San Diego County Fair

Information on contests at the 2016 Fair will continue to be posted throughout the spring. Please check back!


Contest Information

Cook, bake, sing, dance or blow a bubble! The San Diego County Fair has a whole bunch of ways you can show off your talent and go home with a blue ribbon! Some of the Fairís contests require entry in advance, but for others, you can enter on the spot.

We will continue to post information on Fair contests. Please check back, or subscribe to the Fair's email list (scroll down to sign up) to receive notification when information is online.

Competitive Exhibits Contests

Many of the Competitive Exhibits have one-day contests. Some require pre-registration; others are same-day registration. Please see the appropriate Competitive Exhibits website page for more information.

Exhibition of Fine Art
Plein Air Painting Contest and Small Image Contest

Exhibition of Photography
Photo Shootouts

Information on other one-day Exhibits contests will be posted later this spring. Please check back.

Performance Contests

The San Diego County Fair has several music, dance and public speaking contests. Click the contest title for more information.

Battle of the Bands
Bands of three or more members compete for cash prizes and recognition at this contest on Sunday, June 26. Deadline to apply is April 22.

Best Dance Crew
Groups will be judged on their best hip-hop moves in this contest, set for Sunday, June 12. Deadline to apply is May 13.

Adult solo singers compete for cash prizes, in front of judges who are prominent in the music industry. Contest date is Sunday, June 19; deadline to apply is April 22.

In The Spotlight
Kids and teens take the microphone to see who "has the voice" in this singing contest, set for June 21 and 22. Deadline to apply is April 22.

Oratorical Competition
Show off your public speaking skills in this contest for kids and teens. Check back for information.

Interested in performing, but not in a contest?

Are you a professional or amateur entertainer who is interested in performing at the Fair? Look at the Perform at the Fair page for more information.


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