San Diego County Fair

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School Programs and
Educational Opportunities

We invite you to participate in the 2016 San Diego County Fair! Whether you would like to enter an exhibit, apply for a scholarship, or take a field trip to the Fair, there are many ways to be a part of the Fair! For more information, please email

Learn while you have fun!

These are some of our suggestions for Educational Things To Do At The Fair [PDF document].


These icons will help you find educational opportunities for:

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Teachers and Schools

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Clubs and Organizations

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Parents and Kids


schools icon clubs iconstudent iconSummer STEAM Maker Festival

Explore the STEAM Maker Festival on June 15 and 16 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM, free with Fair Admission.

STEAM Festival logoThis two-day event, held the same days as the Field Trip Program, will feature free activities including make-and-take stations, daily build challenges, a drama workshop, K-Zone, challenge display area, and more!

Free Challenges: Sign up to participate in a challenge at (space is limited). Challenges include a Recycled Fashion Show, Engineering Recycle, Robotics Competition and more.

Learn more about this festival at



clubs iconClubs and Educational Organizations

There are many ways to participate in the Fair whether you want to be an exhibitor, participate in a one-day contest, or take a field trip to the Fair.

Club Information flier [PDF]



See an Exhibit

Come see classroom and individual projects from schools and youth from all over San Diego County! Entry categories include: art, graphic design, student landscapes, photography, general technology, community service projects, crafts, missions, writing, educational projects, and more.

Exhibit competition information available: Early February
Exhibit deadlines: Late April through mid May. All entry deadlines have passed.
For specific information, visit the webpages listed below:

schools iconBest of K-6 Schools: School projects, kindergarten through sixth grade.


schools iconStudent Showcase: School projects, middle school through community college


clubs iconstudent iconCreative Youth: Individuals and groups, ages 5-17


schools icon clubs iconGarden Show: School and club landscape projects, ages 9-17



schools icon clubs iconstudent iconRead to Earn Fair Admission

Students 12 and younger who read 10 books can complete the Reading Certificate and receive free admission to the Fair!

Reading Certificate, English [PDF]
Certificado de Lectura, Español [PDF]



schools icon Teacher Appreciation Days

Teachers and school employees receive four complimentary admission tickets to the Fair on Friday, June 17, and Friday, June 24. Any employee of a K-12 public or private school, college or university is eligible, no matter where the school is located. Please see the Deals and Discounts page for full information.

Teacher Appreciation Days flier [PDF]



clubs iconstudent iconScavenger Hunt

During the Fair, visit the California Grown Exhibit for a Scavenger Hunt worksheet that will take you through several fun and educational exhibits. Earn a 2016 Fair Theme Patch along the way ($2 charge, while supplies last).



clubs iconstudent iconKids' Day

Fairgoers 12 years and younger are admitted free every Tuesday. Kids' Days feature entertainment and contests that are loads of fun for our youngest guests. Look for updated information on the Kids' Day page closer to Fairtime.



clubs iconstudent iconOne-Day Contests

The San Diego County Fair has many one-day contests. Some are for cooks, some are for crafters and some are for people who just like to have fun. For more information, see the Contests section of our website.



clubs icon4-H Clubs

The Fair has multiple educational programs and opportunities to showcase 4-H projects!

4-H Club and Military flier [PDF]



clubs iconScouts

The Fair has many activities to help Scouts complete requirements toward a badge or earn a Fair Fun Patch.

Visit the Flag Raising page to learn how your troop can raise the flag at the San Diego County Fair opening ceremony and earn a Fair Fun Patch.  

Boy Scout Activities flier [PDF]
Girl Scout Activities flier [PDF]



schools iconPlant*Grow*Eat Program

Incorporate agriculture into your curriculum! This free program starts in the spring with Fair staff delivering materials to your classroom for students to grow their own plants. In June, students take a field trip to the Fair and bring their plant, learn more about agriculture and receive ribbons for their hard work! Open to schools in session when the Fair is open.

The application deadline was April 1
School visits: Mid April to late May
Program dates: June 8-10, 15-17, 21-24, and 28-30.

Plant*Grow*Eat Information [PDF]



schools icon clubs iconField Trip Program

Schools and clubs are invited to take a free self-guided field trip to the Fair. An educational program will include STE(A)M workshops, agricultural demonstrations and more (see below).

The registration deadline was April 29, 2016
Program dates: June 15 and 16, 2016

Field Trip Program Information [PDF]
Field Trip Curriculum: Creative Youth [PDF]
Field Trip Curriculum: World of Horses [PDF]
Field Trip Curriculum: The Farm at Family Funville [PDF]



schools iconSchool Tours

This free program is open to students K-3 and takes place in April. Fair staff will visit your school and educate students using animals, games, puzzles and stories!

Program registration opens: Early February
The application deadline was March 12
Download the School Tours Activity Book [PDF; large file]



schools icon schools iconDon Diego Scholarship

Provides college scholarships to outstanding San Diego County high school seniors who have participated in the San Diego County Fair or other Del Mar Fairgrounds events. For information and the application, visit

The application deadline was March 21.



If you would like to receive reminders on deadlines and other entry information, please sign-up for the Del Mar Fairgrounds mailing list.


Please contact the Exhibits Office at 858-792-4207 or email Someone is available to assist you Monday-Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM