California State Fair Kicks Off Friday, July 10, 2015 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio The California State Fair begins Friday at Cal Expo. The theme this year is the “Best" of California. Highlights include a showcase of the state's best beers and wines, 11 days of thoroughbred racing and a national drone racing championship. The fair is also conserving water during the drought. The main lagoon has been replaced with a dirt bike stunt park. The California State Fair runs through Sunday, July 26.