San Diego Business Journal

The annual San Diego County Fair has been postponed till 2021 based on Governor Gavin Newsom’s public health guidelines.

“The health and safety of our community takes precedence during this unprecedented time of crisis,” said Tim Fennell, CEO and general manager of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. “The San Diego County Fair is a beloved family tradition for more than 1.5 million San Diegans each year, as well as a source of livelihood for numerous individuals and businesses. Yet with the continued impacts of COVID-19, postponing this year’s Fair is the right thing to do.”

The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County, according to the news release, and one of the top five fairs in North America. This year’s planned “Heroes, Unite!” theme will carry through to next year’s Fair, to honor frontline, health care and essential workers in the community.

For now, the release said, the Del Mar Fairgrounds is standing by to be utilized for Emergency Operations Services at any time if need and will continue to work with the San Diego Food Bank to serve as a food distribution site.

Travel & Hospitality reporter Mariel Concepcion can be reached at or 858-634-4625.