Dawn at the Downs

April 27 - May 3 | 7 AM ET to 10 AM ET 

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

Join us for the opportunity to see the Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders train for the big races, while listening to expert commentary. A VIP experience, at no cost!

Breakfast buffet available for purchase, only on April 30 and May 1.

Dawn at the Downs Dining

April 30 and May 1 | 7 AM ET to 10 AM ET

Upgrade your Dawn at the Downs experience with a delicious buffet breakfast on Millionaires Row. Dawn at the Downs Dining may only be purchased for April 30 and May 1. Dawn at the Downs Dining tickets should be purchased in advance, limited tickets may be available day of.

For groups of 12+, please contact group sales at 502-636-4450 or fill out our Group Request Form

Buy Dawn at the Downs Dining Tickets

Know before you go! Get directions and maps to your on site lots with changes to traffic patterns on Derby Week!

Parking Notice: 

For any Derby Week days, excluding Dawn at the Downs days and the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks days, parking may be purchased by going to TicketmasterPlease note that if onsite parking is no longer available for a particular day, it will not be listed.

Any onsite parking for Derby Week must be pre-purchased before April 15th. Your parking pass will be mailed to your address on file via USPS prior to the event. Churchill Downs will not be selling any additional parking onsite after this date as free parking and shuttles will be available at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Parking for Dawn at the Downs on Sunday, April 30th and Monday, May 1st, 2023

  • Onsite Parking is available for FREE on a first come, first served basis.
  • Onsite parking lots will open at 5:15 am.
  • Paddock Gates will open at 7:00 am. 
  • Each vehicle will receive a placard to put on their dashboard identifying their vehicle as a Dawn at the Downs guest.
  • Each vehicle must leave Churchill Downs by 10:30 am that day. 

All onsite parking at Churchill Downs is reserved in advance and available for pre-purchase in March through April 15th as long as inventory is available. Parking within each reserved lot is first-come, first-served including ADA spaces. If you do not have pre-purchased parking, you will not be able to purchase it onsite. Please pay careful attention to your specific lot’s instructions for parking and be sure you understand the directions as entry for each lot is unique. At the Kentucky Exposition Center we will have free parking with free shuttles going to and from Churchill Downs on Opening Night, 502’sDay, Champions Day, and Thurby. On the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby days if you do not already have onsite parking, but have reserved seating with frontside access, there is parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center which is included with your ticket. Please present your ticket upon entry. This includes FREE shuttle service to and from Churchill Downs with drop-off and pick-up in the Black Lot outside of the Paddock Gate.