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Halloween Family Day This Sunday
Looking for a Halloween party that's sure to be one of the more entertaining events in San Francisco yet is still calm enough to be one of the more unique things to do in San Francisco with kids? On Sunday, October 30, Golden Gate Fields will become Ghostly Gate Fields, combining some of the most exciting horse races in California with costumed revelry as part of Halloween Family Day.
A day at the horse races with Golden Gate Fields will feature all the costumes, tricks and plenty of treats that one would expect when looking for things to do in San Francisco with kids.
Along with candy, there will be pony rides, face painters, bounce houses, and more. All of the activities for the kids are free, and take place between Noon and 4 p.m., allowing for a full night's sleep in preparation for another round of serious trick-or-treating on Monday.
When combined with a full slate of horse races, the afternoon will likely be one of the more colorful Halloween events in San Francisco.
Ghostly Gate Fields' Halloween Family Day will happen in conjunction with the regular Sunday Dollar Day promotion, where patrons can receive general admission, hot dogs, beers, sodas, program and general parking for only $1.
Even before the Halloween Family Day, Sundays at Golden Gate Fields already combined horse races and America's other past time – NFL football.
San Francisco Bay Area residents can hear the thunder of the hooves as the horses sprint toward the finish line while keeping an eye on all the football action in Golden Gate Fields’ NFL End Zone, a fully equipped sports lounge with 16 plasma televisions and the Sunday Ticket package, bringing all the action from the opening kickoff to the final whistle.
And while Golden Gate Fields is providing one of the more unusual things to do in San Francisco with kids, the race track isn't forgetting about the Bay Area's more experienced citizens. Fridays at Golden Gate Fields are Senior Fridays, where members of the Thoroughbreds Club who are 62 years old or older receive free Club House admission.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with post times at 12:45 p.m.
About Golden Gate Fields
Golden Gates Fields, Northern California’s premier horse racing facility, commenced its first meeting on Feb. 1, 1941. Due to poor track conditions caused by heavy rains, the inaugural horse races lasted only five days. America’s involvement in World War II meant racing at the race track wouldn’t resume for six years, and the track became a naval amphibious landing craft base.
Golden Gate Fields reopened on Sept. 9, 1947, and since has hosted many of the sports’ greatest thoroughbred horses and jockeys. The great Bill Shoemaker, who would go on to become the world’s winningest riders, scored his first career victory at Golden Gate Fields on April 20, 1949, aboard Shafter V. He retired 41 years later with 8,833 wins.
Through the years champion horses like Citation (1948 Horse of the Year), Noor (Handicap Horse of 1950), Determine (1954 Kentucky Derby winner), John Henry (Horse of the Year in 1981 and 1984), Brown Bess (Female Grass Horse of 1989), Tight Spot (Grass Horse of 1991), and Lost in the Fog (Sprinter of 2005) have competed at Golden Gate Fields.
Golden Gate Fields is a beautiful facility that features an elegant Turf Club, a vast and comfortable Club House, smart simulcast rooms, and plenty of free seating in the general admission areas, all of which make a trip to the facility one of the most entertaining events in San Francisco.