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Summer Guide: Spectator Sports

In the stands

By Archana Ram

Del Mar Horse Racing

Get your big hats ready—the races are back! The 77th annual event kicks off July 17 with a hat contest, and includes a family fun day (July 20), craft beer fest (July 26), and Friday concert series. 
July 17–September 3, $5+,

San Diego Polo Club

The regal sport hits San Diego on select Sundays. The west side of the field provides shaded and sunny seating areas, plus food and drinks. For tailgating, picnics, and dog-wielding viewers, line up your car on the east side.
July 6–September 28; $12–$30, tailgating is $10/person,



Pro tennis is back! Mylan World Team Tennis promises seven home games starring boldface players and rousing fan interaction.
Valley View Casino Center, July 6–23,

San Diego Padres

Play ball! Among this summer’s theme days: WineFest (August 1) and Floppy Hat Day (August 2).


World Cup

“Football” fans have been waiting four years for this month-long international showdown, and in SD, North Park is your unofficial World Cup headquarters for watch parties, drink specials, and a free Jumbotron screening of the final match with a beer garden and stadium seating in the streets of North Park.
June 12–July 13,


Summer Guide: Spectator Sports

Dominick Lemarie

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