If you’re an event planner looking for a unique and exciting location to host your next event, look no further than these horse racing-inspired event spaces in Dallas, Baltimore, San Diego, Arcadia, and of course, Louisville. From horse tracks to arenas, you can celebrate the spirit of the most popular horse race all year round. Ride along with us, we’re about to take a closer look at the Lone Star Park in Dallas, TX, and other exciting venues that will transport your guests to Churchill Downs and get them off to the races!
1. Lone Star Park
Lone Star Park is an iconic race track and event space in Dallas that’s perfect for hosting lively parties and events. The venue has a delightful Texas charm that blends effortlessly with equestrian-style festivities, complete with horses and jockeys. The facility offers both indoor and outdoor spaces with plenty of room for large crowds. You can host anything from a corporate event to a wedding or even a charity fundraiser. No party is complete without great food, and Lone Star Park features a variety of dining options ranging from simple concessions to Silks Dining Room, the venue’s four-tier eatery that combines a panoramic view of the race track with high-quality meals. The Lone Star Park’s experienced event staff guarantees an unforgettable experience for you and your guests!
2. Pimlico Race Course
Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness, is another great location to bring a touch of the races to your next event. The venue is located in Baltimore, Maryland, and boasts a wide variety of party and event venues on the grounds. This horse racing track is a great place to host both small or large gatherings, including weddings, bridal and baby showers, corporate events, fundraisers, trade shows, and product launches. The planning staff at Pimlico will ensure every detail runs (see what we did there?) smoothly and their in-house catering team will feed you and your guests delicious delights during your event!
3. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Gallop to sunny San Diego, California and find Del Mar Thoroughbred Club – an event space that combines the excitement of competition with breathtaking ocean views. The venue can accommodate large and small events ranging from corporate meetings to weddings to holiday celebrations. The track has several indoor and outdoor suites and sky rooms that can be arranged to fit your specific event needs, so you can enjoy time in the shade or sun at this beautiful track! Del Mar also offers horse racing experiences for your guests’ entertainment, including getting up close and personal with the horses and jockeys!
4. Santa Anita Park
Just up the coast from Del Mar is Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA – a versatile track and event space that can host any gathering you desire. The classic Art Deco venue offers both indoor and outdoor spaces at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, so you can match the event to the season while enjoying a gorgeous view. From a summer cocktail party on the lawn to a winter wonderland soirée in the Director’s Room, Santa Anita Park has a space to match your vision. It’s been a popular place for performers to shoot music videos – Katy Perry, The Black Eyed Peas, and Selena Gomez, to name a few! You and your guests will be enchanted by the beautiful, sprawling parkland, and you can even arrange for them to see a horse race to add to the occasion. Plan your next event at Santa Anita Park – this boldly-designed venue is truly one of a kind!
5. Churchill Downs
Of course, no list of equine-inspired event spaces would be complete without the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, KY. Churchill Downs is known worldwide for the Kentucky Derby, but you don’t need to wait until May to experience the excitement of the track or an event under the iconic Twin Spires. The venue offers event spaces to rent throughout the year on race days and non-race days, and their seasoned events staff will help plan your corporate, social, or private function. Choose from the rooftop garden, one of the numerous onsite suites, or one of the private lounges for your special occasion. Now giddy up before you get lapped by the competition – this venue fills up quickly!
Kentucky’s not the only place to enjoy the excitement and elegance of the Derby. Hosting your event at one of the many horse-inspired venues will transport your guests on a nostalgic journey that they won’t forget. From the Lone Star Park in Dallas, TX, to Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on the coast of California, you’ll find the perfect event space to suit your needs. Book your next party, fundraiser, or wedding at one of these fabulous venues — odds are, you’re going to love it!