2023 Canterbury Park Sneak Peek

Get ready for a season’s worth of fun at Canterbury Park!  Shakopee’s Canterbury Park isn’t only a destination for live horse racing and casino gaming—it also hosts outdoor concerts, Minnesota’s largest Derby party, and family-friendly dog races.  Whether you want to wear your fanciest hat to celebrate the Run for the Roses, rock out to hit music, or cheer on adorable weiner dogs and corgis as they race around the track, here’s your guide to Canterbury Park’s 2023 season.

Kentucky Derby Party

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Celebrate the biggest day in horse racing at a race track!  Place a wager, watch the most exciting two minutes in sports on big screens, sip a mint julep, and take a selfie on the red carpet.  Canterbury’s Derby Party will also include best dressed and best hat contests, live music from local cover band Good for Gary, and vendors.  For a VIP experience, get a ticket to the Paddock Garden Social, which includes beverages, appetizers, and a sparkling wine toast to the Derby winner.

Live Horse Racing

May 27-September 16, 2023

Whether you’re a dedicated racing fan or it’s your first visit, watching live horse racing at Canterbury Park is an action-packed experience.  The 2023 race season kicks off on Saturday, May 27 and contains on select Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. through September 16.

Canterbury Concert Series

Get close to your favorite artists at the Canterbury Concert Series.  The intimate, outdoor venue features comfortable seating, great sightlines and acoustics, indoor restrooms, food and bar service, and free parking.

June 2, 2023 Night Ranger

June 23, 2023 The Marshall Tucker Band

July 21, 2023 Killer Queen-A Tribute to Queen

August 11, 2023 Smash Mouth & Spin Doctors

September 8, 2023 Randy Houser

Dog Race Days

Canterbury Park’s most crowd-pleasing (and cutest) event is back for the 2023 season!  Several dog races are run between live horse racing on select race days, with dedicated days for breeds including bulldogs, basset hounds, corgis, and wiener dogs.  Cheer on the winners at the best in show finals on Labor Day weekend.  Dog race days also feature kid-friendly activities like pony rides and face painting.

June 11, 2023 Bulldogs

June 25, 2023 Basset Hounds

July 30, 2023 Corgis

August 13, 2023 Weiner Dogs

September 3, 2023 “Best in Show” Dog Days Championship

After enjoying live racing or a special event at Canterbury Park, book a stay in Shakopee!  In addition to Canterbury Park, Shakopee is home to Valleyfair and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and is conveniently located to area attractions including Mystic Lake Casino, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and Chanhassen Dinner Theater.

Book your stay in Shakopee today!