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2019 Kentucky Derby Events & Party Guide - 2019 Kentucky Derby Tickets

The 2019 Road to the Kentucky Derby is a series of races through which horses will qualify for the 2019 Kentucky Derby, which will be held on May 4. The field for the Derby is limited to 20 horses, with up to four ‘also eligibles’ in case of a late withdrawal from the field. There are three separate paths for horses to take to qualify for the Derby: the main Road consisting of races in North America (plus one in Dubai), the Japan Road consisting of four races in Japan, and a European Road consisting of seven races in England, Ireland and France.

The main Road to the Kentucky Derby gives points to the top four finishers in specified races. The 2019 season was supposed to remain the same as the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby, consisting of 35 races broken down into 19 races for the Kentucky Derby Prep Season and 16 races for the Kentucky Derby Championship Season. Earnings in non-restricted stakes act as a tie breaker. However, the San Felipe Stakes was not run in 2019 due to difficulties with the track surface at Santa Anita Park in the wake of heavy winter rains, while the Rebel Stakes was run in two divisions.

    Kentucky Derby, 700 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY, United States, 40208

    April 27, 2019

    5:00 pm To 11:30 pm

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    Saturday, April  27th 2019  5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Kick off Kentucky Derby Week in style as Churchill Downs partners with the Fund for the Arts to combine the Thrill of Racing and the Best of Louisville Arts. Read more…

    Kentucky Derby, 700 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY, United States, 40208

    April 30, 2019 To May 2, 2019

    6:30 am To 8:30 am

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    Tuesday, April 30th – Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Watch the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders conduct morning workouts while enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast. Read more…

    Kentucky Derby, 700 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY, United States, 40208

    April 30, 2019

    11:30 am To 6:30 pm

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    Presented by TwinSpires Tuesday, April 30th,  2019  Introducing Kentucky Derby Week’s Newest Event!  Champions Day highlights the history and the sport of the Kentucky Derby! Meet legendary jockeys and trainers, gain industry expert insights into Derby Week betting and support thoroughbred aftercare. Read more…

    KFC Yum! Center, 1 Arena Plaza (201 W Main St), Louisville, KY, United States, 40202

    May 2, 2019

    7:00 pm To 11:00 pm

    Mingle with horse racing celebrities as you savor an evening of exquisite cuisine and exceptional wines. Sample regional specialties with wine pairings, created by nationally renowned chefs along the Road to the Kentucky Derby, as you enjoy live music entertainment and a live chef cooking showdown. Read more…

    700 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208, United States

    May 2, 2019

    11:00 am To 6:30 pm

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    Presented by Old Forester Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Celebrate the trifecta of Kentucky pride at Thurby, and enjoy the things that Kentucky is famous for – great horse racing, bourbon, and music! Join us as we celebrate Louisville native Hunter S. Read more…

    Churchill Downs, 700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY, United States, 40208

    May 4, 2019

    8:00 am To 8:00 pm

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    Experience the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports under the iconic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs 2019 Kentucky Derby Tickets There are still several ways to experience the Kentucky Derby & Oaks: Individual Tickets Utilize the pink buttons below to view available tickets for each day, including legitimacy-guaranteed resale tickets. Read more…

    Kroger's Fest-a-Ville, Waterfront Park, Great Lawn 231 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202, Louisville, KY, US, 40202

    April 25, 2019 To May 3, 2019

    11:00 am To 11:00 pm

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    The Kentucky Derby Festival’s ultimate entertainment venue – Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront – opens on Thursday, April 25, 2019.  The venue boasts a full schedule of events again this year which span nine days, including the Waterfront Jam with nearly 30 local and regional bands and 7 national act… Read more…

    Mercury Ballroom, 611 S 4th St, Louisville, KY, United States, 40202

    April 26, 2019

    9:00 pm To 9:00 pm

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    Doors open one hour prior to the event. The Mercury Ballroom is an all-ages, standing room only venue, all tickets are General Admission unless otherwise stated. Read more…

    Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY, United States, 40208

    April 26, 2019 To April 27, 2019

    6:00 pm To 12:00 am

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    Join us for the 33rd Kentucky Derby Museum Gala presented by Central Bank, with contributing support Post Parade Wines – a tradition of kicking off Derby season and supporting the Museum! Start the evening with cocktails inside The Mansion at Churchill Downs Racetrack, followed by a seated dinner, dessert, live… Read more…

    Old 502 Winery, 120 South 10th Street, Louisville, KY, United States, 40202

    April 27, 2019

    6:00 pm To 9:00 pm

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    Poise Presents: Wine and Designs. Come out and enjoy a night of Fashion, art and wine. At this quarterly event, stylist Courtney Mills will be putting together several looks to prepare you for this years Derby festivities. Read more…

    Fest-A-Ville, Louisville, KY, United States

    April 27, 2019

    4:00 pm To 8:00 pm

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    JOIN US AT WATERFRONT PARK- APRIL 27 FROM 4PM-8PM FOR THE 16th ANNUAL KEN-DUCKY DERBY! The Ken-Ducky Derby (KDD) is an annual fundraising rubber duck race held in Louisville, KY, and is an official Kentucky Derby Festival event. Read more…

    Belle of Louisville Riverboats, 401 W River Rd, Louisville, KY, United States, 40202

    April 27, 2019 To April 28, 2019

    8:00 pm To 12:00 am

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    READY TO PARTY GROWN FOLKS??? JOIN GROWN FOLKS EVENTS SATURDAY APRIL 27TH IN LOUISVILLE, KY ON THE OHIO RIVER FOR ITS 2019 PRE-DERBY “ALL WHITE” ATTIRE W/ A SPLASH OF COLOR BOAT RIDE ON THE BELLE OF LOUISVILLE HOSTED BY LOUISVILLE’S OWN… KIM D. Read more…

    Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY, United States, 40208

    April 28, 2019

    7:00 am To 5:00 pm

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    The Kentucky Derby Museum is proud to kick off Derby week with our 4th annual Fan Fest, a celebration of the past, present and future of the Thoroughbred racing industry that includes tons of activities for the whole family. This year’s theme is the Triple Crown. Read more…

    Embassy Suites Louisville East, 9940 Corporate Campus Dr, Louisville, KY, United States, 40223

    April 28, 2019

    6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

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    Derby season is almost here, what better way to kick off Derby week than a hands on cookie class and cocktails? Come learn the art of decoraring cookies with royal icing with Preston Fouts of Sweet June Bakery. Read more…

    9000 Limehouse Ln, 9000 Limehouse Lane, Louisville, KY, United States, 40220

    April 28, 2019

    6:00 pm To 10:00 pm

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    Join us at the 1st Annual Event benefiting the Shantel Lanerie Breast Cancer Foundation and kickoff the week of the Kentucky Derby 145!!! Join us at the 1st Annual Event benefiting the Shantel Lanerie Breast Cancer Foundation will kickoff the week of the 145th Kentucky Derby!!! This cocktail party will… Read more…

    Bourbons Bistro, 2255 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY, United States, 40206

    April 29, 2019

    6:00 pm To 9:30 pm

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    2019 ANNUAL KENTUCKY DERBY HANDICAPPING DINNER April 29, 2019 | 6:00pm Cocktails | 6:30pm Dinner Join us on Monday, April 29th at 6:30pm for our Annual Kentucky Derby Handicapping Dinner with Mark Coomes and Jody Demling This three-course dinner with mint julep and presentation is $65 per person excluding tax… Read more…

    Volare Ristorante, 2300 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY, United States, 40206-2410

