The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is nestled on 22 oak-studded acres located in the city and county of Monterey. The Monterey County Fair & Event Center consists of eight buildings of varying sizes, two outdoor music arenas and a horse show arena.The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is host to two outdoor arenas. The larger arena comfortably seats 5,850 and our other arena seats 2,000. Our larger arena is home to: Monterey Jazz Festival, four major Horse Shows, Fair Headline Acts, and many more events.The Monterey County Fair & Event Center has seven buildings available to rent for special events. The buildings range from 400 to 7,100 square feet and can accommodate 20 to 1,000 people. The Turf Club is decked in oak and brass with a huge stone fireplace and an open patio with heaters.The Satellite Horse Racing Facility is active year-round. It offers "at track" odds and payouts from Golden Gates Fields, Santa Anita, Del Mar, Cal Expo and Woodbine.
Fairs have been held in the Monterey County since 1935
The arenas have hosted some of the finest musicians in history: Duke Ellington, Billy Dean, Carlos Santana, Dave Brubeck, Sarah Vaughn, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.
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