San Diego County Fair
Attractions & Exhibits  

Surfside Race Place

Surfside Race Place, located on the northeast corner of the Fairgrounds, is California’s largest and most luxurious off-track wagering facility. Watch and wager on horse racing Wednesday through Sundays at Surfside Race Place, then Thursday through Sunday at the Paddock Tavern. During the San Diego County Fair, admission to Surfside is free with Fair admission. Just show your Fair hand stamp at the facility for admission.

Free $5 bet on the horse races!

Fairgoers will have the chance to bet on the races for free at Surfside Race Place Wednesday through Sunday. All you do is stop by the Fair kiosks at the Arena Gate, fill out the fast and easy touch screen survey, and you will receive a free $5 bet coupon to redeem at Surfside. (Fairgoer must be 18-years-old; while supplies last; one coupon per person.)

Belmont Stakes Horse Race

WHAT: Belmont Stakes, third leg of the Triple Crown
WHEN: Saturday, June 6
WHERE: Surfside Race Place
PRICE: Included with Fair admission

Get your adrenaline pumping by watching live horse racing at the Belmont Stakes. Fairgoers will have the chance to watch and wager on the last leg of the famed Triple Crown, the $1,500,000 Belmont Stakes, which can be viewed at Surfside Race Place at 3:40pm. This state of the art facility with racing via satellite will offer day and night racing. Admission to Surfside Race Place is free with Fair admission
The Belmont Stakes is a famous thoroughbred horse race run at Belmont Park in New York. It is considered the third leg of the Triple Crown, a series of three races exclusively for 3-year-old thoroughbreds. The initial race of this series is arguably the most famous: The Kentucky Derby. Then comes the Preakness Stakes, followed by the Belmont Stakes, the longest race in the series at one and one-half miles..

Cash in with our $5 free bet on the Belmont promotion. All you do is, stop by the Fair kiosks at the Arena Gate, fill out the fast and easy touch screen survey and you will receive a free $5 bet coupon to redeem at Surfside on Belmont day.

And to top it all off fans can win $1,000,000 in the guaranteed Pick Six! Surfside features over one-thousand TVs, dining, lunch specials, a Las Vegas-style race book, a Sports Lounge, and more.

Visit the Surfside website,, where you'll find the current track schedule, listings of upcoming major stakes races, and information on special events and promotions, Diamond Club membership, and even how to bet!

During the Fair

Summer of Robotics
Another series of events at Surfside will be the Summer of Robotics, several contests and demonstrations of robots and what they can do. For information on this, please see the Student Showcase page.

Among the Fairtime attractions at Surfside are:

  • Big stakes races from tracks around the U.S. each weekend during the Fair's run.

  • Night racing Australia, Los Alamitos, Cal Expo and more.

  • Sit-down casual dining and cocktails in an air-conditioned, smoke-free setting. The Saddle Club is open during the Fair:
    Thursdays and Fridays 11:30AM-3:30PM
    Saturdays and Sundays 11:00AM-3:30PM
    Hours and days subject to change.

Del Mar Bingo

Bingo will be closed during the summer, re-opening on Sunday, September 13. Visit the Del Mar Bingo website,, where you'll find a schedule, information on special events and promotions, and Diamond Club membership perks.