Hastings Racecourse is having a massive season-opening party in Vancouver

Apr 18 2019, 7:08 pm

If you’ve ever been to the races, you know that (a) the atmosphere is electric, and (b) it’s one of the best ways to spend a day out in Vancouver.

This year, Vancouver’s iconic Hastings Racecourse and Casino are celebrating 130 years of horse racing action. It’s the longest-running sports activity in BC, and this year, you can be part of the milestone celebrations.


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Kick off the racing season at Hastings Racecourse on Saturday, May 4 at the Season Opening event where you’ll get to experience unparalleled entertainment. Honestly, what could be better?

Most importantly, it’s completely free to attend! Here’s a look at everything you can enjoy at the event.

Food Trucks


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When it comes to food, you’ll be spoiled for choice with a lineup of food trucks including Waikiki Food Truck, Cheezee Does It Food Trailer, Cherry Bomb Donuts, Bandidas Taqueria, Yo Bones Food Truck, Pork Mafia Food Truck, Mr Arancino Food Truck, and many others. You can also enjoy a drink on one of the largest patios in the city and admire the amazing views before you.



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Already, Hastings Racecourse hosts some of the biggest racing events in Vancouver, including the BC Derby, BC Oaks, BC Cup, Friday Night Live, and the uber-fancy Deighton Cup. And this year, they’re adding even more events to their highly-anticipated lineup.

You may have already experienced the awe-inspiring and hilarious Wiener Dog Races, Corgi Races, and Bull Dog Races, at Hastings Racecourse. And if you have, you’ll be overjoyed to discover that these events will be extended over two days for the 2019 season!


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It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been to the races or even attempted to bet before — you don’t need to be a pro. Bets are as low as $2 and the team at Hastings Racecourse will be providing hands-on racing 101 support right on the tarmac. This means you’ll be able to get assistance whenever you need it.

The Season Opening event will kick off with a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby upon the in-field projector. And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to win prizes with giveaways happening throughout the day.

Car Display

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At the Opening Day on May 4, you’ll also get to check out an exciting 10-car display at Hastings Racecourse with the Vancouver British Classic Car Showcase from the annual All British Field Meet, ABFM 2019. Snap photos next to vintage roadsters from Astons to Austins, Bentleys, Morgans, Rolls-Royces, Triumphs, Jaguars, and other models.

Celebrate 130 years in style at Hastings Racecourse on May 4 — rain or shine! You and five friends could be attending the event in style by winning a VIP box seat package. Simply visit our Instagram page and enter via this post.

Hastings Racecourse Season-Opening

When: Saturday, May 4
Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Price: FREE admission