Good-Bye Fair Hello Races!


The Del Mar Fair is closing up shop today and the fairgrounds are getting ready for the Races!  Opening day will be Wednesday July 18th this year.  

As in years past more than 45,000 race fans are expected to turn out for the most fashionable day at the races!  The day yes is about the horses… but more importantly the annual “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest” where entrants are judged on creativity and style.  Some will go all out for this contest,  I have seen actual live birds on a hat before!  All Hats Contest entrants receive two free admission passes for a future visit to the races.  Even if you don’t win you will be able to go to the races again for FREE!

Hats Categories:
1) Best Racing Theme
2) Funniest or Most Outrageous
3) Most Glamorous
4) Best Flowers/All Others
5) Best Fascinator (NEW)

Sign up between 11:30 am and 3:00 pm in the Plaza de Mexico located just inside the Stretch Run entrance gates. Be sure to watch the Hats Parade at 3:00 pm.

Wether you are going for the races, the hats or just the excitement Opening Day at the Del Mar Races will be incredible.

Be aware opening day is more expensive than pretty much any other day at the races.  Stretch run admission will be $10 on opening day and Clubhouse admission will be $20.

Del Mar’s ultimate Opening Day party on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Tickets are $30 and include:
-Access to Private Area in the Seaside Cabana and Seaside Stage area
-Private wagering windows, restrooms, bars and table seating on first-come basis in tented area
-Music from DJ’s, games and activities
-Big-screen Video Board
-Clubhouse Access
-Food & beverages available for purchase

Order tickets online here

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