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By Kate Gonzales

Do you long for a night in Baja, California, sipping margaritas? How about a downhome evening with friends, dancing to country music under the stars? Or maybe you want to see your favorite team beat their rival. At the California State Fair, there’s a place for everyone to enjoy drinks, dance to great music and have a fantastic time!

Hussong’s Cantina
You don’t need to go south of the border to get the taste and feel of Mexico — just stop by Hussong’s Cantina. Located between the Center Stage and Palm Avenue, the cantina features a deejay playing upbeat Hispanic music until 5 p.m. every night, when a Norteño band takes the stage to play authentic Mexican music you can’t help but dance to. Be sure to grab a Baja-style taco and don’t miss your chance to sip on a real margarita, made with the same ingredients used in the fi rst margarita created in the 1940s.

Blues and Brews
Even if you’re singing along with the blues, you’re bound to enjoy yourself with a cold brew in hand and good friends by your side at the Blues and Brews area, located between the Nature Exhibit and the Kids Park. Catch local legend Mick Martin and his band, the Blues Rockers, Fridays through Sundays, 5 to 8 p.m. Terry Hanck — recipient of the 2016 Blues Music Awards for Best Horn — hits the Blues and Brews stage every night of the Fair from 8 to 11 p.m.

Jack Daniel’s Honky Tonk Saloon
Toss on a cowboy hat and c’mon over to the Jack Daniel’s Honky Tonk Saloon, located between the Horse Arena and the Kids Park, where popular country music will be playing all day. Each night, a live country band will perform to keep the bootstompin’ good times rolling from 6 to 11 p.m.

The Sports Bar
Take a breather from the Fair sights and sounds, grab a beer and watch your favorite sports team on one of the Sports Bar’s nine televisions. The Sports Bar is inside the Coca-Cola Food Promenade building, left of the main entrance gate. We all need a little break and a chance to socialize. Call up your squad and have them meet you at the Fair!

Courtesy of the Sacramento News Review