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For Immediate Release
April 15, 2020

2020 Marin County Fair Canceled

Marin Center campus and fairgrounds being used in COVID-19 response effort

San Rafael, CA – The 2020 Marin County Fair: The Soaring 2020s will not take place because the County of Marin has reserved the Marin Center campus and fairgrounds to serve as a vital resource in its response to the COVID-19 emergency.

A caricature of Henri the Rat holding a fiddle and wearing a protective mask.
The Marin Center facilities and offices have been closed since March 13 per the shelter-in-place mandate and Department of Cultural Services employees are deployed as disaster service workers for the County.

“It’s with a very heavy heart that we make this decision,” said Gabriella C. Calicchio, the County’s Director of Cultural Services. “Since 1946, the Marin County Fair has been the premier family celebration in the County each summer. In our fair history, this is one of the most challenging times we have encountered.”

Calicchio said the decision comes after multiple conversations with Marin County Public Health to support the efforts to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We hope to soar into the future with even more resilience,” Calicchio said. “We hope everyone will stay safe and creatively engaged at home and we look forward to serving our community, clients, partners, vendors and fair family through this crisis. We will come together again when our communities are healthy and safe.”  

The next Marin County Fair will be July 1-5, 2021.


Libby Garrison
Marketing and Communications Director
Department of Cultural Services

Marin Center
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6014
Email: Libby Garrison
Cultural Services Website