San Diego County Fair 2018

Come visit the Fab Fair, the 2018 San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, from June 1 through July 4th  (Wednesday is July 4th). The fair is closed most Mondays. There will be plenty of fun, concerts, shows and rides. You can get special deals including Free admission for kids on certain days, and the Best Pass Ever for only a discounted price.

Updated December 8 2018 by San Diego Beaches and Adventures

San Diego County Fair  - Del Mar Fairgrounds

San Diego County Fair

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There are many things to do at the county fair. These are some favorites each year.

Live Concerts - A variety of live concerts are offered on select dates, including country, rock, and Latin music.

Beer or Wine Festival - Enjoy the San Diego International Beer Festival or The Toast of the Coast Wine Festival.

Animals - animal exhibits include sheep and goat pasture, pig pen, cattle pasture, pets, poultry, rabbits and pigeons.

Old-fashioned contests at AgriFair - Bean bag toss, squash toss, onion toss, prune pit spitting, cherry tomato eating and more. Much more fun than computer games!

World of Horses - Features 20 different breeds of horses. Free behind-the-scenes tours daily.

Junior Livestock Auction - Saturday July 2 will be the auction of these blue ribbon winning animals raised by the 4-H, FFA and Grange kids.

Rides and Games - The San Diego County Fair has some of the best rides. The Fun Zone features 39 exciting rides, and Kiddieland has more than 40 rides for the younger kids. Many games of skill too. See if you can win some prizes at the county fair!

Food - Where else can you get such a variety of food. Can you handle those deep fried fair food?

Exhibits - Exhibits include fine art, exhibition of photography, gems, minerals & jewelry, home and hobby show, creative youth and best of K-6 schools, and student showcase.

2018 San Diego County Fair Information

San Diego County Fair
San Diego County Fair is one of the main San Diego attractions in the summer in San Diego county. Centrally located in Del Mar at the Del Mar fairgrounds, it offers food, rides, shows, animals, concerts and lots of fun.

Del Mar Fairgrounds Address: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, California | Google Map

Phone Number: 24-hour recorded information: 858-793-5555
Del Mar Fairgrounds phone number 858-755-1161

Dates: SD Fair open from Friday June 1 starting at 4:00 PM through July 4th 2018 all days except it is closed on some Mondays and Tuesdays. Closed all Mondays except July 3rd and closed Tuesdays June 6, 13 and 20.

San Diego County Fair Hours: The fair opens at 11:00 AM on most weekends (Saturday, Sunday, and July 4) and noon on most Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday dates. The fair closes around midnight on Friday and Saturday and 11:00 all other nights. Open until midnight on July 4. Some items close early – Kids’ Best area closes at 9:00 PM, World of Horses and The Farm closes at dusk. Kiddieland closes 11 PM on Fri and Sat and 10 PM other nights. Check their schedule for exact times.

Directions to San Diego County Fair: See below | Google Map

Parking: $15.00 per vehicle for general parking and $25.00 for preferred parking. RVs are not permitted in the on-site lots. Free parking and shuttle service is available every day at Horsepark, 2.5 miles east of the Fairgrounds at the intersection of Via de la Valle and El Camino Real. On weekends, and July 2, 3 and 4, free parking and shuttle service is available at MiraCosta College's San Elijo campus and Torrey Pines High School.

Regular Admission Ticket Prices: Admission price is $19.00 adults ages 13 – 61, Seniors 62+ $12.00, Kids ages 6 – 12 $12.00 (free on Tuesday June 27 2017 – Kids Day), age 5 and under free. You can buy tickets online through Ticketmaster for a small fee, or at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (O'Brien gate). You can also purchase at San Diego Country Vons and Albertsons stores through May 31.

Ride Coupon prices can get expensive if you ride a lot of them. If you love the rides, see information below about the all day wristbands.

Fair Discount Tickets and Wristbands -

Best pass Ever - This year the San Diego County Fair is offering a special pass. 26 days for $28. Available online and at the gate.

Kids Free - Kids 12 and under are free every Friday.

Pay-One-Price Day - Wednesday and Thursday dates June 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 2018. Purchase a wristband online or at the Fair that will allow you unlimited access to Fun Zone and Kiddieland rides from noon until 8:00PM. $38.00. Save an additional $5 if you buy Aquafina at a San Diego County 7-Eleven store. For details about the Buy Online Wristband for San Diego County Fair see

Fair Coupons - Keep reading for some of the best deals.

Costco San Diego County Fair Discount Tickets - Check at Costco for some great savings. While supplies last. $76.99 for 4 general admissions to San Diego County Fair. Includes four 2-for-1 drink coupons, one passport to savings coupon book, 1 parking pass, and 50 ride tickets.

Military discount tickets - available for purchase on base only with appropriate Military ID: active duty, dependents, reservists, retirees, and DoD employees. Military discounts are not available at the Fair admission gate. For more information on prices and availability, call or visit a base ticket office near you.

Camp Pendleton 760-725-5805

Miramar 858-577-4141

Naval Station 619-556-2174 or 619-556-7498

Medical Center 619-532-7255

MCRD 619-725-6343

North Island CWR 619-545-1450

March Air Reserve Base 951-655-4123

SD County Fair
Food: You may bring a cooler and picnic inside the fairgrounds, but drinks must be in factory sealed container and no alcohol. There are 6 picnic areas inside the fairgrounds. Also, there are several nice restaurants nearby, such as the Fish Market, Tony’s and Fidel’s Mexican restaurants. And don't forget those outrageous foods that you can only get at the fair, like the deep fried ice cream bars.

Dog Rules: - No dogs allowed except service dogs.

Driving Directions to
Del Mar Fairgrounds

San Diego County Fair Directions: - From Interstate 5 in Del Mar CA, take the Via de la Valle exit and head west (a left turn from the freeway exit if you are northbound; a right turn if you are southbound). Take Via De La Valle to Jimmy Durante Boulevard and turn left. Follow signs and the instructions of parking personnel to Fair parking.

Also free parking and shuttle service is available every day at Horse park, 2.5 miles east of the Fairgrounds at Via de la Valle and El Camino Real. On weekends, and July 4, try the free parking and shuttle service at Mira Costa College San Elijo campus or Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, Calif.

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