Educational Programs SM Fair
Written by Eliza

San Mateo County Fair to Give Free Admission Tickets to Every Elementary School Student in the County!

SAN MATEO – As one of the Peninsula’s largest non-profit organizations, the San Mateo Event Center & Fair has always been committed to providing meaningful, educational fun for our kids and we are thrilled to bring back several educational programs to this year’s fair.
Since 2017, the San Mateo Event Center & Fair is proud to have given out over 140,000 admission tickets to San Mateo County elementary school students through its “Tickets to the Fair” program.
“Our wish is for kids in our community to have the opportunity to experience this great county tradition and be inspired,” said Justin Aquino, Fair Manager, “That is why the Fair will provide every elementary school student from kindergarten to 5th Grade in San Mateo County a FREE admission ticket to the Fair!”
Additionally, the San Mateo Event Center & Fair offers free school tours so kids can get a behind the scenes view of the Fair. We also provide school buses for transportation at no additional cost to schools. In the past, schools from Daly City, East Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Redwood City, and San Mateo have visited and experienced numerous exhibits including the Domini Hoskins Black History Museum.
To make this program a success, the San Mateo Event Center & Fair asks that principals in every school district in San Mateo County sign up on behalf of their school and students. Parents, be sure to contact your child’s elementary school to encourage administrators to sign up for the program.
The Fair also offers a reading program for any child in the 8th grade and below. This program is available in partnership with Butler Amusements – carnival rides provider – and will award 2 FREE carnival rides for participating students! Information about the program is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
To sign your school up for tickets and for more information about educational programs at the San Mateo County Fair:


The San Mateo County Event Center welcomes over 500,000 attendees annually, hosting huge events such as the San Mateo County Fair and Maker Faire and corporate events, consumer shows, festivals, and community events.
While the San Mateo County Event Center has been limited in hosting most events due to the pandemic, they have played a vital role in protecting our health care workers and vulnerable populations by serving as a COVID-19 testing site, operations hub, and supply center, 250-bed temporary overflow hospital, and vaccine distribution center for the San Francisco Bay Area. To date, the Event Center has hosted our community to receive over 250,000 COVID-19 tests and over 260,000 COVID-19 vaccinations.

The award-winning San Mateo County Fair is the Peninsula’s premier community event for family fun and entertainment. The San Mateo County Fair strives to provide a diverse experience through education, inspiration, and entertainment. The annual Fair represents a celebration of our community’s talent, interests, innovations, and rich agricultural and artistic heritage. The San Mateo County Fair will return June 4 – 12, 2022.