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Opening Day at the San Diego County Fair is June 12, 2024

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San Diego County Fair 2024


The San Diego County Fair opens Wednesday June 12, 2024, just a few weeks from now.


As one of the nation’s largest fairs, the San Diego County Fair runs through July 7th. Gate hours are 11 am to 10 pm daily Wednesdays through Sundays. Some activities and rides remain open after the gates close for the day


The San Diego County Fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.


Each year the San Diego County Fair has a theme, and this year it’s “Let’s Go Retro!”  So get out and enjoy the outdoors and all the fair has to offer.


The Del Mar Fairgrounds are famous for a wide range of events during the year, including trade expos and concerts. In addition to the County Fair, the fairgrounds may be best known for Thoroughbred Racing Season. Stay tuned for updates on the 2024 horse racing season.


The Del Mar Fairgrounds are right off the I-5 Freeway (at the Via de la Valle exit), at 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard. Call (858) 755-1161 for more information.



Plan on plenty of food concessions, shopping, games, rides, competitive exhibits, animals, live concerts, and more. And of course lots of people, too.


There’s a great line-up for the Toyota Summer Concert Series at the grandstand center stage.


And of course there will be fireworks on July 4th! They can be seen from a distance so you won’t need to be at the fair itself to enjoy them.


Tickets can be purchased in advance online and vary in price. Keep in mind ticket sales will be limited each day and may sell out, so don’t delay. A limited number of tickets will be available at the gate (no cash) but why not save time and buy in advance. Plus you save money buying beforehand.


Parking at the fairgrounds is limited; general parking is priced at $20 per vehicle, and $50 for preferred parking. There are off-site parking options, too, with shuttles. Learn more about parking and buy parking passes.


You can expect heavier traffic around the fairgrounds, on nearby side roads, the Coast Road/Route 101, and in particular on the 5 freeway near the Via de la Valle exit during the fair.


2024 San Diego County Fair

2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard

Del Mar, California

“Where the Turf Meets the Surf”

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Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jeff Dowler, CRS What a fun time can be had by all 

May 20, 2024 05:47 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

It's a very popular event Hannah Williams  although we have not been in years. It's the peak of the summer season for many.


May 20, 2024 07:29 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jeff- I remember when I was in the Brownies...our troop went to the Dallas County Fair. These are so much fun!!!!  

May 20, 2024 07:05 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

That must have been fun Kathy Streib It's a very popular late spring/summer event here. We used to take our kids to the big fairs when they were growing up!


May 20, 2024 07:32 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I noticed that certain region of the country have their fairgrounds open earlier or later, depending on where you are. I love them all, though! :)

May 20, 2024 07:18 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

It's that time of year Laura Cerrano with lots of fairs I suspect around the country over the next few months.


May 20, 2024 07:31 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Jeff Dowler, CRS the San Diego County Fair is a great fun event to attend. Enjoy the Fair. 

May 20, 2024 08:27 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks John Pusa  There are certainly many who attend this Fair every year. Not sure we will get there this year.


May 21, 2024 10:01 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff Dowler, CRS  it has been decades since I have been to a Faire... if memory serves me right before I met Diane and that was 29 years ago.... nevertheless I had a great time and still remember it fondly:)Endre

May 20, 2024 09:00 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

It's been a long time for us as well Endre Barath, Jr. at least since the kids were little back in Boston and in Minnesota.


May 21, 2024 10:06 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jeff. Have not been to a county fair since living in Martin County, Florida in the early 90's. It was a great experience. Enjoy if you go.

May 21, 2024 04:34 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks for stopping by Wayne Martin 

It's been about that long for us, too. I am not a big fan of the crowds!


May 21, 2024 10:08 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I remember going to our state fair as a kid, but as an adult, it didn't seem to be as fun, haha.  I think I get to go to the Minnesota State Fair later this year, I have heard it is quite the big deal.

May 21, 2024 05:12 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Sounds like a fun time Brian England  We took our daughters to the MN State Fair one yer when we lived year ages ago. It was lots of fun as  I recall.


May 21, 2024 10:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Jeff. County Fairs like yours are a very big deal in many places. Bob "RealMan" Timm writes annually about the one in North Dakota. I know there's a big one in North Carolina (not that I've ever been). Enjoy the San Diego Fair is you go.

May 21, 2024 05:22 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

They do seem to be a big deal around the country Nina Hollander, Broker  I've seen Bob's posts about the ND Fair.

While we have been to fairs in the past with the kids when they were young we haven't been in a long time. No plans to go this year either.


May 21, 2024 10:19 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Jeff Dowler, CRS as Nina Hollander, Broker pointed out I love covering our State Fair which just so happens less then a mile from my home. I really love the fair and often spend more than a day there. The North Dakota State Fair is the largest gathering in the State of ND. I also enjoy little county fairs but they are getting more rare all the time.

May 21, 2024 07:42 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Bob "RealMan" Timm  How fortunate to have the Fair so close to your home, especially since you enjoy attending - good for you! I assume you will be there later this year, too?


May 21, 2024 10:23 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

You have assumed correctly Jeff Dowler, CRS . I usually purchase a 10 day pass. If I go 3 times it pays for it self.

May 21, 2024 10:47 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff our fairs are mainly in the Fall, and even though it is not good for me, I enjoy all the grease food.

May 21, 2024 02:22 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi George Souto 

No doubt there are plenty of people who enjoy all the greasy food. I am able to resist!


May 22, 2024 04:11 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Back in IN, our county fair had a 4-H focus. So enjoyed walking through the various tents and seeing all the efforts from the young people.

May 21, 2024 06:24 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

That must have been fun to observe Leanne Smith. What a great opportunity for young people at the county fair.


May 22, 2024 04:15 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Jeff,

What a fun event! Way to get the word out about the  the San Diego County Fair and love their theme this year...“Let’s Go Retro!” 

May 22, 2024 05:28 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you Dorie Dillard Austin TX  It WOULD be fun to see how the theme is portrayed around the fair.


May 22, 2024 07:52 PM