Become a Performer at the California State Fair

Thank you for your interest in performing at the 2024 California State Fair! Community Entertainment is a vital component of the Fair. We are grateful that we can highlight performers from around the state, allowing Fair guests to discover and enjoy California talent.

Entertainment Applications for Bands & Musicians and Dance & Performance will be available online beginning January 1, 2024.

PLEASE NOTE: Each year the screening process starts anew, and regardless of your performance(s) in previous years at the California State Fair, you must complete an online application annually.

Bands of all sizes and solo artists performing in any musical genre.

  • Application Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2024
  • Application Notification: Friday, March 29, 2024
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Dance of all kinds, gymnastics, martial arts, spoken word, etc.

  • Application Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2024
  • Application Notification: Friday, March 29, 2024
Apply Now

Before you proceed with the application, please download and fill out the Megan’s Law form. There will be a field in the application to upload and include your filled out form. The media credential application cannot be processed until we receive a Megan’s Law form for all members providing coverage on the Fairgrounds.

While Media Credentials are transferable within a station/publication, each individual planning to use the Media Credential must also provide the proper form of ID. Please have photo copies of all valid IDs, there will be a section below for uploading.

Megan's Law Single Applicant Megan's Law Multiple Applicants

The 2024 Handbook will be available soon.

The Community Entertainer Handbook is designed to provide guidelines for performers and answer most of the questions you may have about performing on the stages at the California State Fair.

California State Fair

Entertainment Department



All applications must be submitted ONLINE. Faxes, walk-ins, mailed or emailed applications WILL NOT be accepted.

Once you complete your online application and hit “submit” you will automatically receive confirmation that your application was successfully submitted and will be assigned an application reference number. Print this page for future reference.

No – unfortunately not all applicants can be selected to perform.

Late entertainment applications will automatically be put on a WAIT LIST.

You will receive an invitation to perform via email. Be sure to list an email address on your application that you check regularly.

No – a basic sound system will be provided; including microphones, mic stands, monitors and a professional sound tech and lights.

No – the fair does not provide a backline. Performers must bring their own instruments.

Dance groups and vocalists singing to tracks must bring all music on MP3 technology, i.e. iPod, iPad, mobile phone. If your music is on a flash drive you will need to bring your own laptop. Absolutely NO music on CDs!

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