About Cal Expo

Located in Sacramento, Cal Expo is close to fine dining, retail centers and entertainment venues. Cal Expo is a multi-faceted, versatile venue spanning over 350 acres. Cal Expo features 18 rental facilities, 15,000 parking spaces, an exclusive caterer, and more

Cal Expo hosts exciting events, offers fun for children, and features seasonal attractions including the California State Fair, horse racing and Raging Waters theme park. It is also home to Papa Murphy’s Park, the official pitch of Sacramento Republic FC.

California State Fair


The California State Fair starts July 14 and runs through July 30, 2017 at Cal Expo.

Fair Dates
July 14 – 30, 2017

Closing Night Hours
No handstamps after 6:30 p.m.
No re-entry with handstamps after 7 p.m.
Parking lots will close at 8 p.m.
No admission at any entrance gate after 8:30 p.m.

Exhibits and attractions will close at normal times; however, no new guests will be permitted to enter the fairgrounds after 8:30 p.m.

Main Gate & Blue Gate Hours
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Green Gate Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: Opens at 2 p.m.
Tuesday: Opens at 11 a.m.
Friday – Sunday: Opens at 11 a.m.

Carnival Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – Midnight

Kids Park Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: Opens at 12 p.m. (noon)
Tuesday: Opens at 11 a.m.
Friday – Sunday: Opens at 11 a.m.

Exhibit Building Hours
Monday – Thursday: Opens at 11 a.m.
Friday – Sunday: Opens at 10 a.m.

Monorail Hours
Monday – Thursday: Opens at 11 a.m.
Friday – Sunday: Opens at 10 a.m.

Box Office Hours
Monday – Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Fans can enter the fairgrounds using the Main Gate (via Parking Lots A, B, or C), the East Gate (via Parking Lot D) or the West Gate ( via Parking Lot A).

Plan your day at the fair >>


Parking during the fair $15. Fans can park in lots A, B, C and D (all accessible using Exposition Blvd).

Bicycle parking is available at the Blue Gate, Main Gate and Gate 12.

There is NO designated parking for Papa Murphy’s Park during the California State Fair. Fans attending Republic FC matches are asked to plan accordingly since select lots will fill up fast. Lots A and B are closest to Papa Murphy’s Park, but fans may park in any lot.

If leaving by car after the match, fans may exit via Tribute Road near the Bus. 80 overpass. For fans parking in parking lot A, please exit using the tunnel gate beneath the electronic sign.

California State Fair Map >>


The California State Fair is the new and expanded Fun Zone! Fans may bring all the funnel cake and deep fried goodies the fair offers into Papa Murphy’s Park. In-and-out privileges will be allowed from Papa Murphy’s Park onto Cal Expo Fairgrounds for matches during the fair.

No food or beverages purchased outside of the fair is permitted at Papa Murphy’s Park. No glass, aluminum cans or outside alcohol are allowed. Outside sealed water bottles are allowed at Papa Murphy’s Park.