San Diego County Fair

Media Information

The San Diego County Fair has a fully staffed Media office, located in the Marketing & Media Department, southeast corner of the Fairgrounds.

This is information from the 2016 San Diego County Fair.

Please check back next spring, for updates to this page for the 2017 Fair. Media contacts are listed at the bottom of this page.


Media Credentials Policy

The Media Credential Policy is necessary to facilitate Media as follows:
• Accommodate working Media quickly and efficiently.
• Enable the Media to enter the Fairgrounds without delay.
• Protect against those who may misrepresent themselves as journalists.
• Quickly identify reporters cleared for access and Media privileges.

Media Season Passes: Season Passes and Parking Passes are mailed to each broadcast News Director and each print Media Editor. These passes are for distribution to reporters, camera crews, photographers, writers, etc. and will allow for easy access onto the Fairgrounds. Please coordinate with your News Director or Editor.

Parking Passes: Obtain your parking pass from your News Director or Editor. Media will not be guaranteed parking in the Preferred Lot but they will be guaranteed free parking. If you cannot acquire a parking pass, contact the Media Office no later than noon 24 hours before you are arriving and your name will be on the Preferred Parking list for that day for working Media only.

How to Request Media One-Day Pass Credentials: Email all credential requests to the Media Office (email addresses are farther down this page) and include: name, Media organization and title. All requests must be received 24 hours in advance. Passes must be picked up at the Will Call window located at the O'Brien Gate (front entrance). You will be asked for photo identification.

Freelance Reporters and Photographers: Freelance reporters and photographers will not be issued Media credentials unless they submit proof of employment with a news organization. You must contact the Media Office when you arrive on the grounds. Please do not use tripods.

Bloggers/Online Reporters: Bloggers and other online reporters will not be issued a press pass unless they can provide documentation of substantial web traffic/viewership (Google Analytics Reports or other web traffic reporting tool), and their blog/online news source must be at least one year old. Each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Grandstand Concert Access and Credentials

A limited number of Grandstand concert tickets are available for Media. All qualified Media interviews and associated backstage passes must be arranged directly through the artist's management one week in advance of the performance date. We can provide you with contact information for all Grandstand artists.

Please e-mail our Media Office when you have your approval. To expedite the onsite interview process, please include written authorization including name and phone number of the person who approved the authorization. All backstage authorization MUST be approved by the Fairgrounds Backstage Manager and MUST be submitted to our Media Office 48 hours prior to the concert. There will be NO exceptions.

All contracted artists reserve the right to approve or disapprove pre-arranged Media interviews onsite the day of the show through their Tour Management.

Media Office Hours

Media Office is open:
Fair dates, June 3 through July 4: 8:00AM to 5:00PM. Other times by previous appointment, at least 24 hours in advance.
July 5
: 9:00AM to 5:00PM, or by previous appointment.

Media Office is closed:
The Media Office is closed every Monday (except July 4) and the first two Tuesdays of the Fair: June 6-7, 13-14, 20 and 27. If you need assistance those days, please call at least 24 hours in advance. If you need assistance after July 5 (the Fair closes July 4), please make arrangements while the Fair is still open or call 619-925-8430.

Media kits, news releases and high-resolution photos

Please see our Site Map for Fair information.
News releases
Downloadable high-resolution photos
Logos (please contact the Media Office)
History of the Fairgrounds

Please direct media-related questions to:

Media Need Media Contact Phone Number Email address
Media Relations Linda Zweig 858-755-1161
Hispanic Media Relations Nelly Cervantes 858-794-1030
Advertising and Media Promotions Jennifer Douillard 858-792-4227

Sign up for the Fair's Media email list

The Fairgrounds Media Office maintains many Media contact lists designed to get you only the information you want. To sign up for these lists, please send a message to Linda Zweig at, with your name, title, company and email address, and indicate which lists you would like to be added to. Not open to the public.

General Lists
Print, daily/weekly
Print, monthly/quarterly
News Services
Trade Publications

Specialty Lists
Sports, General
Sports, Horses (Del Mar National Horse Show and Surfside Race Place)
Sports, Motorsports
Sports, Youth
Military Publications
Religious Publications
Equestrian General
Equestrian Dressage
Equestrian Hunter Jumper
Equestrian Western
Monthly Calendar of Events