San Diego County Fair

Del Mar Arena Shows

Each year, the Del Mar Arena features exciting animal and motor sports entertainment, such as horse and other animal shows, Monster Trucks, and much more. These shows are included with Fair admission unless otherwise noted.

While you're visiting the Del Mar Arena, be sure to visit our Community Partners, who will be sharing information about their non-profit organizations at booths set up in the south end of the arena.
2016 Community Partners List [PDF]

This was the lineup for the 2016 Del Mar Arena.

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


Fire Expo photo

Fire & Safety Expo and Firefighter Demo Derby

presented by San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145


This event is a firefighting skills demonstration and demolition derby competition among firefighters from all over San Diego County. This popular event raises funds for an important cause, The Burn Institute. All of the funds collected will go toward fire and burn prevention education programs and support for burn survivors, including Camp Beyond the Scars, for children aged 5-17.

Demonstrations will include an extrication from a burning vehicle and rappelling. The demo derby will be part of Saturday's events.

Mariachi Festival photo

Mariachi Festival

SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2016

The Fair's Mariachi Festival is moving to the Del Mar Arena for 2016, with a day full of lively mariachi music, folklorico dancing, and other attractions. Please check back for the schedule and list of groups that will be participating. Find out more about the Mariachi Festival.

Horse Show photo

Charity Fair Horse Show


The Charity Fair Horse Show has been a part of the Fair for more than 30 years. The equestrian show is a benefit for the Pet Encounter Therapy and Therapeutic Riding programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center, and the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation. The show features American Saddlebred Horses, Hackney and Roadster Ponies, Morgan Horses, Friesian Horses, and Equitation and Medal Classes.

Best Dance Crew competition photo

Best Dance Crew

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016

Professional and amateur dance groups of five or more compete for cash prizes and trophies. Each group is judged on its technical skills, showmanship, creativity, rhythm and costume. Find out more about this performance contest.

Asian Festival photo

Asian Festival

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016

This cultural festival, back for the second year, will bring the best of Asian and Pacific Island culture to the Fair. It features music, dance and martial arts performances, as well as fashion and community-based organizations representing China, Philippines, India, Korea, Japan, Polynesia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Find out more about the Asian Festival.

Del Mar Classic Horse Show photo

Del Mar Classic Horse Show


An equestrian event featuring the excitement of hunter/jumper horses and riders.

Beer Festival photo

San Diego International Beer Festival


Five sessions, 400 beers, one glass. What's not to like? Beer lovers can sample award-winning craft brews from around the world at any of five sessions. For complete details and festival ticket prices, see the SDIBF website.

Mounted Shooting photo

Mounted Shooting Western Competition


The Mounted Shooting Western Competition will bring together distinguished riders from beginner to pro divisions and turn the Del Mar Arena into a mecca of Western realism and traditional Americana. The Roy Rogers Rangers Mounted Shooting Club of San Diego County will produce this fast-paced, timed sporting event which requires high-level riding skill and superb pistol handling. Black-powder-only blanks with a maximum reach of 20 feet are used, so you can be assured of spectator safety. See real cowboys and cowgirls performing cutting-edge mounted shooting with all its flair, precision and energy!

Demo Derby photo

Demolition Derby


Watch as drivers smash and crash into each other, until only one car is still able to move. The derby has two components: the VIP class, and the Fight Against Cancer Demolition Derby.


Terracross Championship Racing


Terracross is raced on a short, rugged course made for only the toughest off-road enthusiast, making it perfect for TV and spectator viewing. Multiple disciplines will go head to head against the toughest, roughest and muddiest terrain. Premier classes of racing include Pro Polaris RZR 1000, Pro Women's, Pro 4x4 Quad and Quad Speeding with Style.

Antique Car races photo

Antique Car Races


Members of the Horseless Carriage Club and Model T Club will compete in the Antique Car Races. Come see this fine collection of historic automobiles!


Vintage Moto X Racing and FMX Demo

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2016


Tuff Truck photo

Tuff Truck Racing: Open Class


Professional drivers compete against the clock in Tuff Truck Open Class Racing.

Beach Buggy photo

Beach Buggy Racing and Street Class
Tuff Truck Racing


Professional drivers guide their beach buggies on a course of jumps and bumps, racing to complete the course in the shortest time. The show also will include Tuff Trucks racing against the clock.

Monster Truck photo

Monster Trucks, Mini Dwarfs
and Jr. Outlaw Sprints

JULY 1-4, 2016

Monster trucks return to the Fair for a series of contests and demonstrations.


ADA seating area is available at this venue. Please ask an Ambassador (in blue coats) to direct you. For special needs or concerns, please contact Amy Billburg at or 858-792-4217.

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