2018 MARIN COUNTY FAIR GEARS UP FOR FIVE DAYS OF NON STOP FUN, ENTERTAINMENT AND JOY
JUNE 30 – JULY 4TH 11am – 11pm
Looking for some great shows this upcoming week? Well, the Marin County Fair has you covered! The fair is full of non stop fun, entertainment and great concerts! This year’s fair is themed All For One & Fun For All and there is plenty of fun to go around. The fair will kick off summer with five fun filled days for fans of all ages. Check out the news below:
Highlights include nightly fireworks over the beautiful lagoon, headline entertainment, carnival rides, barnyard & petting zoo, and unique creative exhibits all topped off with a delicious variety of foods and refreshing treats and beverages. The Fair opens on SATURDAY, JUNE 30TH and runs through WEDNESDAY, JULY 4TH. Tickets are available online and at the entrance. A small service fee applies. For more information including headline entertainment visit the Marin County Fair website.
“Our theme this year ‘All For One | Fun For All’ is an opportunity to celebrate everyone in our community. It was created to showcase the best of what we each have to offer, whether a community poem, a 5th grader’s art project, an amazing hip hop dancer, a grandmother’s award-winning quilt or three generations of a family working on an “art in the spot” project,” said Director of Cultural Services Gabriella C. Calicchio. “At the Fair we don’t care what your country of origin is, what color skin you have, what your religious or political beliefs are, we care about creating a safe space for everyone to leave their worries behind and have FUN!”
Some of the biggest names in entertainment will grace the county fairgrounds during the Fair.
SATURDAY, JUNE 30TH 7:30 pm MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
SUNDAY, JULY 1ST 7:30 pm BEACH BOYS
MONDAY, JULY 2ND 3:00 pm ORPHEUS
MONDAY, JULY 2ND 7:30 pm EDDIE MONEY
TUESDAY, JULY 3RD 3:00 pm PETTY AND THE HEARTSHAKERS
TUESDAY, JULY 3RD 7:00 pm LOS LOBOS
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4TH 3:00 pm MATT JAFFE
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4TH 7:30 pm LEANN RIMES
Saturday, June 30, 7:30 pm.
Michael Franti is a musician, humanitarian, and filmmaker who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Franti believes in using music as a vehicle for positive change and is revered for his hi-energy live shows, inspiring music, and worldwide philanthropy efforts. Once an outlier in his message of positivity-minded political consciousness, Franti has found that message gaining momentum in the mainstream in recent years, a phenomenon that compelled him to push his artistry even further, stating “I feel a deeper sense of purpose in music today than I ever have in my career. My goal is to make the most inspiring music I possibly can for this intense, crazy and wonderful time we’re all living in.” He is currently writing and recording his 10th studio album with A-list producers which is due out in 2018.
Sunday, July 1, 7:30 pm.
The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten, continue the legacy of the iconic American band. The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 sold-out shows a year, ranging from sundrenched summer festivals to gala New Year’s celebrations and special events across the globe. Recently, The Beach Boys celebrated the 50th anniversary of the hit “Good Vibrations,” which is widely considered one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of rock and roll. The band commemorated this prolific time in the life of the Beach Boys with a 50 Years of Good Vibrations tour.
Monday, July 2, 3:00 pm.
Orpheus, the seminal soft rock band best known for their 1968 hit song, “Can’t Find the Time,” is back with original members Bruce Arnold, Elliot Sherman, Howie Hersh, and the legendary Bernard “Pretty” Purdie. Four classic albums and five singles released between 1967 and 1971 put the Massachusetts-based group on the map and their unique brand of sophisticated pop earned the admiration of fellow artists such as Laura Nyro, Miles Davis, Elvis Costello, and Hootie & the Blowfish. In 2000, Hootie covered “Can’t Find The Time” for the soundtrack to the Farrelly Brothers’ comedy Me, Myself & Irene, starring Jim Carrey. This special performance will feature the band playing their most memorable songs including new material from a forthcoming album.
Monday, July 2, 7:30 pm.
Eddie Money burst onto the scene with his eponymous debut album in 1977. Fans immediately fell in love with Money’s sound, and the album, which went double platinum, featured hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Money followed the success of his debut album with a stream of Top 40 hits, as well as some of the era’s most creative videos for songs like “Think I’m in Love” and “Shakin.” In 1986, Money released Can’t Hold Back, which featured the classic, Grammy-Nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight.” The song reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went platinum and featured the hit “I Wanna Go Back.”
PETTY AND THE HEARTSHAKERS
Tuesday, July 3, 3:00 pm.
Always hearing how he resembles Tom Petty, and after being pushed by his peers in 2016 to start a tribute band, Dan watched the ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream documentary. He began to strongly identify with Mr. Petty the artist, developing a deep regard for him and his work. The day we all lost Tom was a very tragic one. Dan now seeks to keep his music alive and respectfully channels him in his own personal way.
