It’s no secret that The Derby is not just about horse racing, so join us in The Plaza on May 6th from 3PM to 10PM to celebrate our third annual Kentucky Derby Party! We will transform The Plaza into a glamorous party with a jumbo viewing screen to watch the race, along with live performances from Yacht Rock Schooner and a DJ. So, put on your fancy hats and bowties, grab a Mint Julep, and let the fun begin!
3PM – 6PM: Derby Pre-Race Show and Festivities
Head out to the Plaza to enjoy the Kentucky Derby live on a jumbo screen and pre-race fun with flashtag photo printing, cornhole, retailer activities, and more! It’s not a Kentucky Derby Party without mint juleps! Enjoy the Derby’s signature drink or other selections of beer, wine, and specialty cocktails.
3PM – 6PM: Place Your Bets
Derby enthusiasts can purchase raffle tickets to enter to win 1 of 3 prize packages! Place your “bets” on your favorite horses by placing your tickets in their raffle jar and 3 lucky winners will be selected from the wining horses’ jars! Proceeds benefit Bert’s Big Adventure.
3PM - 6:30PM: Yacht Rock Schooner Performance
Bring your dancing shoes, because Yacht Rock Schooner is back to throw the smoothest dance party east of Lexington! The 8-man band specializes in the smooth sounds of the late '70s and early '80s. With hits from Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, and Kenny Loggins, it's a party that spans generations.
6:30PM: Live Kentucky Derby Race Viewing
Gather around the jumbo screen to watch the most anticipated horse race of the year and cheer on your favorite horse! After the race winners from the raffle will be announced.
6:30 – 10PM: Live DJ
This Kentucky Derby Party doesn’t end after the horses are back in the stables! Stick around for a live DJ featuring dance hits while you enjoy another mint julep.