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. Opening Night is a "Dress to Impress" occasion. Enjoy live music on the Plaza Stage and Performing Artists throughout the track.

  • What to Wear: Guests are encouraged to incorporate the color orange for the evening celebrating local artists for their talent and passion to create.
  • Plaza Stage Lineup: 
    • Yoya Dance Troupe, Dancer's Center for Training (5:50 pm & 8:40 pm)
    • Karen Chavis (7:15 pm-8:30 pm)
    • Zach Langoria Project (9 pm-11:30 pm)
  • Pop Up Performances by: Kentucky Shakespeare, Louisville Leopards and Louisville Listens
  • Art Installations by: Wheeler Elementary, Francisco Cardona and local mural artists
  • Performance Art by: KMAC and Frazier History Museum
  • Stakes Races: William Walker Stakes (listed)

View the Opening Night Menu available in our dining rooms.  For groups of 24+, please call group sales at 502-636-4450

Tickets start at just $17.00 for General Admission and include one racing program. Must be 18+ to enter, or accompanied by a responsible adult. Gates open at 5:00 p.m., the first live race is at 6:00 p.m.