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Kentucky Derby Events

Want to learn more about Kentucky Derby betting, the Kentucky Derby Festival, Kentucky Derby parties and more? We've created the following Kentucky Derby events information to help you get the most out of your visit to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby.

Whether you want to learn how to use the pari-mutuel tellers by visiting the Kentucky Derby Museum or you want to shine with all the stars at the Barnstable Brown Party, you can find more information about great events and attractions surrounding the Kentucky Derby right here.

The Kentucky Derby Museum

Located on-site, near gate 1 at Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum is one of Louisville's major visitor attractions. It’s closed on Derby day, so don’t plan on visiting the Museum on the same day as the race. Aside from Derby and Oaks days, and a few major U.S. holidays, the Museum is open 7 days a week, from 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Saturday, and Noon to 5 PM on Sundays. Learn all you need to know about Derby history before the big day. You can even visit the pari-mutuel wagering display to learn more about placing wagers at Churchill Downs. Walking tours of Churchill Downs are also available and there are plenty of interactive display areas to keep you busy at the Museum.

The Kentucky Derby Festival

If you're lucky enough to be in Louisville a few weeks prior to the Derby, you can find a lot of fun and excitement during the Kentucky Derby Festival. The Kentucky Derby Festival is a two-week celebration covering much more than the name suggests. There are roughly 70 different events ranging from the nation’s largest annual fireworks show to concerts, sporting events and more. For a complete schedule of events and more information regarding the Kentucky Derby Festival, visit www.KDF.org.

Barnstable Brown Party

The Barnstable Brown Party is the place to be the night before the Derby. It’s a black-tie affair, so be sure to dress appropriately. If there’s a celebrity attending the race, you’re bound to find them at this party. It’s hosted annually by Patricia Barnstable Brown at the Barnstable Brown mansion on Spring Drive in downtown Louisville, KY. The party includes access to a full bar and a gourmet buffet dinner. Proceeds benefit diabetes research. It’s the biggest party of the year in Louisville and the largest Derby-eve gathering of celebrities in town. Complete with paparazzi and a crowd of people trying to catch a glimpse of the stars, the Barnstable Brown Party is Kentucky’s version of the Academy Awards Show and the MTV Video Music Awards all rolled into one!

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