Presented by Budweiser
Churchill Downs and The Fund for the Arts are again partnering to kick off the spectacle of Derby Week, 2021's most dramatic week of Thoroughbred racing, and celebrate Louisville's extraordinary arts community. Witness a variety of musicians, dancers, live performances, visual artists, and thrilling thoroughbred races make this night a one-of-a-kind experience.
Artists: Andy Perez, BioGlitz, D.E.S.T.I.N.E.D. Dance Company, Finnegan & Koko, Grant Goodwine, Gyuli Kambarova, Hot Sauce Brass Band, Keen Dance Theatre, The Art of Kacy, Louisville Youth Choir, Brie Bowers and Vision of Life
Stakes Race: William Walker Listed
View the Opening Night Menu served in our Dining Rooms
Opening Night is a "Dress to Impress" occasion with guests encouraged to wear party and cocktail attire; a tie is optional. The signature accessory for Opening Night is an evening headpiece, whether it's a fascinator, feathers, a hat, a headband, or something else! Guests should have fun assembling an evening Derby look that incorporates the color orange in the spirit of creativity and encouragement.
Stakes Races: William Walker Listed
For groups of 24+, please contact group sales at 502-636-4450 or fill out our Group Request Form
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Due to social distancing, General Admission will be sold as a first floor box seat or bleacher seating
Churchill Downs will be open free-of-charge daily from 7-10 a.m. so guests can watch the nation's top 3-year-old Thoroughbreds train toward their engagements in this year's Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. Access to Paddock Grill to purchase breakfast.