Weekend Fun: San Diego County Fair

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    The Wave rider runs at dusk during the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, California. The fair features games, rides, live entertainment, livestock shows, food and much more and is one of the 10 largest fairs in North America. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

    The San Diego County Fair rolls on this weekend and it’s all about cars at the fairgrounds: big, beastly demolition wheels, classic antique rides and action-packed racing. So head to Del Mar, gearheads, where the rubber will burn amid the fair fun.

    Friday, June 27

    Demo Derby
    (1 p.m. and 5 p.m.)
    Who doesn’t love a good demolition derby? Head over to the Del Mar Arena and watch as drivers smash and crash into each other until only one set of wheels is left standing. In the VIP class of this Demo Derby, local celebrities vie for the victory and, of course, bragging rights.

    Acoustic Friday
    (12 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
    If acoustic music is just your grove, you’ll love this all-day music event at the San Diego County Ford Dealers Paddock Stage. Throughout the day, some of Southern California’s top singers and songwriters will take centerstage and perform for fairgoers. The acoustic lineup includes Dina Valenz, Kevin Begin, Sabrina Lentini, 22 Kings, Kylie Jordan, Tara Honda, Tolan Shaw and Meghan Linsey.

    Larry Hernandez
    (7:30 p.m.)
    Performer Larry Hernandez will hit the Heineken Grandstand Stage Friday night. The show is free with fair admission for unreserved seats on the 3rd and 5th levels. Otherwise, reserved seats cost between $18 and $35, depending on the section and age of the concertgoer. Buy tickets here.

    Saturday, June 28

    Antique Car Races
    (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
    Okay, antique car buffs, this event is the one for you. Spend a couple of hours gazing at the sweet rides as members of the Horseless Carriage Club and Model T Club complete in the Antique Car Races at the Del Mar Arena. This fine collection of automobiles is enough to rev anyone’s engine, gearhead or not.

    Fred Hammond
    (7 p.m.)
    This solo concert at the Heineken Grandstand Stage is the headliner for the 10th Annual Gospel Festival. Hammond’s show is free with fair admission for unreserved seats on the 3rd and 5th levels and the standing area in front of the stage. Reserved ticket prices range from $24 to $35 and can be purchased here.

    10th Annual Gospel Festival
    (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
    This all-day festival will feature uplifting gospel artists, including the aforementioned headliner, Fred Hammond. The opening act is Brent Jones. For details about this festival within the fair, click here.

    Terracross Championship Racing
    (1 p.m. and 5 p.m.)
    Check out quads and other little speed demons as they race on a short, rugged course made only the toughest off-road enthusiasts. This event is held at the Del Mar Arena and includes premier classes of racing such as Pro Polaris RZR 1000, Pro Women's, Pro 4x4 Quad and Quad Speeding with Style.
    Sunday, June 25

    Espinoza Paz
    (7:30 p.m.)
    This Latin music star will take the Heineken Grandstand Stage on Sunday belting out many of his Spanish language hits. The show is free is fair admission for the unreserved seats on the 3rd and 5th levels. Reserved ticket prices range between $24 and $35.

    My Big Fair Wedding Day
    (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
    Love is the air at the fair! This event at the Paul Ecke Jr. Flower Show is an opportunity for brides-to-be and their entourage to see beautiful floral displays, chat up industry professionals and learn how to plan for their own perfect Big Day. Attendees can also taste gourmet catering samples, browse through inspirational wedding décor and have professional “save the date” photos taken.

    Terracross Championship Racing
    (1 p.m. and 5 p.m.)
    The rugged races continue Sunday at the Del Mar Arena with this event featuring off-road rides with the need for speed.