7 Things You Need to Know if You’re Going to the San Diego County Fair

Planning a trip to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar? Here’s what you need to know before you go!

Because we want to keep your summer stress to a minimum (we care!), we’ve narrowed it down to a list of seven simple things you need to know about the San Diego County Fair 2024.

1. Dates and times

The San Diego County Fair is happening from June 12 to July 7. See the image below for closed dates.

Gates open at 11am and close at 10pm each day. Gate hours are when you can enter the grounds; many activities — like rides and games — stay open after the gates close for the night. Click here for details.

San Diego County Fair

2. Tickets

Tickets are sold by date. Kids 5 and under are free every day. Save on admission and parking by buying at least 24 hours in advance! Purchase tickets here.

Purchasing in person is also an option; click here for details.

3. Join “Let’s Go Retro!” Challenge for an Amazing Prize

Share your memories, and you just might win the ultimate Fair experience!

Dust off those photo albums and shoeboxes full of memories because San Diego County Fair wants to see your most RETRO snapshots from the past.

Share your photos from the 1950s through the 1990s that capture the trendiest fashions, iconic hangouts, outlandish fads, and best of all—the San Diego County Fair…or the Del Mar Fair, as they were called from 1984-2002!

4. Concerts

Toyota Summer Concert Series

As the summer sun sets over the Pacific, the Ferris Wheel lights up the Corona Grandstand Stage at the Fair, hosting the Toyota Summer Concerts Series. This lineup features a mix of classic and emerging artists, appealing to diverse music lovers.

These concerts include same-day admission to the Fair.

Paddock Concert Series Sponsored by Chevrolet

Experience the Party in the Paddock at the San Diego County Fair this summer with nationally acclaimed entertainment promising a great time! Enjoy reggae beats on Saturday evenings and special matinee shows on Fridays at 4 PM.

The Chevrolet Paddock Concert Series is FREE with a same-day Fair ticket.

Most shows start at 8 PM, with Fridays offering matinee shows at 4 PM and Electronic Fridays at 8 PM.

5. Festivals

Inaugural Native American Powwow

Celebrate Indigenous traditions at this vibrant cultural event in the Del Mar Arena, happening on June 30 from 11:30 AM to 8 PM.

Enjoy colorful regalia, intricate dances, drum circles, and singing, each with its own significance. Explore Native American arts and crafts vendors, savor traditional foods like fry bread and Indian tacos, and attend educational presentations on Native culture and history.

This inclusive gathering welcomes everyone to join in and learn about Indigenous heritage and customs.

Inaugural Native American Powwow

Out at the Fair

Out at the Fair celebrates diversity and inclusiveness at the San Diego County Fair, offering a fun and festive atmosphere with music, food, games, and entertainment for all ages.

The Chevrolet Paddock Stage showcases a variety of talented musicians, dancers, and performers from diverse genres.

This community-focused event promotes acceptance and love, welcoming everyone regardless of background, sexual orientation, or beliefs. Join the fun at Out at the Fair on June 22 from 11 AM to 5 PM and celebrate diversity and inclusiveness.

Learn more here.

San Diego County Fair

6. Saturdays at The Sound

It’s Saturday night alright, and we’ve got Saturday night fever! Join us for a theatrical glow-in-the-dark musical experience at Saturdays at The Sound!

These shows require a special $30 admission ticket, which includes same-day admission to the San Diego County Fair—a tremendous value. Shows are all ages and general admission. First come, first served seating. Standing room available.

More info available here.

7. The Food!!!

It wouldn’t be a trip to the fair without the amazing food! Use the Food Map below to find everything from fresh to fried, sweet to savory!

SDCF food map

There is also a series of food events – including beer and wine tastings – that you can learn more about by clicking here.

See you there!

We hope this list helps you, your family, and your friends enjoy the fair!

See you there, San Diego!

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