The Del Mar Fair (now officially the San Diego County Fair - the 6th largest fair in the US!) is always great entertainment and has been a tradition since 1880. Now it is the largest annual event in all of San Diego, bringing in more than a million guests each year.
My first job at age 12 was at the Fair and I worked there every summer through college. I remember as a kid seeing some of the top names in rock & roll at the fair and they made quite an impression on me. In fact, one of the best things about the fair is the live entertainment, since most of the concerts and events are free with admission.
The fair continues to bring popular contemporary acts to the stage each summer, including, among others, Demi Lovato, Cody Simpson, Kenny Loggins, Switchfoot, Jeff Dunham, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, KC and the Sunshine Band, Julión Álvarez, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Jim Messina and many others. Of course, after the show on the 4th, there are some of the best fireworks in the West!
The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and the sixth largest fair in the United States, drawing more than 1.2 million visitors each year. For information, call the 24-hour recorded information line at 858-793-5555 or see the website,