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The final week of this year’s San Diego County Fair, the region’s largest and oldest community celebration, begins on Wednesday, June 3 and ends on Sunday, July 7.

This is the first year since 2015 that the San Diego County Fair will extend beyond the 4th of July, allowing San Diego residents to enjoy the Fair and all it has to offer throughout the entire holiday weekend.

Fairgoers can save money this week by purchasing tickets online in advance. San Diego residents can also take public transportation to the fair without paying parking fees; if they take the NCTD and MTS Fair Tripper, they essentially get their transportation for free because the admission price is included in roundtrip transportation to and from the fair, with free shuttle service from Solana Beach Station.

The week starts on Wednesday with the final day of Pepsi Pay-One-Price Wristbands. That night, Yung Gravy and Special Guest Tayler Holder will play the Corona Grandstand Stage.

Thursday features a concert on the Chevrolet Paddock Stage by the Village People and patriotic activities including the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, a 12-minute, high-octane pyrotechnic show that will light up the night sky with bright, eye-catching sparklers at 9 p.m. Seating is available in the Grandstand, and doors open at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, the Chevrolet Paddock Stage will once again host EDM “Electronic Fridays,” with DIZZI providing the music on Friday evening.

Saturday’s lineup includes American Idol star Iam Tongi on the Chevrolet Paddock Stage, comedy shows at the Turf Club and the latest edition of Saturdays in The Sound, featuring Stickmen Project, a Las Vegas-style show featuring an anonymous DJ and percussion duo.

Sunday, July 7 is Domingueando en la Feria with Spanish-language entertainment, including pop-rock band Hombres G, closing out the Toyota Summer Concert Series.

The final day of the fair will also feature the Burn Institute’s Burn Run Fire Truck Parade and Demolition Derby. The event promises to be a fun time as brave firefighters from across the region compete in an exciting demolition derby. This family-friendly event is exciting, including interactive safety demonstrations, hands-on activities and a chance to meet local heroes.

From July 3 to 6, Del Mar Arena will also host Monster Trucks and Freestyle Motocross. Visitors will hear the roar of engines before they can lay their eyes on these all-terrain vehicles.

Below is an overview of some of the topics that will be covered this week:

Wednesday July 3rd

  • Toyota Summer Concert Series: Yung Gravy with special guest Tayler Holder.
  • Taste of the Fair: From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., each food stall will offer a tasting portion of a favorite fair meal for just $5.
  • The LAST Pepsi Pay-One-Price Ride Day for the 2024 San Diego County Fair: Unlimited rides between 11am and 8pm with the purchase of a wristband. Single-credit game discounts are available simultaneously.
  • Chevrolet Paddock Concert Series: James Garner with a tribute to Johnny Cash.
  • Del Mar Arena: Monster Trucks and FMX.
  • Hypnotist Chris Mabrey.
  • La L-Gancia De Tierra Caliente on the Michelob Ultra Avenue stage

Thursday July 4th

  • Toyota Summer Concert Series: Fireworks Spectacular on July 4th.
  • Taste of the Fair: From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., each food stall will offer a tasting portion of a favorite fair meal for just $5.
  • Patriotic parade along The Avenue.
  • Hobby horse racing and competition for the most patriotically dressed man on the Funville stage.
  • Chevrolet Paddock Concert Series: Village People
  • Monster trucks, motocross and lawnmower races
  • Wine Tasting with Woof ‘n Rose Winery
  • Folkloric ballet.

Friday July 5th

  • Children up to and including 12 years of age have free admission.
  • Papa Doo Run on the Paddock stage
  • Chevrolet Paddock Concert Series: Papa Doo Run Run
  • Chevrolet Paddock Concert Series: Chris Diaz.
  • AI, Photography and the Photo Show
  • Lace making demonstration

Saturday July 6th

  • Saturdays at The Sound: The Stickmen Project.
  • LOL Comedy Nights: Jen Murphy, Leah Bonnema and Murray Valentine.
  • Chevrolet Paddock Concert Series: Iam Tongi
  • What mineral is this?
  • Nerveless cams
  • The Big Bad (and by bad we mean good) Wolf

Sunday July 7th

  • Domingueando en la Feria: Spanish-language Sunday entertainment on various stages.
  • Toyota Summer Concert Series: Hombres G
  • Banda Raices Sinaloenses
  • Burn Expo presented by the San Diego Burn Institute
  • Demolition Derby
  • Chevrolet Paddock Concert Series: Duets, Divas on Fire! Tina & Whitney…

Don’t miss Daily

  • Thematic exhibition “Let’s Go Retro”.
  • Large American petting zoo.
  • Destination: Unknown speakeasy.
  • Fast pig racing.
  • Circus luminescence.
  • The Flying Royals.
  • That bird show from the 70’s
  • The Wildershow.
  • Milk demonstrations
  • Quilting, crafting and making demonstrations.
  • Self-made exhibitions.
  • Exhibitions Design in Wood and Gems & Minerals.
  • Shopping in exhibition halls.
  • Flower and garden exhibitions.

The San Diego County Fair is the county’s largest annual event, drawing nearly 1 million attendees. The theme for the 2024 Fair is “Let’s Go Retro,” a nostalgic trip from the 1950s to the early 2000s. The 20-day Fair season runs from June 12 through July 7, with closures on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, visit sdfair.com.

Photo by Thomas Melville