Kick off Kentucky Derby Week in style as Churchill Downs partners with the Fund for the Arts to combine the Thrill of Racing and the Best of Louisville Arts. Throughout this premier evening of live racing, actors, dancers, musicians, visual artists and more will perform throughout the track. The night will also feature the inaugural Awards in the Arts, a partnership between the Fund for the Arts and the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, recognizing the best in the Louisville arts scene.
A portion of the proceeds from Opening Night will benefit the Fund for the Arts & guests can contribute directly through on-site donation stations.
Performances for the evening include: Ashley Brossart; CirqueLouis; David O. Schuster; La'Nita Rocknette School of Dance; Deccan Divas; Jo Ross; KMAC Couture; Kentucky Shakespeare; Louisville Leopard Percussionists; Louisville Orchestra; Louisville Youth Choir; Matt McDole + Revelry Gallery; Randell Madden, Susan Howe and Judy Rogers with Mudpies Studio; Rose Flowers; Tiffany Carbonneau + Susanna Crum; Your Friendly Neighborhood Big BandGates open at 5:00 p.m., the first live race is at 6:00 p.m., and admission is just $10. Reserved seating starts at $20.