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April 24th

Opening Night Races

  • Location: Churchill Downs
  • 700 Central Ave.
  • Louisville, Kentucky 40208
  • Time:
    5:00 PM to 11:30 PM

Opening Night Races

Churchill Downs and The Fund for the Arts are again partnering to kick off the spectacle of Derby Week, 2021’s most dramatic week of Thoroughbred racing, and celebrate Louisville’s extraordinary arts community. Witness a variety of musicians, dancers, live performances, visual artists, and thrilling thoroughbred races make this night a one-of-a-kind experience.

Event Highlights

Artists: Andy Perez, BioGlitz, D.E.S.T.I.N.E.D. Dance Company, Finnegan & Koko, Grant Goodwine, Gyuli Kambarova, Hot Sauce Brass Band, Keen Dance Theatre, Louisville Listens/Patricia McQuade, The Art of Kacy, Louisville Youth Choir and Vision of Life

Pagoda Performances

  • Redline Performing Arts
  • Rush Trowel and Faith Works Studio
  • LaVon Fisher-Wilson and Band

Stakes Race: William Walker Listed 

View the Opening Night Menu served in our Dining Rooms

Opening Night is a "Dress to Impress" occasion. Ladies are encouraged to wear party and cocktail dresses and men are encouraged to wear sharp pants and a dress shirt; a tie is optional. The signature accessory for Opening Night is an evening headpiece, whether it’s a fascinator, feathers, a hat, a headband, or something else! We want ladies and gentlemen to have fun sporting a nighttime Derby look.  Guests are encouraged to wear orange in the spirit of creativity and encouragement.


Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs, located on Central Avenue in south Louisville, Kentucky, United States, is a...