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Louisville has stretched a famous two minute horse race into a month-long party with more than 70 events (free with the purchase of a Pegasus Pin) sponsored by the Kentucky Derby Festival. But throughout the city events are taking place where locals are donning fancy hats and party dresses. We have made it easier for you to find all Derby related events happening in the city. All events can be found below: 

Heading to Churchill Downs for a day of racing, including the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby? You’ll want to know what you can and can’t bring before you leave for the track. To see full list click here:

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  1. Celebration Sunday Presented by WJIE

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 5/1/2016

    Celebration Sunday presents an exciting Christian contemporary concert!    No food, drink, or pets are permitted. 

  2. Celebrity Day at the Downs

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 5/5/2016

    Hollywood celebrities highlight the Kentucky Derby Festival's Celebrity Day at the Downs each year at Churchill Downs/ Stars in the Pegasus Parade and other Festival events are on hand for this an ex...

  3. Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 4/28/2016

    No reservations are needed for the ultimate dining and socializing experience. It's Derby Festival time and that means getting together for good food and great music. The Derby Festival Waterfront Ch...

  4. Derby Eve Distilled: A Bourbon & Culinary Experience at Buffalo Trace Distillery

    Venue: Mint Julep Tours|Community: Downtown|Date: 5/6/2016

    Join us on the eve of the 2016 Kentucky Derby for Derby Eve Distilled!  This all-inclusive Bourbon & Culinary event at Buffalo Trace Distillery includes an After Hours Private Distiller...

  5. Derby Festival Basketball Classic

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 4/15/2016

    Some of the top prep basketball players in the nation will be on hand for the Derby Festival Basketball Classic. The Derby Festival Basketball Classic has for years been a great place to see stars in...

  6. Derby Festival Volleyball Classic

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 4/23/2016

    With nearly 500 teams participating, Derby Festival Volleyball Classic is the country’s largest outdoor volleyball tournament. It promotes all levels of play and forms of competition – do...

  7. Festival Unveiled

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 3/3/2016

    Join the Kentucky Derby Festival at the Mellwood Arts Center for a special unveiling of the 2016 Festival, including the reveal of the Official Poster, first look at the official merchandis...

  8. First Responders and Veterans Day at the Derby Festival $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 4/25/2016

    Take a shot at a hole-in-one and the $1 million dollar prize during the Kentucky Derby Festival's most competitive event. On April 25th only, veterans and first responders will receive two shots at a...

  9. GospelFest

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 5/1/2016

    Experience the best gospel choir showcase at Fest-A-Ville and Waterfront Park. Admission is free with a 2016 Derby Festival pin.

  10. Horseshoe Foundation Kentucky Derby Festival Night of the Future Stars

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 4/14/2016

    This event will take place at New Albany High School. Tickets are on sale at all TicketMaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com or call (800)745-3000 or the Freedom Hall Box Office at (502)367-514...

  11. Kentucky Derby Festival BeerFest Presented by American Founders Bank

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 5/4/2016

    6PM-10PM Beer tasting sessions featuring regional craft beers at the Overlook at Kroger's Fest-a-Ville. Tickets are $60 for VIP experience and $40 for general admission. Tickets include beer tas...

  12. Kentucky Derby Festival Great Bed Races

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 5/2/2016

    This event will be held at Broadbent Arena. There is an $8 KEC Parking fee and a $130 entry fee for team of 5. 

  13. Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 5/4/2016

    4:30PM - 5:30PM boarding, 5:30PM departure, race begins at 6PM. Awards presentation immediately following at the Chow Wagon in Kroger's Fest-a-Ville. Tickets on the Belle of Louisville $130 (limited ...

  14. Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon - Presented by Walmart and Humana

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 4/30/2016

    This event will take place on Main Street near Slugger Field, start via 13.1 mile route or 26.2 mile route to Preston and Witherspoon Streets finish. Entry fees and registration info at www.DerbyFest...

  15. Kentucky Derby Festival PNC Tour de Lou

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 5/1/2016

    Staggered start based on distance: 35-mile ride - 8:30 AM, 20-mile ride – 9 AM. Cycling event with 20-mile ride for intermediate riders and 35-mile ride for experienced cyclists. Start and fini...

  16. Kentucky Derby Festival They're Off! Luncheon

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 5/1/2016

    They're Off! Luncheon will take place at the Galt House Grand Ballroom featuring a celebrity speaker. 

  17. Kentucky Derby Festival Winefest

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 5/3/2016

    Wine tasting sessions will be held at the Belvedere on Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 4. Ticket includes wine tastings, etched souvenir wine glass, and WineFest pin. (21 and over only. Must presen...

  18. Kentucky Derby Festival: TheSlice of Louisville

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 4/30/2016

    West Broadway will come alive when the Derby Festival TheSlice: Spice, Style and Soul gets under way. The event, which benefits local community service organizations and scholarship throughout West L...

  19. Kids' Day at Derby Festival $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 4/24/2016

      Take a shot at a hole-in-one and the $1 million dollar prize during the Kentucky Derby Festival's most competitive event. On April 24th only, kids under 18 will receive two shots for $1 dolla...

  20. King Southern Bank Derby Festival Foundation Pro-Am Golf Tournament

    Venue: Kentucky Derby Festival|Community: Downtown|Date: 4/25/2016

    This charity golf tournament has been part of the Derby Festival since 1974. An event of the Derby Festival Foundation, its mission is to provide services to local charities while showing golfers a g...