Fairs and Concerts

All the fairs spring up in the summer weather. One of the main events at many County and State fairs are music concerts and this year modern rockers Blink 182 (they have a new album just coming out), 98 Degrees and Vertical Horizon are touring the circuit. Also classic rock groups Styx, Journey, Chicago, Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult, Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon and David Clayton Thomas with Blood Sweat and Tears will be seen on many stages. County rockers .38 special, Alabama and Lynyrd Skynyrd are out on tour, as are traditional country artists such as Dwight Yokum, plus oldies artists the O’Jays and the comic Sinbad. R & B superstars Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle will perform at selected locations. The classic rock and oldies artists are sometimes free shows, being a part of general admission (check with fair for full details, exceptions and remember all dates listed below are subject to change or cancellation without notice). The modern rock acts, however, are always a premium event incorporated into, but separate from the fairs. Tickets for these concerts are in the $30 - $50 range for festival seating.

There are a lot more Renaissance, County and State fairs than we could easily list, see the links at the very bottom to help you find more! You'll also find more information on Renaissance Fairs in our last issue....



Ontario Renaissance Faire, July 21, 22, 28, 29; August 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26; September 1, 2 & 3.
10:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Milton, Ontario, about ten minutes from the Trafalgar Exit off Highway 401, CANADA. http://www.rennfest.com/orf/general/index.htm



Alameda County Fair through July 8, Asleep at the Wheel plays July 2, World Class Rockers (former band members from several touring rock acts have banded together for this one) on July 3. Valley Ave. and Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton. http://www.alamedacountyfair.com/2001fair.html

California Mid-State Fair, 2198 Riverside Ave Paso Robles, CA. Featuring Destiny’s Child, Hall and Oats, Sinbad, Lynyrd Skynyd, Ted Nugent, John Mellencamp. July 25 – August 5 http://www.midstatefair.com/

California State Fair, Sacramento, CA August 17 through September 3, featuring O-Town, En Vouge, Pat Benatar, Jaci Velasquez, Dream, etc. http://www.bigfun.org/html/geninfo.htm

Marin County Fail through July 4th Exit North San Pedro Road off Highway 101 in San Rafael. 11 am to 11 pm. http://marinfair.org/fairfacts.htm

North California Renaissance Pleasure Fare, http://www.recfair.com/NorthernCA/DatesTimesMap.htm August 25, weekends 10am To 6pm At The Nut Tree, Solano County

Old Spanish Days Fiesta in Santa Barbara, August 1-5, http://www.oldspanishdays-fiesta.org/,

Orange County Fair July 13- 29, featuring: En Vogue, Tanya Tucker, Village People, Hall and Oates, David Clayton Thomas, Three Dog Night, REO Speedwagon, etc. http://www.ocfair.com/2001/entertainment.htm

Solano County Fairgrounds – Solano County Fair. 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo, Ca 94589.

Concerts: July 13 – O’Jays; July 14 – Dwight Yokum; July 15 - Ramon Ayala and Banda Machos; July 17 – Vitamin C; July 18 – Patti Loveless; July 19 – Tower of Power; July 21 – Sinbad; July 22 Tex-Mex musicians Little Joe y La Familia and Flaco Jimenez.. Some events require separate tickets from the standard fair admission. http://www.scfair.com/countyfair/concerts.html

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Colorado Renaissance Fare Saturdays and Sundays, through July 29th. Perry Park Road, Larkspur, CO



Illusions State Fair, Springfield, IL, Featuring 98 Degrees, Willie Nelson, Patti LaBelle, Chicago, Bob Dylan. http://www.state.il.us/fair/


Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, IN Featuring O-Town, Kansas, REO Speedwagon, Kenny Rogers. August 8 – 19, http://www.in.gov/statefair/fair/index.html

Swiss Wine Festival, Swiss County Indiana August 23 – 26 http://www.swisswinefestival.org/ Where state roads 56 and 156 meet at Ferry St. Vevay, Indiana


Avalone Renaissance Fair, 3 Bemis Rd. in Hubbardston, MA July 21&22 and July 28&29 2001 http://www.avalonfaire.com/

Boston Harbor Festival, through July 4th, Boston, MA http://www.bostonharborfest.com/


Ann Arbor Art Fair, http://www.michiganguild.org/summerartfair.htm July 18 – 21st. http://www.michiganguild.org/summerartfair.htm Ann Arbor, MI


Minnesota State Fair, feature Vertical Horizon on August 24, Cheap Trick, Poison and Warrant on August 25, Chic, War and Ohio Players august 26, Toby Keith and Lee Ann Womack August 27, Huey Lewis and the News August 28, Cheap Trick August 29 1265 Snelling Avenue North in St. Paul. http://www.mnstatefair.org/


Nebraska State Fair, Lincoln, NE. August 26 featuring Vertical Horizon.

New York

New York State Fair, August 23 to September 2, featuring Aretha Franklin, Journey, Nightranger, The Guess Who, Joe Cocker, Blink 182, 98 Degrees, Vertical Horizon, Styx and REO Speedwagon. New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, N.Y., http://www.nysfair.org/state_fair/2001/


http://www.ohiofestivals.org/07-2001jul.htm Ohio Festivals July

http://www.ohiofestivals.org/08-2001aug.htm Ohio Festivals August


Allentown Fair, Allentown, PA. August 28th into early September. Featured acts include: REO Speedwagon and Styx on August 28; Vertical Horizon, SR-71 and Nine Days on August 29, Kenny Chesney and Lee Ann Womack on August 30; Blink 182 on September 1. These shows require a separate, advanced reserved ticket purchase.

Big Butler Fair, Prospect, PA 16052 , July 2nd 106.7 JAMZ Fest (Lil' Mo, CO-ED & City High), July 3rd Clay Walker; July 5th, Rascal Flatts. http://www.bigbutlerfair.com/day4.html


Webber County Fair August 8 – 11, entertainment includes 60’s theme with Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mark Lindsay and Mitch Ryder. Also performing on August 9th is The Blue Oyster Cult. Golden Spike Event Center, 40 miles North of Salt Lake City, Utah at 1000 North 1200 West in Ogden, Utah. Take I-15 to exit 349 then follow the Fair Grounds Signs. http://www.co.weber.ut.us/FAIR/maps/index.html


Washington Renaissance Faire (Scottish theme) http://www.gigharborrenfaire.com/ August 4th and 5th, and August 11th and 12th Minter Creek Ranch, 10215 State Road 302, in Gig Harbor.


The Calumet County Fairgrounds is located within the city limits of Chilton, WI. Starts August 31

Washington County Fairgrounds, Hwy PV at Hwy 45, West Bend, Wisconsin, http://www.washingtoncountyfairpark.com/

Southern Rock Revival featuring 38 Special, Black Oak Arkansas and Molly Hatchet on July 7th

Washington County Fair. July 25- 29. Tanya Tucker. REO Speedwagon and other acts.

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