December 5, 2023
Wednesday is showtime for the 2023 San Diego County Honest, which runs by July 4. Photograph by Chris Stone

From oooey-gooey honest meals to carnival rides and nights on the grandstand, summer time on the San Diego County Honest guarantees a great deal of enjoyable on the Del Mar Fairgrounds starting Wednesday.

Allow us to information you to the fundamentals, from admission and parking, to live performance highlights and particular displays to view through the 4 weeks of the honest.


“Get Out There” – or ¡Explórala! in Spanish – celebrates the nice outside. As a part of the 2023 theme, company are invited to participate in scavenger hunts, find out about nationwide and state parks and rejoice the mountains, deserts and seashores of the Golden State. Additionally they might earn badges and ribbons taking part in “Honest Camp” video games – for teenagers of all ages – from arts and crafts to relay races.

Days and hours

The honest begins Wednesday and continues by its conventional July 4 finale.

The honest is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in June.

The honest is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays by Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.


  • Wednesdays, Thursdays and July 3: adults (13 and up) $15; seniors (62+) $12; youth (6-12) $12, and youngsters 5 and beneath, free.
  • Fridays: adults $20; seniors $17; youth and youngsters 5 and beneath, free
  • Saturdays, Sundays and July 4: adults $20; seniors and youth $17, and youngsters 5 and beneath, free.


  • Common: $20; $15 if paid on-line prematurely
  • Most popular: $50
  • Horsepark (off-site): $10
  • Torrey Pines Excessive Faculty, 3710 Del Mar Heights Street: Free

Buy honest parking on-line. Tickets are legitimate just for the date chosen on the level of sale; no refunds or exchanges. Honest parking heaps are cashless and solely settle for bank card funds.


Take a look at the honest’s Tickets & Offers web page for admission and parking reductions. For example, promo codes can be found at choose shops, together with Vons, Albertsons, Northgate Markets, 7-Eleven and O’Reilly Auto Elements. Fridays, Youngsters Day, these beneath 12 are admitted free.

Toyota Summer time Live performance Sequence

Tickets for the live performance collection are on sale on-line together with the total listing of performers. All grandstand tickets embrace same-day honest admission. Exhibits start at 7:30 p.m. except in any other case famous. 

Right here’s a number of scheduled acts: 

  • Wednesday – Practice; $40-$95. 
  • Friday – Kevin Hart; $73-$848 (prime VIP bundle) 
  • June 11 – La Adictiva; $25-$50.  
  • June 17 – Lynyrd Skynyrd; $51-$106.  
  • June 18 – Grupo Bronco; $30-60.  
  • June 22– Boyz II Males; $35-$75.  
  • June 24 – Stephen Marley with Hirie; $30-$65.  
  • June 25 – Los Tigres del Norte; $35-$80.  
  • June 29 – Elle King and Randy Houser; $35-$65; present begins at 7 p.m.
  • July 3 – Switchfoot; $25–$50.  
  • July 4 – Fireworks Spectacular; $20-$25

Chevrolet Paddock Live performance Sequence

See cowl bands doing all of your faves all through the honest, with most exhibits starting at 8 p.m. Performers salute everybody from Earth, Wind & Fireplace and Nirvana to Bruce Springsteen and Frank Sinatra. Attendance at these exhibits is included within the worth of honest admission.

Festivals and particular occasions

  • Saturday: Out on the Honest, on Chevrolet Paddock Stage
  • June 17: Wine Pageant; Asian & Pacific Islander Pageant
  • June 24: Gospel Pageant, on Chevrolet Paddock Stage
  • July 1: Beer Pageant
Charlie Boghosian, owner of Chicken Charlie's, holds this year's new items: Flaming Hot Cheetos Potstickers and deep fried s'mores on a stick. Photo by Chris Stone
Charlie Boghosian, proprietor of Rooster Charlie’s, holds two new gadgets: Flaming Scorching Cheetos Potstickers and deep fried s’mores. Photograph by Chris Stone

Honest meals

The Honest boasts 115 meals distributors, 9 of them new this 12 months, serving up all the things from funnel desserts and gyros to aguas frescas and one pound blocks of cheese.

There’s additionally tastes of traditional campfire delicacies, together with flame-cooked barbecue and s’mores. But additionally take a look at the brand new Honest-tastic Meals Competitors through which among the honest’s hottest distributors compete to out-fair one another.

What can we imply? Right here’s among the finalists within the Wow! and theme classes (fair-tastic certainly):

  • Gourmand Snickers Gala’s Caramel Apple – apple hand-dipped in sizzling caramel, coated with peanuts, dipped in chocolate, topped with chocolate drizzle and extra peanuts.
  • Mermaid Float – Blue Ocean soda float, topped with whipped cream and cotton sweet, garnished with a lollipop and gummy candies, completed with Neptune sprinkles.
  • Loaded Cheese Stick – cheese-on-a-stick sliced open, filled with cheese curds, jalapeño poppers, chili and onions, and topped with extra shredded cheese.
  • Maple Bacon Bomb – well-known authentic cinnamon roll, topped with cream cheese frosting, California-grown walnuts, scrumptious crisp bacon crumbles, drizzled with maple syrup.
  • Fried Cheetos Potstickers – hen potstickers dipped in batter, fried, tossed in crunchy spicy crumbled Cheetos
  • S’mores Scorching Chocolate – the drink with graham cracker dusted rim, toasted marshmallow cream, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips with a stick of toasted mini marshmallows in a memento carabiner dealt with tenting mug.
  • S’mores Spuds – Scorching Krinkle reduce fries with melted chocolate and marshmallows on prime.

Honest competitions 

Varied displays put ribbon winners from all through the county on show. A glimpse of the lineup:

  • Better of Pre-Ok to sixth Grade, Grandstand West
  • Design in Wooden, Mission Tower
  • Advantageous Artwork, Grandstand East
  • Flower Present, O’Brien Corridor
  • Backyard Present
  • Gems, mineral and jewellery, Mission Tower
  • Residence Made, Exhibit Corridor
  • Pictures, Grandstand East
  • Livestock/agriculture, Household Funville
  • Pupil Showcase, Grandstand West