What to do Derby Week

Monday, April 30, 2012

Kentucky Derby Festival Great Bed Races: A Kentucky Derby Festival favorite! This zany event pits veteran and novice teams against each other as they race around a half-lap run.  More than 40 teams are expected to compete at the KFC Yum! Center.  A pre-race parade is at 6:15 p.m., the races begin at 7 p.m.

Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront: Features concerts, family fun, kids’ inflatables playground, midway rides, Chow Wagon, and more. Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin (available at the door).  Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. through Friday.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Dawn at the Downs: Horseracing fans can watch Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders go through their morning workouts while enjoying a Kentucky-style breakfast buffet.  Churchill Downs 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Tickets: $22-$32.

Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade Preview Party: It’s your chance to get a sneak peek at the floats, inflatables and equestrians that will walk in the Pegasus Parade on Thursday.  The event is at the Kentucky Exposition Center and is open to the public from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin, parking is $8.

Kentucky Derby Festival Rhythmfest Concert featuring George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic: Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront at 9 p.m.  Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin.

Kentucky Derby Festival Winefest: Daily winetasting sessions from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the Belvedere May 1& 2.  19 wineries are scheduled to participate in this year’s event, which will also feature cooking demonstrations. “Wine 101” classes will be held every hour on the half hour.  Tickets are $35.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Dawn at the Downs: Horseracing fans can watch Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders go through their morning workouts while enjoying a Kentucky-style breakfast buffet.  Churchill Downs 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Tickets: $22-$32.

Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race: The 2012 race will feature three vessels vying for bragging rights and a set of silver-plated antlers.  The Belle of Louisville, Belle of Cincinnati, and for the first time, the American Queen, will perform challenges and tasks to earn points for their boats and crews. The 14 mile course starts at the Clark Memorial (Second Street) Bridge and takes about 75 minutes.

Kentucky Derby Festival Wednesday Evening Concert Featuring Walk the Moon with special guest Ha Ha Tonka:  Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront at 7 p.m.  Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin.

Velcro Pygmies Free Derby Week Concert: Fourth Street Live! Concert begins at 8 p.m. 21 and older after 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Kentucky Derby Festival Celebrity Day at the Downs: This is a great chance to star gaze and get a look at some of the finest Thoroughbred horses in the world.  11:30 a.m. Churchill Downs, Sixth Floor. Tickets are $792 for a table of 8; $892 preferred table of 8 or $99 each.

Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade: 5 p.m. West on Broadway from Campbell St. to 9th St.  This annual spectacle of colorful float, marching bands, giant inflatables and equestrians is a Festival Favorite!  This year, iconic musician, actress and humanitarian Cyndi Lauper will serve as grand marshal.  University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari and his coaching staff will serve as honorary grand marshals.

Kentucky Derby Festival Tune it Up Thursday Concert featuring AWOLNATION: Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront at 9 p.m.  Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin.

Clay Walker Free Derby Week Concert: Fourth Street Live! Concert begins at 8 p.m. 21 and older after 6 p.m.

Taste of the Oaks: Enjoy an evening of tasting delicious cuisine served by 20 restaurants and caterers in the Louisville area.  You’ll also find 25 stations of the finest bourbons, wines, specialty spirits and beers.  Also planned is live music, dancing and a silent auction.  Dress is smart casual.  6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Galt House Grand Ballroom.  $65/person for table seating.  $750 reserved table for 10.

Taste of Derby: It’s a celebration of cuisine, racing and style.  Live entertainment by Burning Las Vegas.  Tickets: $300. Louisville Executive Aviation Hangar at Bowman Field.  7 p.m. until 11 p.m.

 

Friday, May 4, 2012

138th Kentucky Oaks: The Lillies for the Fillies is scheduled to race at 5:45 p.m.  Gates open at 8 a.m.; the first race of the day is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.  Get your pink ready—Oaks Day is a Pink Out!  For more information on what you can and cannot bring into Churchill Downs, click here.

Kentucky Derby Festival Derby Eve Jam featuring the Charlie Daniels Band with guest the Hillbenders: Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront.  Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin.

O.A.R. Free Derby Week Concert: Fourth Street Live!  Concert begins at 8 p.m. 21 and older after 6 p.m.

 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

138th Kentucky Derby: The Run for the Roses is scheduled for 6:24 p.m.  Gates open at 8 a.m.; the first race of the day is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. For more information about what you can and cannot bring into Churchill Downs, click here.

Night of…One Race, One Winner, One Party: Benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. A great way to wrap up your Kentucky Derby Experience! Guests will enjoy passed hors d’oeurves, a gourmet dinner featuring Kentucky Proud products, an open top-shelf bar, exceptional live music by Party on the Moon, and a silent auction. This is the place to be on Derby Night! Galt House Hotel Grand Ballroom 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. Tickets: $425/person or $375/person for groups of 10 or more.  Call 800-775-7777 for tickets, or visit galthouse.com for more information.