How to Get to a Kentucky Derby Party 2022. 12+ Events You Can Attend


Louisville becomes the center of the party leading to the most exciting two minutes in sports, more commonly known as kentucky derby.

Some festivities like the star-studded Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala are exclusive, invite-only affairs, but there’s more than enough confetti, bourbon and dance music to go around.

This list of parties includes just a few of the Kentucky Derby season events you can buy a ticket to in Louisville while supporting important causes and charities. From late April through the wee hours of Kentucky Derby Day on May 7, there’s something for everyone.

From low-key outdoor parties offering family-friendly activities to celebrity-inspired gala events, there are so many options you might not be able to choose just one.

Here is a list of Kentucky Derby parties, in chronological order, you can in fact attend:

Kentucky Derby Museum 35th Annual Gala

The Barbaro statue outside Gate 1 at Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum is actually a grave for the beloved horse.

WHAT: Offering cocktails and appetizers at The Mansion at Churchill Downs Racecoursefollowed by a seated dinner, dessert and a concert at the Kentucky Derby Museum. This is an annual fundraising event for the museum.

OR: 704 Central Ave.

WHEN: Friday April 29 from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

COST: $550 for a dinner ticket at The Mansion. Post Gala ticket, $150 (begins at 9 p.m. at the Kentucky Derby Museum)


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The Isley Brothers

WHAT: Featuring the Isley Brothers with Ronald Isley and Ernest Isley. Dress code is cocktail or black tie. The gala is an official event of the Kentucky Derby Festival and the first fundraiser for the league.

OR: Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center, 3029 W Muhammad Ali Blvd.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

COST: $350 per person, including dinner, drinks and a reserved floor seat for the concert. Tables for eight are also available


Hornitos Plata Margarita

WHAT: What happens when you cross over Thursday night Kentucky Derby Week with Cinco De Mayo? Cinco de Derby will feature one of the hottest DJs in the world, DJ Vice. According to the sponsors of this event, it looks like one hell of a party, Hornitos Tequila, Maker’s Mark, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Happy Dad and Red Bull.

OR: Cooler, 226 E Washington St.

WHEN: Thursday, May 5 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

COST: $25 general admission


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Finish Line Gala

Jeffrey Osborne to perform at the Finish Line Gala

WHAT: This year’s Finish Line Gala features Jeffery Osborne and special guest troupe Regina from Louisville. The party includes food and a cash bar, cigar lounge, valet parking, goodie bags, and dancing. Profits go to Ukrainian immigrants.

OR: Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave.

WHEN: Thursday, May 5, from 6 p.m. to midnight.

COST: $200 per person or $1800 table of 10

INFORMATION: and Better Days West Records2600W Broadway.

Celebrate with Steve Wilson and special guest Jack Harlow

Hip-hop artist Jack Harlow performs to a sold-out palace on the first night of his "Nothing better than being at home" tour, five consecutive nights of performances in Louisville in his hometown.  The Grammy-nominated artist graduated from Atherton High School.  December 14, 2021

WHAT:Hotel Museum 21c founder Steve Wilson and special guest Grammy-nominated rapper and Louisville native Jack Harlow will host a party in the hotel’s Atrium while raising funds to help rebuild Mayfield, Kentucky across the Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund.

OR: 21c Museum Hotel, 700 W Main St.

WHEN: Friday, May 6. Time to be determined

COST: $500


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American Lung Association’s 28th Annual Derby Eve Gala

American Lung Association Derby Eve Party

WHAT: Cocktails, dinner and dancing to live music by Burn Las Vegas. The benefits benefit the American Lung Association.

OR: Seelbach Hilton, 500 S Fourth St.

WHEN: Friday May 6, from 8 p.m. to midnight

COST: Tickets: $400 per person


Guests take a selfie before entering the Fillies and Stallions Derby Eve Party at the Mellwood Art Centre.  May 04, 2018

WHAT: Artists will include Ryan Coxx, DJ Charlie Chan Soprano and more

OR: Mellwood Art Center 1860 Mellwood Ave.

WHEN: Friday, May 6, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

COST: Ticket prices are sent after you register for the event.


WHAT: Includes Kid Capri, two separate party areas and live music.

OR: PNC Club (inside Cardinal Stadium) 2550 S. Floyd St.

WHEN: Friday, May 6, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

COST: $60


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Hillybilly Outfield 20th Annual Derby

WHAT: The weekend family party includes games, food drinks, a silent auction, live music, camping and a corn hole tournament. Kentucky Derby coverage and more. Product benefit twisted pink.

OR: 12202 Old Shelbyville Road

WHEN: Friday, May 6, 4 p.m. and until Saturday, May 7

COST: Advance, $55 online; $50 in cash; holiday, credit card $70, cash $65; $30 for 11-20 year olds; $10 for 6 to 10 year olds; free for ages 5 and under.


Rockin’ Derby Eve

Country music star Jake Owen and his band rocked the Oak stage Sunday at Hometown Rising.  09/15/19

WHAT: Tented garden party with food and drinks, including gourmet bites, fresh desserts and several open bars leading to a country music performer jake owen performing at the Old Forester’s Paristown Hall. Product benefit Norton Healthcare Foundation Derby Divas and Thoroughbred Charities of America.

OR: Paristown Arts and Entertainment District, 720 Brent St.

WHEN: Friday May 6, 7:30 p.m. Concert at 10 p.m.

COST: $850 per person. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold.


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Silk Derby Eve Bash

WHAT: Dance the night away to the famous 12-piece West Coast band, “Your Generation in Concert.” Enjoy a cigar bar, a Derby selfie station, Graeter’s ice cream carts, “Silks Smash” and Woodford Reserve, “Woodford Spire.” proceeds to profit Operation Open Arms.

OR: Historic Locust Grove561 Blankenbaker Lane

WHEN: Friday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.

COST: General admission tickets are $100 and include food and drink. Tickets to the VIP tent are $200 per person and include general admission plus a private bar, food station, and personalized Silks Bash bag. Tickets; VIP, $200 per person; general admission $100.


Unbridled Derby Eve Gala

A scene at the 2019 Unbridled Eve gala in Louisville.  May 3, 2019.

WHAT: One of Louisville’s most famous nights during Kentucky Derby Eve. Held in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House Hotel, this party attracts notable figures from the worlds of entertainment, music, sports, politics and horse racing. The evening includes a red carpet, cocktails, dinner and a dance party. Proceeds benefit many charities including Blessings in a backpack and the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at Fund for the Arts.

OR: Galt House Hotel, 140 N. Fourth St.

WHEN: Friday, May 6, 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

COST: Individual gala and dinner $1,250, individual dance party $500 (10 p.m. to 2 a.m.), individual gala and VIP dinner (includes preferred seat with wine, champagne and guest gift) $1,700. Tables for $10, $12,500. Sponsorship tables for 10 $18,500.


43rd Annual Derby Breakfast

WHAT: Historic Homes Foundation of Louisville, Ky. Kicks off Kentucky Derby Day with Local Source proud kentucky brunch with open bar and live music by Electric Strings. Presented by blade and bow this event benefits the Historic Houses Foundation.

WHEN: Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

OR:Historic Farmington Plantation3033 Bardstown Road

COST: Individual seat $200, Table for 8, $1,500

Contact Kirby Adams at [email protected] or Twitter @kirbylouisville.


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