Kick off Kentucky Derby Week in style as Churchill Downs partners with the Fund for the Arts to combine the Thrill of Racing with and the Best of Louisville Arts. Opening Night is a "Dress to Impress" occasion.

    Event highlights include:
    • Awards in the Arts Orange,the Color of Creativity- Guests are encouraged to incorporate orange into their attire for the evening.
    • The Jesse Lees 7:15PM-8:45PM- Plaza Stage
    • Louisville Crashers 9:00PM-11:30PM- Plaza Stage
    • 10 live races including the William Walker (listed)
    • Performing Artists:Acting Against Cancer, Amberly Simpson & Dancers, Bohemian Monkey, Bri Bowers, Casey McKinney, CirqueLouis, DESTINED Dance Company, Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Grant Goodwine, GSA Alumni,  Jecorey "1200" Arthur + NadaLoutfi, Juggernaut Jug Band, The Art of Kacy, Kentucky Opera, Kentucky Shakespeare, Kuvebo! West African Drum and Dance, Micah Chandler, Tatiana Rathke + Jennifer Greb, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Louisville, Tyler Robertson and Wheeler Elementary Students.

    Ladies are encouraged to wear party and cocktail dresses and men are encouraged to wear sharp pants and a dress shirt; a tie is optional. Guests are encouraged to incorporate the color orange for the evening in the spirit of creativity and encouragement of the Awards in the Arts. The signature accessory for Opening Night is an evening headpiece, whether it's a fascinator, feathers, a hat, a headband, or something else! We want ladies and gentlemen to have fun sporting a nighttime Derby look.