County Fair San Diego: 2024 In-Depth Guide

Prepare to have your senses ignited as the San Diego County Fair – Let’s Go Retro! is returning to town. This annual favorite comes back with an incredible celebration filled with live entertainment, culinary delights, family-friendly activities, and boundless fun!

From electrifying sights to energetic sounds, this year’s San Diego Fairgrounds events are an invitation to bond with the community and experience Southern California’s vibrant spirit.

Wander through the exhibits that inspire creativity, feast on culinary delights showcasing the food at the San Diego County fair, get that adrenaline aboard the San Diego fair rides, and then groove to the lively sounds played by live bands.

Follow along as we unveil all the highlights of the San Diego County Fair – Let’s Go Retro!

San Diego County Fair Tickets

Note: The San Diego Fair 2024 will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in June. The admission cost varies based on your preferred schedule.

Every Wednesday and Thursday of June & July 3

Adult( Ages 13 to 61 years old): $16 advance; $20 day of the event

Senior (Ages 62+): $13 advance; $17 day of the event

Youth (Ages 6 to 12 years old): $13 advance; $17 day of the event

Children (5 and younger): FREE

Every Friday

Adult (Ages 13 to 61 years old): $20 advance; $25 day of the event

Senior (Ages 62+): $17 advance; $22 day of the event

Youth (Ages 6 to 12 years old): FREE

Children (5 and younger): FREE

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Every Saturday, Sunday, and July 4

Adult( Ages 13 to 61 years old): $20 advance; $25 day of the event

Senior (Ages 62+): $17 advance; $22 day of the event

Youth (Ages 6 to 12 years old):$17 advance; $22 day of the event

Children (5 and younger): FREE

Tickets will be available for purchase online and at the fair. Make sure to book your tickets as early as June 12, as they get easily sold out.

White horses on a vintage merry go round at a county fair

Other San Diego Attractions

Uncover a treasure trove of attractions in San Diego, where every corner holds a unique and unforgettable experience.

Hit these fun areas after the fair to get to know the city more:

San Diego County Fair Events


The vibrant arts scene of America’s Finest City is an undeniable treasure, and the upcoming County Fair San Diego is set to convince you.

There’s an impressive array of exhibits from mixed-media creations, paintings, and more.

Meet the local artists and be impressed by their raw creativity and talents during your visit. Some of the must-sees include the following:

  • Garden Show
  • Design in Wood
  • Flower Show
  • Photography Exhibit
  • Home Made
  • Livestock
  • Fine Art
  • Gems, Mineral, and Jewelry
  • Student Showcase
  • Commercial Beer
  • Commercial Wine

Click here for the schedule and more information. You can also sign up for email updates from San Diego County.

night view of blurred lights and fireworks over the San Diego, California, USA county fair

San Diego County Fair Concerts

A live summer concert series that will keep you grooving and singing awaits at the San Diego County Fair.

Witness as talented artists take center stage to deliver memorable performances. Can’t wait to sway to infectious beats and see your favorite musicians? So are we!

Take a look at the artist lineup and the schedule. Tickets include all the performances.

June 12, 2024

Kolohe Kai at the Corona Grandstand Stage. Starts at 7:30 PM

June 13, 2024

Old Dominion at the Corona Grandstand Stage: 7:30 PM

June 14, 2024

TLC at  Corona Grandstand Stage Stage: 7:30 PM.

June 16, 2024

Pepe Aguilar at Corona Grandstand Stage: 7:30 PM

June 19, 2024

Whiskey Myers at Corona Grandstand Stage:  7:30 PM

June 21, 2024

Kings of Late Night at Corona Grandstand Stage: 7:30 PM

June 26, 2024

Smokey Robinson at Corona Grandstand Stage: 7:30 PM

June 27, 2024

Little Big Town at Corona Grandstand Stage: 7:30 PM

June 28, 2024

Ludacris at Corona Grandstand Stage: 7:30 PM

June 30, 2024

Los Tucanes de Tijuana at Corona Grandstand Stage: 7:30 PM

July 3, 2024

Yung Gravy with Tayler Holder at Corona Grandstand Stage: 7:30 PM

July 4, 2024

Fireworks Spectacular at Corona Grandstand Stage Stage: 9 PM

July 7, 2024

Hombres G at Corona Grandstand  Stage: 7:30 PM

San Diego County Fair Rides and Entertainment

The San Diego County Fair is known for its unexpected lineup of entertainment, and 2024 is no exception.

The Del Mar Concerts fairgrounds will be filled with fun zones, dynamic carnival rides and games, magic shows, petting zoos, animal shows, and more surprises. So, prepare your Del Mar fair ride tickets for the entire family.

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Visit the event’s website to learn more about one of the best fairs in San Diego’s latest updates and its roster of entertainment offerings.

San Diego County Fair Food and Drinks

Ready to go on a gastronomic adventure like no other? Come hungry at 2024 The San Diego County Fair as it brims with an unrivaled selection of culinary delights, showcasing the city’s iconic dishes.

On top of food vendors serving traditional fair classics like deep-fried churros, cheesy corndog, and more, there will be a wine-tasting session.

A man and a woman in sun glasses eating pizza on the Brothels, Bites, and Booze Food Tour in San Diego, California, USA

Parking Details

Wondering about San Diego County Fair parking? Please note that parking is not included with your admission.

If you’re bringing a vehicle, please know that the parking is payable by debit or credit card only.

General Parking: $20
Preferred Parking: $50
Horsepark Parking: $10

Visitors can also park for free at Torrey Pines High School, and shuttle services will be provided to drop you off directly at the West Gate entrance and O’Brien Gate, the fair’s main entrance.

San Diego County Fair – Let’s Go Retro Date and Time

The Del Mar Fair 2024 dates run from June 12 to July 7.

San Diego County Fair Hours

  • Gates open at 11 AM and close at 10 PM each day.

Expect heavy crowds every Friday and Saturday.

San Diego County Fair Venue

Asking about the Del Mar Fairgrounds address. It is located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014, USA.

Experience San Diego County Fair

There’s no better way to celebrate the sunshine season than having a blast at the San Diego County Fair 2024.

From the second you step at the Del Mar Fair Concerts 2024 ground, you’ll be greeted by fun festivities, including live performances, delectable culinary treats, and incredible exhibits.

Don’t just take our word for it; you can browse through previous San Diego County fair photos on their website!

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After satisfying the adventurer in you by thrilling Del Mar Fair rides Ferris wheel, sink your teeth into the delicious treats at the San Diego County Fair, move your feet and groove to the lively beats of bands and solo musicians, marvel at the breathtaking exhibits, and then relish the region’s rich food scene.

Get your tickets now and experience the San Diego County Fair like never before. Meanwhile, you can extend your trip with a vacation package.


Start Date:

June 12, 2024

End Date:

July 7, 2024



City of San Diego

San Diego , CA


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Written by Sara Berden

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