Churchill Downs and The Fund for the Arts are again partnering to 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.