The Thoroughbred Club built the Del Mar Racetrack in 1936 with Bing Crosby as a founding member. It was inaugurated in 1937./ Photo: Del Mar Racetrack Twitter

You still have time to have a fun summer at Del Mar Racing! The race track has been open since July 21, and every Saturday since then, there have been many events and activities, such as a Beer Fest and Taste of New Orleans. If you haven’t been able to attend the racetrack yet, don’t worry, you have until September 10 to enjoy all the weekend activities Del Mar offers.

Turf & Surf Bbq
Saturday, August 12
Enjoy a BBQ feast at Seaside Cabana from 2–5 p.m. Choose from top local BBQ restaurants and professional pitmasters, and pair your meal with craft brews, spiked lemonade, and whiskey drinks. Listen to live music and DJs throughout the day while watching the Del Mar races.

BBQ VIP Early Admission tickets give you entrance from 1-5 p.m. and include three entrées and two side/dessert samples (2-4oz) and cost $40 for ages 6-20 and $65 for ages 21 and up. BBQ General Admission gives you a general entry time of 2-5 p.m. and includes two entrée and two side/dessert samples (2-4oz) priced at $30 for ages 6-20 and $50 for ages 21 and up.

Each ticket includes track admission, a racing program & tipsheets, exclusive access to the Turf & Surf BBQ event, and a trackside viewing area.

Get your tickets here!

Saturday, August 19
Sample over 100 wines and bubblies from around the world, and enjoy local food trucks and live music at Seaside Cabana’s 2-5 p.m. event while watching the races from the Stretch Run.

Uncorked offers three ticket options: Early Admission for $80 (1- 5 p.m.) with exclusive early entry, wine tasting for the entire event, and a racing program and tip sheet; General Admission for $65 (2-5 p.m.) with wine tasting throughout the event and a racing program and tip sheet; and Non-Drinker for $25 with exclusive event entry, a racing program, and a tip sheet.

Click here for tickets.

Tacos & Tequila
Saturday, August 26
Specialty tequilas, margaritas, and beer pair with tasty tacos from the best taco shops in town. Brand specialists will be on hand to sample and answer questions about their products at the Del Mar Tacos & Tequila Festival, held at the Seaside Cabana from 2-5 p.m.

If you upgrade to Tacos & Tequila VIP Early Admission, you will receive two tacos, five drink tickets, a racing program, and tipsheet, and an extra hour to satisfy your taste buds starting at 1 p.m. for $59. Tacos & Tequila General Admission includes five drink tickets, a racing program, and a tipsheet.

Check out ticket availability here.

Cap Giveaway
Saturday, September 2
As part of the all-day FanDuel Racing Pacific Classic celebrations on September 2, the first 10,000 fans with paid admission will receive a Flightline cap while supplies last at the guest’s entry point. The gray baseball cap with green stitching is perfect for sunny summer days.

Family Fun Day
Saturday, September 3
Family Fun Day at Seaside Cabana in Del Mar is back! Free admission for kids under 18 accompanied by parents or guardians. Activities include Bungee trampolines, rock climbing walls, pony mascot meet and greet, game zone, face painters, and food trucks.

College Day
Saturday, September 9
On September 9, show your valid student ID for free racetrack admission PLUS exclusive
access to GrandStand Seating.

The Del Mar Racetrack, founded by the Thoroughbred Club and led by Bing Crosby, was inaugurated in 1937 and has been the site of the annual San Diego County Fair, known as the Del Mar Fair, from 1984 to 2001.

Before the Del Mar Racetrack was built, Southern Californians traveled to Tijuana’s Agua Caliente racetrack for drinking, gambling, and fun. Los Angeles residents, in particular, frequented the spot to get around the prohibition era. It became a popular spot for celebrities and wealthy locals who got used to the short trip across the border.

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