San Mateo Pride

The San Mateo County Fair has designated Monday, June 10 as Family PRIDE Day.

Besides the addition of hopping kangaroos, sweet and savory crepes, and an all-new concert line up at the 2019 San Mateo County Fair, there’s something else new and exciting. For the first time ever there will be a Family PRIDE Day.

In partnership with the San Mateo Pride Center, the San Mateo County Fair has designated Monday, June 10 as Family PRIDE Day. “In conjunction with Pride Month, we are committed to celebrating our LGBTQIA community, allies and family members,” said Justin Aquino, Fair Operations Manager. “On this one day, all children 12 and under will be admitted free, plus there will be free parking, too.”  

“It’s our first time participating in a family pride event at a fair,” said Ivon Hernandez, grant writer and development associate for the San Mateo Pride Center. “A lot of people at the center, including me, were born in the county, and so we are very excited about this.”  


The San Mateo Pride Center will be presenting a resource fair with partnering organizations that are LGBTQ centering and affirming.


“On Family PRIDE Day, the San Mateo Pride Center will be presenting a resource fair with partnering organizations that are LGBTQ centering and affirming,” shared Hernandez.  

Family PRIDE Day will kick-off with a ribbon cutting ceremony outside gate 5 (enter from Saratoga Drive), just before the noon official opening. Ribbon cutting participants will include Dana Stoehr, chief executive officer of the San Mateo County Event Center and Fair, Lisa Putkey, Program Director at the San Mateo Pride Center, as well as community leaders and elected officials. Pride flags will be displayed throughout the fairgrounds. In addition, LGBTQIA and allied entertainers are being sought to perform on the Community Stage, a stage dedicated to community performances.

The special day will culminate with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. featuring Queen Nation, a tribute to the music of Queen. “The lines to see the movie Bohemian Rhapsody late last year are evidence of the timeless love for Queen’s music,” said Dana Stoehr, chief executive officer of the San Mateo County Event Center and Fair. “We are delighted that Queen Nation will bring Queen’s iconic music to our free concert series in June.”

While all concerts are included with admission at the San Mateo County Fair, those who prefer a premium, reserved seat can purchase a Gold Circle ticket. Gold Circle tickets are just $40 and include admission to the fair plus reserved seating at the concert. 


For more information, to learn more about performing on the Community Stage, or to buy tickets, visit sanmateocountyfair.com.