Bourbon, Bets & Bow Ties is the theme for the evening and is an opportunity to celebrate the best of the south including bourbon, thoroughbred racing and fashion. We will infuse a contemporary, yet timeless Southern style into everything from food to music and decor.

Event Highlights Include:

Sample special bourbon-infused dishes from local food trucks, enjoy a craft cocktail from the pop-up Plaza Bourbon Bar, and interact with famous prohibition-era Kentuckians courtesy of the Frazier History Museum.

Get personalized wagering advice at the Wagering 101 tent, use that advice to bet on a night of thrilling Thoroughbred races, including two graded stakes, & enter Bet or No Bet presented by Thorntons for the chance to place a $1,000 win bet!

Have your bow tie tied for you at the Churchill Downs pop-up shop with bow tie tying stations in the Plaza. Bring your own or shop the latest bow tie designs and purchase one on-site!


BEN SOLLEE - 7:15-9:00 PM

A Kentucky-born cellist and composer, Ben's music can be heard in film and on TV Shows like ABC's Parenthood and HBO's Weeds. He has been praised by the New York Times and has been invited to perform and speak at a number of festivals including South by Southwest Music (2011) and TEDx San Diego (2012).

LINKIN' BRIDGE - 9:30-10:45 PM

Louisville natives Big Rome, Montre Davis, Shon China Lacy, and Ekoe Alexanda make up the musical group Linkin' Bridge.

General admission is $10, and reserved ticketing starts at just $25. Patrons must be 18 years of age with ID to enter or with a legal guardian if under 18.

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Party For A Purpose held in the Grandstand Area to benefit the Forecastle Foundation. Enjoy sounds from local DJ Matt Anthony and internationally acclaimed Red Bull Thre3style World Champion DJ Hedspin, craft cocktails and a dance floor that overlooks the track. VIP Cabanna Access includes Full premium bar at $59 and General Party Access is $15. To purchase tickets for this party, Click Here

Original Makers Club Courtyard Lounge: Enjoy the Sport of Kings trackside from Section 119 Courtyard. Guests will enjoy live music, regionally inspired small plate style fare, beer, wine and Woodford Reserve cocktails. Ticket price is $150 and is limited to 275 guests. To purchase tickets for this party, Click Here