The 3 Best Kentucky Derby Parties

Posted by Evan Chronis on Mon, Feb 25, 2019 @ 16:44 PM

The Kentucky Derby® is the biggest celebration in horseracing, and every celebration deserves a party. 

In fact — it deserves several parties. 

People attending, or considering attending, the 2019 Kentucky Derby® with an Official Ticket Package from Derby Experiences have the option of attending the three biggest parties during the weekend at Churchill Downs®. 

All three offer something different and unique, and are worth making a part of your time at the 2019 Kentucky Derby. 

With that said — let's take a look at the parties you need to attend during Derby weekend. 

The 3 Best Kentucky Derby Parties

Taste of Derby™ Party

When: Thursday, May 2nd

Where: KFC Yum! Center

While the Kentucky Derby is known for being the biggest horse race of the year, it also has a claim to being one of the finest culinary celebrations as well. 

In no place is that more evident than at the Taste of Derby Party held on the Thursday before Kentucky Derby weekend. 

Join us at the KFC Yum! Center (5 miles from Churchill Downs) to enjoy some of the finest food and drink selections from famous and renowned chefs around the country. 

Taste of Derby pays homage to the hard road traveled by the horses competing over the weekend by bringing in top chefs from several of races and locations featured on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The Taste of Derby Party also brings in celebrity chefs from shows like Top Chef and more! 

Each chef comes prepared with their own specialty and regional dish, ensuring that your pallet is well served and fully cultured throughout the night.

The Taste of Derby Party also features live music throughout the night and a cooking faceoff between many of the chefs in attendance. 

So if you're aiming to fill your Thursday night in Louisville with something to do, look not further than Taste of Derby. 

Taste of Derby Schedule

  • 7:00-9:30 p.m. — Food and beverage tasting
  • 7:45 p.m. — Sullivan University Future Chef Showdown
  • 8:30-11:00 p.m. — Live entertainment

Taste of Derby Packages

Fillies & Lilies Party

When: Friday, May 3rd

Where: Kentucky Derby MuseumIMG_9134

Kick-off the weekend on Derby eve with the Fillies & Lilies Party at the Kentucky Derby Museum!

Starting at 7:30 p.m., this party is the perfect Friday night activity to get you prepared for the biggest race of the calendar year. 

This year's Fillies & Lilies Party will be headlined by a private performance from 14-time Grammy nominated country superstar Martina McBride

Also, the Fillies & Lilies Party is one of your first chances to explore the newly renovated Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs. After a $6.5 million renovation over the last year, the Museum has a brand new wing with exhibits honoring Bill Shoemaker, D. Wayne Lukas and more. 

The Fillies & Lilies Party is also a great spot to mingle with others and even meet some famous jockeys! In the past we've seen names like Pat Day and Julie Crone joining in on the action. Who knows who will show up at the party this year? 

Attend Fillies & Lilies

Winner's Party

When: Saturday, May 4th

Where: Kentucky Derby MuseumDerby-Experiences-Winners-Circle-2-1

Revel in the celebration of the crowning of a new Kentucky Derby champion at the 2019 Winner's Party. 

Join us right after the conclusion of the 'Run for the Roses' in the Kentucky Derby Museum and celebrate through the night. 

Typically at the Winner's Party, the winning jockey, trainers and owner will make an appearance to mingle with fans. 

Outside of the commotion of a successful Derby, the Winner's Party also features gourmet food and a premium open bar. 

Winner's Party is SOLD OUT for the 2019 Kentucky Derby

Topics: Kentucky Derby 2019

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