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Deep-fried foods, horse racing, animal exhibits, carnival rides, wine and beer gardens … Yup! The California State Fair is right around the corner, running from July 10 to 26 at Cal Expo, bringing with it a plethora of not only the aforementioned things, but plenty of awesome live entertainment too. Here are Submerge’s five not-to-be-missed acts at this year’s State Fair. All shows are free with fair admission, but you can also purchase tickets to get closer to the stage. Visit Castatefair.org for show information and to purchase tickets.


Paul Rodriguez on July 11:

Rodriguez is an actor and comedian who has been making people laugh for decades. He has been in over 45 films, was voted one of the most influential Hispanics in America and was honored with the Ruben Salazar award by the National Council of La Raza. Put on your laughing pants and come see Paul do what he does best. $12 Gold Circle seats.


MKTO on July 13:

This hip-hop pop duo consists of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller, previous stars of Nickelodeon’s TV series, Gigantic. They describe their album as music for “misfit kids and total outcasts—just the kids we were in high school.” So, bring your dancing shoes (and ears, of course) to watch the awesome performance of MKTO. $16 Gold Circle seats.


Ashanti on July 16:

Ashanti blessed the hip-hop/ R&B scene back in 2002 with her debut song, “Foolish.” From there, she put out instant hits, “Rock Wit U,” “Rain on Me” and her duet with Ja Rule, “Happy.” Come join her and feel good vibes and energy. $12 Gold Circle seats.

Theory of a Deadman

Theory of a Deadman on July 22:

Modern rock band, Theory of a Deadman burst onto the airwaves back in the 2000’s with their singles, “So Happy,” “Bad Girlfriend,” and “Make Up Your Mind.” Recently, they’ve blasted into new territory, completing their first ever country song, “Livin’ My Life Like a Country Song.” Come watch Theory of a Deadman as they display their amazing talent and make you realize why they’ve been a top contender on the Billboard charts. $16 Gold Circle seats.

Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge on July 26:

Country Music Association Awards’ New Artist of the Year, Brett Eldredge graced our eardrums with his number one hit, “Don’t Ya” and “Beat of the Music.” He has been featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, LIVE! with Kelly and Michael and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Get your boogie on and enjoy the last night of the fair with Eldredge’s good looks and beautiful voice. $25 Gold Circle seats.