Del Mar Racetrack’s Summer Season Celebration

July 20, 2022

Opening Day at San Diego's Del Mar Racetrack will be celebrated next week on Friday, July 22. The exhilarating event that marks the beginning of the world-class horse racing season! 

Del Mar is the nation’s only seaside racetrack, promising amazing ocean views right from Grandstand! The famed seaside oval is just off of I5, a short drive from Orange County, and a great excuse to escape for the weekend! And with a lineup of phenomenal Opening Day activities, there’s no better time to visit:

Opening Day is bigger and better than ever, with world-class horse racing and fan-favorite events like the Hats Contest and return of Opening Day Party. 

While the season is operating at 100 percent capacity for seating within the Grandstand, Opening Day will have a limited attendance to enhance the overall fan experience!

Patrons are invited to dress up in their best racing attire and don their fascinators and hats for the exciting affair.

Get your tickets soon - the event is expected to fully sell out! Visit for ticket options. General Admission is already sold out, but there are other ticket options available online at

The fun doesn't stop at Opening Day -- Del Mar Racetrack has a full lineup of fun, summer happenings. See below:

Sunday, Aug. 13 | Uncorked: Del Mar Wine Fest
Sip wine + champagne from around the globe, sample local food vendors, and enjoy music all while watching the races.

Saturday, Aug. 20 | Del Mar Taco & Beer Festival
Enjoy tacos from the best taco shops in town, tequila sampling, live DJs, trackside viewing, and shop the South of the Border market.

Saturday, Aug. 27 | Taste of New Orleans
The Big Easy experience includes authentic Cajun food + drink, live bands, bead vendors, face painters and trackside viewing. 

Saturday, Sept. 3 | Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Pacific Classic - spend Labor Day at the track 
This Labor Day weekend, watch the country’s top horses compete in Del Mar’s richest and most prestigious race, the Pacific Classic.

Sunday, Sept. 4 | Family Fun Day
A fun, free attraction that the whole family will enjoy!

Saturday, Sept. 10 | College Day
The Racetrack’s first-ever College Day during the summer season, students have free racetrack admission with a valid student ID. 

Sundays from July 22 - September 11 | Taste of the Turf Club
Normally a members-only area, enjoy a three-course brunch at Turf Club featuring bottomless Bloody Marys or mimosas, a reserved table for race day, and parking.

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