Fair Fun for Less
When your budget's a little tight, we offer many ways to save and enjoy the Fair.
Enjoy these savings opportunities
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, from discounts to Knott's Berry Farm to your favorite restaurants. The Passport to Savings is available every day during the Fair at a bargain price of $5 per book. For more info see the Passport to Savings page.
Albertsons / Sav-on $4 Fair Days — Tuesday, June 11 or
Tuesday, June 18. Come to the Fair for just $4! Regular adult admission is $14; senior admission is $8, so this is a huge savings. These tickets available only at Albertsons/Sav-on stores; 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.
Save $2 on adult admission tickets at Albertsons / Sav-on: Adult admission tickets are just $12 at Albertsons / Sav-on stores. Albertsons / Sav-on also has regular-price senior ($8, 62 and older) and children's ($8, ages 6-12) tickets. No minimum purchase required for these tickets.
You also can get discount coupons for the Pepsi Pay-One-Price Ride Day promotion, which is explained farther down this page. Participating Albertsons / Sav-on stores may be found here. [PDF]
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!
Visit a San Diego County Ford dealer and get four adult admission tickets for $32! Visit a Ford dealership and ask for your 4-tickets-for-$32 coupon! That's $8 each, nearly a 50-percent discount from the at-the-window price! (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 $14 savings! (Weekdays only.)
Kids' Day! Every Tuesday
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 and to print out the certificate.
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.)
Be our guest if you've been laid off work
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 2012–June 2013) 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 June 18 and June 25.
Fair admission and the San Diego International Beer Festival, Friday through Sunday, June 21-23. Sample handcrafted brews from around the world. Visit the San Diego International Beer Festival page, located here, for further 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. You may lock your bikes at either location, using your own lock, 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. 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 a $3.50 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 $5.99 meal includes an entrée, side dish and drink, plus a child's admission to each of the following venues with a paid adult admission, valid after July 5: Living Coast Discovery Center (formerly the Chula Vista Nature Center), Birch Aquarium, The New Children's Museum, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the U.S.S. Midway Museum, and Ringling Bros. Circus.
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. Every Tuesday, 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! (Discover offerings here.)
Come on Pepsi Pay-One-Price Ride Day: Want to enjoy the rides all day long for one price? You can, each Wednesday and Thursday during the Fair through June 28. Buy online and take advantage of special online-only Pay-One-Price Days! More...
Try Your Luck For A Buck — On Wednesdays and Thursdays, you can play midway games for $1 per play, half the regular price, between noon and 8:00PM.
Enjoy free attractions!
Enjoy the exhibits: The Fair's Competitive Exhibits are free with admission; enjoy the amazing creations made/grown/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, offers the opportunity to 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...