Del Mar Opening Day 2015 Celebrations, Parties, Events & Hat Contest

Del Mar Opening Day 2015 marks one of the most fun and fashionable festivities in San Diego, California. As per tradition, Del Mar Opening Day will feature live horse racing, Hat Contest, music, fabulous parties and more fun stuff for the whole family. The iconic Del Mar Racetrack will see huge crowds from celebrities to locals, from A-listers to VIPs. Opening Day is the time of excitement and enjoyment for all San Diegans.

The Del Mar Racing Season will start from Thursday, July 16 and will continue till Monday, September 7, 2015. Dust off your wildest hat, get your best suit, and get ready for the Opening Day at Del Mar. With more than 40,000 fans from all over the country expected to attend, this is sure to be the biggest party of the summer.


Del Mar Opening Day 2015 Hat Contest:

Make sure to put your best hat forward and participate in the famous Del Mar Opening Day Hats Contest where constants can enter to win cash prizes. Explore your sense of hat creativity and you could win a share of more than $5,000 in total prizes. Sign up between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in Plaza de Mexico located inside the Stretch Run admission gates.
Hats Categories:
1) Most Glamorous
2) Best Fascinator
3) Best Racing Theme
4) Funniest or Most Outrageous
5) Best Flowers/All Others
Bing Crosby Grand Prize:
Two Round-Trip Airline Vouchers to anywhere in the U.S. aboard American Airlines (Some restrictions apply) and a $500 Studio Savvy Gift Basket featuring $250 in product and $250 in services.

First place in each category-$300 and $100 Studio Savvy Gift Certificate
Second place in each category-$200 and $50 Village Hat Shop Gift Certificate
Third place in each category-$100 and Jersey Mikes Gift Card
All Hats Contest entrants receive two free admission passes for a future visit to the races.

Winners in each category receive: First place: $300 and $100 Studio Savvy gift certificate, Second place: $200 and Third place: $100. The Bing Crosby Grand Prize winner receives: Harrah’s Resort Southern California Luxury Resort Escape with 2-night stay in a luxurious hotel suite, $200 meal credit and $200 spa credit. Total value: $1,300.


Opening Day kicks off an eight-week season packed with exciting summer events including food and beer festivals, free concerts, and world-class Thoroughbred racing.

Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with the first race at 2 p.m. Tickets start at just $10.

Step up your Opening Day experience buy joining “The Party” for the ultimate Del Mar experience. Tickets to “The Party” cost $30 per person in addition to admission price and include:

• Admission and exclusive access to The Party
• Red Bull Tour Bus complete with world-class DJs
• Gourmet Food Trucks
• Beer Garden and Cocktail Bars
• Photo booths, prize giveaways and interactive activities
• Jumbo video boards
• Private wagering
• Limited first-come first-served shaded seating

Spread the word, invite your friends and help us celebrate the West Coast’s biggest beachside bash of the summer at the Del Mar Racetrack!

Del Mar Racetrack Summer Concert Series 2015 Line Up:

The Offspring, Paul Oakenfold, Ziggy Marley, Weird Al Yankovic, Weezer and Pepper are among the 11 acts who will play the annual series. Icelandic band The Sugarcubes, veteran comedian Carrot Top and Seattle’s Band of Horses would seem like ideal candidates for the 2015 Del Mar Summer Concert Series. Instead, the Del Mar Racetrack’s annual weekend music series – which is presented under the auspices of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club – will offer its usual mix of reggae, rock and a left twist or two.


The lineup for the concert series, which runs July 17 through September 16, includes Weezer, Pepper, SoCal punk-rock mainstays The Offspring, musical parodist Weird Al and such Jamaican-bred veterans as The Wailers and Ziggy Marley. English electronic music star Paul Oakenfold will appear on September 4, 2015.

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