General Information
About the Nevada County Fair

Tickets on sale now.

Dates: August 8 – 12, 2018
Location: 11228 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA 95949
(530) 273-6217
(39.20770, -121.0766) Google Maps
Maps and Directions to the Fair


Hours of the Fair

Wednesday through Sunday—10 am to 11 pm
Exhibit buildings 10 am—10 pm, Sunday until 9 pm
Carnival opens at 11 am daily
Worship Services: 9 – 10 am on Sunday in the Special Events Tent

Daily Fair Schedule


Advance Sale Gate Admission (before the Fair)

Discounted ticket sales can be purchased online here, by visiting the Fair Office on McCourtney Road, or by calling the office at (530) 273-6217. Advanced sale offers available until August 7 at 5 pm. Buy early and save money.

Advance Sale Admission Ticket—$7
Advance 5-Day Fair Admission Pass—$30
  (wristband allows unlimited gate entry for all 5 days)
Advance Sale Carnival Ride Wristband—$25
  (allows unlimited rides, any one day)
Event Parking Pass—$25
  (allows unlimited parking in Gate 4 for all five days of the Fair)


Gate Admission (during the Fair)

General Admission Adult—$9
Senior (65+)—$7
Children (6-12)—$5
Children (5 and under)—Free
Carnival Ride Wristband—$30
  (available at the Butler Amusement ticket booths)
Daily Parking—$6
  (allows one time parking entrance only; no in and out parking privileges)


Services Available During the Fair

Pets–Pets are not allowed on the grounds during the Nevada County Fair, except for service dogs or canines entered in Fair competitions.

ATM–ATM machines are located near Gate 1 at Main Street Center and at Sugar Pine Lodge, near the Pine Tree Stage.

Guest Services–(Lost Children, Information, Lost and Found, Wheelchairs, and Strollers) Guest Services are located at Gate 1 and Gate 5. Lost children services are found at Gate 1. Lost friends and family should also plan to meet each other at Guest Services.  Wheelchairs and strollers can be rented on a first-come, first-served basis at Gate 1. Lost and found items are also located at Gate 1 Guest Services.

First Aid–The First Aid Station is located in the Log Cabin at the arena end of Treat Street. Professional medical personnel are on the grounds during operating hours of the Fair.

Security–Twenty-four hour security is provided throughout the Fairgrounds during the Fair by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. Employees wearing red shirts are equipped with radios and can contact the head of security or First Aid immediately.

Rock ‘n Relax Lounge–The Rock ‘n Relax Lounge provides moms with a cool, quiet room to feed and change their babies. Located in Ponderosa Hall, it is open every day from 10 am to 10 pm.
Diaper Changing Stations: Available in the men’s and women’s restrooms across from the KNCO Gazebo.

Charging Stations–Phone charging stations are available next to Guest Services at Gate 1, and next to the Pine Tree Stage near Treat Street.

Outside Food and Water–Water and outside food are allowed to be brought on the grounds; however, glass bottles, aluminum cans and bottles, and ice chests are prohibited. Small lawn chairs are allowed.

Prohibited Items–Items never allowed inside the Fair include guns, knives, metal objects with sharp surfaces that could be used as weapons, the wearing of gang colors in any manner, alcohol, glass containers, pets, roller skates, bicycles, skateboards, and scooters.

Smoke Free Event–The Nevada County Fairgrounds does not allow smoking or vaping during the Fair on the Fairgrounds, except in designated outdoor areas at Gate 3, 5, 7 and 8. Those who desire to smoke or use a vaping device must visit one of the four designated smoking areas within the Fairgrounds.

Shuttle Service–There is free parking at Nevada Union High School (39.24011, -121.0570) (map). A free shuttle bus runs every half-hour from Nevada Union High School to the Fairgrounds. Shuttle service begins at 8:30 am. The last bus leaves the Fairgrounds at 11:30 pm.

The Gold Country Stage will provide a Grass Valley shuttle bus to and from the Nevada County Fair during the days of August 8 – 12, 2018, with free travel on the Fair Shuttle Service Only (provided through a state LCTOP air quality grant program). The bus will be available in Grass Valley only (no Nevada City bus shuttle) and will depart from Church and Neal Streets (in front of Tri-Counties Bank) starting at 10:30 am on Wednesday and at 9:30 am on Thursday through Sunday. The bus runs every 30 minutes with additional stops at the Pine Creek and K-Mart shopping centers and the Tinloy Transit Center. The last departure from the Fairgrounds leaves at 10:30 pm. Call 477-0103, extension 0, for schedules, pick-up points or trip planning. Additional information is available at www.goldcountrystage.com

Fair Programs–Programs listing all Fair events and maps are available at the gates while supply lasts.


Still don’t see what you’re looking for? Call (530) 273-6217.


As a reminder, pets are not allowed
on the grounds during the Fair.