Painless Ways to Get to the L.A. County Fair

Read this before schlepping to Pomona

Screen shot 2015-09-02 at 5.10.34 PMThe LA County Fair kicks off on Friday at the Pomona Fairplex, with the requisite farm animals, carnival rides, fried treats (deep-fried cheeseburger, anyone?), and musical performances that include everybody from the Beach Boys to Patti LaBelle.

Unfortunately, the Fairplex is over 32 miles east of downtown L.A., meaning it’s no easy jaunt. A good option for getting there, at least on the weekends, is through Metrolink. The commuter train line is offering a special Fairplex-adjacent station on weekends, with transit passes for only $10. A Metrolink ticket will also land you a hefty discount on admission—instead of paying $20 on Saturdays and Sundays, train-riding adults get in for only $12.

So, you want to drive instead? General parking will cost you $15, while valet and VIP parking at Gate 3 runs a hefty $30 (there’s also a “Red Carpet Experience”—yes, at a fair—which includes valet, concierge services, and even wine classes). Repeat attendees can purchase a season parking pass for $60, though you’ll need to head to the fair more than four times to make it worthwhile—the fair closes shop on September 27.

Find more info on the fair here.