Nightlife meets thrilling racing! Drink a cocktail, listen to live music, and watch racing under the lights at Downs After Dark.

Downs After Dark: Saddles & Sneakers

Flex your favorite pair of sneakers, engage with local artists, dance along with your favorite local DJs, and watch racing under the lights.

Stage Line Up:

  • DJ Getzy: (5:15pm – 8:00pm)
  • DJ Glittertitz: (8:30pm – 11:00pm)

Event Highlights:

"Legends of Derby" Bespoke Sneaker Collection

  • Take a close look at the collection inspired by the 13 Triple Crown winners of horse racing history.

Urban Inspired Artist Showcase

  • Local artists will be throughout the track creating art and constructing photo moments.
    • Braylyn "Resko" Stewart: Braylyn Stewart's family moved to Louisville when he was a child, and he credits the street energy here for his distinct brand of art, a blend of graffiti and traditional painting. (Instagram)
    • Darryl Tucker: Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Darryl Montez Tucker is a Wellbeing Consultant for Humana and is married with four kids, three of whom have autism. Darryl discovered his talent while attending a "paint and sip" with his wife. His passion is finger painting, and he hopes to pursue a full-time art career one day. (Instagram)

Personalize your sneakers, real time customization with artist Clay Mata

  • Choose between: the twin spires, horses, roses, or lilies.
  • Claudia Mata: works under the name Clay Mata. Hailing from Puebla City, Mexico, Claudia draws her inspiration from her heritage. Claudia is self-taught with a passion for vibrant art and beauty. (Website and Instagram)

Roaming Photo Booth:

  • Capture your Downs After Dark experience with our roaming photo booth.

Donate a pair of sneakers and receive two GA tickets to the next Twilight Thursday on May 25th. (Limit two tickets per person)

  • Charitable Partner: WaterStep
  • WaterStep is a 28 year old Louisville based non-profit whose vision is a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. Visit for more information.
  • 3 pairs of shoes = Safe water for 1 person for life.

For groups of 12+, please contact group sales at 502-636-4450 or fill out our Group Request Form

Patrons must be at least 18 years of age with ID to enter or with a legal guardian if under 18.