How to Meet Celebrities at the 2015 Kentucky Derby

Posted by Jaclyn Harris on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 @ 14:20 PM

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Derby Experiences Kentucky DerbyAfter the Kentucky Derby, social media and tabloids are filled of pictures of A-list Hollywood stars who attended the Derby. You know they're all there on Derby day, but with over 140,000 people inside Churchill Downs, how do you go about spotting them? Wouldn't it be great if there was some way to know exactly what celebrities will be attending and how you can go about seeing them at the 2015 Kentucky Derby?

Now, before you get frustrated and begin thinking your celebrity-spotting endeavors are a hopeless cause due to the sea of people who will be in Churchill, take a deep breath. You can meet your favorite stars at the 141st Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby!

In fact, I'm about to give you a few bonafide ways that I can personally guarantee you will see celebrities at the 2015 Kentucky Derby. So, without further ado, here is your "how to" guide on seeing Hollywood A-list celebs at Churchill Downs this May:

1. Post Up at the Red Carpet

Because of all the celebrities expected at the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs sets up a red carpet under the eaves near Gate 10. One sure fire way you can go about spotting some of your favorite stars is to post up at the carpet.

Throughout both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby days, stars will show up periodically to walk to the red carpet and pose for pictures with the press. 

The downfall with this plan, however, is you never know exactly when celebrities will appear. They attending the 2015 Kentucky Derby to have a good time just like you, so they don't have a set schedule.

Therefore, hanging out at the red carpet could either turn out great or it could be a bust. You might see a lot of celebs, or you might end up wasting your day away waiting to only see a couple and in turn, you might miss a lot of the races. 

Kentucky Derby Derby Experiences 20152. Book Tickets to the Clubhouse

While posting up at the red carpet is an option for spotting celebs at the 2015 Kentucky Derby, the next three options are much more reasonable. Why? Because you'll be able to spot A-list stars, but it'll happen as you go about your business having the time of your life at the Derby!

For instance, the second way to spot celebrities at the 141st Kentucky Derby would be to book tickets to where the stars sit! 

The Clubhouse is the most elite seating area in Churchill Downs. There is a dress code and this area of Churchill is more high end than the Grandstand. When the stars go to the Kentucky Derby, they book tickets in the Clubhouse.

Luckily with Derby Experiences Official Clubhouse Ticket Packages, you can do the same! Click the button below to learn more about Clubhouse Packages and to learn how you can secure yours today!


3. Get Access to Exclusive Hospitality Areas

Pat Day Kentucky Derby Derby ExperiencesThe next way you can ensure celebrity spottings at the Kentucky Derby is to get exclusive access to Churchill Downs' in-track hospitality venues through Derby Experiences.

Hospitality access is included in each
Official Ticket Package through Derby Experiences and the following celebrities are already confirmed for the 2015 Kentucky Derby:

  • Steven Cauthen, the youngest jockey to ever win the Triple Crown
  • Pat Day, four-time Eclipse Award winner and Hall of Famer
  • Taylor Hicks, American Idol winner

So, which hospitality areas will these guys be in, you might ask? Well, Hicks will be performing in the Affirmed Lounge throughout the weekend, and Cauthen and Day will be popping in and out of Derby Experiences Taylor Hicks Confirmed resized 600various hospitality venues to meet YOU!

The closer the date gets to May 2, the more this list will grow. Last year, Nichole Galicia, model and actress from Django: Unchained, Matthew Furman, magician to the stars, and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders also made appearances to meet Derby-goers.

And your hospitality venue offers you a lot more than just celebrity meet-and-greets. Within hospitality, you'll also find complimentary gourmet fare, open beer, wine and soft drink selections, private wagering stations, and much more!


4. Go to Official Kentucky Derby Parties

The final way you can ensure you see celebrities at the 141st Kentucky Derby is by attending official Derby parties, such as the Winner's Party or the Fillies & Lilies Party.

Held immediately following the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, the Winner's Party is a celebration of the winning horse, jockey, trainer, and owners. Big names in the horse racing industry, celebrities and YOU will all gather in the Kentucky Derby Museum to enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a premium open bar and lots of fun. After all, it is a celebration!

The Fillies & Lilies Party is held on the eve of the Kentucky Derby in the Kentucky Derby Museum. With access to this party, you'll spend the night dancing amidst the allure of all the Derby exhibits honoring America's oldest sporting event! Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served, and you'll have access to a premium open bar and a bourbon lounge.

Derby Experiences Meet Sara Evans Live Performance resized 600Then, country music's sweetheart Sara Evans will take the stage and perform LIVE! Magician Matthew Furman will be present, as well, wowing guests in the audience with his latest assortment of tricks and allusions. And depending on the level of access you opt for at the Fillies & Lilies Party, you could access get VIP access to meet Evans in person!


The 2015 Kentucky Derby
is Calling!

If you haven't secured your Official Ticket Package to the 2015 Kentucky Derby yet, it's time to take action! The Derby is calling and there's no way you're going to meet the stars if you can't get inside Churchill Downs!

Get in touch with Derby Experiences today to get more information on Official Ticket Packages and pricing by calling 1-888-384-7088 to speak to a representative or by visiting Derby Experiences' website.

And be sure to join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #DerbyVIP and #KyDerby!

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