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Your Guide to Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season

Bing Crosby Season Starting Gate

Expect Del Mar’s inaugural fall racing meet, appropriately named The Bing Crosby Season, to differ a bit from summer festivities at the track. Harkening back to the glamour of the 1930s when actor Bing Crosby and his friends founded the track, these four weeks of elite Thoroughbred racing focus on old Hollywood style.

Bing Crosby Season Opening Day 

The highlight of Opening Day is a Vintage Hollywood Fashion Contest, sponsored by Studio Savvy Salon, that will operate similarly to the summer hats contest. Awards will be given for Best Dressed Couple, Best Celebrity Lookalike and Most Glamorous. Go ahead and channel any celebrity–old or modern day will do.

Sign-ups take place on the day in the Plaza de Mexico between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Of course, there are prizes. The first prize winner in each category will receive $300, second place $200 and third place $100. The Bing Crosby Grand Prize winner will be awarded a $1,000 gift certificate for Leisure Society sunglasses and a $500 Studio Savvy gift certificate.

Wondering what to wear? Have a look through Del Mar Racing’s Pinterest boards for Old Hollywood inspiration. Also, pop into Jill Courtemanche Millinery for a fabulous fascinator.

L’Auberge Del Mar is hosting an Opening Day after-party in their ocean view Living Room complete with DJ Gabe Vega spinning tunes and hors d’oeuvres by Executive Chef Brandon Fortune. Tickets need to be reserved in advance ($50).

There’s Football, Too

Those worried about missing their favorite games will experience the best of both worlds. Sundays at Del Mar bring a Paddock Football Lounge with multiple televisions, bars and food options.

Concerts, Food Trucks and More

The Bing Crosby Season will host two Saturday concerts. Reggae Fest featuring Iration is happening on November 15 while the alternative rock band CAKE closes the season on November 29.

The popular food truck festival is back on Saturday, November 22. In addition to the CAKE concert, November 29 features a craft beer and cider festival, a Movember event and the biggest race of the meet–the Hollywood Derby.

Fall Racing Dates and Times

The Bing Crosby Season will run for a total of 15 days spread out over four weeks from Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 30. Racing days are primarily Thursday through Sunday with a daily post time of 12:00 p.m. on weekends and 12:30 p.m. on weekdays.

The track hopes to lure guests on Thanksgiving Day with an earlier first post time at 11:00 a.m. Closing Day on Sunday, November 30 is a free admission day for all, courtesy of Del Mar Racing.

Your Turn…

Will you attend The Bing Crosby Season?

Katie Dillon: Katie writes La Jolla Mom, a lifestyle site focused on parenting, luxury travel, cooking with kids, home management, and local happenings. When not traveling, she lives in the seaside community of La Jolla, CA with her 7-year-old fashionista, dog, and husband.