San Diego County Fair
Attractions & Exhibits  

The information on this page applies to the 2015 San Diego County Fair, which ended July 5. Information on the 2016 Fair will be posted in the spring of 2016.


Surfside Race Place

horse racingSurfside 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, and 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 or older; while supplies last; one coupon per person.)

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.