Dawn at the Downs

One of our guests favorite decades long Kentucky Derby Week traditions is back!


April 28 – April 29

Everyone’s favorite behind-the-scenes tradition. Spend your morning at Churchill Downs to watch your favorite Derby and Oaks contenders warm up on the track while listening to expert commentary. This beloved, VIP event is the perfect way to get an up-close look at the horses, all at no cost.

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Entry to your specific lot is unique and directions to your lot should be followed closely. These maps and directions can be found here:

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Things to know

Event Information FAQ’s

Find some commonly asked questions we receive from our guests prior to attending the Kentucky Derby.

Watch and Follow

Watch & Follow everything Kentucky Derby on NBC and the Peacock app.

What to Wear

Get the latest fashion trends and tips to prepare for Derby Week.

Your Expert Guide to Louisville

Make the most of your visit to Churchill Downs home of the Kentucky Derby by exploring Louisville Kentucky.

Churchill Downs Virtual Venue

View various sections to familiarize yourself with historic Churchill Downs Racetrack.

Official Kentucky Derby Collection

Shop the latest Kentucky Derby fashions, collectibles and more!

Derby Week Events

Make it an unforgettable experience by joining in the festivities that surround the lead up to the Kentucky Derby.

Visiting Information

Find everything you need to perfect your Derby Experience from expert guides to the best of what Louisville has to offer.

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