Presented by Stella Artois and Old Forester

Churchill Downs and The Fund for the Arts are partnering to combine the Thrill of Racing and the Best of Louisville Arts. Witness more than 150 artists, 20 live performances & art installations, and 11 thrilling thoroughbred races make this night a one-of-a-kind experience.

  • Limited dining inventory remains for Opening Night, please call 502-636-4450 for more information.

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.

Artist Performances around the track include: Amazing Robot and Sons, Art After Dark, Art Council of Southern Indiana, Ashley Brossart, Casey McKinney, Often Seen Rarely Spoken, Karl Otto, Bohemian Monkey (Rose Flowers), Strive, Kentucky Opera, Amberly Simpson presents Transient Spaces, Larry Muhammad presents "Jockey Jim", Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, Art from Ashes, Kentucky Shakespeare, and Frazier History Museum


D.E.S.T.I.N.E.D - 5:15 PM

Jeffersonville High School- 5:50 PM

Belize Dance Intermix- 6:20 PM

Governor's School for the Arts- 6:40 PM

Strive- 7:20 PM 

The Downtown Band- 7:45 PM

DJ Glittertitz

Click Here to review the menu being served in Millionaires Row, Skye Terrace, Aristides Lounge, The Loft at Aristides Lounge, Plaza Balcony and Paddock Balcony.

Tickets start at just $10.00 for General Admission.

Must be 18+ to enter, or accompanied by a responsible adult.

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