Live music, fireworks, fried foods and more will be coming to Pleasanton as the Alameda County Fair returns for its 2023 season starting this weekend.

The fair, which runs Wednesdays through Sundays from this Friday through July 9, will feature nightly concerts, drone shows and rides. Those attending the first weekend of the fair have a chance to enjoy the West Coast qualifiers for Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Saturday at 3 p.m. or take part in “Out at the Fair,” a Pride-themed event set for Sunday.

Attendees also have a chance to win up to $150,000 in the Pleasanton Mile stakes race on July 9. It is the largest prize ever offered for the horse race, which has been a staple of the fair since 1912.

Fair-food favorites like funnel cakes and deep-fried Oreos will return, along with new additions with international flair like Korean corn dogs, boba tea, and musubi rice snacks, according to a news release by fair organizers. For those seeking something not beer-battered or fried, healthy options like fresh fruits and salads will also be offered.

Advance tickets are available through Thursday and run $15 for general admission and $13 for kids and seniors. Gate admission begins Friday with general admission set at $18. Tickets are $15 for kids and seniors, and there is free admission for children 5 and under. Parking at the fair is $15.

Spencer Otte recently graduated from Cal Sate Fullerton, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. At Fullerton, he was the news editor and editor-in-chief of The Daily Titan and covered the 2022 midterm elections, the 2021 Orange County Oil Spill and President Biden’s visit to Irvine. This summer, Spencer was selected to be an editing intern through the Dow Jones News Fund.