Grandstand Entertainment

The Brian I. Tatarian Grandstand is home to 9 days of exciting live horse racing! In addition to great stakes races, The Big Fresno Fair is proud to offer additional thrilling, family-friendly events that happen in-between or after horse races! 

Even Losers Can Win – Daily Promotion

Back by popular demand at the 2017 Big Fresno Fair, any of our losing tickets have the chance to be winners! How? Boxes will be on display on the ground floor of the race track with boxes numbered for each race that day. Boxes will also be on display on the second floor of the race track for added opportunity and ease of entry for racing fans.  Anyone who wagers on a race and does not win, can put their losing ticket with their name and cell phone number written on the ticket and place it in the box of the number race they lost.  Then after Race 4 each day, a winner will be selected from each race to get a $10 voucher to place on another bet.  Subsequently, the same thing will be done after Race 8 and then the last race of the day if it is not Race 8. Then at the end of the race day, an overall winner will be selected from all the races that will receive a box of four to come back on a day of their choice to wager. They will also get a $50 voucher to use on future bets.

The Great Mascot Race – Thursday, October 5

The challenge in horse racing is to create excitement in between races. So in 2013, we added The Great Mascot Race! Mascots from all around the Valley (School Mascots, Sporting Team Mascots,Media Outlet Mascots and Business Mascots) race against each other! This was a fun way to get the community involved in horse racing, as well as gives our Fairgoers another reason to come out to the races. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we are excited to bring back this fun event!

Poulsen’s Jumping Horses – Fridays & Saturdays 

Watch the Poulsen’s jumping horses maneuver around an obstacle course and special jumping demonstrations in between horse races on Fridays and Saturdays of the Fair. National champion horses, The Fresno State equestrian team and competitors will be part of these special demonstrations.

Craft Brew Fest – Saturday, October 7

The Big Fresno Fair is excited to host its first-ever craft beer fest! This event will be held in the middle of the horse racing track on Saturday, October 7 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets will be $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Designated Driver tickets are $25. Tickets include Fair Admission, parking in the Infield Parking Lot and a custom Craft Brew Fest tasting cup. The Craft Brew Fest not only features beer from 30+ breweries, but there will be lawn games, a DJ, food trucks and, of course, betting stations so people can wager on the races! It will be the most unique and authentic craft beer fest around. All proceeds will go to support the Fresno County Historical Museum! Tickets are available for purchase at www.FresnoFair.com, by phone at 5596-650-FAIR or at the Fair Administration Ticket Box Office. There will be a limited number of tickets sold and they will be available on a first come, first served basis, so don’t wait to purchase yours! Must be 21 and older to attend.

Caporales de Fresno – Sundays

Los Caporales de Frenso showcases the incredible talent of these dancing horses, as well as the individuals that are riding them who also sing! Their line-up of entertainment will feature Caballos Bailadores, Escaramuza Charra Caporalas, Cantantes De Musica Ranchera, Ballet Folklorico Tradicional and Floreadores Del Equipo Charros Dos Generaciones. 

Kentucky Derby Style Hat Contest – Monday, October 9

We’re bringing a little of the Kentucky Derby to The Big Fresno Fair with the Kentucky Derby Style Hat Contest. Every lady or gentlemen who participate in the Hat Contest on Monday, Oct. 9, will get Free admission into the Horse Races for the Reserved Seats; this does not include Box Seats or the VIP Suite, Turf Club or the Luxury Deck.  Awards will be given out in categories.

  • For ladies the categories are: Most Glamorous, Best Hat & Coordinating Outfit, Best Fair Theme (In the Land of Ahs) and Funniest or Most Outrageous.
  • For gentlemen: Most Daper and Best Hat & Coordinating Outfit.  Judging will be done by a panel that includes our “Red Hatter Ladies” and the La Feliz Guild Members, as well as our Fair Board and Racing staff!

One category will be judged between each race beginning after Race 2. All participants will be asked to meet in the Winners Circle for judging. Winners will be announced immediately. Prizes will be as follows:

  • Our grand prize receives $150 cash voucher
  • 1st place in each category receives $100 cash voucher
  • 2nd place in each category receives: $50 Cash Voucher

Derby Dog Dash – Saturday, October 14

Have a small dog that you think is fast? Enter them into the Annual Derby Dog Dash on Saturday, October 14 for the chance to win cash prizes and, of course, bragging rights. Register your dog here: www.derbydogdash.com by clicking the "Enter Your Dog" tab on the top left corner of the homepage. Then, select the "Big Fresno Fair- October 14, 2017" race and enter information about the dog racing and owner. 

Bulldog Stakes Race – Sunday, October 15

Join the tradition and win! Wear red to the races on Sunday, October 15 to celebrate our very own Fresno State Bulldog’s. If you wear red you will be entered to win cash prizes during the Bulldog Stakes Race! 

Ultimo Jaripeo del Ano – Sunday, October 15

We're finishing off this year's Big Fresno Fair with a must-see rodeo, Spanish musicians and more at the Ultimo Jaripeo del Ano! Starting at 7:30 p.m., enjoy an array of performances by El Fantasma, Voz de Mando, Kanales and Los Austeros de Durango. Limited pre-sale tickets are available for $38 at the Rainbow Ballroom in Fresno, Joyeria Herreras in Selma and Dinuba, El Caporal in Fresno and Tony's in Madera. Regular priced tickets are $60.