On Opening Day at the Del Mar Races, everyone gets in to the spirit wearing creative or stylish hats.
Ladies and gentlemen, grab your hats because racing season is about to begin.
Starting July 17, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will be home to plenty of horses for the 2013 racing season. Thousands of people are expected to visit during its 7-week run – but racing isn’t all that’s happening. Special events ranging from beer festivals to concerts will also be held at the racetrack until Sept. 4.
Kicking off the season is Opening Day, which will feature the annual hats contest and Coors Light party. After that there’s free Wednesdays starting July 24 and a food truck festival on Aug. 3. There will also be two beer festivals on July 27 and Aug. 31.
Don’t miss out on the Summer Concert Series either. The lineup includes heavy hitters like Weezer and The B-52s, plus a performance by Fitz and the Tantrums.
The racetrack is open Wednesdays through Sundays from July 27 to Sept. 4. Tickets cost $6 for Stretch Run and $10 for Clubhouse (though Opening Day tickets are $10 and $20). The racetrack will also be open on Memorial Day, Sept. 2 for its final week.