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On a Budget? Here Are Free Things to Do at the San Diego County Fair

We've got a list of top free things to do at this year's San Diego County Fair, made with your budget in mind.

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Monica Garske

The San Diego County Fair is right around the corner!

But for San Diegans heading to the Fair on a budget, it may be tough to feel like you can enjoy yourself without spending a lot of money. 

Never fear, San Diego! We've got a list of top free things to do at this year's San Diego County Fair, made with your budget in mind. 

(By the way, if you're looking for a big list of fair discounts, click here to read our story about that.)

World of Horses
Get in touch with your equestrian side at the World of Wonders, where experts will be able to answer all your horse-related questions. You'll be able to watch daily demos of riding styles, plus learn about grooming, parts of the horse, vaulting and roping lessons.

This area is opened all day, every day. It closes at 7 p.m. 

The Car Show
Car fanatics, this one is for you! More than 40 car clubs visit the Fair this year while it is open, and you won't want to miss your favorite. Take a look at everything from Street Rods, Woodies, Corvettes, Teslas, McLarens to Mustangs and more. For a full schedule and locations, click here. 

Flower Show
Who doesn't love beautiful flowers? Hundreds of backyard blooms will fill the flower show while the fair is open. You'll recognize the roses, but you'll learn about other flowers too, like the dahlia and the gladiolus. In addition to flowers, you'll find intricate bouquets. The exhibition closes at 10 p.m. 

Fiesta Village
It's full-blown family fun time at Fiesta Village, located at Family Funville (here's a map). Find Latin-themed dancing, musical performances and more at this section of the Fair, with things to do for the whole family. 

Plus, you can browse items for sale from vendors from the Mexican States of Baja California, Sonora, Nayarit, Zacatecas, Jalisco, Queretaro, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero, State of Mexico and Yucatan. You'll be able to get to know the art from all sections of the country. The area closes at 9 p.m. 

Livestock Show
What's a Fair without a livestock show? At the Fair's livestock area, you'll find cavies, rabbits, pigeons, dogs, and more.

The youth livestock program, in particular, gives 4H and FFA members a chance to learn all about livestock, from care and feeding to animal health. The area closes at 10 p.m. 

Theme Exhibit
Don't miss the Fair's signature theme exhibit, where you'll get a taste of the sweet, sweet life. This free exhibit takes people on a fun journey to learn more about the nuts and bolts of the candy- and chocolate-making process. 

You'll learn important answers to questions like, "Why is unicorn food so popular?" and art masterpieces reimagined as candy, and so much more. 

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