    May 1, 2019

    6:00 pm To 9:30 pm

    Kick-off Derby 145 with Volare Italian Ristorante and Maker’s Mark! At our Bourbon & Beef Tasting Event An evening under the Volare Derby tent, featuring Maker’s Mark tastings & cocktails paired with bourbon inspired Certified Angus Beef dishes uniquely crafted by Chef Joshua Moore. Read more…

    Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY, United States, 40208

    May 1, 2019

    11:00 am To 2:00 pm

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    The perfect way to kick-off a day at the races Derby week! At the Kentucky Derby Museum Get a taste of Kentucky at Biscuits & Bourbon presented by Angel’s Envy! Guests will enjoy locally sourced Kentucky Proud products with southern flare. Read more…

    Overlook at Kroger's Fest-A-Ville, 129 River Rd., Louisville, KY, United States, 40202

    May 1, 2019

    6:00 pm To 9:00 pm

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    Enjoy the best of spring and summer beers, including both regional and national craft selections! General Admission includes: – Beer tastings of over 150 selections – Souvenir sampling mug VIP Admission includes the above, plus: – One-hour early admission into event – VIP tent with private restrooms – Buffet Dinner… Read more…

    Kosair Shriners - Louisville, Kentucky, 4120 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY, United States, 40218-3230

    May 2, 2019 To May 3, 2019

    9:00 pm To 1:00 am

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    Join the Kentucky State University Alumni Association Louisville Chapter for our Annual Derby Scholarship Gala! This year, we are “Honoring our Past and Looking Forward to our Future” all in the name of fundraising for our fellow Thorobreds! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet as you two-step to your favorite R&B jams.… Read more…

    Kosair Shrine Club, 4120 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40218, Louisville, KY, US, 40218

    May 2, 2019 To May 3, 2019

    9:00 pm To 1:00 am

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    Join the KSU Alumni Association Louisville Chapter for our Annual Derby Scholarship Gala! This year, we are “Honoring our Past and Looking Forward to our Future” all in the name of fundraising for our fellow Thorobreds! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet as you two-step to your favorite R&B jams. Read more…

    Sullivan's and Stallions Thurby Party Kentucky Derby Week at Sullivan's Tap House

    Sullivan's Tap House, Louisville, KY, United States

    May 2, 2019 To May 3, 2019

    6:00 pm To 6:00 am

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    Thurby is for the Kids!!!! Spend Derby Thursday “Thurby” Night with Barstool Sports’ David Portnoy – El Presidente and friends, while raising money for the Kids Cancer Alliance– Presented by TwinSpires! Two of the BEST bands from Nashville and Philadelphia will be performing under a huge tent in the Sullivan’s… Read more…

    Rabbit Hole Distillery, 711 E Jefferson, Louisville, KY, United States, 40202

    May 2, 2019 To May 4, 2019

    3:00 pm To 11:59 pm

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    Join us for Esquire Magazine’s 3-day Derby Lounge & Party, a Bourbon odyssey at Rabbit Hole Distillery. Featuring event-exclusive cocktails by the creators of Death & Co., hors d’oeuvres, live music, roving entertainment and art installations. Read more…

    C2 EVENT VENUE, 225 E Breckinridge St, Louisville, KY, United States, 40203

    May 2, 2019 To May 3, 2019

    7:00 pm To 1:00 am

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    Come out & enjoy a A Night Of Elegance – Black Tie Affair! Thursday, May 2, 2019 7:00 pm Tickets $200.00 100 Black Men Of Louisville The 2019 Annual Derby Gala Hosted By Joe Torry Joe Torry After 7 Maestro J Monique Brooks Roberts C2 Event Venue 225 E. Read more…

    Passalino's, 207 West Market St, Louisville, KY 40202, Louisville, KY, US, 40202

    May 3, 2019 To May 4, 2019

    10:00 pm To 2:00 am

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    There are only 200 pre-sale tickets available and expected to be sold out! This fundraiser event is for individuals that are 25+. Please dress to impress and come ready to social and have a good time! This event is sponsored by J. Anthony Basketball – Player Development. Read more…

