Plein Air Painting

Paint or draw a Fair scene and win a ribbon

Artists can paint or draw a scene at the San Diego County Fair in our popular Plein Air Painting contest.

Entry Information

Registration deadline: Register online no later than Thursday, June 15

Contest date: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Plein Air Painting Contest Info
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The Fine Print

Adults 18 and older may enter this contest.

Cash awards and ribbons. Please see the contest materials for specifics.

For Plein Air Painting, artists register in advance. On the day of the contest, they bring up to three surfaces (canvas, paper, board, etc.) to be stamped. Artists spend the day painting or drawing a scene. Only one submission will be judged.

Plein Air costs $15 to enter, but your entry fee includes free Fair admission and parking.

See our Competitive Exhibits section for information on entering artwork in the Fair’s Fine Art exhibit.

Get in touch online or call us at (858) 792-4207.

San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds