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.
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
- 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.