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2019 San Diego County Fair Dates, Theme and Concerts Announced

Del Mar CA— Next summer the 2019 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, will invite guests to skip down the yellow brick road and step into an “Oz-some” world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

The dates, theme and logo for the 2019 San Diego County Fair were unanimously approved today at the monthly 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors meeting, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Opening on Friday, May 31 at 4 p.m., running through Thursday, July 4, 2019 (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in June), the San Diego County Fair promises to be “Oz-some!

Deputy General Manager of Fairtime Operations, Katie Mueller, explains, “The Fair’s theme is quite special to San Diegans, because Oz author L. Frank Baum is thought to have found inspiration for at least 3 of his 14 Oz books during his extended stays in Coronado. Though most people know Oz only through the famous movie, the Fair has chosen to bring the books to life, including a few differences that will be a surprise to most. For instance, Dorothy’s famous slippers are silver, not ruby.”

Visitors will journey to the Emerald City, meeting magical new friends along the way. Channel your inner courage in the whirlwind of carnival rides. Expand your brain by immersing yourself in creative and educational exhibits. Warm your heart creating new memories with your friends and family. With all of the adventures you’ll encounter, you’ll discover, “There’s no place like the Fair.”

Season Pass and Coupon Book on Sale Now

You and your Munchkins will be excited to come to the Fair every day! The “Best Pass Ever,” the Fair’s season pass, allows visitors unlimited admission to all 27 days of the 2019 San Diego County Fair for only $30 and is now on sale.

The popular “Passport to Savings” coupon book is also back, and it can be purchased in advance for $4 (after the start of the Fair, the price will be $5.)

Save even more with the “Best Pass Ever” and “Passport to Savings” combo package, available for $32 through April 30, 2019.

The Best Pass Ever season pass and Passport to Savings coupon book are available for purchase online at sdfair.com.

Toyota Summer Concert Series on the Corona Grandstand Stage Lineup

The “Oz-some” lineup for the Toyota Summer Concert Series will feature 27 nights of entertainment on the Corona Grandstand Stage.

Tickets for the first eight shows announced below will go on sale to the public Saturday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. online at Ticketmaster.com. All tickets purchased online include admission to the San Diego County Fair. If you already have Fair admission, call the Box Office at (858) 792-4252 and request a concert seat only. Tickets can also be purchased at the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ O’Brien Gate Box office starting on March 12, 2019.

Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Visit sdfair.com for ticket prices and more information.

May 31: Justin Moore — Country radio star Justin Moore has released 4 studio albums. His latest is Kinda Don’t Care. This album earned Moore his third consecutive #1 album debut. It features his sixth chart-topping single “You Look Like I Need A Drink,” and follow-up single “Somebody Else Will.” He has earned multiple Academy of Country Music, American Country Awards and American Country Countdown Awards nominations, and has placed seven singles in the Top 10 at Country radio. Moore’s previous album, Off the Beaten Path, was also a No. 1 album release.

June 1: Jim Gaffigan — Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times bestselling author, top touring performer and multi-platinum-selling father of five. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humor which largely revolves around fatherhood and his observations on life.

June 16: Mariachi Sol de Mexico with José Hernández, Ana Bárbara, DanzArts, Sabor a Mexico & more (this show begins at 6:00 p.m.) — The expression of México’s authentic Musical heritage lives on through the voice of Sol de México®! Founded in 1981 Jose Hernandez, the platinum selling mariachi band Sol de México® have broken countless barriers in mariachi music, including becoming the first mariachi ensemble to be nominated for a Grammy. Their original rhythms, fresh sounds and inspiring ideas have energized the world of mariachi for more than 30 years. Mexican recording artist Ana Bárbara has combined her distinct vocal range and songwriting skills with an attention-getting stage presence to become one of the leading female figures in regional Mexican music. DanzArts brings colorful, artistic dancers to the stage in a cultural celebration of Mexico and Spain.

June 20: truTV Impractical Jokers “The Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tour” starring The Tenderloins — The Tenderloins, is a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members – Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano – are the creators, executive producers, and stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers. Now in its seventh season, Impractical Jokers follows The Tenderloins as they coerce one another into doing public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras. With each new season, the show continues to take dares to outrageous levels with new over-the-top hijinks.

June 23: Grupo Intocable — Intocable rose to mass popularity in the late ’90s and became arguably the most successful Tejano act of their day. Intocable’s style of Tejano is undeniably norteño in nature, driven by polka rhythms and heavily accented by accordion. The group even fashions itself as norteño (i.e., the cowboy look). However, their Texan roots and frontman Ricky Muñoz’s gift for graceful pop melodies, among other subtleties, differentiate them from more traditional norteño acts like Los Tigres del Norte and Conjunto Primavera.

June 29: Smokey Robinson — William “Smokey” Robinson, Jr. is a legendary singer-songwriter, record producer, record executive and co-founder of Motown Records. Known as the “King of Motown,” Smokey Robinson founded the R&B group The Miracles, recording 26 top 40 hits with the Miracles including “Shop Around,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “I Second That Emotion” and “The Tears Of A Clown”. Robinson was one of the major songwriters and producers for Motown, penning several hit singles such as, “Who’s Loving You,” “My Guy,” “The Way You Do The Things You Do” and “My Girl.” In 1975, Robinson released his most successful solo album, A Quiet Storm, followed by One Heartbeat, with Top 10 singles, “Just to See Her” and “One Heartbeat.” “Just To See Her” won Robinson his first Grammy Award. In the same year, he was inducted as a solo artist to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

July 4: Brad Upton — Brad Upton has been well known by people in the comedy business for 30 years. It wasn’t until this past year when his Dry Bar Comedy videos went viral and he quickly acquired over 100 MILLION views, that a much bigger worldwide audience discovered this veteran funny man. He was a favorite opening act for the legendary Joan Rivers and has spent the past 14 years opening for the also legendary Johnny Mathis.  He recently passed 6,000 lifetime performances and the world has finally discovered Brad Upton. Writing about everyday life, a long-term marriage and anything else that pops into his head, Brad packs more laughs per minute into his set than nearly anyone in the business.

The San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, is the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the 10 largest fairs in North America, drawing more than 1.5 million visitors annually. Get 2019 San Diego County Fair Information, including additional concert announcements and e-blast subscriptions, online at sdfair.com.

About the Del Mar Fairgrounds

The 22nd District Agricultural Association is a State of California agency that owns and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Surfside Race Place, Horsepark Equestrian Center and the Del Mar Golf Center. The 22nd DAA produces three events each year: the San Diego County Fair, the Del Mar National Horse Show and The Scream Zone. The Fairgrounds hosts more than 350 events annually, the largest of which is the live horse racing meet each summer and fall, which is operated by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for the 22nd DAA and the State of California. For more information about the 2019 San Diego County Fair, visit sdfair.com. For general Del Mar Fairgrounds information, visit delmarfairgrounds.com.