What to Expect at San Diego County Fair This June

Nothing says summer in San Diego like the return of the San Diego County Fair. With tasty treats, exciting rides, and plenty of entertainment options, the county fair is a great way to experience the best of San Diego. Still, at over 370 acres at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the fair has so much to see that it can be hard to know where to start. The Fair opens June 8th and concludes the holiday weekend of July 4th. Check out our rundown of fair highlights below, so you’ll know before you go!

Live Entertainment

In the mood for some world-class shows? Not a goes by at the fair without a star-studded lineup of performances, including music, stand-up comedy and more. The 2022 schedule will bring countless stars to the Fair’s stages, including Shaggy, Jason Derulo, Goo Goo Dolls, Nate Bargatze, John Fogerty, Gabriel Iglesias, and For King and Country. No matter what stage you visit, the Fair is guaranteed to keep you entertained as the sun sets.


Fantastic Food

No trip to the Fair is complete without classic carnival goodies like funnel cake, turkey legs, corn dogs, and fluffy cotton candy. The fairgrounds also hold a range of indoor and outdoor restaurants for those that prefer a full meal. Plenty of local favorites will be there feeding the happy crowds with indulgently scrumptious eats and tempting treats.


Thrill Rides

If you’re coming to the Fair for high-speed hair-raising excitement, then you won’t be disappointed. The San Diego Fair promises plenty of fun rides for all ages. And don’t worry if you’re not a thrill seeker – there are plenty of relaxed attractions to enjoy as well.


Competitive Exhibits

The San Diego Fair is also known for its competitive exhibits. Countless attendees will come together to compete in the family baking contests, tests of skill (like bean bag toss, cherry tomato eating and prune pit spitting) and even head-to-head displays of musical prowess at the annual Battle of the Bands. We also recommend stopping by the Livestock Breed Show to cheer for your favorite sheep, cows, horses, rabbits, and pigs.


A “Super” Good Time

Every Fair has a theme, and this year’s is “Heroes Reunite!” The 2022 event will be celebrating both San Diego’s longtime ties to superhero culture (thanks to San Diego Comic-Con), as well as the everyday champions who worked tirelessly to bring us all through the pandemic. Not all superheroes wear capes — some wear scrubs, lab coats, uniforms, and firefighting gear. So come out and show your support for these folks!


Craft Exhibits

The Fair is always a great opportunity to see what the area’s makers and creators have been up to since the last go-’round. Visitors can expect displays of photography, creative arts, paintings, sculpture, hand-made crafts and jewelry, a home and hobby show, cooking and culinary arts, and a student showcase that offers local young people a chance to show off their growing skill sets in a variety of interesting areas. 


Days is the Ideal Stay While Visiting the Fair

Heading into town for the fair? You couldn’t ask for a better stay than at Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle. We’re centrally located, offer a wide array of guest amenities for the whole family, and always afford visitors competitive rates for their stay. Don’t forget to check out our Special Offers page for some fantastic San Diego travel deals when planning your trip. And we’ll see you at the fair!