We just wanted to make sure you knew about three special events that are coming up in California that are worth the extra effort of dressing up and driving (or being driven…by us… )

Del Mar Summer Horseracing

The opening day of Del Mar Summer Horseracing season is happening on July 16 and runs for eight weeks through September 7.  Enjoy the Opening Day Hats Contest, VIP parties, hob nobbing with famous jockeys and trainers and hob-neighing with beautiful thoroughbreds. Also attend concerts, a chili cook-off, craft beers and wiener dog races.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (858) 755-1167 or

California Mid-State Fair

This state fair opens July 22 and runs through August 2 and is being held in Paso Robles. Spend a day visiting exhibits, attending foodie events and listening to a diverse range of performers including Keith Urban, Meghan Trainer and Motle Crue on their farewell tour.

Paso Robles Event Center (805) 239-0655

Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera, produced by Cameron Mackintosh,  arrives at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. This production promises a cast and orchestra of 52, new choreography, new scenic design and  a “more spectacular” version of the one ton chandelier.

Segerstrom Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa (714) 556-2787 or


If you have the time, these are great events!