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2016 Live Racing Schedule

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2016 Live Racing Promotions 

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 July 3

Fireworks Spectacular 

Live Music From Tim Mahoney & Fireworks After 4:00 PM Racing.
Presented by Kwik Trip



 July 4

4th of July 

Free Hormel Hot Dogs. Wiener Dog Warm-Up Race.

First Race: 12:45 PM

   July 7

Summer School 

Learn the Basics of Wagering. Register here!

First Race: 6:30 PM

   July 10

Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity 

The richest quarter horse stakes.

First Race: 12:45 PM


 July 16

Extreme Race Day 

It’s A Real Zoo! Camel, Ostrich and Zebra Races.
Presented by the Minnesota State Lottery

First Horse Race: 12:45 PM


 July 22

Canterbury on the Rocks 

Sample craft spirits from local distilleries. $60 in advance. Tickets available online or call (952) 445-7224. Presented by City Pages.

First Race: 6:30 PM

   July 24

Vans Warped Tour 

America's premier summer music festival featuring Good Charlotte, Reel Big Fish, New Found Glory and more! 

Separate Concert Admission. 


 July 24

Mustang and Ponies Show 

Check out fast cars and fast horses!

First Race: 12:45 PM


 July 30

Corgi and Cupcake Day 

Featuring Inaugural Corgi Dog Races and Cupcakes
from Around the Twin Cities.

Presented by Star Tribune

First Race: 12:45 PM

   August 4

Summer School 

Learn the basics of wagering. Register here!

First Race: 6:30 PM

   August 6

Hot Import Nights 

Cars, models, music and lifestyle event. Located in the Canterbury Expo Center. Separate admission fee. 


 August 6

Food Truck Festival 

Saturday Nights Unbridled. 

First Race: 6:30 PM



 August 7

Canterbury Kids' Olympics and mascot day 

Featuring a variety of kid activities. Plus, meet your favorite local mascots. Presented by Star Tribune and Pepsi

First Race: 12:45 PM


 August 13

Canterbury beer fest 

Craft beer event. $40 in advance, VIP $55. Tickets available online or call (952) 445-7224. Presented by Michelob Golden Light and City Pages

First Race: 6:30 PM


 August 14

Fillies Race for Hope 

Benefitting Hope Chest for Breast Cancer. Presented by MHC Software. 

First Race: 12:45 PM


 August 20

k102 Country night 

Country Music by Levi Pelzer, special contests, and more!

First Race: 6:30 PM


August 21

Festival of Champions 

Paul Allen "AP is Loose" Talking Bobblehead Giveaway to the first 4,000 Paid Admissions.  

First Race: 12:45 PM

  August 25-27

Indian Market 

A unique variety of Native American Arts and Crafts. Located in the Canterbury Expo Center. Presented by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. 

  August 25-27

Indian Horse Relay 

High speed bareback relay racing. Presented by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.  

First Race Thursday and Friday: 6:30 PM, Saturday 6:00 PM


August 27

Mystic Lake Derby 

5th running of the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby. Plus, Indian Horse Relay and Indian Market.

First Race: 6:00 PM


September 4

Pepsi Giveaway 

Six-pack of Pepsi giveaway to the first 4,000 paid admissions. 

First Race: 12:45 PM


September 5

Labor Day Wiener Dog Wars 

Our biggest Dachshund race day!

First Race: 12:45 PM

Presented by Star Tribune 

  September 9-10

Home Improvement Show 

All your home improvement needs. Located in the Canterbury Expo Center.

  September 17

Festival Palomino 

All day Infield concert. Separate admission for Infield access.


September 17

Final Day of Racing  

See you next season!

First Race: 12:45 PM





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