San Diego County Fair

Featured at the Fair

Just a few of the many delightful and ongoing performances, events, attractions, and other entertainment featured at the Fair, every day or intermittently.


These were our featured entertainers at the 2016 San Diego County Fair.

Please check back next April for the 2017 lineup, or better yet, sign up for our mailing list and we'll let you know!




Mark Yuzuik, Master Hypnotist

HynotistA popular audience-participation hypnotism show, entertaining crowds at the Fair for two decades. Mark Yuzuik was trained at the prestigious Hypnotism Training Institute in Glendale, California and achieved the coveted title of Master Hypnotist, awarded by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. Learn more at Yuzuik performs daily on the San Diego Showcase Stage at 5:00PM and 7:00PM (except on Thursdays, when these shows will be on the Albertsons | Vons Funville Stage).

Stop Smoking Seminars

Stop Smoking Seminars are performed by resident hypnotist, Mark Yuzuik, on Wednesdays from 3:00PM to 4:00PM in the Grandstand Paddock Lounge. Take the elevator in the East Grandstand (near the Fine Art Exhibit) to the 5th Floor, and the lounge is near the elevator. Free with Fair admission.

NEW! Weight Loss Seminars

Mark Yuzuik will do two hypnosis seminars for weight loss on two Sundays, June 26 and July 3, 2:00-3:00PM in the Sports Club at Surfside Race Place. Free with Fair admission.


Wild West Turkey Stampede

Watch these crazy birds as they chase a radio-controlled truck filled with their feed, racing toward the finish line. You will laugh, but you also will learn a lot about turkeys! Find out more on the Turkey Stampede website, Half-hour shows daily at 1:00PM, 4:30PM and 6:30PM at Family Funville.


SwiftySwifty Swine

You'll get hooked on this delightful show, as cute little pigs race around the track in search of an Oreo cookie reward. Pick a favorite and cheer it to victory! A great Fair tradition; be sure to arrive early if you want a good seat. Learn more at
Daily near the Del Mar Arena:
Weekdays: 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, 4:30PM, 6:30PM and 8:00PM
Weekends: 11:00AM, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, 4:30PM, 6:30PM and 8:00PM


After Six Magic Shows

After Six is a magic show that features a variety of Southern California’s finest magicians. It will take place daily about 6:00PM, between Mark Yuzuik's hypnotist shows.


JackstrawsThe Jackstraws

Join the Jackstraws "Surf" Band each morning as you and your family arrive at the O'Brien Gate when it opens. The Jackstraws have been our "welcome-to-the-Fair" band for many years. With music ranging from Dick Dale to the Ventures and the Beach Boys, it's a summer of fun for all, musically speaking! Include great vocals, and stylistic renderings of the best in "surf" music, and it's a "hang ten" and "Cowabunga" experience for all. Surf's Up! Every day, 10:00AM weekends, 11:00AM weekdays, O'Brien Stage.


Hatter & Harry HareStu and Kazoo

Kazoo and Stu, those wacky theme characters are back – or almost.

This year's dynamic duo will be "Topper Hatter" and "Harry the Hare". They have been traveling in a Steampunk Time Machine, looking for Alice, only to realize that one of them was left behind inside the Rabbit Hole!

Not to worry, though. We're sure someone or something will rescue our friend. So come and find out who's here and who's not, for it's a Mad Adventure here at the Fair. Who knows? Maybe YOU will be the one to locate our missing entertainer.

NEW! San Diego County Fair Theatre Troupe

A band of traveling entertainers will dazzle and enchant you with songs, characters, and mystery! They are 20 student actors from San Diego State University and Grossmont College (many the students of our very own Topper Hatter), who roam the Fair as the Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and a variety of Steampunk folks. The characters perform with the Red Queen in a croquet game, emcee our daily Queen’s Court Costume Contest, and have two shows daily in the "Mad About the Fair" Theme Exhibit. Enjoy this video of the students on the day they put their costumes together, under the direction of Esther Skandunas, a professional costume designer who worked for a decade at Grossmont College.


Tom Griesgraber

The mellow, melodious sounds of Tom Griesgraber's Chapman Stick have been a Fair staple for many years. Tom is one of very few people who have mastered this unusual instrument. He plays at the Fair as a solo act and with others. Check the daily schedules for locations and times.


Godfrey the MagicianGodfrey Comedy Magic Show

Godfrey performs more than 300 shows each year all around the United States at fairs and festivals. He has been a professional magician since 1982. He is very versatile and can entertain on stage or right up close where the magic happens in a person's hand.

He has won many magicians' awards, including the "funniest magician" from the International Brotherhood of Magicians, which is the largest magic convention held in the United States. Other awards include the Danny Dew Award in Manipulation, which he won two years in a row; and Close-Up Magician of the Year in San Diego.

He has opened for numerous stars and celebrities, Weird Al Yankovic being his favorite. Godfrey was featured on a TV show called "Small Town Big Deal" because of his unique shows consisting of comedy, magic, escapes, and audience participation that he performs at fairs. See him every day, in Family Funville; check the daily schedule for times.


Dragon Knights: Time Off

In 1994, Lili Noden was invited to Florida from France to perform the unique style of France's Stilt puppeteering and Street Theater. In 1999, she relocated to San Diego, and founded Dragon Knights, Inc., which allowed her to combine her passions for performance, technical construction, costuming, stilting and coaching.

Dragon Knights Stilt Theater Show performs throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia, integrating puppeteers, stilt performers, acrobats, actors and musicians in dynamic and inspiring performances, incorporating inventive vessels and elaborate costumes, which take the audience on a journey to the very heart of one's imagination.

Look for their latest show "Time Off," in which the clocks of our travelers stopped – they ran out of time! Driving a strange machine and defying gravity, they travel the world to gather your precious time. Don't waste your time; they are coming after it! Watch for them around the Fair.


Circle City Sidewalk Stompers

The Stompers hail from Indianapolis, and their high-energy, choreographed show engages the crowd with a mix of popular tunes including classic rock, jazz, big band swing and country favorites. The Stompers have played at fairs throughout the U.S., at Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers games, the prestigious Great American Brass Band Festival and the Shanghai International Music Festival.

Here, they are a huge favorite, popping up all over the Fairgrounds, and leading the Hometown Heroes parade to the Grandstand on July 4. The Stompers will be here starting June 22-26 and again June 29 through July 4. Learn more at


Abra-Kid-Abra Magic Camp

Abra-Kid-Abra Magic Camp is so much fun for kids! A magician teaches simple magic tricks to kids 12 and younger, with each taking home their very own magic trick supplies. Fridays through Sundays, and also on the two Kids' Days, June 21 and 28.