Bay Fair

Mission Bay’s three-day end of summer party.

For over 50 years, Bayfair has featured the world's fastest boats competing during nonstop action on Mission Bay. More than 75,000 spectators are expected on East Vacation Island and Fiesta Island over three days of racing, which also includes beer gardens, a large food village and kids’ activities.

“Bayfair is an end of summer tradition like no other in San Diego,” Bob Davies, race director shared with Giving Back Magazine. “Families and friends come together to have a good time and enjoy the gorgeous views on Mission Bay.” Races include H1 Unlimited which are capable of speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, which will decide its world championship here on Mission Bay. The piston-powered Grand Prix West hydroplanes will bring the noise as these hydroplanes feature big-block engines and are loud enough to be heard well beyond Mission Bay. Filling out the racing lineup is RPM Racing, which is sanctioning the smaller racing classes.

Testing and qualifying with limited racing takes place on Friday, September 15. Heat races and championship races take place Saturday and Sunday. The HomeStreet Bank Bill Muncey Cup for H1 Unlimited is on Sunday, September 17. All of the participating boats will be stationed on East Vacation Island/Ski Beach where spectators can tour the pit area, allowing fans to get up close and personal with the boats and teams.

San Diego Bayfair was founded in 1964 to promote tourism in San Diego. An all-volunteer organization operates the event. Bayfair draws fans from throughout the United States as well as international destinations. "We love to showcase Mission Bay for both tourists and hometown fans," Davies said. "We are counting the days until the racing starts!"

A variety of tickets and passes are available on their website, and children under age 12 are free.

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