The California Exposition & State Fair

About Cal Expo

Plans for Cal Expo were inaugurated in 1948 with the purchase of 1,000 acres of land along the American River. Cal Expo remained on the drawing board until the 1960s, when construction began. The State Fair said goodbye to Stockton Boulevard in 1967 and moved into its current home the following year.

Mission Statement

The California Exposition & State Fair mission is to create State Fair experience reflecting California including its industries, agriculture, diversity of its people, traditions and trends shaping its future, supported by year-round events.

Expo Events

Venues as boundless as your imagination.
Cal Expo is a multi-faceted site that hosts hundreds of events each year. Featuring 350 beautifully landscaped acres, an exclusive caterer, 18 venues and an accomplished, dedicated staff, it's no wonder Cal Expo is the facility of choice in the Sacramento region.

Incredible events accomplished daily. Imagine that .
Since it first opened in 1968, Cal Expo has been home to events of all shapes and sizes. With the ability to comfortably host 50 to 50,000 people the facility's versatility and adaptability speaks for itself. A display of our vast experience includes events such as:

  • 1991, 1995 and 1999 Governor's Inaugural Ball

  • Sacramento Jazz Jubilee

  • Cirque du Soleil

  • California State Fair

  • International Sportsman's Exposition

Close to everything. Far from ordinary.
To make our out-of-town visitors feel at home, Cal Expo maintains partnerships with area hotels and can offer special rates for groups attending or hosting Cal Expo events.

We also have an onsite RV Park and are home to the new Raging Waters, a fun-filled water park complete with water slides and wave pool.

Cal Expo is also close to fine dining, retail centers and entertainment venues, so visitors have much to enjoy without needing to rely on personal transportation.

To see even more reasons why Sacramento is the perfect location for your event, take a look at the city profile .

Facility Rental

Whatever the event, Cal Expo has a facility that's a perfect fit and the services you need to make it a success.

Media Resources & News Releases

About the Media Center
The Cal Expo Media Center is physically located in Cal Expo's Administration Building. Click through the following web pages to find out more about our online media resources. For more information, members of the press may contact the Media Center year round by emailing or calling 916-825-0646

Media Center Hours
The Cal Expo Media Center is open to the media during regular business hours. However, we are happy to accommodate media inquiries and requests that fall outside of that timeframe when given advance notice. To schedule an off hours interview or shoot, please contact the Media Center in advance of coming to Cal Expo by calling 916-825-0646 or emailing .

Directions to the Cal Expo Administration Building
From Exposition Blvd, take the East Gate entrance. Follow signs to the Administration Building. Enter through Gate 3. Park in the admin parking lot. Check in at the front desk and request that the Media Center director be paged. Media may show official press credentials to gain access to the grounds during regular business hours. After hours entry must be approved by the media center staff in advance.

Directions to Gate 12
Gate 12 is an alternate entrance to the Cal Expo grounds. Media may opt to use this entrance during off hours or when they need to set up a live truck. All Media access through Gate12 must be pre-approved. From Exposition Blvd, take Ethan Way. The Gate 12 entrance is at the intersection of Ethan Way and Hurley Way . During the State Fair, members of the media may show official press credentials to gain access to the grounds from Gate 12, but only during regular business hours and with prior approval. After hours entry must also be approved by the media center staff in advance or you will not be allowed on the grounds. Whenever possible, a media center staff member will be on site to escort you to the designated location.

Cal Expo Media List
To join our online media list and receive all our press releases and updated information about the Fair and other Cal Expo events, email us at .

Media Credential Form
To request a media credential for the 2009 California State Fair please contact the Media Center at or 916-825-0646 .

Advisory Councils

The California Exposition & State Fair has three advisory councils addressing the areas of Culture, Art and Agriculture. These advisory bodies are established by the Board of Directors to enhance the outreach efforts of the Board and staff in the communities each serve throughout the State; to advise the Board on matters pertaining to multi-cultural, youth, agricultural and art programs related to education, entertainment and other activities at the annual California State Fair; and to support Board objectives to showcase a broad range of activities during the annual State Fair as well as throughout the year at Cal Expo.

