Many horse racing fans will be focused on California Chrome as he goes for a victory at the 2014 Preakness Stakes, but the true highlight of the weekend is the Preakness InfieldFest on Friday and Saturday.
With an eclectic mix of horse racing, beer, food and music, the infield portion of Pimlico Race Course will turn into a concert festival featuring some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Lorde, Nas and the Counting Crows.
If you’re in Maryland or close enough to drive, this will be an event you can’t miss.
Here is all the vital information every fan needs to enjoy the Preakness InfieldFest, and always remember to be safe and have a good time.
Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland
When: Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17
Gates Open: Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET and Saturday at 8 a.m. ET
Shows Begin: Friday at 4 p.m. ET and Saturday at 8:15 a.m. ET
|Performers List and Lineup|
|Black-Eyed Susan Day (May 16)||Main Stage||Counting Crows|
|Black-Eyed Susan Day (May 16)||Main Stage||The Fray|
|Black-Eyed Susan Day (May 16)||Main Stage||Annie Bosko|
|InfieldFest (May 17)||Main Stage||Lorde|
|InfieldFest (May 17)||Main Stage||Nas|
|InfieldFest (May 17)||Main Stage||Frank Walker|
|InfieldFest (May 17)||Main Stage||Glenn Morrison|
|InfieldFest (May 17)||Jagermeister Stage||Switchfoot|
|InfieldFest (May 17)||Jagermeister Stage||Eli Young Band|
|InfieldFest (May 17)||Jagermeister Stage||Sunday Best|
|InfieldFest (May 17)||Jagermeister Stage||Go Go Gadjet|
*Performers List via Preakness.com.
What to Expect At Pimlico Race Course
In what has become one of the wildest traditions in sports, the infield of the usually tranquil Pimlico Race Course will transform into an all-out concert festival for a two-day party horse racing fans can’t match.
These infield parties used to be out of control, but with a structure and organization, this has turned into a concert series that even non-horse racing fans come out to witness. With a main stage headlined by Lorde and Nas, music fans will enjoy an intimate setting with their favorite artists.
Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas told Preakness.com about the festival and how Lorde gives the event instant credibility:
Preakness InfieldFest enters its sixth year, now positioned as the region’s biggest, best and most unique party with first-class music and top-notch racing throughout the day. Lorde’s popularity is rising at a staggering rate from radio spins to social media to online plays and views. Her appeal cuts across multiple fan demographics and reflects the cutting edge talent fans have come to expect at InfieldFest. She is an extraordinarily talented artist and we look forward to welcoming her to Preakness InfieldFest.
Add in a second stage featuring bands like Switchfoot, and Saturday’s show will only be matched by Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan Day festivities. During Friday’s concert, the Counting Crows, The Fray and Annie Bosko will all perform.
Besides the guaranteed excitement in the actual Preakness Stakes and the other races that will take place over the two-day stretch, the concert series should be the best part of the 2014 InfieldFest.
That’s not all, though, as the InfieldFest also features The Mug Club. With the purchase of a special ticket ($90 in May), fans will be given a special mug that will gain them access to restricted areas and all the beer they can drink.
For the fans who want to eat before they drink all the beer they can, the local cuisine in Maryland will be on full display. With stands and vendor booths all around, fans from across the world will be treated to some of the best food in the area.
I don’t know about you, but give me cold beer, good food, popular music and horse racing all in one day, and I’d consider myself the big winner on that day.
*All information via Preakness.com.