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What to Know Before You Go

Well, of course you’re planning on joining us for some HOME*GROWN*FUN this summer, but maybe you’ve got some questions.

  • Can I bring my pet iguana to HOME*GROWN*FUN? (Answer: No.)
  • If I lose my favorite sunglasses, what should I do? (Answer: Give us a call. We’ll do our best to help you find them.)
  • Cash or Credit? (Answer: Credit or Debit! Contactless payment is recommended, and cash may not be accepted at many booth locations.

Here you’ll find the answers to our most frequently asked questions. Not finding what you’re looking for? Contact us and we’ll find your answers.


[Updated: June 20, 2021]

The Del Mar Fairgrounds and HOME•GROWN•FUN presented by the San Diego County Fair are following the health and safety guidelines set forth by the San Diego County Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health and Cal-OSHA.

We have implemented an arrival time ticketing system for both admission and parking to allow guests to socially distance with others outside of your household and to help ease traffic congestion. All admission and parking passes must be purchased online in advance, no ticket transactions will take place on site at the event.  Note: NCTD Fun Trippers will arrive with transit schedules.

In order to promote social distancing and reduce exposure, guests will enter the Fairgrounds at the designated entry time of your choosing when you purchase your tickets on line.

We have implemented enhanced protocols and procedures to keep our guests and team members safe and healthy. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting the Fairgrounds.

Hand washing and hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the Fairgrounds for the safety and convenience of guests.

Contactless payment through the use of debit/credit cards for purchase transactions is strongly recommended for all purchases to limit the spread of germs. Cash will not be accepted for alcohol purchases, carnival ride purchases or at the Gift Shop.  Cash may not be accepted at some concession and vendor booths.

In accordance with State & County Departments of Public Health, face coverings are required for all guests (ages 2 and up) and team members until June 15, 2021.  After June 15, 2021, the following guidelines will be in place for the public:

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that people attending certain public occasions:

  • be fully vaccinated,
  • obtain a negative COVID-19 test beforehand,
  • OR wear a face covering.

The Fairgrounds reserves the right to require a guest to leave if they are not following policies and procedures of any kind, or are using profanity or offensive language towards our team members or other guests.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting the Fairgrounds, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Please help keep each other safe and healthy by doing your part to adhere to all guidelines!

Interested in getting your COVID-19 vaccination? The Del Mar Fairgrounds is home to the Scripps Vaccination Super Station and no appointment is necessary; dates and hours can be found on the Del Mar Fairgrounds website.

[Updated: June 7, 2021]

The San Diego County Department of Public Health’s health and safety protocols include several mandatory requirements as directed by state and county public health orders.  All attendees and staff will undergo health screening, prior to admittance to the event.

The health screening consists of the following:

Self-assessment before leaving their home to come to the Fairgrounds which includes remaining at home if one is sick (even if the symptoms are not consistent with COVID-19).

Prior to June 15, on site screening includes a temperature screening performed with a no-contact thermometer. Anyone with a temperature of 100.8 degrees or greater are considered to have a fever and will not be permitted to enter the event. Guests and team members will be asked to read a sign with a series of symptom screening questions.  Should any guest answer “yes” to any of the symptom screening questions, the guest will not be permitted into the event.

After June 15, team members will be the only group required to continue the on site screening procedures.

We ask that all guests and team members continue self assessments at home prior to attending the event throughout the run of the event.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people are present.  COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death.

Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds and/or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol.
Hand sanitizer dispensers and disinfectant wipes are located throughout the event.

Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way:

Wash your hands with soap and water, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After touching garbage
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Follow these five steps every time:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap & Water

If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. Hand sanitizer can be found at at Guest Services, many food concession stands, and in several other areas like exhibit halls.


If you purchased a Best Pass Ever for 2020 and did not receive a refund, it be will be honored at the 2021 HOME*GROWN*FUN and the 2022 San Diego County Fair. However, we will not be selling additional Best Pass Ever passes. We do encourage you to purchase your parking pass online in advance of the event, as there will be no onsite sales and capacity is limited.

If you already had tickets to the 2020 San Diego County Fair, you can choose to either save them so you can enjoy the full San Diego County Fair experience in 2022 (OR) use your tickets any day this summer at HOME*GROWN*FUN. You don’t need to exchange your tickets online; you can just bring them to the event on the day of your choice. We do encourage you to purchase your parking pass online in advance of the event, as there will be no onsite sales and capacity is limited.

