Race to Preakness

Join the City of Baltimore to celebrate the Race to Preakness, a fun-filled week of festivities leading up to the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes. From May 13 through 17, show off your Baltimore pride by attending Happy Hours in Center Plaza with live music and local DJs; Downtown Lunchtime Happenings; a Pee Wee Preakness for youngsters; and a Pre-Preakness Inner Harbor Party and fireworks finale presented by Maryland Jockey Club. All events are produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

Event Details

 What: Race to Preakness

When: Monday, May 13 – Friday May 17, 2019

Where: Downtown Baltimore (locations for each event are specified below)


 Race to Preakness Happy Hour at Center Plaza
Monday, May 13 – Friday, May 17, 5pm – 8pm
Center Plaza at 110 W. Fayette Street

Join in Race to Preakness after a long day at work with live music, drink specials, a crab derby race, fun games and surprises in Center Plaza throughout the week.

Pee Wee Preakness
Wednesday, May 15, 11am – 1pm
Patterson Park at Eastern Avenue & Linwood Avenue

Young jockeys can get in on the Race to Preakness fun by competing for the Pee Wee Crown of racing.  This non-stop afternoon of fun in the park will include a performance by Hoop Love, hands-on crafts and more.


Race to Preakness Lunchtime Happenings
Wednesday, May 15 – Friday, May 17, 11am – 2pm
Harbor Market – McKeldin Square at Pratt & Light streets (Wednesday and Friday)
Pratt Street Market – Transamerica Plaza at Pratt & Light streets (Thursday)

Downtown lunchtime-goers can join in the Race to Preakness festivities by enjoying live music, karaoke and fun games in downtown squares and plazas as they grab a bite to eat.


Race to Preakness Inner Harbor Party & Fireworks Finale,
Presented by Maryland Jockey Club
Friday, May 17, 5pm – 9:30pm
Inner Harbor at West Shore Park on Pratt Street

Join the Inner Harbor Party & Fireworks Finale the night before the running of the Preakness Stakes for music, dancing, food, drinks, drone racing, competitions and a spectacular fireworks finale by Pyrotecnico. Party-goers can enjoy the alternative music of Super City, the Latin sounds of Zakke, and the soulful sounds of Funsho from “The Voice” television show.

Visit racetopreakness.org for full event details.

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