Events & Activities

All-Day Attractions & Exhibits


Location: Throughout Home•Grown•Fun

Whether you’re craving deep-fried favorites, smoky bar-b-que, sweets and treats, or something served on-a-stick, you’ll have more than thirty food concessionaires to choose from, so come hungry!

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Many food concessionaires prefer debit or credit card payment, and may not accept cash.

Ferris Wheel

Location: West Avenue

Nothing beats the 360º view from the tippy top of our Ferris wheel, the grand classic of carnival rides. Views span from the sparking blue Pacific down the Coast-to-Crest Trail!

Ride Info

Extra ticket required; tickets must be purchased with debit or credit card. No cash accepted.


Location: West Avenue

Pick from a colorful, whimsical menagerie of equestrian and exotic animals, and saddle up for a spin on this merry-go-round guaranteed to delight kids of all ages.

Ride Info

Extra ticket required; tickets must be purchased with debit or credit card. No cash accepted.

Family Rides

Location: West Avenue

Buckle up and hang on because we’ve got a dozen spinning, dipping, zipping & swinging family-friendly rides to choose from, all suited for kids (and kids at heart!)

Ride Info

Extra ticket required; tickets must be purchased with debit or credit card. No cash accepted.


Location: Exhibit Hall, Seaside Pavilion, Bing Crosby Hall

From kitchen favorites like CutCo knives and Vitamix blenders, to a huge selection of Russian nesting dolls and custom fit toe rings, we’ve got three large shopping halls full of the gadgets and gizmos a-plenty you just can’t seem to find anywhere else!

Many retail vendors prefer debit or credit card payment, and may not accept cash. Cash is not accepted in the event Gift Shop.

Happy Day Pony Ride

Location: West Avenue

For generations of San Diegans, saddling up on Happy Day Pony Rides is their first experience in equestrian athletics at the Fairgrounds!

Extra ticket required; tickets are purchased directly through this vendor.


Location: East Avenue

Discover your inner farmer in Agri-Land! Kid-size tractors harvest big imaginations, Hollandia Dairy hosts daily milking demonstrations to show just what it takes to get that glass of milk you drink from the farm to your fridge! You won’t go home empty handed. Plant a seed to take home and watch it grow into a radish, head of lettuce, flavorful herb or a majestic sunflower.

Garden Walk

Location: Seaside Pavilion

HOME•GROWN gardeners will delight in the Garden Walk, a nod to the beloved Fair tradition of building grand landscape displays. San Diego Garden Railway Society engineers have dusted off their tracks and put their engines in motion to tour our region’s leading agricultural commodities. Don’t be fooled by the scale of this exhibit, complete with giant garden creatures!

Scheduled Shows & Activities

Swifty Swine Racing Pigs

Time: 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 6:30pm, 8:00pm
Location: East Avenue

Don’t blink during this family favorite as America’s fastest swine take the track, racing to the finish line for that Oreo cookie!

Extreme Dogs

Time: 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm
Location: West Avenue

These high flying, extreme sport, wickedly talented athletic animals capture the hearts of hundreds of thousands coast to coast. These canine ambassadors for animal rescue and pet adoption will leap their way right into your heart!

The Wilder Show

Time: 11:00am, 4:00pm
Location: Paddock

Time: 1:00pm, 6:30pm
Location: West Gate

Juggling almost anything he can get his hands on, this highly-energetic comedic juggler serves up a wildly entertaining and dynamic show.

Godfrey the Magician

Time: 1:00pm, 6:30pm
Location: Paddock

Time: 11:00am, 4:00pm
Location: West Gate

Don’t look away as Godfrey appears when you least expect it and dazzles you with his magic and sleight of hand!

Wild About Home•Grown•Fun

Time: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm
Location: Albertsons|Vons Home•Grown•Fun Stage

We all love San Diego and it’s wildlife. Let’s work together to make this magical place the best that it can be! Karla from Pacific Animal Productions will introduce her animal ambassadors – ranging from birds of prey like owls and hawks, to more humble rolly-polly mammals like armadillos and hedgehogs – for what’s guaranteed to be “wild” fun!

Jackstraws Surf Band

Time: 11:00am–3:00pm
Location: Paddock

Grab the long board! Surf’s Up and there’s nothing that’s more “homegrown fun” than surfin’ along with the Jackstraws.This surf band has served as the Fair’s unofficial greeters for a dozen+ years, and this year is no exception!  From Dick Dale to the Ventures, summer is here. Cowabunga!

Juice Box

Time: 4:00pm–8:00pm
Location: Paddock

Instrumental group Juice Box, with an incredible variety of influences ranging from Jimmy Hendrix to Herbie Hancock, pushes the boundaries of funk, soul, and jazz. Filled with toe-tapping melodies and melodic solos from drummer Matthew Smith, Ed Kornhauser on keyboard, Louis Valenzuela on guitar and Omar Lopez on bass.

Home•Grown Music Series

Time: 11:00am–3:00pm, 4:00pm–8:00pm (Acts vary daily)
Location: West Gate

Every day we’ll feature local musicians at our West Gate.

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Daily Contest

Time: 2:30pm
Location: Albertsons|Vons Home*Grown*Fun Stage

If you’ve got that competitive spirit, this is the place for you! Every day, we’ll offer up fun and unique contests – from Bubble Gum Blowing to Corn Husking, Upcycled Aprons to Patriotic Cupcakes.

Home•Grown•Fun Demonstrations

Time: 12:30pm, 5:30pm
Location: Albertsons|Vons Home•Grown•Fun Stage

Want tips on how to capture that perfect photo, create a floral centerpiece for your next dinner party, or just interested in trying out a new hobby? Our daily demonstrations may just introduce you to some crafty new skills.

Make & Take

Time: 2:00pm, 5:00pm
Location: Paddock Tavern

Have you ever wanted to enter something you made at home in the Fair? At Home•Grown•Fun, you don’t have to plan ahead! Make a crafty project with Gather by Charity Wings, and you’ll get to take it home with you to display proudly.

Cow Milking with Hollandia

Time: 12noon, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm
Location: Agri-Land

Watch a real cow being milked and learn just what it takes to get that glass of milk you drink from the farm to your fridge!

July 4th Celebration

Time: Patriotic celebration all day; Fireworks at 9:00pm
Location: Throughout the grounds

What’s more HOME•GROWN•FUN than the 4th of July? Let’s celebrate the birth of our nation by wearing stars & stripes, eating apple funnel cake, and cheering on our Fireworks Finale!

Fireworks Viewing Tips: This year’s show is specially-designed for our HOME•GROWN•FUN on-site audience. Best viewing will be in the West Avenue and West Gate area; Grandstand seating will NOT be available.

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

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