Although there are just about limitless options for things to do near San Diego, the Del Mar Races are some of the most highly anticipated events of the year. With a 2014 season that runs from July 17 to September 3, the races are just around the corner, and Oceanside is only a short drive away! Where else can you don fabulous hats and fashion, place your bets and get an adrenaline rush, and catch a world-class concert by the Pacific Ocean? The perfect combination of nostalgia and contemporary fun, check out what Del Mar Racing has in store for opening weekend.
Opening Weekend at Del Mar Races
[image by Andrew Chen]
Over 45,000 fans are expected to attend one of the most fashionable and fun activities on the West Coast! Enjoy the excitement of the races, the nostalgia of the fashion, and the fun of all the extras on Opening Day!
Opening Day Party
Thursday, July 17, 2014
For $30 per person, guests can have “the ultimate Opening Day experience” at The Party on Opening Day. Cost includes Stretch Run Racetrack Admission and access to The Party in the trackside Seaside Cabana and Concert Area. The Party will feature multiple DJ’s, the Red Bull Tour Bus and sound stage, a microbrew beer garden, gourmet, food trucks, and a large private area for wagering with a big-screen video board. The event will also have photo booths, prize giveaways, and more!
Opening Day Hats Contest
Thusrday, July 17, 2014
Celebrate Opening Day with the 20th Anniversary of the Opening Day Hats Contest! From outrageous to glamorous, hats of all trades can enter. Get creative and wear a hat that suits you. Sign up for the contest between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Plaza de Mexico inside the Stretch Run admission gates. All entrants will receive two free admission passes to the races and have the chance to win a share of more than $5,000 in total prizes! Hat categories are: 1) Best Racing Theme 2) Funniest/Most Outrageous 3) Most Glamorous 4) Best Flowers/All Others 5) Best Fascinator
More Weekend Festivities
Friday Concert: Jurassic 5
Friday, July 18, 2014
The first show of the Del Mar Summer Concert Series will feature Jurassic 5! Beginning shortly after the last race, summer concerts at the Del Mar Races are standing-room, festival style open admission for all ages. Located West of the Grandstand, the concert area boasts the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop to end the night on a high note. An American alternative hip hop group, Jurassic 5 will get the crowd amped with their solid beats and energetic delivery.
See also: 12 Fun Oceanside Beach Events For Summer
Donuts at Del Mar
Saturday, July 19, 2014
From 8-10 a.m., guests can enjoy free coffee, orange juice, and delicious donuts while getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Del Mar racing. Donuts at Del Mar will hold question and answer sessions with famous jockeys and trainers while guests watch the horses during their morning workouts. July 19th’s speakers will be Bulger Les Kepics, Former Trainer Gary Jones, and apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke. There will also be a meet and greet with the Del Mar Mascot Pony Boy, along with face painting, entertainers, and free prizes for the kids.
There are many things to do near San Diego, but these Del Mar Racing events are a safe bet for a unique experience with a little bit of everything!
[featured image by Dirk Hansen]