Discounts available for San Diego County Fair visitors


The San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. (Photo by Matthew Stroup, iStock Getty Images)

News Release

The San Diego County Fair offers major discounts and deals on admissions, parking, public transportation, rides and games this summer.

The deals are part of the efforts of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which produces the San Diego County Fair, to keep the annual event accessible and affordable to all San Diegans. The fair runs now through July 4, and the theme is “Get Out There,” a celebration of the great outdoors. The 2023 San Diego County Fair will feature art, educational exhibits, livestock, fun, games, rides, food, music, entertainment, discovery, shopping and more.

“We believe that for all we have to offer, the San Diego County Fair is already the best deal in town,” said Carlene Moore, CEO of the 22nd District Agricultural Association. “But we also want to make sure that all families have an opportunity to ‘Get Out There’ to the 2023 San Diego County Fair. And that is why, with the support of our generous community-focused sponsors, we are proud to offer numerous ways for our fairgoers to save when they ‘Get Out There’ this year.”

San Diego County Fair 2023The deals include:

Parking: Free parking is available at Torrey Pines High School and a shuttle service is available to take fairgoers between the parking lot and the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Fairgoers who want to park closer to the action may also save $5 by pre-purchasing General Parking online, with entry at the Main Gate and the Solana Gate. Pre-paid General Parking is only valid for the date selected at the point of sale. In addition, parking fees at all lots are now only payable by credit or debit card; cash payments are no longer accepted.

Public transit: Fairgoers can avoid traffic altogether and get a ride from any region of the county and free admission to the San Diego County Fair with just one ticket. North County Transit District and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System have joined forces again to offer the Fair Tripper. And this year, the Fair Tripper is a paper ticket that is only available for same-day purchase at NCTD ticket vending machines at Coaster and Sprinter stations, on the Pronto app, or on MTS ticket vending machines located at Coaster, Sprinter and Trolley stations. Free fair shuttles are available for Fair Trippers between the Solana Beach Coaster Station and the Fair. Shuttles will run approximately every 30 minutes and are ADA accessible. Children under five also ride free and receive free Fair admission. Free parking is available for transit users at all Coaster stations. Fair Tripper tickets are non-refundable and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.

Ticket discounts: Head to any San Diego County Albertsons or Vons grocery store for a special promotional code to save $3 on adult admission tickets for any day of the Fair when purchased online. Discount admission tickets are also available for military personnel (active duty, veterans, reservists, retirees, dependents and Department of Defense employees) are available online through GovX. Military ID is required to take advantage of the discount.

One-price ride days: Pepsi Pay-One-Price Ride Day — a favorite among ride-lovers — is once again available this year. The popular promotion is good for unlimited Fun Zone or Kids Zone rides for one price 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on any Wednesday and Thursday in June. Fairgoers can also buy early and save on wristbands. Discount codes are available at any San Diego County 7–Eleven stores, and fairgoers can save an additional $5 by purchasing any two 20-ounce Pepsi bottles. Coupons are not accepted at any Fairgrounds onsite ticket booths.

Rides and games credits:  BlastPass is the key to enjoying all the rides and games of skill in the Fair’s Fun Zones.

Kids deals: Friday is the best day to bring kids to the Fair. The fair offers free admission on Fridays for kids 12 and younger — a savings of $17 per child. Kids ages 5 and younger are admitted for free every day.

Concerts: Gonzalez Northgate Market is the place to save on any of the three featured Dia de la Familia concerts — a favorite Sunday Summer tradition. The markets offer a special promotional code to save $10 on Dia de la Familia concert tickets at the Corona Grandstand stage when purchased online, which include:

June 11: La Adictiva
June 18: Grupo Bronco
June 25: Los Tigres del Norte

Coupon book: The Passport to Savings — the little green coupon book that includes over 100 offers with big savings for fairgoers on food, rides, shopping, and attractions — is available online. Valued at more than $1,000, this coupon book costs only $5 and is a must-have for any fair fan.

The San Diego County Fair has gone cashless, meaning cash will not be accepted for parking, admission tickets, or carnival rides and games. However, many concessionaires and vendors still accept cash. Fairgoers can find Reverse ATMs throughout the fairgrounds to exchange cash for a debit card.

Online tickets, parking passes, and information are all available at

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