Fest fun: Festivals livening up the San Diego County Fair

Posted at 3:56 PM, May 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-24 18:56:37-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - In addition to all the fun coming to the Del Mar Fairgrounds this summer, multiple festivals will headline days throughout the month.

The San Diego County Fair will pack more than 10 festivals into the fair's run throughout June. Expect returns of fan-favorites like the San Diego International Beer Festival and Toast of the Coast Wine Festival, plus a variety of new additions.

An Asian Festival will feature a day-long celebration of Asian culture, traditional music and dancing, and more. Out at the Fair will celebrate San Diego's LGBTQ+ community with entertainment and activities.


If you're looking to get hitched, My Big Fair Wedding Day brings together vendors ready to inspire couples ready to tie the knot and gives couples the chance to renew their vows or get married at the fair.


Here's a look at all the fun inside the fair beyond the food, carnival rides, and games:

Asian Festival (June 2) - Enjoy a day-long celebration of Asian culture, including live traditional entertainment, martial arts, food, and cultural examples of art and gardening.

Belly Up Music Festival (June 7-28) - Jam out to music by some of the hottest Southern California bands around, with a different genre of music taking the stage every week.

Out at the Fair (June 9) - Representatives from San Diego's LGBTQ+ community will host a variety of entertainment, activities, and information at the fair.

Toast of the Coast Wine Festival (June 9) - Enjoy wine tastings from more than 130 varieties and culinary dishes to pair at the fair's wine romp, in addition to wine swag and an artisan cheese festival.

Mariachi Festival (June 10) - The area's best mariachi bands will showcase traditional Mexican dancing and music at the Fiesta Stage.

Bluegrass Day at the Fair (June 10) - A full day of bluegrass music and entertainment is set, featuring performances by musicians of all ages and abilities, fiddling demonstrations, and a "band scramble."

San Diego International Beer Festival (June 15-17) - Nearly 200 breweries from around the world will offer tastes of their beers, gifts, beer-themed games and contests, and educational sessions about beer.

Spirit & Cocktail Festival (June 23) - Meet distillery experts, sample spirits and mixers from mixologists, and enjoy delicious foods to pair them with at the fair.

Gospel Festival (June 23) - Anthony Brown & group therAPy will headline Gospel Festival, featuring gospel choirs and soloists performing on multiple stages.

My Big Fair Wedding (June 24) - Prepare for the big day, get inspiration, meet with vendors, renew your vows, or get hitched during My Big Fair Wedding Day.

Spirit West Coast Festival (June 29) - MercyMe, Kari Jobe, Phil Wickham, Blanca & The Young Escape headline a one-day festival featuring Christian music performers.