Bring it Home San Bruno

If you are a resident of San Bruno, you will be pleased to know that the popular San Mateo County Fair will return this year. You may know that the San Mateo County Fair is an ideal family outing as well as a one-stop family fun and entertaining day! You can enjoy activities for adults and kids, carnival attractions, tasty food, great concerts, and much more!

So, get ready for some of your favorite fair foods and drinks! A long 87-year tradition, the fair will be officially hosting the return of the famous county fair this year in June.  Keep in mind that the annual fair is held at the San Mateo County Event Center. The fair has helped bring together the local community for competitive events, live entertainment, unique and tasty food, arts and educational exhibits, agricultural and livestock exhibits, magnificent garden and floral creations, and an entertaining, fun-filled carnival for people of all ages.

The fair will follow all county and state health and safety standards and guidelines and will be held from June 5 to June 13, marking the return of one of California’s first huge public events since 2020.

Note that on March 30, 2021, the San Mateo County Event Center formally announced that they would host an in-person fair this summer. The authorities were forced to cancel last year’s event because of the COVID-19 health pandemic for only the second time in its long 87-year history.

In line with the theme of the county fair, the organizers will bring back the favorite traditions of animals, BBQ, pig races, funnel cakes, the Ferris wheel, and carnival rides, along with the innovations to provide a safe and healthy space for the community.


You may know that the history of the popular San Mateo County Fair has a very humble beginning. This community event was originally known as the ‘Little Flower Show’ back in 1926 and was held by the Burlingame Garden and Flower Club in different schools around San Mateo County.

It is worth noting that as the fair has evolved and grown over the years, it reflects and honors the county’s history and tradition while looking toward the future, embracing the important traditions of the community.

Did you know that in 1935, during a key Fair revitalization period, this fair was brought to the new home by the famous Bay Meadows Racetrack, and it currently resides here?

Keep in mind that the show’s name has been changed several times. It was renamed from ‘Little Flower Show’ to ‘San Mateo County Products and Floral Fiesta’ and finally to ‘San Mateo County Fair.’

COVID-19 and Safe Return

San Bruno residents will be happy to know that this year the fair plans to bring back their famous carnival rides, tasty food, and pig races in a safe and responsible way. It is worth noting that they will likely operate at a limited capacity.

For example, outdoor events can be held in the San Mateo County at 25 percent capacity currently to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing. However, you should know that the fair’s official press release didn’t mention the return of beloved nightly concerts.

You may know that while officials were eagerly waiting to bring back the entertainment and fun, the fairgrounds has been extensively used as a coronavirus testing site as well as a new hospital bed overflow site.

Fair officials and organizers have developed various plans in order to adhere to all current guidelines and procedures from the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economic plan. We can attribute the return of the fair to the relatively low transmission rates during the past several weeks.

Get Ready for Fun

You should get ready for the pleasant smell of tasty and freshly roasted sweet corn as well as wafts of yummy funnel cake in the air. You will also enjoy the amazing views atop the famous Ferris wheel. You will be happy to know that traditional and fan-favorite attractions will undoubtedly be present at the fair, such as carnival rides, live music, and outdoor entertainment, food booths, and even the 4-H livestock show.

However, keep in mind that the fair won’t operate on June 7 and June 8. Note that in order to comply with all governmental requirements as well as promote physical distancing, some modifications and changes to this year’s San Mateo County Fair are scheduled and strict timed entry for all the visitors. This will allow the fair to adequately maintain capacity limitations while adhering to the state’s reopening mandates and guidelines.


All tickets to the fair will be sold exclusively online. Also, note that attendees will need to select an available time slot. The authorities will scan the digital tickets at the gate in order to offer a safe and contact-free experience.