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.
Can I bring...
My pet? No.
The only animals allowed on the grounds are service dogs, animals on exhibit, or those used in entertainment. We do not have accommodations for pets at the Fairgrounds.
Knives, scissors, and other sharp implements? No, with an exception.
All sharp metal objects, such as pocket knives, tableware, scissors and nail clippers (if they also have a folding nail file or scissors) are strictly prohibited, as are guns and other weapons. If you have any of these items when you reach the security checkpoint, you can either take them back to your vehicle or dispose of them. (An exception is made for shears, which are considered tools, that Fairgoers intend to trade, sell, or have repaired through an authorized Fair vendor. Shears must be properly identified and displayed before entering the gates. It is recommended that shears have blades taped shut.)
Pepper spray? No.
We prohibit anything that can be used as a weapon. This includes pepper spray and similar sprays.
My own food and beverages? Yes.
You are welcome to bring your own food & beverages to the Fair, however alcohol, glass containers and metal knives and forks are prohibited. All beverages must be in factory-sealed containers (meaning reusuable containers such as sports water bottles and sippy cups cannot contain beverages when you go through the security check at the entrances).
Coolers or ice chests? Yes.
You may bring a cooler with your own food & beverage (please see restrictions), and complimentary cooler check-in is offered at our Guest Services office. Your cooler will be searched as you enter the grounds.
Backpacks, camera bags, and diaper bags? Yes.
These types of items will be inspected as you enter the Fair. You will need to unzip (unsnap, untie, etc.) all compartments so security personnel can look inside.
A motorized wheelchair? Yes.
Guests with disabilities are permitted to bring in motorized scooters with three or more wheels to be used as a mobility device. You can also rent non-motorized wheelchairs or electric scooters at the Fair. Please see the "Strollers, Wheelchairs, Lockers" page for more information.
A skateboard or roller skates? No.
Please leave skateboards, scooters, roller skates (including children's wheeled shoes) and other wheeled toys at home or in your vehicle.
A bicycle? Yes.
You may ride your bicycle to the Fair, but you may not bring it inside the gates. Free bike racks are set up at the O'Brien Gate ("main gate") and the West Gate (near the Fun Zone). You may lock your bikes at either location, using your own lock.
A wagon or a stroller? Yes.
Small children may be pulled in a wagon at walking speed by adults or responsible older children. You can bring your own stroller, or rent one here.
Cigarettes or e-cigarettes? No.
The San Diego County Fair is a no-smoking, no-vaping event. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes and e-cigarettes are not allowed.
An umbrella? Yes, with restrictions.
We prefer you wear a hat to shield yourself from the sun. Umbrellas can not be more than three feet in diameter. Please do not use an umbrella in crowded areas.
A folding chair? Yes, with restrictions.
If a disability requires you to sit frequently, you may bring a folding chair with the following restrictions: Chairs may not be used in the following locations: Fun Zone, Grandstand, Coors Light Rock On Stage, Paddock area during the Paddock Concert Series. You may not obstruct pedestrian traffic. If a staff member asks you to move your chair, please comply.
My Camera? Tripod?
Some exhibits and venues permit photography; others do not, so please observe the signs. Audio/video recording, flash photography, and iPads//tablets are NOT allowed on rides or in concert venues. Cameras with removable lenses are only allowed if approved in advance by our Media Department or during "Photo Shoot-outs" sanctioned through our Photography Exhibit. Tripods are not allowed in the Fun Zone and other crowded areas, because they are a trip hazard
Selfie sticks are not permitted inside the Fair or on the Fairgrounds.
A gun? No, with an exception.
For the safety of our guests and employees, guns may not be brought onto the Fairgrounds. However, off-duty, qualified law enforcement officers (as defined in 18 U.S.C. section 926B) or qualified, retired law enforcement officers (as defined in 18 U.S.C. section 926C) will be allowed to carry concealed weapons into the Fair.
These individuals must identify themselves to Security at the Fair’s entrances with the proper credentials required by law. The credentials required of qualified off-duty or retired law enforcement officers by 18 U.S.C. sections 926B and 926C will be verified by a San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy. In addition, qualified off-duty and retired law enforcement officers will be required to sign a document attesting to their compliance with all pertinent state and federal laws and the policies and procedures of their individual employers; and, that they are not at the time of entry, nor will be while on the Fairgrounds, under the influence of alcohol or any intoxicating or hallucinatory drug.
Qualified off-duty or retired law enforcement officers with questions about this policy may contact the Fair’s Security Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. News media with questions may contact the Fair's Media Office at email@example.com. Members of the public with questions may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Promotional materials for my business or band? Can I approach patrons, contracted vendors and/or performers for business?
No. Unauthorized solicitation of business of any kind with patrons, contracted vendors, and/or performers is strictly prohibited. Unapproved solicitors will be escorted off grounds and unauthorized promotional materials will be confiscated. A fine of $200 per occurrence will be assessed to any performer, performance group, vendor, radio station or other Fair participant whose unapproved promotional materials are found anywhere on the grounds.
Advertising flyers? Yes, if they are distributed only within your space.
A fine of $500 per violation applies to the distribution of flyers, authorized or non-authorized, outside your performance time and stage, or booth space.
If you want to know whether you can bring something or not, please send email to email@example.com.