Fair Fun for Less
When your budget's a little tight, we offer many ways to save and enjoy the Fair. We'll be adding to this page as we get closer to the Fair, so please check back.
Enjoy these savings opportunities
Get the Best Pass Ever now!
You know you can't see everything at the Fair in just one day, so here's your (early) opportunity for big savings with the Best Pass Ever! Just $24 buys one person admission to all 24 days of the Fair; regularly $14 each day (adult admission). On sale now through July 5.
Passport to Savings — This booklet has more than $1,000 in promotional savings at the Fair and around San Diego County. They range from a free ticket to return to the Fair (a $14 value) to discounts on Fair food, rides, games and products! Lots of great deals outside the Fair, too. The Passport to Savings is available every day during the Fair at a bargain price of $5 per book. You can also buy it in advance at a discount. For more info see the Passport to Savings page.
Albertsons / Sav-on $4 Fair Days — For the 2014 Fair, these will be Saturday, June 7 and
Wednesday, June 11. Come to the Fair for just $4! Regular adult admission is $14; senior admission is $8, so this is a huge savings. These tickets will be available only at Albertsons/Sav-on stores, starting sometime in May; not sold at the Fairgrounds.
• $10 minimum purchase required, using Albertsons / Sav-on Preferred Card.
• Each ticket valid for one day.
• Tuesday is Kids' Day; children 12 and younger are admitted free.
Kids' Day! Tuesdays, June 24 and July 1
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.) Details will be available soon.
Enter a Competitive Exhibits One-Day Contest: Enter one of our one-day Entry Department contests, and you get free admission to the Fair. Click the link for details. (Not all contests offered at the Fair offer free admission, so please read the additional details.)
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 July 4, park free at MiraCosta College San Elijo campus and Torrey Pines High School.
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.
Ride the train or take the bus and save money: Amtrak and the COASTER stop at the Solana Beach station just north of the Fair. During the Fair, North County Transit District shuttles run between the station and the Fair's West Gate. From Escondido, take the NCTD route 408 with direct service between Escondido and the Fair. Present a transit ticket at the West Gate window any day of the Fair for an admission discount on adult, senior or child admission. More public transportation information here.
Save on food!
Bring your lunch: Yes, it's allowed!
• No alcohol, glass containers or metal knives of any kind.
• Beverages must be in sealed containers
(you may bring an empty container for storage).
Buy your child a Kids Meal at selected Meal Deal vendors. The discounted meal includes an entrée, side dish and drink, plus a child's admission to local attractions. (Please check back to find out which attractions will be included for 2014.)
Taste of the Fair. On the Tuesdays the Fair is open (June 24 and July 1), 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!
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. We'll have more information on this very popular promotion as we get closer to the Fair.
Enjoy free attractions!
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 on the Heineken Grandstand Stage and the Ford Dealers Paddock Stage. All entertainment is free with admission, with the exception of a few Grandstand shows.
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 from 11:30AM-3:00PM. Surfside Race Place is open every day the Fair is open, except Mondays and Tuesdays, and admission is included with Fair admission. More here...