The San Diego County Fair — or the Del Mar Fair, for those of us that can’t seem to let it go — is set to open at 4 p.m. Friday, June 1 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
This year’s theme is “How Sweet It Is” and promises the estimated 1.6 million visitors a “kid-in-a-candy-store” experience during the run of the fair, which wraps up on July 4.
“Our hope is that this year’s theme will bring out the kid in all of us!” said Katie Mueller, deputy general manager of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, said in a press release. “Our team is working hard on bringing back all of the things people love about the fair, and creating fun, memorable experiences for the whole family.”
Here’s what you can expect from the 2018 version of the fair:
The fair does a great job celebrating all things San Diego. Competitions were held for wine, beer, cocktails and the winners will be celebrated with their own festival at the fair. Other festivals include the LBGTQ+ festival and the Asian community festival. There are a ton more mini celebrations to check out as well. Click Here
Paid and free concerts happen nearly every day at the fair at the Toyota Summer Concert Series on the Corona Grandstand Stage. Headliners include Sugarland, Capital Cities, Kansas, the Fray, Jim Gaffigan and many more. And then there are smaller stages all over the fair where you can catch up-and-coming acts, local groups, comedians and even hypnotists. Click Here
Thrills and dollar bills
If you’re bringing an 8-year-old daughter who reeeeeally wants that giant stuffed Emoji thing … you have to visit the fairs’ carnival games and rides area — and bring your wallet. If you’re bringing the love of your life or a date to the fair, you should probably take a spin on the Ferris wheel right sunset — it’s so-so-San Diego and you’ll rack up huge points.
Ooooh, the animals!
Competitions for area residents are taking place throughout the run of the fair during the Livestock Show. Young farm and agriculture students will be showing in competitions, pigs, rabbits, chickens, sheep, goats, and more. You can tour through the barns to visit the animals — and you can even purchase some of the animals, supporting the young competitors, at the livestock auctions. Click Here
Gooey, chewy, BBQey
You wouldn’t be wrong if you said the main reason people come to the fair year after year is for the food. From the deep-fried to the “why in the world would you ever eat something like that?” — you can find it all at the fair. Apparently, there is a big unicorn-themed food movement at the fair this year … whatever that means.
Our friends, neighbors, and students will be featured at exhibitions and contests during the length of the fair. Everything from photography, art, woodworking, fine art, floral, landscaping home and hobby and more will be on display. It is one of the more low-key parts of the fair, but a welcome break from the madness. Click Here
FYI: The fair will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in June.
To find discounted tickets to the fair, click here.
For more information on the San Diego County Fair, visit sdfair.com.