Opening Day at Saratoga Race Course is Friday, July 19. The oldest racetrack in the country kicks off its 150th Anniversary when gates open at 11 a.m., followed by first race post-time at 1 p.m. Events this weekend will also include Hats Off To Saratoga, a three-day festival, which will include world-class racing, family fun, live music downtown and at the track, and more. On July 21, visitors will compete for prizes at the 22nd Annual Hat Contest. This year’s contest will incorporate a Victorian theme in all three categories to mark the anniversary. Family Fridays also begin July 19. The weekly family-friendly festivals feature games, attractions and educational activities each Friday of the meet from noon to 4 p.m. The season closes on September 2. For a detailed list of events throughout the season, click here.