Darius Rucker

On the Grandstand Stage

This event is open all day closing at 11:00PM, everyday – check gate times here

Dates: Open everyday
Times: All day closing at 11:00PM

After fronting one of the most popular pop/rock bands of the 1990s, Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker headed in a different direction when he decided to go solo.

The South Carolina native embraced country music, and fans went wild for hits such as “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Wagon Wheel,” “Homegrown Honey,” and many more.

Ticket Types

Floor with Dinner Package

From $159
Dinner package includes tickets in the center section, dinner in the Del Mar Turf Club, and preferred parking. Concert seating is closest to the stage.

Floor

From $76
Reserved; tickets are seat-specific. For this concert, seats are closest to the stage, in the left and right sections.

Terrace

From $76
Reserved; tickets are seat-specific. The view is level with the stage. Terrace seats in the center are at four-person tables with wait service for food and beverages.

2nd and 4th Levels

From $54
Reserved; tickets are seat-specific. 2nd level seats are slightly behind and higher than the Terrace seats; 4th level seats are at the front of the Grandstand balcony.

3rd and 5th Levels

From $26
Unreserved. Seating is on a first-come basis. 3rd level seats are behind the 2nd level; 5th level seats are behind the 4th level, all under a roof supported by pillars (some seats have obstructed views).

If you have Fair admission

From $15
If you have Fair admission (examples: Best Pass Ever season pass, Exhibit entrant), you can buy tickets for this show for $11.00 less on child/senior prices and $17.00 less on adult prices. These tickets are sold only at the Fair's Box Office.

Summer Concert Series Dinner Menu

Dinner packages must be purchased prior to the day of show; dinner is served in the Grandstand’s Turf Club between 5:00 and 7:00PM.

Appetizers

Available at an additional cost of $16. Select one.

Del Mar’s Famous Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail

Imported and Domestic Cheeses | Grapes | Strawberries | Figs

From the Garden

Select one.

Watermelon & Feta Salad | Red & Golden Watermelon | Feta | Candied Pistachios | Temecula Olivasecca Olives | Petite Season’s Mix | Pickled Bermuda Onion | Citrus Vinaigrette

Summer Tomato Salad
| Yellow & Red Vine Ripened Tomatoes | Whole Milk Mozzarella | Baby Arugula | Balsamic Sherry Vinaigrette | Micro Basil

The Main Event

Select one.

Grilled King Salmon | Jeweled Cous Cous | Dried Cranberries & Apricots | Sautéed Rainbow Chard | Dill Cucumber Raita

All Natural Brandt Beef Short Rib | Roasted Corn Mashed Potatoes | Baby Carrots | Haricot Verts | Wax Beans | Crispy Leeks | California Cabernet Sauce

Grilled Mary’s Organic Chicken Breast |Shell Bean Ragout | Brown Beech Mushrooms | Wilted Kale | Oven Roasted Tomatoes | Lemon Herb Butter

Garden Vegetable Risotto | Grilled Baby Zucchini | Patty Pan Squash | Roasted Sweet Peppers | King Trumpet Mushrooms | Cherry Heirloom Tomatoes | Green Herb Pesto (Vegan)

Served with Freshly Baked O’Brien’s Boulangerie Dinner Rolls & Creamery Butter

Sweet Ending

Select one.

Double Chocolate Cake | Fresh Raspberries | Chocolate Sauce

New York Style Cheesecake | Fresh Blackberries | Raspberry Coulis

Seating Policies

  • All concert tickets include Fair admission.
  • Ticket prices do not include Ticketmaster fees. Tickets may be purchased without booking fees at the Fairgrounds Box Office.
  • Infants may be held on an adult’s lap. In ticketed areas, anyone who occupies a seat must have a ticket.
  • No unauthorized solicitation of business of any kind
  • No standing in aisles or corridors to watch the show.
  • No standing on seats
  • Saving more than two seats is prohibited.

Camera Policies

Any photography activities that may be deemed a nuisance to the enjoyment of others is prohibited. Personal “point and shoot” cameras are permitted, but do not block the view of people around you.

The following photography items are strictly prohibited, and may not be used during concerts:

  • No flash photography
  • No video or audio recording
  • No tablets
  • No cameras with removable lenses
  • No selfie sticks

Doors to the Grandstand typically open 90 minutes before the show begins. This is an approximate time and may vary depending on crowd size and other factors.

If you are in a general admission area where it is first-come seating, a line-up area will be designated with signage in the Plaza de Mexico area. If you have a ticket with a specific seat, enjoy the Fair activities until you'd like to come to your seat.

Tickets ordered through Ticketmaster for pickup at Will Call will be available the day of the concert starting at 10:00AM. The Will Call booth is at the O'Brien Gate, informally known as the "front gate." At the booth, present your Ticketmaster confirmation number, along with a valid ID (state-issued driver's license or ID card, passport or military identification).

Yes. The stage area has many food-and-beverage locations, or you can buy something from a Fair food vendor and bring it into the concert area.

Any photography activities that may be deemed a nuisance to the enjoyment of others is prohibited. Personal "point and shoot" cameras are permitted, but do not block the view of people around you.

The following photography items are strictly prohibited, and may not be used during concerts:
• No flash photography
• No video or audio recording
• No tablets
• No cameras with removable lenses
• No selfie sticks

There are only two authorized ticket sellers: Ticketmaster and the Fairgrounds Box Office. We strongly recommend you never purchase Fair concert or festival tickets from any other source. Tickets purchased from non-authorized sources could be counterfeit or stolen, which means the ticket will not be honored, and you will lose the money you paid.