The San Diego County Fair is open through July 4. In the interest of public safety, activities involving direct animal interaction at the Fair have been suspended.

All guests are encouraged to wash their hands after any contact with animals or their living area, as well as prior to eating or drinking.

Plein Air Painting

The information below is from the 2019 Fair, and it will give you an idea of what to expect in 2020. Please check back soon!

Paint or draw a scene at the Fair

Artists can paint or draw a scene at the San Diego County Fair in our popular Plein Air Painting contest, and win cash prizes, ribbons, and recognition!

The Fine Print

Got questions? Here is more information about this contest.

Adults 18 and older may enter this contest.

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

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. See the contest materials for other details on how the contest works.

Plein Air costs $15 to enter, but your entry fee includes free Fair admission and parking. Processing fees are non-refundable. One entry per exhibitor.

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.

Entry Information

Entry deadline: Entries are now closed for this contest.
Contest dates: Thursday, June 20, 2019.

Contest Info
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2019 Results

Oil/Acrylic

First – Jack Ragland, Fallbrook
Second – Matthew Pinkey, Santee
Third – Sean Hnedak, San Diego

Water Media, Drawing, Pastel or Other Media

First – Keiko Tanabe, Carlsbad
Second – Brian Meyer, Lemon Grove
Third – Luis Juarez, San Diego

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