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Check out the 2016 calendar of events below! View our full 2016 Racing & Entertainment Calendar or sign up for our e-newsletter and be the first to hear about all the news, events, special offers and ticketing information from Arlington International! 

May 6

Opening Day
Fan Appreciation Day- Free General Admission

May 7

Kentucky Derby Day
Experience the excitement and party atmosphere at Chicagoland’s largest Kentucky Derby Party featuring the Derby Party Zone. 

May 8

Mother’s Day
Treat Mom to a day she will never forget with a family experience unlike any other.  Mother’s Day rose giveaway to first 5,000 moms through the Admission Gates.

May 21

Second Leg of Triple Crown: Preakness Stakes
Watch and wager on the 2016 Preakness Stakes at Arlington.  Take your Triple Crown game up a notch and attend the VIP Preakness Party.

May 27-30

Memorial Day Weekend
Get your summer started right at Arlington International.  This weekend kicks off a season of live musical entertainment every Friday and Saturday, and Family Days every Sunday, through Labor Day.

May 27
 

College Day
Enjoy free General Admission with college ID, live music, $1 specials, and great giveaways.

May 28

BBQ Bash
With the unofficial kick off to summer, make it official with great BBQ in The Park.  Food trucks, BBQ styled vendors, and a grill giveaway will start the summer off right.

May 29
 

State Fair Family Day
Enjoy all of the classics of a traditional state fair!  Plus, Family Day activities and a live kid’s concert.

May 30

Memorial Day
Free General Admission for active/veteran military men and women, (must show Military ID), live music, and Family Day activities.

June 4

Binny's Taste at the Track I
Taste hundreds of varieties of wine and enjoy samples of delicious food from some of Chicagoland’s best restaurants all at one of the largest wine tasting events of the summer.  *Requires special ticket

June 5
 

Northwestern University Day
Celebrate Chicago’s Big Ten Team as Arlington International turns purple and white in this celebration of Northwestern University.

June 11

 Third Leg of the Triple Crown: Belmont Stakes
Watch and wager on the 2016 Belmont Stakes at Arlington.  Take your Triple Crown game up a notch and attend the VIP Belmont Bash.

 

June 12

Mascot Day
Enjoy a day of racing with your favorite mascots!   The day wouldn’t be complete without a mascot race out of the gate on the main track.

June 18

Horses & Hounds
A portion of Arlington’s ticket proceeds will go to shelters participating!  Check out adoptable dogs, and ways to help retired racehorses on a fun filled day of horses and hounds.

June 19
Father's Day

Treat Dad to a great day at the track filled with live racing, live music and Family Day activities designed with Dad in mind.

June 24

Miller Lite Party in the Park after Dark I: Country Night
Hang around after the live racing and party into the night with Arlington International.  The night will feature live music, a photo booth, and country fun!  To enhance your experience, purchase a $35 ticket that includes admission, a 3-hour Miller Lite bar, beer mug, specialty food item, and themed drink.

June 25
 

Singles Social
Single?  Social?  Combine the two, for Arlington’s first ever Singles Social!  Meet local singles while enjoying drinks, food, and the thrills of thoroughbred racing.

June 26
 

Little Super Heroes Family Day
It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  It’s super hero day at Arlington! Plus, Family Day activities and a live kid’s concert.

July 3
Fireworks

Live music and entertainment all day and into the night while the best fireworks display you will ever experience kicks off just after dusk. Fourth of July Accessory giveaway to first 5,000 guests through Admission Gates.

July 4

Independence Day
Special holiday racing and entertainment!  Live music and Family Day activities.

July 9

Food Truck Festival on Million Preview Day
Catch Arlington Million contenders in exciting prep races, and sample food from some of Chicagoland’s top food trucks. *Special VIP ticket available but not required

July 10

Chicago Bears Day
Bear Down and show your pride for the Monsters of the Midway at Arlington International.  A special all-inclusive ticketed package is available for EXTREME Chicago Bears fans!

July 16
  

Bands & Beer
Enjoy the best of Chicago’s local bands LIVE all while tasting specialty beers throughout the afternoon.  *Beer Tasting requires special ticket, band performances open to public.

July 17
  

First Responders Day
A day dedicated to our everyday heroes.  Free General Admission to First Responders (with valid badge or ID).

July 23

Binny's Food & Wine International
Experience the world through wine at this special ticketed event in our indoor International Room. *Special Ticket Required

July 24

Chicago White Sox Day
Show your South Side pride and celebrate the Sox as Arlington International turns black and white for Chicago White Sox Day.

July 29
 

Miller Lite Party in the Park after Dark I: Mardi Gras
Hang around after the live racing and party into the night with Arlington International.  The night will feature live music, a photo booth, and more!  To enhance your experience, purchase a $35 ticket that includes admission, a 3-hour Miller Lite bar, beer mug, specialty food item, and themed drink.

July 30
 

Motors & Music
A story of the decades as told by cars and live music.  Classic cars and multiple live bands will fill Arlington on a day with horse power on and off the track.

July 31 
  

Christmas in July Family Day
Santa comes to town early at Arlington! Enjoy Christmas themed fun plus, Family Day activities and a live kid’s concert.

August 6

Chicago Blackhawks Day
Celebrate Chicago’s championship hockey team with Arlington International.  A special all-inclusive ticketed package is available for EXTREME Chicago Blackhawks fans!

August 13

The 34th Running of the Arlington Million
Arlington Million (GI), Beverly D. (GI), Secretariat Stakes (GI) and the American St. Leger (GIII).  Celebrate the largest racing day of the year featuring the Million Party Zone and Million VIP Lounge.

August 20

Luck of the Irish
Everyone’s Irish for this event!  Enjoy Irish music and performances in the Park, and test your luck with a $40 drink package.

August 21

Fiesta de Arlington
Celebrate an afternoon of Hispanic Heritage at Arlington International with specialty food items, drink specials and music.

August 26

Miller Lite Party in the Park after Dark I: 80’s
Hang around after the live racing and party into the night with Arlington International.  The night will feature live music, a photo booth, and more!  To enhance your experience, purchase a $35 ticket that includes admission, a 3-hour Miller Lite bar, beer mug, specialty food item, and themed drink.

August 27

 Art in the Park
An event highlighting an exhibition of local artists throughout The Park.   

August 28

Family Day Luau
Get out the grass skirts for this fun family style luau!  Plus, Family Day activities and a live kid’s concert.

September 2-5

Labor Day Weekend
Close out the summer with a bang with our final Party in the Park, Horses & Hops, and Family Day activities of the season. 

September 4

Arli Goes Back to School
Join us for a special Sunday Family Day when Arlington mascot, Arli, leaves Arlington to go back to school! Send us pictures of your kids ready to go back to school to be shown on the Jumbotron during the day.  Donate school supplies to local kids in need for free General Admission!

September 5

Labor Day
Special holiday racing and entertainment!  Live music and Family Day activities.

September 10

Binny's Taste at the Track II
Taste hundreds of varieties of wine and enjoy samples of delicious food from some of Chicagoland’s best restaurants all at one of the largest wine tasting events of the fall. *Requires special ticket.

September 17

Septemberfest
Join us at Arlington International for a chance to purchase a great medley of fall food from some fan-favorite food trucks located in The Park. 

September 24

Closing Day
Arlington closes the 2016 season with a multitude of giveaways to thank our loyal fans!