The spot to see and be seen, Del Mar boasts an entertainment-packed summer featuring superstar country and reggae artists, craft food and beer festivals, and more
Del Mar is gearing up for its milestone 80th season brimming with weekend concerts and events that will bring thousands of locals and vacationers to the iconic seaside track for a spectacular summer scene. Founded by Bing Crosby in 1937, Del Mar began as a Hollywood hot spot and transformed into a premier West Coast destination for stars from the worlds of entertainment, sports, fashion and fun. The racetrack’s highly anticipated Opening Day kicks off on Wednesday, July 17, and the fun continues through Labor Day Monday, September 2.
The summer season features free concerts from some of the nation’s best country and reggae musicians—including Grammy-winning artist Ziggy Marley on Saturday, July 20 and country music’s hottest new trio Midland on Saturday, July 27. Del Mar’s Summer Concert Series gives music-goers the chance to catch a free concert every Friday and select Saturdays throughout the season. Other highlights from this year’s talented lineup include jazz artist Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on Friday, August 2, alternative reggae rockers Iration on Saturday, August 3, and country crooner Chase Rice on Friday, August 16. All Friday concerts are presented by San Diego County Toyota Dealers.
The 2019 lineup consists of:
- Friday, July 19: TBA
- Saturday, July 20: Reggae Fest with Ziggy Marley
- Friday, July 26: TBA
- Saturday, July 27: Midland
- Friday, August 2: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
- Saturday, August 3: Iration
- Friday, August 9: TBA
- Friday, August 16: Chase Rice
- Friday, August 23: SOJA
- Friday, August 30: Steel Pulse
- Monday, September 2: Wayward Sons
Additional performers and dates will be announced in the coming weeks. All concerts are 18 and up and free with the purchase of standard $6 racetrack admission. For concertgoers entering after the day’s final race, admission is $30. Performances begin shortly after the last race of the day. Weekend concerts are presented by Pacifico, Patron and Coors Light.
Returning this summer is the opportunity for concertgoers to upgrade their concert experience in the South Terrace, a premium view and VIP section. For just $50, this exclusive ticket includes an enhanced view with seating, private restrooms and private cash bar. Guests should be sure to arrive in advance of all Friday concerts to score half-off signature drinks during Happy Hour—from gate opening until 6 p.m. every Friday throughout the season.
For those looking to enjoy a Friday evening in the Turf Club, Del Mar introduces “Sip in Style” taking place every Friday. For $80 guests gain access to an exclusive Turf Club table, a free drink from the featured beverage partner – such as Veuve Clicquot, Patron, Grey Goose and Maker’s Mark – all paired with live music and premier racing.
In addition to being an exceptional place to take in live music and thrilling races, Del Mar offers unmatched value throughout the season—including Free & Easy Wednesdays, where guests receive free admission, a free seat and a free program, plus deals on famous Brigantine tacos, hot dogs and 16 oz. domestic beers. Del Mar also keeps foodies on the edge of their seats with top-notch culinary, wine and craft beer festivals that bring together San Diego’s buzzing food and beverage scenes. This year’s delectable lineup includes:
- Saturday, July 20: Burgers and Brews
- Saturday, July 27: Uncorked: Del Mar Wine Fest
- Saturday, August 3: San Diego Taco & Beer Festival
- Sunday, August 18: Turf & Surf BBQ Championship
- Sunday, September 1: Taste of New Orleans
- Every Friday: Sip in Style
- Every Sunday: Taste of the Turf Club
Summer racing at Del Mar takes place Wednesday through Sunday and Labor Day Monday (9/2). First post daily is 2 p.m., except on Friday’s when first post shifts to 4 p.m. (exceptions being August 23 and 30 when first post shifts to 3:30 p.m.). For more information, call 858-755-1141 or visit www.DelMarRacing.com. You can follow Del Mar on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat at @DelMarRacing or like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DelMarRaces.