughout the day at the Starting Gate. Gates open at 10 a.m.


Can’t make it to the Fairgrounds? Watch and wager at Club One Casino’s Polo Lounge for $10 and enjoy a delicious meal off their all day special menu. Parking is FREE! Call (559) 497-3000 to make reservations for the Polo Lounge. For more information, click here.

Bring the Whole Family to Jurassic Empire This Weekend | January 18 – 20

Experience moving, breathing and walking dinosaurs at Jurassic Empire this weekend, January 18 – 20 at the Fresno Fairgrounds’ Commerce Building! Bring the whole family out for a dinosaur adventure to learn about dinosaurs from different eras, dig for fossils, enjoy fun activities and so much more! Hours are the following:

  • January 18 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • January 19 | 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • January 20 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

General admission for adults is $24.99, children 2-12 are $29.99 and seniors & military w/ ID get $3 off ticket price. Kids 2 and under are free! Child’s ticket includes: a tour of the Dino exhibit, unlimited access to the Fossil Dig, Bounce Castles area, basketball and darts game area, Dinosaur Band and Dino Theater.


For more information, click here.

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

In honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, we would like to give a special shout out and say “Thank You” to the Fresno Police Officers who continue to help keep The Big Fresno Fair one of the safest events in the Central Valley! We look forward to working with you at the 2020 Big Fresno Fair!

Pacific Elite Club Lamb & Goat Show This Weekend | January 4

The New Pacific Elite Club Lamb and Goat Show & Sale is this Saturday, January 4 at the Fresno Fairgrounds! Show will begin at 10 a.m. with the sale following at 2:30 p.m. For rules and entry information, please contact Dan Willoughby at or call (317) 983-6568 Ext. 1000 or (317) 922-6942.


For more information, click here.

Tomorrow is the Last Day of the Hmong Cultural New Year Celebration!

If you haven’t made it out to the Fresno Fairgrounds for the week-long Hmong Cultural New Year Celebration, tomorrow is your last chance! Join us and celebrate with live entertainment, vendors, fun competitions and so much more. General Admission is $8. On Wednesday, January 1 ONLY: Veterans, seniors 65+ and teachers get in for free with valid ID! Kids 5 and under are also free!


Have pictures from this year’s celebration? Share them with us and we might feature you on our story!  


For more information, click here.

Vote for Us in The Fresno Bee’s People Choice Awards!

Vote The Big Fresno Fair in the 2020 Fresno Bee’s People’s Choice for:

  • “Best Local Festival/Event” under Local People and Places
  • “Best Museum” (Note: write-in Fresno County Historical Museum) under Arts & Entertainment

The deadline to vote is Monday, January 20. Click here to vote!

NOTE: If you vote from your phone you don’t have to be a Fresno Bee subscriber. If you are, vote from your phone and desktop! Please and Thank You!