Tip your hat, kick up your heels and bring on the horses. It is that time of year again, The 80th season of the Del Mar Horse Races kicks off Wednesday July 19- running through September 4. It is going to be a packed house, 40,000 people are expected to Play at the Races Opening Day. It’s a day of fun and fashion celebrating the 23 Anniversary of the Hat Contest, so pull out your wild & crazy, bold & beautiful hats.
Opening Day forecast is calling for sun and fun should be 70’s and sunny, don’t forget the sunscreen. The first post is at 2 p.m. gates open 2.5 hours before on opening day and two hours prior throughout the season. All Fridays this season the first post is at 4PM followed by concerts. Fridays are also Happy Hour till 6pm with 50% off Signature Cocktails and select Beers.
All bets are in that this Summer is going to Rock as the track hosts weekly concerts, the 2017 concert series kicks off Friday July 21-Sept 3 with Music from Country to Reggae. Time to Rock the Races.
The Summer Concert Series:
- July 21: Tribal Seeds
- July 28: Violent Femmes
- Aug. 4: Eagles of Death Metal
- Aug. 5: Billy Currington
- Aug. 11: The White Buffalo
- Aug. 12: Ludacris
- Aug. 18: Steel Pulse
- Aug. 25: Lord Huron
- Aug. 26: Slightly Stoopid
- Sept. 1: The Revivalists
- Sept. 3: Steve Aoki
Concerts are free with paid admission if you make it in the gates by the last race- if not the concerts are $20.
Come on out for the Races plus Fun Festivals:
Saturday July 29, bring your appetite for The 7th Annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival. Gourmet food trucks take over the Seaside Concert area. Free with Track Admission.
Sunday August 6, the Brandt Beef Battle of the Briskets will offer mouthwatering BBQ tastings all day long for you to taste and purchase. Both professional and amateur chefs will take over the infield as they battle to win over your taste buds. 20 Championship barbecue competition teams will battle to be the undisputed king of BBQ meats – Brandt Briskets. Bring your tastebuds, sample briskets and vote for your favorite.
Sunday September 3, come out for Tacotopia, as the track searches for the best Taco in Southern California Taco. Try tacos from over 40 San Diego, Los Angeles and Tijuana Best Restaurants and Food Trucks. Each attendee can vote for their favorite taco. The vendor with the most votes wins, and winners will be announced live in the Winners Circle!
This summer take the whole family out to the track. You bet while the kids play at Camp Del Mar. Camp Del Mar is an exciting day camp program for children 5-12 years of age being offered during the Del Mar summer racing season. Children can now have just as much fun as Mom and Dad while at the races, they host hippity hop races on the racetrack, miniture golf, & more fun and games. Trained counselors (one for every 8 children) are always on hand to provide guidance and assistance.
Every Wednesday, beginning July 26, is FREE & EASY. Receive FREE Stretch Run Admission, FREE Program and a FREE Seat along with HALF PRICE Coors Light, Regular Soda, Water and Hot Dog at Stretch Run Concession Stands. Plus HALF PRICE tacos and $5 Margaritas available in 17 Hands. For all Diamond Club members.
The Races have gone digital there is an app for that! Bringing the excitement of Del Mar Racing to the palm of your hand. You can download the Del Mar mobile App for on-track wagering, streaming live races, replays, betting calculator, events and more. Check it out.
Still want more, come out in November for the Bing Crosby Season & the Breeders Cup Nov. 3 & 4. Hope to See you at the Races where the Surf meets the Turf in Old Del Mar.
Written by Jennifer Blake