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.
Fair Fun for Less
In 2015, the San Diego County Fair will offer many ways to save and enjoy the Fair. Click the links on this page to get more information. Additional information will continue to be added, so check back often!
Ways to save on admission
Get the Best Pass Ever!
You know you can't see everything at the Fair in just one day, so here's your opportunity for big savings with the Best Pass Ever! Just $25 buys one person admission to all 25 days of the Fair; regularly $15 each day (adult admission). On sale now at the Fairgrounds or online through July 4 (one day before the Fair ends). You also can buy the Best Pass Ever at San Diego County Albertsons and Vons stores, May 7 through June 4. For more info see the Best Pass Ever page.
Passport to Savings — This booklet has more than $1,000 in promotional savings at the Fair and around San Diego County, ranging from a free ticket to return to the Fair (a $15 value) to discounts on Fair food, rides, games and products! Lots of great deals outside the Fair, too. Now through the end of the Fair July 5, you can save a buck on the $5 cost of the booklet. For more info see the Passport to Savings page.
Save on adult admission tickets: Discount adult admission tickets (save $2 off the regular $15 adult admission price) will be available at Albertsons and Vons stores, May 7 through July 5. Albertsons and Vons also will have regular-price senior ($8; 62 and older) and children's ($8, ages 6-12) tickets.
Find the Albertsons store closest to you
Find the Vons store closest to you
• The nearest stores to the Fairgrounds are Vons at 2606 Del Mar Heights Road (one exit south of the Fairgrounds) and Vons at 931 Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach (one exit north). The former Albertsons store on Via de la Valle is now a Haggen store, and will not participate in this program.
• $10 minimum purchase required.
• Each ticket valid for one day.
• Tuesday (June 23 and 30) is Kids' Day; children 12 and younger are admitted free. Regular admission for children ages 6-12 is $8.
• Children 5 and younger are admitted free every day and do not require tickets.
Come with your friends! Save on admission when you come with a group. Please see the Group Sales page for details, and gather your friends together for maximum savings!
In the military? Buy your tickets on base and save! See the Military Discounts page for details.
Visit a San Diego County Ford dealer and get four adult admission tickets for $36! That's $9 each, nearly a 50-percent discount from the at-the-window price! (Tickets valid weekdays only.)
Visit a San Diego County Toyota dealer and get a 2-for-1 adult admission coupon! Visit a Toyota dealership to get a coupon valid for two adult admissions. That's a $15 savings! (Tickets valid weekdays only.)
Save $5.00 on a Fair-admission-and-reserved-seat package for the following concerts: Los Tigres del Norte, June 14; Grupo Intocable, June 21; Espinoza Paz, June 28; Voz de Mando, July 1; and Calibre 50 with Banda Carnaval, July 5. Get your coupon at any Metro PCS store and redeem it at the Fair Box Office.
Head to any O’Reilly Auto Parts store in San Diego County to get a coupon for two adult admissions for $20 (a savings of $10). Valid weekdays only. Locate a store near you.
Kids' Day! Tuesdays, June 23 and 30, 2015
Children 12 and younger are admitted free. (Admission for ages 6-12 other days is $8.)
Read and get in free! Children 12 and younger who read 10 or more books, verified by a teacher or librarian, get free admission any day of the Fair. (Regular child's admission is $8.) Click here for details.
Enter a Competitive Exhibits One-Day Contest: Enter a one-day Entry Department contest, and you get free admission to the Fair. (Not all contests offered at the Fair offer free admission, so please read the additional details.)
Teacher Appreciation Days
presented by Mission Federal Credit Union
Due to overwhelming demand, the complimentary tickets for Teacher Appreciation Day Friday, June 19 and June 26, have all been distributed. Educators’ Night, a new event this year, will allow teachers to network and share ideas at a reception 6:00-8:00PM Friday, June 26, in the Creative Youth Tent (K–6th grade) and Student Showcase Exhibit (7th–Community College).
Mission Federal Credit Union would like to offer all educators two free admissions to the Fair on Friday, June 26. All employees of public or private schools, K-12, colleges and universities are eligible, no matter where the schools are located. Just show your employee ID to receive two free tickets. Tickets will be available ONLY at the 27 Mission Federal branches. These tickets will not be available at the Fairgrounds.
Find the Mission Federal branch closest to you
Download the Teacher Appreciation Day flyer
Laid off from work?
Be our guest! If you have been unemployed in the last 12 months, you and one guest can come to the Fair free. This offer also is available for "Golden State ADVANTAGE" card holders. Present an unemployment check stub (indicating a date between July 2014–June 2015) or your EDD debit card, with a photo ID, or your Golden State ADVANTAGE card, at the will-call window next to the O’Brien Gate. Offer good only on Wednesday, June 17.
