From Opening Day to Summer Festivals, It’s Time to Plan for Del Mar Racing Season!

The Del Mar Racetrack is where horse racing fans flock to see where the “turf meets the surf.” The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season runs from July 18 through September 3, 2018 and is open Wednesday through Sunday. It’s the perfect time to be part of San Diego horse racing nostalgia that’s been a tradition since 1937 when Bing Crosby greeted the tracks first guests.  Enjoy a summer filled with a great list of events, concerts and more!

Opening Day – July 18

It’s all about being fancy and fun on opening day! From Del Mar racing-chic attire to stunning hat displays, celebrate the racing season in style. For attendees who feel especially fabulous there is an Opening Day Hats Contest. This annual party is considered one of the most fashionable and fun festivals on the west and is expected to have more than 40,000 racing fans in attendance.

Summer Concert Series

With a great list of musical acts, enjoy the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop to the Seasisde Stage for Del Mar’s Summer Concert Series:

Family Weekends

Every Saturday in Del Mar gather loved ones to have a fun time in the infield with free games, rides and activities. Children 17 and under are free during the summer racing season.

Special Events & Festivals

Del Mar racing season goes beyond fast horses and fancy hats. Enjoy a fun selection of events and festivals throughout the season:

Every Friday – Happy Hour

Half off all signature drinks every Friday from gates open until 6:00pm

July 21 – Burgers & Brews

Enjoy a fun-filled day showcasing the best craft breweries alongside the top burgers in all of San Diego.

July 22 – Family Fun Day

Bring the whole family to enjoy a day of free attractions in the infield including pony rides, bungee trampoline, rock climbing wall, and so much more!

Aug. 11 – Food Truck Festival

Get ready for the tastiest food on wheels! Choose between 30-40 food trucks to enjoy some of the most popular eats in Southern California.

Aug. 18 – Craft Beer Festival

Discover over 100 local and international beers including rare and unique specialty crafts.

For a full list of events happening during racing season check out the Del Mar Thoroughbred club website.


Are you ready for Del Mar Racing Season? Stay close to the action when you vacation at Villa L’Auberge, just minutes from the racetrack. Hurry, this seaside resort sells out fast. Simply book online or call (877) 351-3855.

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