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Sweet Stuff: What to know about the 2018 San Diego County Fair

Posted at 3:37 PM, May 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-15 18:48:17-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Locals are in for some sweet summer fun this year, as the San Diego County Fair returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The fair, running from June 1 - July 4, is bringing some "kid-in-a-candy-store" wonder to Del Mar this year with its theme "How Sweet it is." Fair-goers will have opportunities around every corner to satisfy their sweet tooth, from creative confections to nature's fruits.

San Diego's fair routinely sees more than a million locals and tourists pass through during its month-long run, with more than 4,000 attractions, and nearly 2,000 concerts — so San Diegans have plenty of chances to find some fun.



June 2 - July 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.



There are plenty of deals to check out for select days, concerts, and promotions at the fair. For regular admission:

Kids ages 5 and younger: Free

Kids ages 6- to 12-years-old: $12

Adults ages 13- to 61-years-old: $19

Seniors ages 62 and older: $12

Season pass for all 26 days: $28

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If you're heading to the fair, plan to park on-site or off-site ahead of time. Real-time parking updates can also be found on AM 1680 during the fair's run.

General parking: $15

Preferred parking: $25

Parking lots will open at 8 a.m. on weekend and July 2-4, and 9 a.m. on weekdays. Lots close an hour after the fair closes. Tram service will run continuously from fairgrounds lots.

Public transportation can also be taken on NCTD lines of The Coaster, The Sprinter, or Breeze Route 408; the MTS bus system or trolley Blue, Orange, and Green lines; and via Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner.

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There are countless things to check out during the fair's run.

Concerts planned throughout the month are bringing some heavy hitter from the music world to San Diego, including Kansas, Sugarland, Hanson, Capital Cities, Barenaked Ladies, and many others.

Comedy is also taking center stage, with performances by Larry the Cable Guy, Gabriel Iqlesias, and Jeff Ross.

Of course, fan-favorite shows featuring local livestock (the Swifty Swine Racing Pigs!), local artists specializing in everything from painting to woodcarving to gems, and competitions (who's ready for an ol' fashioned watermelon seed spitting contest?) are set to return.

A full calendar of events big and small is available to check out on the fair's website.

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