Churchill Downs will kick off the spectacle of Derby Week, 2022’s most dramatic week of Thoroughbred racing, and celebrate Louisville’s extraordinary arts community. Witness a variety of musicians, dancers, live performances, visual artists, and thrilling thoroughbred races make this night a one-of-a-kind experience.
Opening Night is a "Dress to Impress" occasion. Ladies are encouraged to wear party and cocktail dresses and men are encouraged to wear sharp pants and a dress shirt; a tie is optional. The signature accessory for Opening Night is an evening headpiece, whether it’s a fascinator, feathers, a hat, a headband, or something else! We want ladies and gentlemen to have fun sporting a nighttime Derby look. Guests are encouraged to wear orange in the spirit of creativity and encouragement.
For groups of 24+, please contact group sales at 502-636-4450 or fill out our Group Request Form
Must be 18+ to enter, or accompanied by a responsible adult.
Tickets for Opening Night 2022 will go on sale in December of 2021.