We are fully booked for HOME*GROWN*FUN, but we encourage those who would like to be exhibitors to apply for the 2022 San Diego County Fair.

We are not accepting community entertainer or performance applications for HOME*GROWN*FUN. We will however, have daily on-the-spot contests you are encouraged to participate in!

We were not able to gather for the entry and judging period necessary to execute our competitive exhibits programs, so full traditional competitive exhibits will not be on display. HOME*GROWN*FUN will have agricultural exhibits, a small garden display with a model train installation by the San Diego Garden Railroad Society, and daily hosted contests, demonstrations and make-and-take crafting sessions in the spirit of the Fair’s competitive exhibits programs.

Due to our limited capacity and COVID-19 distancing protocols, we are not hosting Grandstand concerts.  We look forward to having a full line-up at the 2022 San Diego County Fair.

What Can I Bring…& What Is Prohibited?

We encourage you to pack light–and if you do bring a bag, a clear bag is preferred–but we understand you may need to bring a purse, backpack, shopping tote or diaper bag to enjoy a full day at the Fairgrounds. All bags and parcels will be inspected as you enter the Fairgrounds. You will need to unzip (unsnap, untie, etc.) all compartments so security personnel can look inside. 

Due to COVID-19, clear bags are preferred in order to prevent staff from touching your items. 

We encourage you to take lots of photos to preserve your memories, but we do have some restrictions on where cameras and other photo-taking devices can and cannot be used.


  • Any photography activities that may be deemed a nuisance to the enjoyment of others is prohibited. An example is holding your smartphone where it blocks someone else’s view.
  • Selfie sticks are prohibited at all times.
  • Tripods are not permitted in any area where they might be a trip hazard to others. We prefer you use a monopod to steady your camera, and it must be extended and retracted just before and after you use it.

Outside food and beverages will NOT be permitted. Exceptions include factor-sealed water bottles, food required for medical purposes, medically-indicated nutritional supplements, and baby food or baby formula. Guests may also bring empty bottles to be filled with water in our Guest Services office, located in the east end of the Grandstand.

There are a variety of food and beverage items available for purchase inside the event.

For the safety of our guests and employees, guns may not be brought onto the Fairgrounds.

However, off-duty, qualified law enforcement officers (as defined in 18 U.S.C. section 926B) or qualified, retired law enforcement officers (as defined in 18 U.S.C. section 926C) will be allowed to carry concealed weapons into  the event. These individuals must identify themselves to Security at the event entrances with the proper credentials required by law. The credentials required of qualified off-duty or retired law enforcement officers by 18 U.S.C. sections 926B and 926C will be verified by a San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy.

In addition, qualified off-duty and retired law enforcement officers will be required to sign a document attesting to their compliance with all pertinent state and federal laws and the policies and procedures of their individual employers; and, that they are not at the time of entry, nor will be while on the Fairgrounds, under the influence of alcohol or any intoxicating or hallucinatory drug.

All sharp metal objects, such as pocket knives, tableware and scissors are strictly prohibited, as are guns and other weapons. If you have any of these items when you reach the security checkpoint, you can either take them back to your vehicle or dispose of them.

An exception is made for shears, which are considered tools, that some guests intend to trade, sell, or have repaired through an authorized vendor. Shears must be properly identified and displayed before entering the gates. We recommend that you tape shut the blades of the shears.

Laser pointers are strictly prohibited, and will be confiscated during the gate security check.

The 22nd District Agricultural Association reserves the right to prohibit visitors to the Del Mar Fairgrounds who wear clothing that could create a distraction and/or who are not properly attired. All clothing must be family-friendly.

Guests are required to wear footwear and shirts at all times.


  • Clothing displaying offensive messages/language
  • Transparent clothing
  • Clothing that exposes inappropriate portions of the body, such as string bikini tops, G-strings, bikini bottoms, etc.
  • Clothing that identifies the wearer as part of a gang

Pepper spray and similar sprays intended for self-defense are prohibited. Anything that can be used as a weapon is prohibited inside of the Fairgrounds.

The only animals allowed on the grounds are service animals and animals on exhibit or used in entertainment. We do not have day-care accommodations for pets.

Service dogs are welcome, but “comfort animals” do not qualify under the ADA guidelines from the Department of Justice and will not be allowed into the event.

Unauthorized solicitation of business of any kind with patrons, contracted vendors, and/or performers is strictly prohibited. Unapproved solicitors will be escorted off grounds and unauthorized promotional materials will be confiscated.

