DEL MAR–During the 2016 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertson/Vons, the Del Mar Arena offers free daily entertainment including motorized events, such as demolition derbies, motorsports competitions, equine events, talent competitions and a smorgasbord of other programming.
Opening weekend will feature a Fire and Safety Expo and Firefighter Demolition Derby, presented by San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145, and a Mariachi Festival. The Fire Expo is a firefighting skills demonstration and demolition derby competition among firefighters from all over San Diego County on June 3 and 4. This popular event raises funds for an important cause, The Burn Institute. On Sunday, June 5, the Mariachi Festival, featuring Mariachi Garibaldi, is a day full of lively mariachi music, folklorico dancing, and other attractions, which are also part of the Fair’s Sunday programming and Dia de la Familia.
The Charity Fair Horse Show, from June 8 – 11, has been a part of the Fair for more than 30 years. It is a benefit for the Pet Encounter Therapy and Therapeutic Riding programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center, and the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation. The show features American Saddlebred Horses, Hackney and Roadster Ponies, Morgan Horses, Friesian Horses, and Equitation and Medal Classes. The Del Mar Classic Horse Show features riders in Hunter/Jumper classes, on June 15.
Sunday, June 12, is the day when one of the biggest competitions of the Fair season, Best Dance Crew showcases the talents of professional and amateur dance groups of five or more. The Asian Festival, also on June 12 and back for the second year, will bring the best of Asian and Pacific Island culture to the Fair. It features music, dance and martial arts performances, as well as fashion and community based organizations representing China, Philippines, India, Korea, Japan, Hawai’i, and Vietnam.
Come and enjoy some of the best beers in the world at the 10th Annual San Diego International Beer Festival, Friday, June 17, through Sunday, June 19. Last year, more than 10,000 beer lovers joined in on one of our five tasting sessions, sipping their way through their choice of hundreds of varieties of ale, cider, porter, stout, mead and more! Winning breweries and beers will be featured at the festival, and “Best of Show Beer” will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 18, at 12:30 p.m. See the entire list of results from the 2016 San Diego International Beer Competition on the website, www.sandiegobeerfestival.com. Purchase VIP Lounge ($110) or General Admission ($61) for one of five sessions:
Beer Festival Dates/Times:
Session 1: Friday, June 17 (noon – 4 p.m.)
Session 2: Friday, June 17 (5 – 9 p.m.)
Session 3: Saturday, June 18 (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Session 4: Saturday, June 18 (4 – 8 p.m.)
Session 5: Sunday, June 19 (noon – 4 p.m.)
Ticket Type Cost Includes:
VIP Lounge $110 Festival and Fair admission + early VIP lounge entry, VIP seating, food and beer pairings, unlimited grazing for the first two hours of the session and a 6 oz. souvenir glass
General Admission $61 Festival and Fair admission and 1 oz. souvenir glass
Beer Festival Tickets are available at http://sandiegobeerfestival.com and at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Box Office.