Tuesday, July 3, 7:30 pm.
One of the most acclaimed American bands of the 1980s and ’90s, Los Lobos were seasoned musical veterans with nearly 15 years of experience under their belts when they scored their first hit in 1987 with a cover of Richie Valens’ “La Bamba.” Though their time as pop stars was short, the group—who enjoyed calling themselves “just another band from East L.A.”—won over critics and a legion of loyal fans with their bracing mixture of rock, blues, Tex-Mex, country, R&B, and Mexican folk sounds, with the band’s sound ranging from gentle acoustic ballads to the outer limits of experimental rock. While often cited as one of the great bands of Latino Rock, Los Lobos’ eclectic sound in fact defined them as a vital example of America’s cultural melting pot.
Wednesday, July 4, 3:00 pm.
Matt Jaffe is a rock & roll singer/songwriter from San Francisco. Cutting his teeth on countless open mics around the Bay Area, Matt started taking music (a little bit) more seriously when Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads offered to produce his first record. Since then, Matt has continued to churn out more songs than he can remember the words to, oversaturate the market with gigs (opening for the likes of Mavis Staples, Jackie Greene and Blues Traveler), and collaborate with the likes of Chuck Prophet and Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T’s. With his band, Matt has played stages across the country, including The Fillmore, The Troubadour, and Irving Plaza. Fresh off the release of his second LP, California’s Burning, Matt Jaffe is already back in the studio, street-teaming with the best of them to bring the guitar gospel back to the masses..
Wednesday, July 4, 7:30 pm.
LeAnn Rimes is an internationally multi-platinum selling acclaimed singer and ASCAP award-winning songwriter. She recently inked a worldwide deal with RCA UK who released her 16th studio album, Remnants on Feb.3, 2017. The album dropped on February 3, 2017 in the U.S. and debuted at # 4 on Billboard’s Independent Album Chart and peaked at #3 on iTunes ® overall charts in its first week. The first single released in the U.S. was “Long Live Love”, which has peaked at # 1 on Billboard’s Dance Chart and held the #1 spot for multiple weeks. Her second dance single “LovE is LovE is LovE” topped the Billboard Dance Chart at # 1 shortly after it’s debut, making this her 3rd career #1 dance chart-topper. And most recently, Rimes released her third installment of her trilogy of love with her latest dance single, “Love Line.”
2018 FAIR HIGHLIGHTS:
- 28 Free Carnival Rides featuring 10-story Giant Ferris Wheel and Solar Carousel from Butler Amusements.
- Nightly Fireworks over the lagoon at 9:30 pm.
- 48th Annual International Short Film and Video Festival in the 300-seat Showcase Theater at 5 & 7 pm daily.
- Attractions for the entire family: Something Ridiculous comedy juggling duo, Golden Gate Garrison — 501st Legion, Stilt Circus and Rawhide Express Train.
- Over 12,000 Exhibits including Fine Arts and Crafts with over 1,000 works of art from painting to mixed media, sculpture and jewelry; decorated flags & banners; Art Chairs, Cartoons; Global Photography; Bonsai; Home Arts; Baked Goods & Culinary Contests from around the world; Junior Arts; Gardens and Flowers.
- Barnyard with farm animals, Great American Pig Races & Petting Zoo, Fur & Feathers Tent, Vaulting, Junior Dairy Cattle Show, Sheep Dog Trials, Junior Dairy Goats and Classic Beef Show, Market Swine Show and Pygmy Goats.
- Three Twins Solar Stage features popular contests: Hip Hop and Break Dance, Dancing Stars, Singing Stars and “Star Search” Performing Arts Competitions.
- Green Room Gallery – artful shopping featuring one-of-a-kind locally produced gifts and a chance to meet some of Marin County’s top artisans who will showcase unique jewelry, textiles, home accessories and quality crafts.
- Global Stage in the Exhibit Hall – fifteen performances representing the diverse cultures of the world and the Bay Area. Oaxacan flute, Brazilian berimbau, Japanese shakuhachi, and Peruvian cajon. Learn to dance Bollywood style, samba, or Persian beshkan (snap). Student poets from ForWords, a community poem activity and much more.
- Augmented and virtual reality activities – explore an immersive visual experience and help create a universe using augmented and virtual reality tools. Collect temporary tattoos that unlock secrets while exploring the Fair with the ARMaze app downloaded to your smartphone.
The award-winning Marin County Fair combines the red, white and blue of America’s history with the green of American’s future in sustainability by integrating environmental stewardship at the Fair. From renewable energy, waste diversion, energy efficiency, and water conservation in partnership with over a dozen public agencies, non-profit organizations and companies who support the ongoing efforts of the Fair to incorporate sustainable business practices, the Marin County Fair is proud to be “The Greenest Fair on Earth!”