For safety reasons, selfie sticks are strictly prohibited and may not be brought onto the Fairgrounds.

Do not bring skateboards, hoverboards, foot-powered scooters, roller skates, shoes with wheels in the soles, and similar types of wheeled transportation.

Wagons and strollers are allowed; however bags and carriers of any kind are subject to search at event entrances.

We prefer you use a hat to shield yourself from the sun. Umbrellas cannot be more than three feet in diameter. Please do not use an umbrella in crowded areas.

Wagons and strollers are allowed; however bags and carriers of any kind are subject to search at event entrances.


Major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express) are accepted.

Contactless payment through the use of debit/credit cards for purchase transactions is strongly recommended for all purchases; cash will not be accepted for alcohol purchases or at the Gift Shop, and may not be accepted at various concession and vendor booths.

While Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are located throughout the Fairgrounds, cash may not be accepted at many locations due to COVID-19 and the recommendation toward contactless payments noted above.


If you lose something at the event, please call 858-794-1124. If you leave a voicemail message, be sure to:

  • Let us know if you have filed a Lost Item report, and if you did, tell us on what date and what the report number is.
  • Describe the lost item, using as much detail as you can, including the date you attended the event. 
  • Speak clearly. When you leave your name and phone number, speak slowly
    enough that we can write down your phone number. Spell your name; it may help us to find your records.
  • If you lost a cell phone, please include the phone brand (such as Samsung, iPhone, etc.) and the phone service (such as AT&T or Verizon), as well as any other information that will help identify your phone (such as distinctive case or custom decoration).
  • If you lost keys, please include information such as an approximate number of keys; if it is a keyless fob; whether they are car, home or office keys; and whether there is a key ring decorative item. If so, describe the decorative item; and other detailed information that will help us identify which set of lost keys are yours.


If you are coming back to the Fairgrounds to claim an item, please call Guest Services at (858) 794-1124 to arrange to pick up your item on one of our “dark” days (Mondays and Tuesdays) or after July 4. All unclaimed items are donated to charity after September 1.


Children who have become separated from their parents are brought to the Guest Services office, where they will have a quiet place to wait. We act quickly to find lost children and reunite them with their parents. Children who become separated from their parents should go to a uniformed employee.

Guest Services (First Floor, East Grandstand) has a quiet room for nursing mothers, parents of infants, or families with special needs. The room is equipped with a high chair, changing table, and related amenities.

  • Disabled parking will be available on the Track, Training Track & West Lot parking areas.
  • All parking is first-come, first-serve.
  • RVs and any vehicle that cannot fit into one parking space are not allowed.
  • The Del Mar Fairgrounds is accessible by Public Transit and Access/Lift. For more information call (619) 233-3004 or your Para-transit provider.

There are no trams, shuttle services, or off-site parking services this year.

Parking is on site only at a cost of $12 per car and must be purchased in advance through our online ticketing system.

We have a ride share drop off lot located in our West Lot.

The NCTD Fun Tripper includes transportation to-and-from the event on North County Transit District’s COASTER, SPRINTER and/or BREEZE plus HOME*GROWN*FUN Admission for only $12. See for transit schedules.

Restrooms have stalls for disabled visitors, as well as diaper changing tables.

A private restroom large enough for a wheelchair plus a caregiver is available at Guest Services (First Floor, East Grandstand).  

Guest Services has a quiet room for nursing mothers, parents of infants, or families with special needs. The room is equipped with a high chair, changing table, and related amenities.

Patrons with autism and other sensory-sensitive conditions may find the sights and sounds of the event challenging and overwhelming. To help make their visit more enjoyable, the Fairgrounds has partnered with KultureCity, whose Sensory Inclusion program has been successfully implemented in various public venues across the United States. Guests can check-out sensory kits including noise-cancelling headphones and other tools, at no charge. Visit the Guest Services Office in the East Grandstand for more information.

These items are available for rental in advance online through Vista Mobility or by calling (262) 677-2696. Pick up will be at the West Gate.

  • $15–Wheelchairs
  • $10–Wagons
  • $30–Scooters

You can arrange a rental on site, however quantities are limited and are rented on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no time limit on the rental; hours of the event are 11:00am–9:00pm. Vista Mobility will hold a driver’s license or credit card for collateral with all rentals.

Event Map

Find your way around the ‘grounds with this map of HOME•GROWN•FUN!

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