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Horse Racing, Celtic Day, Fiesta in the Park and more at Arlington Racetrack

Updated on June 10, 2014

Place your bet on having a great time at the Arlington Park Race Track, located in Arlington Heights, IL. If you love horses, want to win some extra cash or just looking for something fun to do, plan a day at the races! The horses are exciting to watch race and beautiful to see.

The action doesn’t stop at the race track either. Sundays are often family days complete with vendors and fun entertainment. Celtic Day was a great event, complete with bag pipers and talented dancers. If you want to bring your picnic basket there is a grassy area with picnic tables right next to the track. Of course a wide variety of food and drink options are available in the Arlington Park facility too. Hoof it over to the track, you just might come in FIRST!

Playing reveille before the races begin.
Playing reveille before the races begin.

Fiesta in the Park

Festive music, dancing, brilliant costumes and ethnic food fill the park during this fiesta at the race track. I loved the colors in the costumes and couldn't stop taking pictures. They were absolutely beautiful. This is an annual celebration and once you've experienced it you won't want to miss it the next year.


Yummy Salted Pretzel
Yummy Salted Pretzel

Grassy Picnic Area

A wide variety of seating options are available at the park. The one that appeals to large groups and families with small children is the grassy area next to the track. Spread out a blanket to picnic and sit on, or nab one of the picnic tables scattered about to set up. The open tables go fast so get there early. You can also bring your own lawn chairs if you like. Reserved park picnic tables and canopy seating is also available.

Picnic area right next to the track!
Picnic area right next to the track!
Open Seating Trackside
Open Seating Trackside

Open Bench Seats

Along the race track are rows of nice wood and iron benches to relax on while you watch the race as well. They're comfortable to sit on, and offer a good amount of space to spread out food, drinks or your racing forms.

Race fans filling up outdoor seats.
Race fans filling up outdoor seats.
Going for a walk before the big race.
Going for a walk before the big race.
Flying High at Arlington Park June 25, 2011
Flying High at Arlington Park June 25, 2011
Jesse White's Tumbling Team
Jesse White's Tumbling Team

Jesse Whites Tumblers

On June 25, 2011 Arlington Park celebrated the State of Illinois with the Prairie State Festival of Racing. It was a beautiful day at the park full of horse racing fans ready for some fun. Another attraction stole our attention and that was the energetic, talented, and incredible Jesse White Tumblers! They literally flew over one another flipping, spinning, tucking, and finally landing on their feet.

The Jesse White tumbling team has been going strong since 1959. It is a non for profit organization that makes over 1000 appearances a year. Who is Jesse White? He is the first African-American to serve as Illinois Secretary of State. He was sworn into office on January 11, 1999.

AWESOME!!
AWESOME!!
Jumping over everyone on the team!
Jumping over everyone on the team!

Dancing with Mascots

Mascots from all over came to dance and party the day away at Arlington Park. Children and adults danced and shook hands with these big colorful, funny and sometimes furry mascots.

It was a party atmosphere with fun things to see and do for everyone. Be sure to check out the Arlington Park web site calendar of events. You won't want to miss out on all the fun!

Horse and Rider
Horse and Rider
LEGOLAND booth invites young and old to play!
LEGOLAND booth invites young and old to play!

Family Fun

Pony rides, face painting, a petting zoo along with horse racing made for a fun packed day at the race track. We recently took our four year old grandson to the track for the first time and he had a blast!

He rode a pony, won a t-shirt at the Chicago Cubs baseball booth, and played with Lego's at the LEGOLAND table. He also stood track side and watched the horses thunder by just a few feet away. While feeding a goat in the petting zoo he laughed so hard when the goat grabbed the cup away and ate that too.

Chicago Cubs spin to win game.  T-Shirt winner!!
Chicago Cubs spin to win game. T-Shirt winner!!
Goat eating the cup and the food.
Goat eating the cup and the food.
Happy Pony Rider
Happy Pony Rider
Memorial Day 2014
Memorial Day 2014
Racing Wall
Racing Wall
Racing Hats for Sale
Racing Hats for Sale
Arlington Park Gift Shop
Arlington Park Gift Shop

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    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      6 years ago

      It is a great place to spend a day! I went back three times this past summer and have more photos and fun to share! Thanks for checking it out!

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      Derby Deals 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville, Indiana

      Now that looks like a great place to spend a day! Great hub....really fun!

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by Barbsbitsnpieces, I love this track too. Win or lose I always have a great time at this track!

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      7 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      Beautiful work on the festival, costume, and horse photography at Arlington Park, a grade one racetrack!

    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Green Art 

      7 years ago

      Thanks kingis for your kind words. I hope you get a chance to go to the races again soon. I plan to go this summer for sure.

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      Patrick King 

      7 years ago from Springfield, IL

      It is a great race track. I have been there a couple of times as a kid and would love to catch a race up there again. Good hub about Arlington!

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