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What you need to know about Opening Day at Del Mar Racetrack

Posted: 1:18 PM, Jul 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-18 20:03:56Z
Del Mar Racetrack getting ready for Opening Day

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Summer is in full swing, and that means it’s time for Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack. 

This year, Opening Day will take place on Wednesday, July 18 with gates opening at 11:30 a.m. The first race is at 2 p.m.

Stretch run tickets for Opening Day are $15 and clubhouse tickets are $30. For those not interested in the first race of the season, tickets Wednesday through Sunday are $6 for stretch run and $10 for clubhouse. Click here for more information on tickets. 

In addition to the races, trendsetters will gave their shot at competing for more than $5,000 worth of prizes in the Opening Day Hats Contest.

PHOTOS: Opening Day 2017 Hats Contest

The track will be open from July 18 through Labor Day Monday, September 3.

Check out the map below for parking information:


The racetrack will also play host to more than a dozen concerts throughout the season. All concerts are 18 and up and are free with racetrack admission. $50 VIP concert tickets are also available. Click here for more information on concerts. 

Check below for a full list of concerts and dates:

  • Friday, July 20: Psychedelic Furs
  • Saturday, July 21: Iration
  • Friday, July 27: Steel Pulse
  • Saturday, July 28: Switchfoot
  • Friday, August 3: Matisyahu
  • Friday, August 10: Aloe Blacc
  • Saturday, August 11: Reggae Fest with Ziggy Marley
  • Friday, August 17: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  • Friday, August 24: Tribal Seeds
  • Saturday, August 25: Warren G & DJ Quick
  • Friday, August 31: Café Tacvba
  • Saturday, September 1: Slightly Stoopid
  • Sunday, September 2: Ice Cube