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An Apple a Day Means One Thing: The Gravenstein Apple Fair is Here

An Apple a Day Means One Thing: The Gravenstein Apple Fair is Here

By Oliver Jenkyns August 10, 2019

The Gravenstein Apple Fair is an age-old Sebastopol tradition that dates back to 1910. Known fondly as “the sweetest little fair in Sonoma County”, the festival is a celebration of peak apple season, which comes around every August.

Along with apple-themed foods—such as apple cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, caramel apples, and apple hand pies—you can expect a wide variety of themed games and contests. These activities are enhanced by the event’s two stages of live music, arts and crafts areas, and local vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry and pottery to honey and charcuterie. As if these attractions weren’t enough to draw visitors from far and wide, all of the proceeds from the Gravenstein Apple Fair support local agriculture throughout the county, making it a true community staple. 

Hang out all weekend long, listen to the bands playing live music every hour, fuel up with a cup of freshly roasted coffee, pick up an artisanal grilled cheese sandwich, and put your navigational skills to the test in the hay maze.

what You Need to Know About The Gravenstein Apple Fair

From decadent apple fritters and apple cinnamon rolls, to classic apple pies and caramel apples, there's no shortage of locally made treats to try at the Gravenstein Apple Fair, taking place August 17–18 this year. Photo courtesy of Jim Noonan/Sonoma County Farm Trails.

Fair Dates

Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18

 

Location

Ragle Ranch Regional Park

500 Ragle Road

Sebastopol, CA 95472

 

Sebastopol Apple Fair Hours

Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Aside from delectable food and fun games, the Sebastopol festival also features a diverse lineup of live musical perfomances across multiple stages. Photo courtesy of Jim Noonan/Sonoma County Farm Trails.

Gravenstein Fair Tickets

Get a jump start and buy tickets online with a credit card.

  • Adults: $15
  • Children (ages 6 to 12): $10
  • Kids ages 5 and under: Free

Or, purchase tickets at the door with cash.

  • Adults: $15
  • Adults who ride bicycles to the fair: $12
  • Seniors (65+): $12
  • Veterans: $12
  • Children (ages 6 to 12): $10
  • Kids ages 5 and under: Free
  • Ragle Ranch Parking: $5
Children of all ages are bound to enjoy the various kid-friendly activities, which include tractor pedal-pull races, face painting, and a petting zoo. Photo courtesy of Jim Noonan/Sonoma County Farm Trails.

Apple Activities

  • Agrarian games
  • Pie-eating contest
  • No-hands caramel apple–eating contest
  • Applesauce-drinking contest
  • Apple-juggling contest
  • Apple pie–baking contest

So block off your schedule, invite your friends, and get ready for a fun country get-together at the Gravenstein Apple Fair.

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