    Seelbach Hotel, 500 S 4th St, Louisville, KY, United States, 40202

    May 3, 2019 To May 4, 2019

    8:00 pm To 12:00 am

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    Louisville’s most impressive party for entertaining Derby guests in elegance and style is the ALA Derby Eve Gala, held in the heart of Downtown Louisville. Read more…

    KFC Yum! Center, 1 Arena Plaza (201 W Main St), Louisville, KY, United States, 40202

    May 3, 2019 To May 4, 2019

    7:00 pm To 12:00 am

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    Join us for the premier Kentucky Derby Eve Celebrity Charity Gala. Ticket sales benefit the West End School, U of L Autism Center at Kosair Charities and more. An unforgettable evening, this event was rated as “The Best Derby Party” by The Voice-Tribune. Read more…

    Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave, Louisville, Ky 40206, Louisville, Ky, US, 40206

    May 3, 2019 To May 4, 2019

    9:00 pm To 2:00 am

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    This event has matured into the event for the Grown & Professional crowd from all over the world. This year we have moved to The Mellwood Art Center which is a breath taken event center. We will feature 4 of the best DJ’s and 2 Great Show Bands. Read more…

    Unbridled Eve Derby Gala, Louisville, KY, United States, 40207

    May 3, 2019 To May 4, 2019

    7:00 pm To 1:30 am

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    Held the night before the fastest two minutes in sports, Unbridled Eve is one of the most anticipated black tie optional events of the year for Louisville lovers, celebrities, and racing enthusiasts. Read more…

    Operation Open Arms,Inc., 8918 Stone Green Way Suite 100, Louisville, KY, United States, 40220

    May 3, 2019 To May 4, 2019

    8:30 pm To 12:30 pm

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    This year we are celebrating our 11th anniversary of Silks in the Bluegrass with the Silks Bash After-Party! The event will include dancing under the stars at Locust Grove – Historic Locust Grove, Inc. to the high-energy packed Liquid Blue Band, with all proceeds benefitting Operation Open Arms,Inc. Read more…

    Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd, Louisville, KY, United States, 40206

    May 3, 2019

    8:00 pm To 11:00 pm

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    Down ‘n’ Derby MusicFest featuring Davisson Brothers Band with Dave Ernst + The Early Favorites and Young Heirlooms Friday, May 3 8pm (7pm doors) $12 GA Advance | $15 GA Doors $18 Reserved Seat at Rail Upstairs | $20 Reserved Seat 18 and over Read more…

    Belle of Louisville, 401 West River Road, Louisville, KY 40202, Louisville, KY, US, 40202

    May 4, 2019 To May 5, 2019

    8:00 pm To 12:30 am

    JOIN DC ENTERPRISE IN LOUISVILLE, KY for our 4th Annual DC Enterprise Grown Folks Weekend Kentucky Derby Boat Ride – Louisville, KY It’s time for another full night of fun and entertainment with your FRIENDS & FAMILY on the Belle of Louisville  WHEN: Saturday May 4th 2019 WHERE: The Belle… Read more…

    MAEC - Mellwood Art & Entertainment Center, Louisville, KY, United States

    May 4, 2019 To May 5, 2019

    10:00 pm To 4:00 am

    The Official red Carpet Latin Derby Bash Con la presentación oficial de 2 grandes estrellas del Ragaeton por primera vez juntos! Darellpr Brytiago PreventaEspecial este miércoles por ticketon.com 11:00am info y Reservaciones de mesas VIP al 502 301 9313 Evento para todas las edades! Read more…

    The Mercury Ballroom, 611 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40202, Louisville, KY, US, 40202

