Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views: Opening Day at the San Diego County Fair is Friday May 31, 2019

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Opening Day at the San Diego County Fair is Friday May 31, 2019

May 31st is Opening Day at the 2019 San Diego County Fair

 

Friday May 31st is a big day.

 

Of course it’s TGIF, but more importantly it’s Opening Day at the 2019 San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

 

The nation’s largest County Fair runs through July 4 (the fair is not open on Mondays and Tuesdays EXCEPT July 1st and July 2nd).

 

carouselThe San Diego County Fair always has a theme, and this year it’s “Ozsome,” inspired by the classic tale about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!

 

The Del Mar Fairgrounds are world famous for a wide range of events throughout the year, including a variety of trade expos and concerts, and besides the annual county fair are probably best known for the Thoroughbred Racing Season (stay tuned for updates on that!).

 

The Del Mar Fairgrounds are located just off the 5 Freeway (Via de la Valle exit), at 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard. You can get more information at 858-755-1161.

 

The San Diego County Fair offers everyone an awesome range of exhibits and attractions (truly something for all interests), numerous rides and games, lots of animals, a very busy and diverse concert schedule on 27 nights at the Corona Grandstand Stage, and plentiful food and drink options to suit every taste and budget.

 

Tickets can be ordered online, plus you can also get discount tickets at Vons and Albertsons, the sponsors. If spending just 1 day at the fair is not enough (and given all there is to see and do I get that), for extra savings go whole hog and indulge in a Season Pass for $32 with admission for all 27 days of the fair.

 

Parking at the fairgrounds is $17, and $27 for preferred parking. There are offsite locations, too. Another option is to take the Coaster and get off at the Solana Beach station and take the Special Route BREEZE Bus 408 to the West Gate at the fairgrounds.

 

Residents in the area are all 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 fairgrounds or commuting north and south, especially around rush hour (yeah, you know it’s not just 1 hour!!) and on weekends.

 

2019 San Diego County Fair

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Del Mar, California 92014

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Comment balloon 16 commentsJeff Dowler, CRS • May 18 2019 01:32PM

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Hi Jeff... I had no idea that the San Diego Conty Fair was the largest in the country.  Running through July 4th it provides a great opportunity for all San Diegeo County residents to attend.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 4 months ago

Jeff Dowler, CRS We already have our season passes and Sandy can't wait for all the fried food!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) 4 months ago

Jeff,

I had no idea that San Diego's fair was the largest.  I am sure this brings in many out-of towners and day trippers.  Enjoy.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 4 months ago

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - I remember when the LA County Fair was the largest county fair but San Diego and Orange Counties both have increases and LA dropped in attendance.  San Diego has the most attendance. Only a couple of state fairs beat it! 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 4 months ago

Hello Jeff - and there are so many wonderful things about the San Diego County Fair starting with its terrific location.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 4 months ago

Jeff you are lucky to have Fairs this early in the year.  Ours are in the fall, and I look forward to them every year.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 4 months ago

Jeff I have always wanted to go to Fairs, it has been on my bucket list for the past 40+ years... all I can say is "...One of These Days Alice...")))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 4 months ago

I haven't been to a county fair in a very long time, but this looks like it will be a fun one!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 4 months ago

Hi Nina Hollander 

I was kinda surprised about the size, too, but that's what they say. About 1.5M people are expected based on past experience. It seems to get bigger every year!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 4 months ago

I grew up visiting the California State Fair every year when I was a kid.  I lived only 6 blocks from the old fair grounds.  However, I have never been to a county fair.  I should try to fix that one of these days!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 4 months ago

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI 

So are you planning to go more than once? Can't say I am lured by fried food...enjoy!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 4 months ago

Not sure we will get there this year Ron and Alexandra Seigel ...time will tell.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 4 months ago

I suspect you can define LARGEST any number of ways and different fairs will come out on top, Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  Whatever the real truth may be, our county fair is pretty darn popular.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 4 months ago

The location IS great Michael Jacobs  and it's easy to get to, other than the traffic.

We have things in the fall, too George Souto . Hope you get to enjoy YOUR fair!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 4 months ago

Well, one of these days you WILL get there Endre Barath, Jr.  LOL!

Brian England - It's pretty impressive how much they can cram into the fairgrounds over 27 days, with a million+ people enjoying it!

Jeff

 

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 4 months ago

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you WILL get the opportunity some day!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 4 months ago

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