Colonial Downs releases promotional schedule

Tickets for the 2024 racing season at Colonial Downs go on sale Wednesday, February 28. The Thursday through Saturday schedule returns with a robust promotional schedule planned for the 27-day season.

Starting on July 11, be a part of Thirsty Thursdays. The summer long promotion will feature drink specials along with an opportunity to purchase a souvenir cup to receive discounted domestic draft beer during live racing every Thursday. Post time on Thursdays is 1:30 p.m.

Start the summer weekend early with Party at the Downs every Friday. With a late-afternoon post time of 4:30, the Party starts even earlier with Happy Hour drink specials from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and live music in the Trackside Tent.

Saturday’s will feature a different event or promotion every week along with family-fun activities in the Trackside Tent starting at 1:30 p.m.:

  • July 13:               Colonial Downs Calendar Giveaway
  • July 20:               Richmond Flying Squirrels Day
  • July 27:               NASCAR Day
  • August 3:            Taste of New Kent County and Hat Giveaway
  • August 10:          Colonial Downs Festival of Racing
  • August 17:          New Kent County Fair
  • August 24:          Wiener Dog Races*
  • August 31:          Commonwealth Champions Day
  • September 7:     Virginia Derby Day/Secretariat Poster Giveaway/Closing Day

*To register your Wiener Dog visit:

General admission is free every day. For an elevated guest experience, Colonial Downs offers reserved Grandstand Seats and Grandstand Box Seats as well as dining options in the Jockey Club restaurant on the third floor and in the 1609 restaurant on the fourth floor.