There’s the race, but there is also the racing around to one social event after the other. Get out your calendar.

The Fillies Derby Ball

When: Saturday, April 14

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Location: Galt House East, Grand Ballroom

Benefiting: Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation

Tickets: www.thefillies.org

Gallop Gala

When: Friday, April 13

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Location: Millionaires Row 4th Floor at Churchill Downs

Benefiting:  Down Syndrome of Louisville

Tickets: downsyndromeoflouisville.org

The excitement is building for this year’s Gallop Gala! Entering its 7th year, the Gallop Gala continues to grow. Come enjoy a night in Millionaires Row while supporting Down Syndrome of Louisville. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this must-attend Derby event!

Taste of Derby Festival

When: Tuesday, April 17

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location: Louisville Slugger Field

Benefiting: Dare to Care Food Bank

Tickets: discover.kdf.org/tasteofderbyfestival/

The Taste of Derby Festival has the feel of an upscale cocktail party, but it’s open to the public – as long as tickets are still available. Restaurants will offer a selection of signature appetizers, entrees and dessert items and some of the liquor vendors will feature small-batch brands not commonly available. A silent auction returns to the event offering unique items from generous donors.

Kentucky Derby Museum Gala

When: Friday, April 27

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: The Mansion at Churchill Downs

Benefiting: The Derby Museum’s curatorial, educational programs and other program services of the Museum

Tickets: derbymuseum.org/Events/Detail/100023/32nd-Kentucky-Derby-Museum-Gala

The Kentucky Derby Museum Gala is the single largest fundraiser for the Museum each year. Fundraising efforts for the Museum’s Gala will help support the Museum’s curatorial, educational programs and other program services of the Museum. In addition to the in-house education programs, the Museum’s traveling Education Outreach bring learning opportunities into schools across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Awards in the Arts

When: Saturday, April 28

Time: 5:30 p.m.- 11 p.m.

Location: Churchill Downs

Benefiting: Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund

Tickets: fundforthearts.org/awardsinthearts

Fund for the Arts, Churchill Downs, Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, and Joy Mangano will host Louisville’s third annual Awards in the Arts on Saturday, April 28! The event honors Greater Louisville’s extraordinary arts community and includes an awards presentation, horse racing, arts performances around the racetrack, and a VIP reception in the Stakes Room at Churchill Downs.

Race for Grace

When: Monday, April 30

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Churchill Downs

Benefitting: Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy

Tickets: kychaplaincy.org/race-for-grace-2018/

Guests will enjoy dinner on Millionaires Row at historic Churchill Downs and listen to Hall of Fame trainer Carl Nafzger. A silent and live auction will follow the dinner with proceeds benefiting the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy.

Biscuits & Bourbon

When: Wednesday, May 2

Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: Kentucky Derby Museum’s Oaks Garden Terrace

Tickets: derbymuseum.org/Events/Detail/100026/Biscuits-Bourbon

Get your taste of Kentucky at Biscuits & Bourbon! Guests will be enjoying an open bar in Kentucky bourbon, mimosas and Bloody Marys from Holloway Farm’s “Bloody Kentucky.” And will have their plates filled with delicious brunch favorites, including a Southern Biscuit Bar where you can select a variety of toppings, all while enjoying live music by Electria Strings.


When: Thursday, May 3

Time: 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Churchill Downs

Tickets: kentuckyderby.com/visit/derby-week/thurby

Be a part of the excitement at Thurby, the Thursday before the Kentucky Derby and Oaks. Visit the Paddock to take a look around before the big day and enjoy entertainment from multiple Louisville accord artists throughout the track. Come experience the things that Kentucky is famous for – great horse racing, bourbon, and music!

Celebrity Day at the Downs

When: Thursday, May 3

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Location: Churchill Downs, 6th Floor

Tickets: discover.kdf.org/celebrity-day-at-the-downs/

Hollywood celebrities highlight the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Celebrity Day at the Downs. Stars in the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade and other Festival events are on hand for this an exciting and glamorous day at the races.

Taste of Derby

When: Thursday, May 3

Time: 7 p.m. -11 p.m.

Location: KFC Yum! Center

Benefiting: Hunger Relief Organizations (Like Dare to Care Food Bank)

Tickets: kentuckyderby.com/visit/derby-week/taste-of-derby

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.

