4 Kentucky Derby® Parties You Need to Attend

Posted by Carolynn Wilcox on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 @ 13:00 PM

You love the Kentucky Derby and the thrills that the “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” bring, but you’d also love to extend your experience beyond the race itself….  Enter the Kentucky Derby party scene!  If you’re looking to celebrate the Derby and Oaks with class, elegance and taste, look no further.  These events are meticulously planned to ensure that guests with even the highest expectations will thoroughly enjoy themselves, creating memories that will resonate for years to come.

Taste of Derby™ Party

When:  Thursday, May 5th, 2016

7:00 p.m. (tentative)

Where: North Wing Lobby at the Kentucky Exposition Center

Kentucky Derby Taste of Derby Party

Kick off your Derby weekend with the Taste of Derby Party!  Presented by Yum! Brands, this celebration combines cuisine, racing and style.  The evening highlights dishes from popular horse racing destinations across the country.  Chefs local to these cities prepare tastes of their signature dishes and pair them with delectable wines allowing guests to sample an array of flavors.  While sampling these delicacies, guests can mingle with celebrities – past attendees have included nationally renowned chefs, thoroughbred horse racing celebrities, Hollywood celebrities, and of course, the media.  Live entertainment will top off this extraordinary evening of food, fun and philanthropy!  A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit hunger relief organizations.

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Filles & Lilies Party

Kentucky Derby Fillies and Lilies PartyWhen: Friday, May 6th, 2016

7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Where: Kentucky Derby Museum

The 3rd annual Fillies and Lilies party promises to be a night of exciting cuisine, drinks and entertainment!  Located right on the grounds of Churchill Downs in the Derby Museum, this Oaks night party is an ideal end to a thrilling day at the track.  In an intimate setting amidst the allure of the Derby exhibits and tradition of America’s oldest sporting event, the Fillies & Lilies Party will feature an exclusive live performance, premium open bar, a bourbon lounge, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and much more!  Dress in cocktail attire or wear your Derby outfit – it’s up to you!  Choose VIP Access to reserve a table of four in the first two rows and ensure the ultimate Derby party experience!

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Winner’s Party

Immediately following the Kentucky Derby – 9:00 p.m.

When: Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Where: Kentucky Derby Museum

Be a part of the celebration as the Governor of Kentucky and other invited guests toast the winning jockey and ownership at the Winner’s Party!  Heavy hors d’oeuvres are served and the bar is open during a celebration of the greatest day in racing immediately after the Derby.  In addition to the Kentucky governor and the winning owner, trainer and jockey of the Derby, past attendees have also included Horsemen, community leaders and the media. This is the perfect way to cap off your Derby Day and as an added bonus, you won’t need to fight traffic on the way home!


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The Barnstable Brown Gala

Kentucky Derby Barnstable Brown GalaWhen: Friday, May 6th, 2016

8:00 p.m.

Where: Barnstable Brown Mansion

The Barnstable Brown Gala is the place to be the night before the Derby!  This event is a black-tie affair, held at the Barnstable Brown Mansion in Downtown Louisville.  If there’s a celebrity attending the race, you’re bound to find them here!  Past performers and attendees include Tom Brady, Usher, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Brooke Shields and more!  The party is hosted annually by Patricia Barnstable Brown and proceeds benefit Diabetes Research at the University of Kentucky.  Upgrade to include reserved seating at this exclusive event!

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Party with Class at the Kentucky Derby®!

As you may have noticed, the four parties listed above span the entire Derby weekend from Thursday through Saturday – Derby Experiences guests can pick a party for each night, ensuring that there are no dull moments during their time in Louisville!  Book your Official Ticket Package with Derby Experiences today to experience the incredible premium seating area upgrades that will be finished by the 2016 Derby and select the Derby parties that you’re dying to attend!  Upgrade to include a three-night stay and choose from a selection of elite Louisville hotels to complete your ultimate Derby weekend package!

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Topics: Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 2016 Kentucky Derby, 142nd Kentucky Derby, Fillies & Lilies Party

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