Summer Fun

Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Marin County Fair brings fun and entertainment to the masses while continuing its tradition of leaving a small footprint.


Last year, as a result of the coordinated efforts of Conservation Corps North Bay, Marin Sanitary Service and Revolutionary Green, the Marin County Fair set a waste diversion record for being the “Greenest County Fair on Earth.” After the fair, the compostable products were taken to the Marin Sanitary Service bio cell in San Rafael, where they were cured and turned into usable compost. Marin Sanitary plans to bring the finished compost back to the fairgrounds, where it’ll be used for landscaping and planter beds. Here are the 2015 green numbers.

105,000 GUESTS



80 tons of compost

94% of waste diverted

Exhibits for Everyone

With close to 100 competitive exhibition categories and many classes within those, there’s a chance for all entrants to try their hand at winning that blue ribbon. Are your homemade brews worthy of a prize? Or do your films have a future at Cannes? Check out some of this year’s entries to see how you measure up; these are some of our favorites.

Marin Landscape Comfort Food Fireworks
Best Faces of Marin Perfect Poultry Fair Food
Urban Marin Scene Say Cheese! Ferris Wheel


In 1925, the first Marin County Fair and Harvest Festival was held on a large property at the corner of Redwood Highway and Grant Avenue in Novato. This year, from June 30 to July 4, the Marin County Fair celebrates its 75th (nonconsecutive) year with the aptly named theme “What a Ride!” This year’s festivities, happening at the Marin Center and Fairgrounds in San Rafael, include musical acts the Wallflowers, Kool & the Gang and Foreigner, plus nightly fireworks, a slew of competitive exhibits, a global marketplace with products and services from around the world, over 20 rides and more. Take in the spectacle, bring your family and enjoy the ride.

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