The 2018 Derby Eve Gala

When: Friday, May 4

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Seelbach Hilton Hotel

Benefiting: American Lung Association of Kentucky

Tickets: alamid.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/DerbyEveGala2018/tabid/930686/Default.aspx

The American Lung Association’s 2018 Derby Eve Gala is Louisville’s most elegant and fun Derby event featuring a posh setting with fabulous food, lavish decor, and electrifying entertainment. Guests will enjoy a full open bar, a seated gourmet dinner and an evening of unmatched sizzling entertainment by Nashville’s most sensational and explosive dance band, Burning Las Vegas.

The Barnstable Brown Party

When: Friday, May 4

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Barnstable-Brown Mansion, The Highlands

Benefiting: The University of Kentucky’s Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center

Tickets: Call 502.491.6778

The night before Derby, dance and mingle with celebrities in a stately Southern Mansion. Known for its amazing live music, famous guests and whimsical themes, the Barnstable Brown Party also features a gourmet buffet meal, an open bar, premier entertainment, and 30 years of elite Derby glamour.

Fillies & Lilies Party

When: Friday, May 4

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Kentucky Derby Museum

Tickets: Sold Out, derbyexperiences.com/kentucky-derby/fillies-lilies-party

The Fillies & Lilies Party is a lively night at the Kentucky Derby Museum! Guests will enjoy a live performance by Grammy Award Winning Artist LeeAnn Rimes, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a premium open bar, and a private bourbon lounge.

Unbridled Eve
Derby Gala

When: Friday, May 4

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: The Galt House Hotel Grand Ballroom

Benefiting: Blessings in a Backpack

Tickets: Call 502.894.9768 unbridledeve.com/

Experience Southern charm and elegance at its best during the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala. This black tie-optional event boasts a world class evening of cocktails, celebrities, a silent and live auction, a gourmet dinner, and a variety of live entertainment.

Fillies and Stallions Derby Eve Party

When: Friday, May 4

Time: 10 p.m.

Location: Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center

Tickets: Invitation only

The Fillies and Stallions Derby Eve Party is a private, invitation only event designed to entertain partygoers that include some of the most influential names in sports and show biz. This premier celebrity shindig will feature a 60ft red carpet swarming with paparazzi, and as always, have some exciting surprises in store.

The Trifecta Derby Eve Celebration

When: Friday, May 4

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Omni Louisville Hotel

Benefitting: West End School and University of Louisville Autism Center at Kosair Charities

Tickets: Invitation and Request Only https://www.trifectagala.com/

Walk the red carpet to one of the most unique and star studded parties of the evening, the Trifecta Derby Eve Celebration. Guests will enjoy entertainment featuring Stevie Wonder for a night worth remembering.

Silks Derby Eve Bash

When: Friday, May 4

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Historic Locust Grove

Benefiting: Operation Open Arms Inc.

Tickets: oparms.org/silks18/

Silks Derby Eve Bash  is an energy-packed evening where guests can sample some of the Bluegrass’s finest bourbons, plus enjoy cigar rolling and the Best Dance Band of Derby weekend. Keeping with the Derby excitement, this year’s event will be held at the Historic Locust Grove providing a beautiful backdrop for what will be a magical evening.

Sight Unseen

When: Friday, May 4

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: 21c Museum Hotel

Benefiting: The James Beard Foundation

Tickets: originalmakersderby.com

Sight Unseen boasts an evening of elegance and intrigue. Ritzy while not stodgy the night will present a plethora of entrancing entertainment to delight all of ones senses hosted by The Original Makers Club and Woodford Reserve.

40th Annual Derby Breakfast

When: Saturday, May 5

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Farmington Historic Plantation

Benefitting: Historic Homes Foundation, Inc.

Tickets: historichomes.org/derbyevents/

Farmington Historic Plantation hosts the 40th annual Historic Homes Foundation Derby Breakfast.  Enjoy a traditional sit-down brunch, bluegrass style, with an open bar, live band, and southern cuisine.  Guests are welcome you to enjoy coffee and dessert in our social silent auction area.

Oaks Brunch

When: Saturday, May 5

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: 21c Museum Hotel

Benefitting: The James Beard Foundation

Tickets: originalmakersderby.com

Arrive to a lavish, entertainment filled cocktail hour hosted by the official sponsor of the Kentucky Derby - Woodford Reserve. Peruse world class art as you partake in the lively affair in your Oaks day best  - before being seated to enjoy the delectable four course family style brunch fare from Proof on Main Chef Mike Wajda.

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