Derby Week is upon us! Here is a list of everything that is going so you can make the most of the many family-friendly and free activities.
MONDAY, APRIL 28
Chow Wagon and Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville
The Chow Wagon and Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville will be open all week on the Waterfront with outdoor food and live music. It will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sundays 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.) until May 2. Admission is free with a 2014 Pegasus Pin. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED). For more information, click here: kdf.org.
TUESDAY, APRIL 29
Bourbon Tasting at 21c Museum Hotel
On April 29 from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m., 21C Museum Hotel will host a premium bourbon tasting and cocktail party, featuring The Filson’s Bourbon Historian, Mike Veach, a member of the Bourbon Hall of Fame and author of “Kentucky Bourbon History: An American Heritage.” There will be a selection of some of the finest Kentucky Bourbons from Brown-Forman, Heaven Hill and Michter’s and appetizers from Chef Levon Wallace. Reservations are required. For tickets, click here.
Kentucky Derby Festival’s Winefest
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30
Great Steamboat Race
April 30 at 4:30 p.m. on the Ohio River is where the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati will face off at their annual steamboat race. Watch from the river’s edge or on television to see who will win. For more information: discover.kdf.org.
Kentucky Derby Festival Beerfest
Tickets: $40 general admission, $60 for VIP experience starting at 5 PM. Tickets include beer tastings, sampling mug and BeerFest pin.
Tickets available by calling (502) 584-FEST or online at kdf.org. (21 and over only. Must present ID upon entry.)
Original Makers Club Third Annual Pimento Cheese Social
Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge Bourbon and Wine Tasting
Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge is hosting a Bourbon and Wine Tasting on Wednesday, April 30th from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy complimentary appetizers as you get to try some of our finest bourbons and wines! Tickets are $25 each or $40 a couple and can be purchased at: buyblitztickets.com. You can also email Beth at [email protected] for more information.
An Evening of Bourbon & Cigars at Volare
Volare will host an Evening of Bourbon & Cigars on Wednesday, April 30 from 6 to 10 p.m. Special Guests include Rob Samuels from Maker’s Mark and the event will feature Ted’s Limited Edition Cigars, available in Louisville for the first time. For more information, click here.
THURSDAY, MAY 1
Republic Bank Pegasus Parade
The 59th Republic Bank Pegasus Parade, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This free parade is the Derby Festival’s oldest and founding event, starting in 1956. The parade marches west on Broadway from Campbell to 9th Street with colorful floats, marching bands, giant inflatables, equestrians and celebrities. For more information, click here.
Taste of Derby
Kick off your Kentucky Derby weekend in style at the fifth annual Taste of Derby, presented by Stella Artois, on May 1 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Mingle with horse racing celebrities as you savor an evening of exquisite cuisine and exceptional wines. Sample regional specialties, created by nationally renowned chefs along the Road to the Kentucky Derby destinations, while enjoying live entertainment. Ticket includes:
- Food and wine tastings
- Premium open bar
- Complimentary valet service
- Live entertainment
- Red carpet entrance
Limited tickets are available. For a list of chefs, click here: www.kentuckyderby.com. The event is at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center North Wing Lobby. Tickets are $300. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here: www.kentuckyderby.com.
The Fifth Annual Ferdinand’s Ball will be Thursday, May 1 at the Muhammad Ali Center. The Ferdinand’s Ball is the fundraiser for the Old Friends Equine Retirement Facility. Old Friends is the nonprofit Georgetown, KY, facility that rescues retired racehorses from neglect, abuse and slaughter, offering them a peaceful final chapter to their lives while educating the public about their remarkable stories. Celebrity guests include University of Louisville basketball players Peyton Siva, Russ Smith and Luke Hancock. A limited number of tickets will be sold for the exclusive VIP cocktail hour and full access to the main event at a cost of $500. Individual tickets for the VIP section during the main event are $250. Regular main event tickets are $125. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Tickets page.
FRIDAY, MAY 2
Oaks Garden Party & Brunch hosted by the Original Makers Club and Woodford Reserve
The Original Makers Club and Woodford Reserve will host their first annual Oaks Garden Party & Brunch at Oxmoor Estate, starting at 9:00 a.m. Dine in true OMC fashion with long custom built Farm Tables with family-style food from the top chefs of Down One Bourbon Bar and Restaurant. Prices are $25 for at Garden Party ticket with cash bar and $100 for Garden Party with brunch seat with open bar. Please make reservations and buy your tickets in advance by visiting this website: theoriginalmakersclub.com.
Oaks and Smokes
Derby Eve, May 2 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, Kentucky Harvest will be hosting its annual fundraiser Oaks and Smokes at The Ice House. This block party will feature Kentucky-inspired dishes and drinks, paired with cigars and live music. Tickets are $125 and include food, entertainment and one cigar. Proceeds benefit Kentucky Harvest which provides meals for the less fortunate in Kentucky. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.oaksandsmokes.com or call 502-894-9999.
Barnstable Brown Party
Friday May 2 is the famous Barnstable Brown Party, a mainstay of Derby weekend. Founded by the Barnstable twins, Patricia Barnstable Brown and Priscilla Barnstable, along with Dr. David Brown, Patricia’s late husband, this celebrity gala has raised over $9.6 million dollars for diabetes and obesity research. If you can’t get a ticket, you can always wait outside the Brown mansion in the Highlands in hopes of a celebrity sighting. Celebrities this year include Tom Brady, Miranda Lambert and much much more.
Unbridled Eve Gala
Friday, May 2 is The Unbridled Eve Gala at the Galt House starting at 8 p.m. This gala is a fundraiser for Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that fights childhood hunger by providing needy elementary school students a backpack of food on the weekends. A portion of proceeds from last year’s event also went to the Les Turner ALS Foundation and to the American Cancer Society. Unbridled Eve is co-chaired by the York Sisters, Tonya York Dees and Tammy York Day. For tickets and more information, click here: www.unbridledeve.com
May 2 is the Julep Ball at the KFC Yum! Center, starting at 6:30 p.m. This is not a black-tie gala, so wear your favorite cocktail dress and be prepared to eat, drink and be merry. Proceeds from The Julep Ball go to support the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. In addition, a portion of the evening’s income directly supports the Harriett B. Porter Endowment, which helps bridge the healthcare gap in our community by providing better access to cancer screening and education in underserved areas of Louisville. For more information, click here: thejulep.org. To keep current with all that’s going on around town, check out our Happenings page: styleblueprint.com.