Start off racing season at L'Auberge Del Mar


In celebration of another year of races at the Del Mar Racetrack, L'Auberge Del Mar will host various events at its destination hotel. Whether it’s to find a fresh outfit or grab drinks after Opening Day, L'Auberge has a few events to check out.

7.16-17: Pop-Up Shops

Dressing to impress is what many racetrack guests do. In order to wow the crowd, L'Auberge invited Christine A. Moore Millinery, hat designer to the stars, and luxury menswear stylist, Élevée, for pop-up shops. The shops will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 16 and 17. On Opening Day, July 18, the shops will be open from 9 a.m. to noon.

7.17: Pre-Party on Pacific Terrace

Before the races begin, L'Auberge will host a pre-party, on its Pacific Terrace, to benefit The Bill Hartack Foundation. Sip on this year’s signature cocktail, Del Mar Julep, dance to live music and fill up with hors d'oeuvres. Christine A. Moore Millinery and Percy Knox Jr. of Élevée Custom Menswear also will conduct a Race Day Fashion 101 session.

Guests will have the chance to meet Hall of Fame jockeys and receive betting advice from horse racing expert Michelle Yu. “Pick Your Ponies” is a panel discussion led by Yu, where jockeys, horse owners and handicappers will give the scoop on the sport. Tickets are $79 per person and the event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

7.18: L'Auberge Del Mar’s Official Opening Day After-Party

Once the first day kicks off, the hotel will host its lavish after-party. DJ FishFonics and DJ Gabe Vega will spin tracks all night while guests can eat from an array of food stations and drink specialty cocktails, including the Del Mar Julep. Tickets are $229 each up until July 17, with tickets being sold the day of the event until capacity at $260 each. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

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