(This story is sponsored by Hastings Racecourse and Casino.)
July might be Canada’s birthday month, but Hastings Racecourse has additional reason to celebrate this year: it’s the legendary location’s 130th anniversary. To mark the occasion, there’s a jam-packed schedule full of fun events, meaning visitors can expect awesome entertainment, giveaways, food trucks, and more throughout the summer.
With spectacular views of the North Shore mountains and Burrard Inlet, Hastings Racecourse is the perfect setting to enjoy an unforgettable day with the whole family. Kicking off the Canada Day festivities on Monday (July 1) will be the chance to share a slice of birthday cake. Live racing starts at 1:50 p.m., but the holiday party will last all afternoon. Kids will enjoy complimentary pony rides and face painting.
If you are looking to experience a different kind of racing, then the return of the famous Wiener Dog Races on the weekend of July 13 and 14 is for you. There will be five heats on Saturday and three heats on Sunday, leading up to an exciting Final Showdown, where the wiener takes all.
On July 20, see and be seen at the most stylish event of summer, the 11th annual Deighton Cup hosted by the Parade Agency and the Social Concierge. The popular event will host more than 7,000 funseekers in a day-long festival at Hastings Racecourse. Patrons decked out in their finest can enjoy a complete VIP experience with an eight-race card of top thoroughbred racing, a Fanny Bay oyster-shucking competition, a Champagne stage, a cigar lounge, a cocktail-mixology competition, and best-dressed awards.
Capping off Canada month will be Sports Alumni Day on July 28, which will bring some of Vancouver’s sports legends from the Vancouver Canucks, B.C. Lions, Whitecaps FC, and Hastings Jockey Club together for an annual meet and greet to support their respective charities. Come face to face with your sporting heroes under the Marquee Tent and enjoy an afternoon of live thoroughbred racing. There will also be a 50-50 draw and silent auction of valuable memorabilia.
To learn more about Hastings Racecourse, including the exciting lineup of signature events this summer, visit the website. Enter below for your chance to win a Parallel 49 VIP-box seat package (valued at $299).
A Parallel 49 VIP-box seat package for six guests (valued at $299), which includes:
- A VIP host and dedicated server
- Comfortable reserved seating in the exclusive VIP-box seats
- Six official Hastings Racecourse and Casino live racing programs
- Six $5 Win Wagering Vouchers for each guest*
- Six $5 Casino Slot Free Play for each guest*
- Two signature Hastings pizzas
- A dozen craft beers from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
*Gratuity not included
*Must be aged 19 or older to gamble
*Must be an Encore member to use free slot play. Registration is available at Guest Services.
* Required fields
Contest Deadline: Friday, July 26, 3:00 am
Winner(s) will be contacted either by phone or email.