Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views: Opening Day at the San Diego County Fair is Friday June 1, 2018

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Opening Day at the San Diego County Fair is Friday June 1, 2018

2018 San Diego County Fair Opens on Friday June 1st


Friday June 1st is a big day.


It’s TGIF, of course, but more importantly it’s Opening Day at the 2018 San Diego County Fair in Del Mar. The nation’s largest County Fair runs through July 4 (the fair does not operate on Mondays and Tuesdays EXCEPT July 2nd and July 3rd).


The San Diego County Fair, sponsored by Albertsons and Vons, always has a theme; this year it's “How Sweet it Is!"


San Diego FairThe Del Mar Fair Grounds are famous for a wide range of events throughout the year, including trade expos and concerts, and besides the annual county fair are probably best known for the Thoroughbred Racing Season (in 2018 races are July 18 through September 3).


The Del Mar Fair Grounds are located just off the 5 Freeway (Via de la Valle exit), at 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard. Call for information at 858-755-1161.


The San Diego County Fair offers everyone a wide range of exhibits and attractions (truly something for all interests), rides and games, lots of animals, a very busy and diverse concert schedule, and abundant food and drink options that will suit just about every taste and budget.


Tickets can be ordered online. If spending just 1 day at the fair is not enough for you, for extra savings why not indulge in a Season Pass for $28 which allows admission for all 26 days of the San Diego County Fair.


Parking at the fairgrounds is $15; $25 for preferred parking. There are offsite locations, too.


Everyone living in the area is aware of how ugly the traffic can get during fair time, on the nearby side roads including the Coast Road/Route 101, and in particular on the 5 freeway heading north and south near the Via de la Valle exit. And you should expect it will be even worse than usual at rush hour later in the day. So plan accordingly, whether traveling to the fair grounds or commuting north and south, especially around rush hour and on weekends.


2018 San Diego County Fair

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Comment balloon 12 commentsJeff Dowler, CRS • May 08 2018 10:59PM



I had no idea it was the nation's largest fair.  Last fair we went to was in Napa, and it was perfectly sized for us, you could cover it in a couple of hours...A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 6 months ago

Good evening Jeff Dowler, CRS ,

I like the theme name of the San Diego Fair this year: "How Sweet It Is" Great shout out for the Nations Largest County Fair opening June 1st!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 6 months ago

Jeff, Fairs are a fun time.  Most of our Fairs are in the Fall.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 6 months ago

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS, fairs are so much fun, especially the food. If you go, have tons of fun!

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 6 months ago

I was just sitting here thinking of how long it has been since riding on a carousel.  I need to fix that one of these days.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 6 months ago

Fairs and festivals, a true sign that warmer weather is around the bend.  Hoping that residents and visitors will enjoy the San Diego County Fair.

Posted by Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166, Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker - (Fillmore Real Estate 2926 Ave J Brooklyn NY 11210) 6 months ago

Thanks for the warning Jeff Dowler, CRS hello traffic!

Looks like I'll be limited I-5 drives North 

Posted by Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722) 6 months ago

Oh, I haven't been to the fair in years and that used to be something that I looked forward to each and every year, Jeff! 

I do hope you attend in June and I'll just live vicariously through you! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 6 months ago

Tis the season !  Our state fair is not until August but the festival season is off on and running now that we have sunshine !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 6 months ago

This sounds like a fun event, especially since it lasts all month. Lots of opportunities to visit the fair!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, 6 months ago

Well news comes from all parts Jeff Dowler, CRS and who would think San Diego county has the largest county fair ...with all those attractions we should do a meet up one year there!!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) 6 months ago

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - if you have the good fortune to attend on June 1st, I would love to read about it. I would forward your article to my daughter who once lived in San Diego. I know she would enjoy reading about it and it would bring back fond memories for her.

Whatever you do, keep enjoying life to the fullest! Wholesome events like this are what makes America great!

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 5 months ago