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 online, now through July 3 (one day before the Fair ends). You also can buy the Best Pass Ever at San Diego County Albertsons and Vons stores, now through June 3. 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.

Discount tickets at Albertsons and Vons

Albertsons | Vons $4 Fair Days — Come to the Fair for just $4.00 on Friday, June 3; Saturday, June 4; and Wednesday, June 8, 2016. These tickets are available only at San Diego County Albertsons and Vons stores. They are not sold at the Fairgrounds.

AlbertsonsSave on adult admission tickets: Discount adult admission tickets (save $3.00 off the regular $16.00 adult admission price) are available at Albertsons and Vons stores. Albertsons and Vons also will have regular-price senior ($9.00; 62 and older) and children's ($9.00, 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).
• $10.00 minimum purchase required.
• Each ticket valid for one day.
• Tuesday (June 21 and 28) is Kids' Day; children 12 and younger are admitted free.
• Children 5 and younger are admitted free every day and do not require tickets.

Group Sales

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!

Military Discounts

In the military? Buy your tickets on base and save! See the Military Discounts page for details.

Groupon Deals

See Groupon for some amazing deals on Fair packages. Hurry, they won’t last long!

Ford Dealers 4 for $44

Ford Motor Co.

Visit a San Diego County Ford dealer and get four adult admission tickets for $44.00! That's $11.00 each, a $5.00 savings off the adult at-the-window price! (Tickets valid Tuesday through Friday only.)

Toyota Dealers 2 for 1

ToyotaVisit 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 $16.00 savings! (Tickets valid Tuesday through Friday only.)

Metro PCS Concert Discount

Metro PCS

Save $10.00 on a Fair-admission-and-reserved-seat package for the following concerts: Los Tucanes de Tijuana, June 4; Espinoza Paz, June 12; Roberto Tapia, June 19; Los Tigres del Norte, June 26; and Calibre 50, July 3. Get your coupon at any Metro PCS store and redeem it at the Fair Box Office.

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 four complimentary tickets. Tickets are available ONLY at the 27 Mission Federal branches, while supplies last. 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.

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 2015–June 2016) 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 15.



Save On Parking And Transportation

Free parking at our off-site lots. Find out more information in the Transportation section of the website.

Get a discount on Fair admission if you're a regular transit rider. Find out more information in the Transportation section of the website.

Fair Tripper logo

Ride the train, take the bus, save money!: 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.



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).

Kids' Meal Deal

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 free child's admission, with paid adult admission, to 10 local attractions.

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

Ride All Day

Come on Pepsi Pay-One-Price Ride Day: Want to enjoy the rides up to 8:00PM for one price? You can, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, plus a few "bonus" days. Get a $5 discount coupon, starting May 25, when you buy qualifying Pepsi products at Albertsons or Vons. Get more information.

Game Discounts

Enjoy $2.00 games on Wednesdays and Thursdays; June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30.


Enjoy Free Attractions, Shows, Exhibits, 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.




Other Ways To Save!

Temecula Valley Family Fair logo

If you attended the Temecula Valley Family Fair earlier this spring, 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.

Orange County Fair logo

Save your San Diego County Fair ticket stub for one free admission at the Orange County Fair, July 15-August 14. If you are a Best Pass Ever holder, visit Guest Services during the San Diego County Fair and receive one complimentary ticket to the Orange County Fair.

Ventura County Fair logo

Save your San Diego County Fair ticket stub for one free admission at the Ventura County Fair, August 3-14.

Sonoma County Fair logo

Save your San Diego County Fair paid ticket stub for one free admission at the Sonoma County Fair, July 22-August 7.