Save on parking and transportation
Free parking at our off-site lots: Park free every day at Horsepark. Free shuttle buses run from 9:00AM until midnight (1:00AM on Friday and Saturday), and drop you off in front of the O'Brien Gate. On Saturdays, Sundays and Friday, July 3, park free at MiraCosta College San Elijo campus and Torrey Pines High School.
Ride the train, take the bus, save money!: Ride the COASTER train or take a BREEZE bus to the Fair! During the Fair, shuttles transport bus and train passengers from the Solana Beach train station to the Fair's West Gate (you must present a train or bus ticket to board the shuttle). You can buy the Fair Tripper, a Fair admission-and-public-transportation-fare package; or present a same-day transit ticket or monthly pass at the West Gate window for an admission discount on adult, senior or child admission. More public transportation information.
Biking to the Fair. Bike racks are set up at the O'Brien Gate and the West Gate. Use your own bike lock at either location, at no charge. Search for bike routes here.
Save on food
Bring your lunch: Yes, it's allowed, with these restrictions: No alcohol, glass containers or metal knives of any kind. Beverages must be in factory-sealed containers (you may bring an empty container to fill once you have passed the security check).
Look for the Kids' Meal Deal signs throughout the Fair at participating food booths. The meal includes an entrée, side dish and drink, plus a child's admission to several local attractions, including The New Children's Museum, USS Midway, Living Coast Discovery Center, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Birch Aquarium, San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Whaley House Museum, Warner Carrillo Ranch House, Marston House Museum, The San Diego Museum of Art, and Museum of Photographic Arts.
Fridays are PennySaver Value Days. The PennySaver coupon book, free with your Fair admission, is packed with over $500 in discounts, two-for-one values, and other savings from more than 60 Fair vendors.
Taste of the Fair. On the Tuesdays the Fair is open (June 23 and 30), from opening until 5:00PM, you can buy $2 taste-sized portions of some of your favorite Fair foods, such as corn dogs, fudge, fish tacos and cinnamon rolls. So many choices!
Save on rides
Pepsi Pay-One-Price Ride Days have ended for 2015, but our more than 80 rides will be spinning and twisting through the end of the Fair on July 5. For more information on the fun you can have, please see our Rides and Games page.
Value Packs Save on rides when you buy an admission-ride-coupon package. Please see the Value Packs page for details.
Come on Pepsi Pay-One-Price Ride Day: Want to enjoy the rides all day long for one price? You can, on select Wednesdays and Thursdays. Get more information.
$15 Ride Sheets - Save 20%
Get 25 ride coupons, an $18.75 value. Most rides require 5–6 coupons. Ride Sheets will be sold only online, not on-site during the Fair.
Enjoy half price games on Wednesdays and Thursdays; June 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25.
$12 GAME SHEETS
A $20.00 value
A 40% discount! Get 20 game coupons! Not sold at the Fairgrounds during the Fair.
Enjoy free attractions, shows, exhibits and events
Enjoy the exhibits: The Fair's Competitive Exhibits are free with admission. Enjoy the amazing creations made, grown or baked by your neighbors!
Enjoy the shows: Entertainment on nine stages, plus daily animal or motor sports shows in the Del Mar Arena. Nationally known entertainers are featured nightly in the Toyota Summer Concert Series on the Heineken Grandstand Stage and the Ford Dealers Paddock Stage. All entertainment is included with admission, with the exception of a few Grandstand shows.
Enjoy the events: Special events happen every day at the Fair, but most happen for one or a few days only. Most are included with Fair admission. Check the list so you're here for the event you'd most like to see.
Surfside Race Place, the Fairgrounds' race book facility, lets you place a wager on horse races from all over the country, watch your horse cross the finish line, and collect your winnings! Also, you can enjoy a sit-down lunch in air-conditioned comfort at Surfside Race Place, near the Del Mar Arena, Thursdays through Sundays. Surfside Race Place is open every day the Fair is open, except Tuesdays, and admission is included with Fair admission. More here...
Other ways to save!
Save your 2015 San Diego County Fair ticket stub for one free or discounted adult admission to the following venues in Balboa Park: San Diego Model Railroad Museum, The San Diego Museum of Art and Museum of Photographic Arts.
Your Fair ticket is good for free admission to the Ventura County Fair, August 5-16, 2015. The Ventura County Fairgrounds are next to the Pacific Ocean, and has an Amtrak stop within walking distance of the gates. Visit www.venturacountyfair.org for more.
If you attended the Temecula Valley Family Fair March 27-29 at Lake Skinner Regional Park, you can get a free day at the San Diego County Fair. Bring the ticket stub or wristband you received, and redeem it at the Fair Box Office for one free admission.