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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: And away they go! Out at the Races at Del Mar is Friday

Saddle up boys and girls, it’s time once again for Out at the Races, the annual LGBT day at the Del Mar Racetrack.

Technically, this would be the third annual event, but this year we will be an “official” event there for the very first time.

One of the perks of being official is that we will have our own special area this time around: a private Out at the Races Seaside Tropical Cabana located trackside at the top of the stretch run, within the 1/8 pole and west of the tunnel entrance. This cabana will feature table seating, a private bar and concessions, and our own wagering booths.

And another tradition returns this year: The Crazy Hat Contest! Judged by Becky Bartling, Todd Gloria and Benny Cartwright, prizes sponsored by the Del Mar Hilton will be given out to the winners in three different categories: Craziest/Funniest, Most Glamorous, and Most "OATRageous". See here for contest details; the judging will begin right before the third race, and you must be present to win.

And that’s not all! Stick around after the days races are done for a concert featuring DJ Steve Aoki. The concert begins at 8 pm, and is free with your general admission ticket to the races.

General admission tickets are $6, but goes down to $3 if you also sign up for the racetrack’s Diamond Club (does not include parking, sadly). Gates open at 2 pm with the first race starting at 4 pm.

WTF Hillcrest Hillbillies at Rich’s

Break out those daisy dukes boys, because this Saturday SDPIX and Rich's are bringing you a special Hillcrest Hillbillies edition of the Nicky Award winning WTF party at Rich’s.

It’s the long Labor Day holiday weekend, so expect a packed house for this event; I’d plan on getting there early to avoid the line (or just being your SDPIX VIP sticker). There will be after hours until 4 am, with music by DJ Taj, DJ Nikno, and DJ Vaughn Avakain.

Labor Day Weekend festivities

Here are a few other select events going on in honor of Labor Day this coming Monday. This is as of the time I am writing this, so more may be added later … check the event calendar section at www.sdpix.com for further updates:

Friday, Aug. 29

9 pm: Labor Day Weekend Rooftop Pool Party at the W Hotel

Saturday, Aug. 30

11 am: Labor Day Weekend at Gossip Grill

12 noon: The Sisters Labor Day Weekend Picnic in the Park at Balboa Park

9 pm: San Diego Feeling Good Clean/Sober Dance at the Marriott Mission Valley Hotel

Sunday, Aug. 31

11 am: Labor Day Weekend at Gossip Grill

Monday, Sept. 1

3 pm: Labor Day at Hillcrest Brewing Company

Other fun stuff this week

Thursday, Aug. 28

8 pm: Wet Your Whistle B4 Wet at Lei Lounge

9 pm: Club Flicker at Flicks

9 pm: Muscle at the Brass Rail

10 pm: #WET at Bourbon Street

Friday, Aug. 29

6 pm: Boy Bar at Harvey Milk’s American Diner

Saturday, Aug. 30

10 am to 2 pm: Mexican Brunch at Baja Betty's

8-9:30 pm: Kickers Country Western Line Dancing at Urban Mo's

Sunday, Aug. 31

11 am to 3 pm: Gospel Brunch at Lips

3-7 pm: Sunday Fundays at Uptown Tavern

3-8 pm: Church at Babycakes

Monday, Sept. 1

9 pm: Manic Mondays at the Brass Rail

Tuesday, Sept. 2

4 pm: $3 Wells and Free Pool at the San Diego Eagle

Wednesday, Sept. 3

7:30 pm to 10 pm: Pictionary Night at #1 Fifth Ave.

Last week’s events

Check out SDPIX.com for all the new albums from last week, including photos from Rich’s, Lips, Bourbon Street, Flicks, Babycakes, #1 Fifth, Overdrive at Spin, FilmOut, the Brass Rail, Harvey Milk’s American Diner, the San Diego Eagle, Eric Doan’s birthday pool party, and the Nicky Awards. 16 albums in all … whew! Happy viewing!