San Diego County Fair

Fair Fun for Less

In 2016, 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 $26 buys one person admission to all 26 days of the Fair; regularly $16 each day (adult admission). On sale now online 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 to discounts on Fair food, rides, games and products! Lots of great deals outside the Fair, too. For more info see the Passport to Savings page.

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.

Kids Get In Free

Kids' Day is each Tuesday the Fair is open, June 21 and 28, 2016. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. (Admission for ages 6-12 other days is $9.)

Kids 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 $9.)
Reading Certificate, English [PDF]
Certificado de Lectura, Español [PDF]

Enter An 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 see our Contests section for additional details.)


Teacher Appreciation Days

presented by Mission Federal Credit Union

Mission Fed logo Mission Federal Credit Union would like to offer all educators four free admissions to the Fair on Friday, June 17 or June 24. 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, starting May 2. These tickets will not be available at the Fairgrounds.
Find the Mission Federal branch closest to you
2016 Teacher Appreciation Days flier

Plan to attend Educators’ Night on June 24 from 4:00 to 7:00PM in the Creative Youth Tent (K–6th grade) and Student Showcase Exhibit (7th–Community College). Educators can network and share ideas at this reception.


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).

Taste Of The Fair

On the Tuesdays the Fair is open (June 21 and 28), from opening until 5:00PM, you can buy $3.00 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

Value Packs Save on rides when you buy an admission-ride-coupon package. Please see the Value Packs page for details.


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...