Come visit the Fab Fair, the 2016 San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, from Friday June 3 at 4:00 PM through July 4th weekend (Monday is July 4th). The fair is closed all other Mondays except for the 4th of July, and closed the first 2 Tuesdays in June (Jun 7 and 14). There will be plenty of Tea Party fun, Star Wars Steampunk, and special deals including Free admission for kids on certain days, and the Best Pass Ever for only $26.
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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.
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 3 starting at 4:00 PM through July 4th 2016 all days except it is closed on some Mondays and Tuesdays. Closed all Mondays except July 4th and closed Tuesdays June 7 and 14.
San Diego County Fair Hours: The fair opens at 10:00 on weekends (Saturday, Sunday, and July 4) and 11:00 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 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.
Parking: Estimated to be $10.00 per vehicle ($20.00 for RVs) in the Fair paid parking 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 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 $16.00 adults ages 13 – 61, Seniors 62+ $9.00, Kids ages 6 – 12 $9.00 (free on Tuesdays – Kids Day), age 5 and under free.
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 the Best Pass Ever - a season pass for 26 days for only $26. Check out their website to buy in advance.
Kids Free - Kids 12 and under are free if they read 10 books, download a certificate and have it signed by their teacher. Hurry before school ends!
Pepsi Pay-One-Price Day - Wednesday and Thursday dates through June 30. 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. Save an additional $5 if you buy through Albertsons or Vons (pepsi purchase required).
Wednesday and Thursday are the all day wristband days, where you pay one price for all rides. Buy your wristband online before you come to the Fair and you can ride on one of their "bonus days" during the first half of the Fair too, a great deal. There are also special online only purchase days. Fore details about the Buy Online Wristband for San Diego County Fair see www.sdfair.com.
Fair Coupons - Save $3 off adult tickets at local Albertsons and Vons stores.
Costco San Diego County Fair Discount Tickets - Check at Costco to see if these packs are available. Last year they were posted online for $59.99 for 4 general admissions for last year's San Diego County Fair. Includes 4 drink coupons, 1 parking pass, 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
Naval Station 619-556-2174 or 619-556-7498
Medical Center 619-532-7255
North Island CWR 619-545-1450
March Air Reserve Base 951-655-4123
Dog Rules: - No dogs allowed except service dogs.
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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