Your Guide to Opening Weekend at Del Mar

The Party on Opening Day and Opening Day Hats Contest were just the beginning of a summer of fun at the Del Mar Racetrack. Adjust your fancy hat and grab your closest friends because Opening Weekend starts on Friday, July 21, and has an activity for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are interested in the kickoff of the epic summer concert series or seeing America’s top earning horse in action, Opening Weekend is where you need to be this July.

After the last race on Friday, July 21, groove on over to the Seaside Stage for the launch of the Del Mar Summer Concert Series with a performance by San Diego-based and award-winning reggae group, Tribal Seeds. Racetrack admission is only $6 and includes concert access, so be sure to show up before the last race, otherwise concert admission is $20. Are you feeling like a VIP? Purchase a Premium View ticket for only $50 and help yourself to the best seats in the house. To make it even better, your section will have its own bar and bathroom so you can skip the lines and enjoy your night stress-free. Concerts are 18+.

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(Photo courtesy of Del Mar Racing)

TGIF! Friday, July 21, is also the beginning of Parties In The Plaza from 2 to 6 p.m. Chill out at the Plaza de Mexico for drink specials and talk about the excitement of the races before you head over to the concert. Cocktail fans will get half-off all signature and beloved cocktails throughout the track – including the Del Margarita, Del Martini, Del Mojito, Del Mule and more! If beer is more your style, you only have to spend $12 for two 12 oz. cans of refreshing Coors Light or Tecate Light.

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Signature cocktails (Photo Courtesy of Del Mar Racing)

Next up, racing fans, rejoice! Arrogate, winner of the Dubai World Cup and top-ranked horse in the world, will return to the Del Mar Racetrack after a much-needed break. On Saturday, July 22, Arrogate will race for his chance at $300,000 in the San Diego Handicap. Stretch Admission is only $6 but the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the most impressive horses of all time compete is priceless.

This horse racing celeb won’t be the only attraction on the first Saturday of Del Mar’s summer season. Chargers players past and present also will make an appearance to salute to the team’s fans of over 56 years in San Diego. Chargers Day at Del Mar will include groups of players, organized by decade, gathering in the winner’s circle at the end of each race throughout the day to celebrate winners and tips their caps to fans, thanking them for their loyalty, continued support and encouragement over the years. Chargers players will then proceed to the Plaza de Mexico for photos and autographs with fans.

These are only some of the exciting happenings on Opening Weekend and we want you there to experience it firsthand with us.

Hope to see you there!

Racing at Del Mar happens Wednesday through Sunday with the exception of Closing Day on Labor Day Monday (9/4). First post daily will be at 2 p.m. First post on Friday’s will be at 4 p.m. with the exceptions of August 25 and September 1 when the first post is 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 858-755-1141 or visit You can follow Del Mar on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat at @DelMarRacing or like on Facebook at





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