Bucket List Event: Kentucky Derby 2020

Due to Covid-19, the 2020 Kentucky Derby has been postponed until September 3-6. This has opened up some tickets that were previously sold out, so if you act fast, you may get to go this year.

What to know

The Kentucky Derby is one of those iconic events you need to experience at least once in your lifetime. The crowds. The excitement. The beautiful horses. And those amazing hats!

There is a whole week of activities leading up to the Derby. The festivities begin with opening night on the Saturday prior to the Derby. This is a night of liver performances for guests 18+ in fancy dress.  Throughout the week there are parties, meals, and chances to see the horses and meet the jockeys. The races start off on Friday with the Kentucky Oaks, the race for 3-year-old fillies and finish with the Kentucky Derby on Saturday where the 3-year-old colts race. You can attend one or all of these events.

Bringing in 150,000 people every year, the Kentucky Derby is a huge event for Louisville — think traffic jams, lack of parking, long lines. To make your trip easier, think about ponying up the extra expense to stay at a hotel nearby and either walk or take a taxi or Uber to the event. With parking starting at $80 per vehicle, even with surge fees that Uber looks downright cheap!

It can be quite hot, even with the new September date. If you are in general admission, you will be standing all day in the sun. Covered seating is available and if you think this is the best option for you, be prepared to pay a premium and book early. Those seats go fast! If you want to brave general admission, a big hat is a great asset. You know you’re going to wear one anyway, so make sure you choose one for function as well as style.

While you can wear a huge hat, leave your big handbag at home. Your bag can be no more than 12″ in any direction. Find the complete list of prohibited items here.

How to get there

We can get you there at whatever price point is comfortable for you. Tickets for just the Derby start at $80 and we will be happy to get those for you. We can put together a custom package for you including any or all of the following: flights, transfers, hotel, rental car and tickets. On the high end, we offer luxury packages that include all of the aforementioned plus tickets to all events, entrance to exclusive Derby parties, private transportation, stable tours, golf and spa packages.

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