This is just a sample of the great free-with-admission activities and entertainment at the California Mid-State Fair. For more free activities and shows, go to

Petting Zoo

Free admission! Get up close with adorable young and small animals like llamas, pygmy goats, pot-bellied pigs, miniature donkeys, deer, wallabies and domesticated goats and sheep. Admission is free every day and feed for the animals is available for $1 a cup.

Robotics For Kids

Have your child be a part of the hands-on activities using scribbler robots that have been programmed by elementary through high school age youth! The activity is being put on by the San Luis Obispo County 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Committee in the Hearst Equestrian Center.

Veggie Art

Albertsons and CMSF let your child turn fruits and veggies into playful objects at Ponderosa Pavilion. Imagine creating animals, vehicles or buildings out of food. Maybe a fun tractor made of carrots, zucchini and red peppers?


Tractor Races

Coastal Tractor provided the Mid-State Fair with pedal tractors where your child can race against others.

Free Concerts

The following concerts are free with paid Fair admission. Seats for these shows are available on a “first-come, first-served” basis and all concerts take place at the Frontier Stage. 

Smash Mouth

Wednesday, July 17

6:30 & 8:30 p.m.

Smash Mouth’s debut album “Fush Yu Mang” was certified Double Platinum and set the table for what most consider their masterpiece, 1999’s brilliant follow-up album “Astrolounge.” Boasting three top-ten hits (“All-Star,” “Then The Morning Comes,” and “Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby”), sales for “Astrolounge” are nearly double those for their debut, approaching Quadruple Platinum status. Smash Mouth’s third album featured the ecstatic first single “Pacific Coast Party” and the smash hit “I’m A Believer.”

Mason Ramsey

Tuesday, July 23

6:30 & 8:30 p.m.

At only 12 years old, Mason Ramsey is a viral sensation after a video of him yodeling surfaced on social media. As one of the biggest Country stars today, Ramsey has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, Coachella and Stagecoach, as well as scoring a tour with Chris Lane and Las Vegas residency with Florida Georgia Line at the Planet Hollywood in December 2018. Hot off his first, sold out headlining tour, Mason released his new, original song, “Twang,” accompanied by a music video. The internet has fallen in love with the singer as evidenced by his 1.9 million followers on Instagram. With his families support, the young star hopes to become “the Steph Curry of Country Music.”

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