San Diego County Fair

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!


One-Day Contests

Each year, we have more fun contests to enter than Alice had adventures! The list will keep growing throughout the spring on our One-Day Contest page.


Competitive Exhibit Contests

Exhibition of Fine Art
Plein Air Painting Contest (pre-registration required)
Small Image Contest

Exhibition of Photography
Photo Shootouts (pre-registration required)

Creative Youth
One-Day Contests in cooking and crafts for ages 5-17
Oratorical Competition

Home & Hobby
One-Day Contests in cooking and crafts for adults

Agricultural Contests
Contests for the best produce, fastest zucchini and home-harvested honey, for youth and adults


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. The entry deadline has passed.

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. The entry deadline has passed.

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. The entry deadline has passed.

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.



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