    May 4, 2019

    8:00 pm To 11:59 pm

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    Bourbontown Burlesque is back at Mercury Ballroom for a Derby night celebration of Louisville’s finest shimmy-and-shakers. Join Holly Harvest as she brings her favorite local honeys to the stage to delight you on the greatest night of our cities indulgence of chance, money, and glamour. Read more…

    Richwood on the River / Bed & Breakfast & Events Venue, 1233 Kentucky 36, Milton, KY 40045, Milton, KY, US, 40045

    May 4, 2019

    1:00 pm To 11:30 pm

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    Welcome to our 7th Annual Derby at the Richwood! What started out as an impromptu weekend for a group of friends to watch the races on Derby Day, has grown into an unmatched event in our community. Read more…

    Club Legends, 2523 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40211, Louisville, KY, US, 40211

    May 4, 2019 To May 5, 2019

    9:00 pm To 3:00 am

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    May 4th Boosie Badazz and Friends will be invading Louisville Ky for Derby Weekend!!! Get your tickets early this will be a sold out event. Last year was crazy so you know how this year will be. Read more…

    The Majestic, 1535 Lytle Street, Louisville, KY 40203, Louisville, KY, US, 40203

    May 4, 2019 To May 5, 2019

    11:00 pm To 3:30 am

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    For the first time EVER! We’re supplying you with the Derby Move that ain’t gonna break your pockets! We told you all a year ago we weren’t going to go another Derby without a move for the people.   The Move Is Here, The Move Is The Pull Up. Read more…

    Churchill Downs, 700 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208, Louisville, KY, US, 40208

    May 4, 2019

    7:30 am To 11:30 am

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    The 2019 installment of Ohio’s #1 Kentucky Derby day-trip. Buses leave from Columbus and Cincinnati. Trips are booked through KentuckyDerbyTrip.com. For thirteen years we have been taking Ohio race fans to Louisville for a Derby experience. Saturday, May 4, 2019 marks the 145th Running of the Kentucky Derby. Read more…

    River House Restaurant and Raw Bar, 3015 River Rd, Louisville, KY, United States, 40207

    May 5, 2019

    10:00 am To 3:00 pm

    Join us for a Derby Brunch Buffet at River House Restaurant and Raw Bar! 🐎 Sunday, May 5th, 2019 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Adults: $29.99 Children ages 12 and under: $11.99 Please call 502-897-5000 to reserve your table today for this delicious Derby Brunch Buffet! 👒 Read more…

    The Majestic, 1535 Lytle Street, Louisville, KY 40203, Louisville, KY, US, 40203

    May 5, 2019

    4:00 pm To 10:00 pm

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    The Majestic and KULA Gallery’s All White Derby Day Party presenting Maestro J! Come watch live art painting by Louisville’s own ArtbyRice! So be sure to come dressed in you favorite Derby attire! Custom Derby drinks created by Sly and Happy Endings Bar Service. Read more…

    Artbyrice, 4965 US Hwy 42, Louisville, KY 40222, Louisville, KY, US, 40222

    May 5, 2019

    6:00 pm To 9:00 pm

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    Come enjoy a Derby Art exhibit of portraits from the Midwest’s professional women. ArtbyRice will unveil 30 portraits and display over 50 original paintings. Read more…

    4th Street Live, 400 S 4th Street, Louisville, KY, United States, 40202

    May 5, 2019

    4:00 pm To 10:00 pm

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    Goodtimers 7th Annual Derby Weekend Dayparty Finale ENTIRE SECOND LEVEL OF 4th STREET LIVE!!! Sunday May 5th 4 Party Areas 6 DJs Live Performances LIMITED $30 EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!!! Read more…

    Bourbon Hall, 116 W Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY, United States, 40202

    May 5, 2019

    10:00 pm To 10:00 pm

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    $ 75.00 – $100.00 / Age 18 And Up Additional Info: Headliner Artist scheduled to Perform 1am or later Tickets: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/lil-baby-bourbon-hall-tickets/9258185?REFERRAL_ID=twfb Read more…