After a month of fried food, rides and concerts, the final weekend of the San Diego County Fair has come. If you haven’t made it to the Del Mar Fairgrounds just yet, there’s still time to bid farewell. Until next year, fair.
Saturday, July 4
4th of July Grandstand Show
7:30 p.m., Heineken Grandstand Stage
Celebrate Independence Day at the fairgrounds with the big Grandstand Show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. with a performance from the Navy Band Southwest. Patriotic fireworks follow at 9 p.m. and after that, patrons can enjoy a stand-up performance from “Saturday Night Live” alum and Emmy winner Dana Carney around 9:30 p.m. Carvey, if you recall, is known for creating hilarious SNL characters including “The Church Lady,” rockstar wannabe Garth of “Wayne’s World” fame and Hans, half of the “we’ll pump you up” bodybuilding duo, Hans and Franz. Unreserved areas (3rd and 5th levels and standing room in front of the stage) are free with paid fair admission. Reserved tickets to this show (2nd and 4th levels and Terrace seating) range between $32 and $42 for children, seniors and adults. Of course, the fair will celebrate Independence Day all day long, too, beginning with a patriotic ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the O’Brien Gate, followed by this jam-packed July 4th events lineup.
Pete Johnson Blues Band
9 p.m., Coor Light Rock-On Stage
This 21+ concert will feature tunes from the Pete Johnson Blues Band playing covers and original blues, R&B and “boogie” jams. This band got together in 2008 and has steadily performed all over San Diego ever since. The group includes Pete Johnson, Cat Jefferson on lead female vocals, Brian O'Keefe on guitar, Mike Santangelo on bass and Diane L'Esperance on keyboard. This show is free with fair admission and there is no reserved seating.
Sunday, July 5
Calibre 50 and Banda Carnaval
7:30 p.m., Del Mar Arena
This regional Mexican quartet from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, specializes in teen-oriented banda-style tunes, heavy on cumbias and romanticas. This concert is free with fair admission in the unreserved standing room area on the Arena floor. Otherwise, reserved seats (Grandstand and Box Seats) range between $16 and $36 for children, seniors and adults.
9 p.m., Coors Light Rock-On Stage
This ZZ Top tribute band will rock the house at this 21+ concert, which is free with fair admission. Enjoy classics like “La Grange” and hits like ‘Legs,” plus spinning fussy guitars, like a true tribute to ZZ Top.
World Pro Wrestling
12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Paddock Green
This Battle of Belts World Championship wrestling event will feature ring stars like The Legendary Honkytonk Man, Former Road Warrior Heinrich, SoCal Crazy, The Ninja and many more. The event is free at the Paddock Green with paid admission into the fair.