Santa Barbara Fair+Expo “Double Thrill Double Fun”

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Date & Time

Thu, Apr 25 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fri, Apr 26 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Sat, Apr 27 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Sun, Apr 28 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Fri, May 03 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Sat, May 04 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Sun, May 05 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Address (map)

3400 Calle Real

Venue (website)

Earl Warren Showgrounds

Santa Barbara Fair & Expo proudly introduces its first-ever two extended weekends extravaganza, themed “Double Thrill Double Fun” taking place on Thursday, April 25th to Sunday, April 28th, and Friday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 5th, 2024, at Earl Warren Showgrounds. Discount pre-sale entry and unlimited one-day carnival ride tickets are on sale until 10 PM Wednesday, April 24, 2024. There is plenty of parking at La Cumbre Middle School & Bishop Diego High School then ride the FREE trolley to the fair.

Immerse yourself in the excitement of this inaugural event, where the showgrounds will come alive with the sights and sounds of a thrilling world of heart-stopping carnival rides that promise an adrenaline-pumping adventure for daredevils. Little ones can enjoy a magical experience in a dedicated kiddie ride and games area, designed for our younger fairgoers. Journey through the enchanting atmosphere of classic midway games, where laughter and friendly competition fill the air. Enjoy the entertainment, creative exhibits, adorable farm animals, live music, magic, hypnotism, and delicious fair food. The fair promises non-stop fun and entertainment throughout both weekends.

Mark your calendars for a double dose of excitement on four days from April 25th-28th, and three days from May 3rd-5th, 2024. “Double Thrill Double Fun” embodies the energy, joy, and sense of adventure the Santa Barbara Fair & Expo aims to deliver —a seven-day extravaganza filled with thrills, laughter, and family-friendly fun. Come and enjoy the rides, farm animals, exhibits, performances, and most of all your friends and neighbors as we all come together for Santa Barbara’s annual premiere signature event!

ENTERTAINMENT for all ages at the Déjà Vu and Take 2 stages!

Live music and dancing, local and professional entertainers will be on the schedule every day. Below are just a few of our fan-favorite entertainers.

The Magic of Frank Thurston – Mr. Thurston is a performing member of the world-famous Hollywood Magic Castle. His shows are interactive, fun-filled, laughter-packed FAMILY-COMEDY MAGIC Shows for ALL to enjoy!

America’s funniest Hypnotist James Kellogg, Jr. helps audience members find their inner Superstars in his delightful Comedy Hypnosis show. The sixty-minute show is a fast-paced blend of comedy, music, and audience antics. You will laugh hysterically as James takes audience volunteers on a guided tour through their imaginations with HILARIOUS results! This show takes entertainment to a whole new level! Throughout the day, our roaming entertainers will keep you entertained for hours!

Arty Loon is a creative balloon artist. Adults and children will be amazed at his creativity. The Wilder Show is a unicycle-riding juggler with the greatest smile on the West Coast. The fair is not a fair without the adorable Racing Pigs – several shows all day long. You can feed the animals at the petting zoo.


Millner’s Family Kung-Fu

Dance Unlimited


Santa Barbara Cheering

LIVE BANDS in alphabetical order

Adaptive Frequencies


Brittney & The B-Sides

Buddy Greenbloom & the Gothic Cowboys


Francesca Jule

Girl Dad

Hippy Cholo



Liquid Blanket

Luis Medrano

Marika and the Ohms

Pink Envy

Poppy Harlo

Pretty Cheeky



Ruby & The Thorns

Sabrina Elyzabeth

Sade Champagne

Tequila Mockingbird

The Goodlanders

The Radar

The Rued

The Tearaways

Thunder Rose



Tyler McCutchen

Ukulele Jim

Vassal States




4/25 Thursday: Gates Open 4pm – 9pm – Carnival Closes 10pm

4/26 & 5/3 Friday: Gates Open 4pm – 10pm – Carnival Closes 12am

4/27 & 5/4 Saturday: Gates Open 11am – 10pm – Carnival Closes 12am

4/28 & 5/5 Sunday: Gates Open 11am – 9pm – Carnival Closes 10pm



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