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Jim Gaffigan

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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!

Jim Gaffigan is a three-time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, Emmy winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around his observations on life.

In addition to two seasons of the semi-fictitious Jim Gaffigan Show, which he wrote and produced with his wife Jeannie, and his widely popular stand-up comedy specials, Gaffigan has guest-starred on many television comedies and dramas, ranging from Portlandia and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to HBO’s cult hits Flight of the Concords and Bored to Death to dramatic roles in Law & Order.

On the silver screen, his many credits include Three Kings, Hot Pursuit, and Experimenter. 2018 was Gaffigan’s biggest year to date with an astonishing 13 films slated to release or start production in almost every genre including comedy, drama, thriller, fantasy and animated features. Current and upcoming projects include the historical drama Chappaquiddick for Entertainment Studio, Fox Searchlight’s cult classic sequel Super Troopers 2, IFC Films/Showtime’s athletic drama Chuck, and the highly-anticipated feature for Amazon Studio, Troupe Zero.

Additionally, Gaffigan recently released his 6th stand up special, Noble Ape, and continue his international arena and theater tour.

In 2014, Gaffigan had the great honor of performing for Pope Francis and over 1 million festival attendees at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia.

Gaffigan and his wife currently live in Manhattan with their five children.

Ticket Types

Floor with Dinner Package


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.
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Reserved; tickets are seat-specific. You will be closest to the stage, looking up at it.
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Reserved; tickets are seat-specific. The view is level with the stage. Center-section terrace seats are at four-person tables with wait service for food and beverages.
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2nd and 4th levels


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. Both areas have unobstructed views.
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3rd and 5th levels


Unreserved; General Admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-served 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).
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If you have Fair admission

From $15

If you already have Fair admission (examples: Best Pass Ever season pass, Exhibit entrant), you can buy this concert ticket type, which does not include Fair admission. These tickets are sold exclusively through the Fair's Box Office.
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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. Crying infants will be cause for audience member relocation.
  • 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.

Violation of any of the above is cause for eviction from this show.

Toyota Summer Concert Series Dinner Menu

Dinner service begins 2 1/2 hours prior to show time and closes 30 minutes prior to the start of the show. Dinner packages must be purchased prior to the day of show.


Available at an additional cost of $18. Select one.

Del Mar’s Famous Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail

Imported and Domestic Cheeses | Grapes | Strawberries | Figs

From the Garden

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Mixed California Greens | Cherry Heirloom Tomatoes | Grilled Sweet Summer Corn | Cucumbers | Pickled Onions | Focaccia Croutons | Champagne Vinaigrette

Go Green Organic Butter Lettuce Salad Seasonal Berries | Laura Chenel Goat Cheese | Caramelized Walnuts | Peppered Berry Vinaigrette

The Main Event

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Grilled King Salmon | Asparagus | Marinated Haricot Vert | Yellow Wax & Cannellini Bean Salad | Apple Cider Vinaigrette | Tarragon Honey Mustard Glaze

All Natural Brandt Beef Short Rib | Roasted Sweet Corn Mash Potatoes | Baby Carrots |
Garlic Broccolini | Burgundy Bordelaise Sauce

Grilled Chicken Breast | Artichokes | Oven Roasted Tomatoes | Manchego Polenta |
Lemon Caper Butter

Grilled Zucchini “Cannelloni” Wild Mushroom Ragout | Golden Quinoa | Romesco Sauce

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

Sweet Ending

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Double Chocolate Ganache Cake | Fresh Raspberries | Chocolate Sauce

New York Style Cheesecake | Fresh Blackberries | Raspberry Coulis

Camera Policies

Photography is prohibited during this performance.

  • No cameras, including camera phones
  • No recording or photography of any kind

Violating any of the above is cause for eviction from this show.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I get into the concert area?

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.

My tickets are at Will Call. How do I pick them up?

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).

Can I get something to eat or drink during the concert?

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.

Can I use my camera?

Not for this show. See Camera Policy.

What are the authorized ticket sellers for Fair concert tickets?

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.

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