By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor
The fifth annual OUT at the Fair, a collaboration between the San Diego County Fair and San Diego Pride, takes place Saturday, June 13 with events from 10 a.m. – midnight.
The theme of this year’s county fair is “A Fair to Remember.” It celebrates the Balboa Park Centennial — the 100th anniversary of the Panama-California exhibition in Balboa Park — and the contributions of all World Fairs over the last 165 years. The theme exhibit is extraordinary this year, with Balboa Park tenants heavily involved and their influences visible throughout the grounds.
In addition to the traditional rides, nonstop food and entertainment, livestock displays and other exhibitions, this year’s OUT at the Fair will offer even more for members of the local LGBT community.
Be ready for two stages full of live entertainment, an exhibition of LGBT nonprofits, official OATF apparel, a “diva drop” where Bianca St. James will do a 130-foot dive in full drag at the Bungee Jump, and more.
Get the OATF app and keep abreast of every detail.
Flicks is sponsoring a shuttle for fairgoers from the San Diego LGBT Community Center with three departure times (2, 4 and 6 p.m.) and three departures from the Fair returning to the Center (8 and 10 p.m. and midnight). Tickets are $5 each way and a seat saves gas, traffic angst, parking issues and fees, and gives you a designated driver for the evening. Space is limited so reserve your seats with the OATF app or online. Parking will be available at The Center for those riding the shuttle.
There’s even an LGBT pool party next door to the fairgrounds at the Del Mar Hilton from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This second event is $10 presale and will include giveaways, a poolside bar, and DJ King Kai and dj dirty KURTY spinning tunes for you.
In the San Diego Pavilion, dozens of local nonprofit LGBT organizations will offer a vendor exhibition for you to browse, and over at the Creative Youth area there will be fun activities for children.
The Toast of the Coast wine competition and festival, located inside the Flower and Garden Show, is yet another option for OATF attendees and there is a special discount just for them. You can catch a preview and a free wine tasting from 4 – 5 p.m. in the San Diego Pavilion.
Paddock Stage, located inside the Paddock area near the racetrack, will be jamming from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hosted by Pauly & Monks, with a full day of entertainment and an appearance by Councilmember Todd Gloria, ending with headliner Jennifer Corday. From 4 – 7 p.m. check out the Pride Happy Hour at the Red Star Café overlooking the Paddock.
The Coors Light Rock On Stage, located near the midway rides just west of the last exhibit hall and hosted by Erica Foxx and Frankie Puma, will be rocking from 3 p.m. to close. By day it will feature various live acts including the Hillcrest Social DJ contest final battle. By night it will turn into Rich’s After Dark, a 21-and-older dance party featuring DJ Will Z.
All this and more is free with the purchase of a San Diego County Fair general admission ticket, $15 at the gate and $14 on the SD Pride OUT at the Fair Facebook event page.
“One thing I would like to highlight is how hard we have worked, along with San Diego Pride, to create a safe LGBT-friendly space here at the Fair,” said Martha Henderson, event manager at Del Mar Fairgrounds. “We have an amazing, supportive team collectively here at the Fair and the partnership with Pride has taken it to a new level.”
The San Diego County Fair runs through July 5 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Take the Via de la Valle exit off of I-5 North and go west. OUT at the Fair is only celebrated June 13. Visit OutattheFairSD.com for a full list of entertainment. For more info about the San Diego County Fair visit sdfair.com. Don’t forget to use #OATF on all social media posts.
—Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.