What to See at the San Diego County Fair

San Diego is about to heat up this summer with the largest county fair in the United States!  Did you know the San Diego County Fair draws more than 1.6 million visitors, and for many it’s an annual trip! It’s time to create family traditions and explore the San Diego County Fair, open from June 2nd to July 4th. With the theme “Where the West is Fun” here’s what to see at this year’s fair including festivals and concerts:

San Diego County Fair

Fair Food

It’s not the San Diego County fair without trying the innovative, sometimes strange, but always delicious food options. From deep fried lemonade and fried pizza, to French toast bacon bombs and lasagna sandwiches, you’ll have endless opportunities to indulge the brave foodie in you.

Carnival Rides

Everyone loves a good carnival ride and the San Diego County Fair has something for every type of adrenaline rush. Take it easy in the children’s section to ride the bumper cars or take it to the next level with crowd favorites like The Zipper or Tilt-a-Whirl. Be sure to keep an eye out for promotions, too! The San Diego County fair offers a “Pay-One-Price” wristband option that includes unlimited carnival rides on certain days and hours. You can find more information online.

San Diego County Fair

Exhibit Halls

Explore the many vendors throughout the fair in the Exhibit halls. Get inspired by handy kitchen gadgets or add to your home décor or jewelry collection. Strolling down the rows of aisles is also a fun way to get out of the sun and do a little shopping.

Friendly Contests & Competitions

Witness all of the local talent San Diego has to offer by checking out the many contests and competitions. See who wins blue ribbons from home brewed beer, photography, fine art, gems and minerals and so much more!


Add these San Diego County Fair special events to your Calendar: 

The Toast of the Coast Wine Festival – June 10th

Get a taste of over 100 award-winning wines from the United States and Mexico.

San Diego International Beer Festival – June 16-18

The largest beer festival on the west coast! Purchase a ticket to sample unlimited tastings of hundreds of beers from all over the world, but most proudly, from San Diego’s local craft beer scene.

Distilled Spirits & Cocktail Festival – June 24

Enjoy a refreshing selection of cocktails at this year’s fair. The festival is serving up 100 different spirits and mixers, including some rare hard-to-find bottles.

Summer Concert Series

From musicians like Toby Keith and Switchfoot, to comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Anjelah Johnson, check out the San Diego County Fair’s event calendar. Most events are free with admission.


Make it a family tradition by coming to the San Diego County Fair. Stay minutes away at Villa L’Auberge in Del Mar, or take the train from Carlsbad when you stay at Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, Carlsbad Seapointe Resort, or Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel. Book your summer vacation online or call13 a vacation specialist today at (866) 325-6295.