Friday – Festival Pre-party



Join us early for a concert pre-party starting at 3 pm and enjoy live racing, live entertainment, a variety of food and drink options, games and more!

Event Details

  • 3:30 pm
  • 3 pm
  • 6:30 pm Main Stage
  • 8 pm Main Stage

Hats and Horseshoes Party

presented by Stella Artois

From High Fashion to Fast Action, don’t miss the pomp and thrill of
the Queen’s Plate

Bring your fashion forward friends and walk the red carpet in style at the Hats and Horseshoes Party

All Queen’s Plate Festival tickets include access to the Hats and Horseshoes Party


When the last race goes off, the party doesn’t end!

Make your way to the J.P Wiser’s Stage and get ready for an exciting concert featuring two of the top country music acts in Canada.

Click on the band or artist below for biographies, videos and more!

What to Wear

Comfort is key on Day One of The Queen’s Plate Racing Festival weekend. Dig out your favourite plaid shirt or keep it simple with a plain tee. Add something denim and great pair of cowboy boots or flats and you’re just about set to go. Top your style with great accessories like layering necklaces, statement jewelry, hats or bandanas!

While there is no “official” dress code for the Queen’s Plate, it is encouraged that guests dress up to take it the complete horse racing experience.

One caveat – guests with tickets to the Woodbine Club, Northern Dancer or Royal Enclosure seating section are required to dress business casual. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie with a collared shirt. Ladies are encouraged to wear a hat or fascinator and to dress for a smart occasion – please refrain from wearing strapless, off the shoulder, halters and/or spaghetti straps. Running shoes and branded or promotional clothing is not permitted.

David Dunkley

VIP Experience

Lexus Premium Pass

See and be seen at this ultra stylish, premier party in our exclusive Lexus Premium Lounge and indulge in bottomless drinks, endless decadent gourmet fare, incredible live music with premium main stage views and much more.

Dining Experience

Enhance your Queen’s Plate experience through a reservation at one of five unique dining options.

Our dining spaces offer unique perspectives to immerse yourself completely in the Queen’s Plate racing experience. Enjoy an unbelievable selection of chef-inspired culinary creations to indulge in, impeccable table service, knowledgeable mutual tellers and wagering ambassadors who can take your bets right at your table.

With TV screens surrounding you from every angle, you won’t miss a stride of the action.

For Dining package details, please click the image below.

Speciality Beverages and Food Trucks

Feast on five of your favourite local food trucks and enjoy a variety of cocktail options including the popular Royal Blush, Official Cocktail of the Queen’s Plate. Choose from great beer brands including Stella Artois, Bud, Bud Light, Millstreet Organic, Alexander Keith’s, Corona and more


A Queen’s Plate Festival Ticket is required to enter the concert pre-party area.

The concert area is General Admission access and proximity to the stage will be on a first come basis.

For Lexus Lounge Premium ticket holders, a designated area to watch the concert from is included in the Queen’s Plate Festival ticket price.

All Queen’s Plate Festival ticket holders will have access to the post-race concert. All tickets will have general admission access to the post-race concert and proximity to the stage will be provided at a first come basis.

All concert times are approximate.

Mumm Champagne Garden Social will not be open on Friday June 28th.

A ticket is only required for access to the pre-party and concert areas on Friday, June 28. If you are attending for live racing or dining experiences only, you will not be required to show a ticket before entering the grandstand.