In addition to the three councils, the Board may appoint sub-committees to the Cultural Advisory Council when there are more than three interested and qualified individuals from a particular cultural population.

The California Exposition & the State Fair is once again accepting applications for its Cultural Advisory Council. The Council is an established body of multi-ethnic advisors who make recommendations about entertainment and programming for the annual State Fair, as well as year round activities and other related issues at Cal Expo.

Click on the links below for further information and the application.

Cultural Advisory Council Membership Application

CAC Meeting Minutes 5-20-10

CAC Meeting Minutes 6-24-10

Employment & Volunteers

Cal Expo is an equal opportunity employer to all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, or sexual orientation. It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free State workplace. Any applicant for State employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing civil service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

To Visit or Call the Human Resources Office

The California Exposition & State Fair Human Resources Office is located in the Administration Building at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, California 95815. To locate the office, enter the fairgrounds through Gate D, off of Challenge Way, proceed across the two speed bumps and turn right, follow the blue and white signs to the Administration Building, Enter Gate 3, park in the lot to your left, enter the building and ask the receptionist to direct you to the Human Resources Office. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The telephone number is (916) 263-3114 . Job Line Telephone Number is 263-3030.

Cal Expo Seasonal and Permanent Employment Opportunities
CA State Fair Seasonal Employment Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities

Free Speech Activities Information

Horse Racing

Free Parking, Free Admission!
$2 Beer/$2 Wine/$2 Buffalo Wings Per Order (6-8:30 P.M.)!
Two Pick-4's (Estimated Early Pick-4 Pool is $15,000)!
50 Cent Pick-5 (Carryover $1,764)!
Many Superfectas!

POST-TIME 6:05 P.M. (PT)!


With the Late Pick-4 going unsolved on Thursday night, fans wagering on Friday night will have a chance to win a nice amount of money, $15,000 to be exact! more...


Updated 10/28/10!!!! more...

Chomp N Stomp Claws Way To Victory

He was first-over for the second start in a row and Chomp N Stomp won for the second week in a row. more...

Sire Stakes Winners Dominate

After two Sires Stakes this fall, there's no doubt who the current freshmen stars are. more...

Rick Plano Is A Sweep Stakes Winner

Freshmen fillies on both gaits were featured on Friday night in as pair of $15,000 California Sires Stakes, on which the Rick Plano trained Thatssomebracciola and Hi Fidelity took home the honors. more...


The California Horse Racing Board approved the request of Cal-Expo for the allocation of 129 harness racing dates for the 2010-2011 season beginning December 30. more...


Cal-Expo and the California Harness Horsemen Association (CHHA) have agreed to an extended incentive purse program for racehorses that are currently out of state, as well as agreeing to a series of Late-Closer events. more...

Cal-Expo Kicks Off Second Half Of Season

"I'm excited and optimistic about the summer, fall, winter meet!" Those were the words of Dave Elliott, Director of Racing for Cal-Expo, on the second half of harness racing at Cal-Expo. more...

New Whipping Rule At Cal-Expo

Effective August 13, 2010, new rules will apply and be enforced by the Stewards related to whipping. more...

Cal-Expo Gets Remainder Of 2010 Dates

The California Racing Board (CRB), at their meeting in February, awarded the balance of the 2010 harness dates to Cal-Expo. more...

Future Is Bright For California Harness Racing

The California Harness Horsemen's Association (CHHA) and Cal-Expo Board of Directors have both approved an agreement between the two parties that will extend harness racing at Cal-Expo through December 21, 2013. more...



Cal Expo advance

Reduced 15 percent takeout on Saturday Pick 4's; $10,000 guaranteed gross pool on both Pick 4's! more...

Cal Expo advance for Friday October 29

Sophomore filly Sire Stakes head program more...

Cal Expo feature for Friday October 29

Back to the circle for Broadway Victory more...

Cal Expo advance for Saturday October 30

Sire Stakes, Open Pace share spotlight more...

Cal Expo feature for Saturday October 30

The wait is over for Franks Best more...

Cal Expo feature

She's turning into a good Deal more...