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. 

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.

Tickets start at just $10.00 for General Admission.

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

Tickets for 2018 Opening Night will go on sale in December.

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