Craft Beer Festival returns to Del Mar Racetrack next week
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four glasses of craft beer on wood table top
four glasses of craft beer on wood table top
Del Mar Racetrack’s annual Craft Beer Festival is on tap on Saturday, Dec. 1. Sample more than 100 local and international brews, including favorites from the San Diego brewing scene, and stay for the horse races throughout the day. The following day, Sunday, Dec. 2, marks Closing Day of the fall meet.

Additional Closing Weekend highlights include exclusive access into the Del Mar Racetrack’s Turf Club and weekly food and drink specials:

Daybreak at Del Mar – On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant will welcome early risers from 8 to 10 a.m. Fans can enjoy breakfast in the open-air restaurant and watch Thoroughbreds’ morning workouts, while learning insights and behind-the-scenes details from racing broadcaster and horsewoman Michelle Yu. There is no charge for admission, but a $10 parking fee applies.

Craft Beer Festival – The popular Craft Beer Festival will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Choose from over 100 local and international brews, including hard-to-find ales and ciders and favorites from the thriving local brewing scene. Local brewery reps will be in attendance to answer questions about their beers. Then, put your arm muscles to the test in the Beer Stein Holding Contest, and grab a set of headphones for Del Mar's first-ever silent disco dance party. Craft Beer Festival tickets are $22 and include racetrack admission, a wristband valid for five tastings and participation in the silent disco. 

Closing Day – The Del Mar Fall Racing Festival officially ends on Sunday, Dec. 2. This will be fans’ final opportunity to enjoy the races at the seaside track until next summer. Gates open at 11 a.m., with first post at 12:30 p.m.

Taste of the Turf Club – On Sunday, Dec. 2, brunch lovers can enjoy the delectable menu of one of San Diego’s most celebrated chefs, Brian Malarkey, at the exclusive Turf Club. Seats are $100 per person and include: Turf Club admission and table, choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert and bottomless mimosas, Del Marys or Chandon. Attendees must comply with the Turf Club Dress Code. Tables are limited.

Free & Fun Sundays – Every Sunday in the Plaza de Mexico, Diamond Club members receive free admission and seating, in addition to $5 Tri-Tip Cardiff Crack sliders and $5 Coors Light Pints. 

Happy Hour Sundays – Enhance your Sunday Funday at the racetrack by enjoying 50 percent off Del Mar’s signature cocktails until 2 p.m.

Racing during the Fall Racing Festival happens Thursday through Sunday until Dec. 2. First post is at 12:30 p.m. daily. Admission at all gates is $6. For more information, call 858-755-1141 or visit

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