Official Events

Make the Kentucky Derby even more unforgettable by attending an Official Derby Event!



Taste of Derby | May 2

Give your palate the party it deserves with the Taste of Derby Party at the Kentucky International Convention Center! A night full of delicious cuisine, drink pairings, and Derby style.

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Fillies & Lilies Party | May 3 

Enjoy live entertainment, a private bourbon lounge, gourmet food buffets and more at the Fillies & Lilies Party, the official kickoff party of the Kentucky Derby. Located in the Kentucky Derby Museum, this Derby-eve party is the place to be before the weekend's main event.

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Barnstable Brown Gala | May 3

Internationally recognized as one of the 'Ten Best Parties in the World,' the Barnstable Brown Gala is a star-studded event held at Patricia Barnstable-Brown's hilltop Louisville mansion.

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Derby Rockin' Eve | May 3

Enjoy an evening of music at Paristown Arts & Entertainment District. This all-inclusive food and drink event benefits USA Cares' and their mission. Learn more about the event and the upcoming acts.


Unbridled Eve | May 3

Come experience a night of Southern grace, glamour, charm and hospitality at its finest during the eleventh annual Unbridled Eve Derby Gala. You will enjoy a gourmet dinner in the stunningly decorated Galt House Hotel Grand Ballroom, enjoy a variety of live entertainment provided by celebrity musical guests, and dancing to the always crowd-pleasing Louisville Crashers and other national performers. The Unbridled Eve Derby Gala is a world-class event that you will want to make an annual Derby weekend tradition!


Winner's Party | May 4

Immediately following the Kentucky Derby until 9:00 pm, at the Kentucky Derby Museum
Celebrate the conclusion of another thrilling “Run for the Roses” and witness the crowning of a new Derby champion at the exclusive Winner’s Party.
Mingle with the winning jockey, trainers, and owners while enjoying a lively evening featuring delicious hors d'oeuvres, premium drinks, music, dancing, and other entertainment. This is a fantastic way to conclude the 149th Kentucky Derby

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*These parties are not hosted by Churchill Downs. Ticket availability and pricing are determined by event host.

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