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Things to Do During Derby Week in Louisville

Kentucky is well known for calm, rolling hills and beautiful horses all year round, but the most exciting two minutes in sports is just around the corner, and Louisville is in full swing for a trifecta of racing: Thurby, Oaks, and Derby. For tickets, click here.


Churchill Downs hosts Thurby, a relatively new event taking place on the Thursday before Oaks. More racing, gambling, and enjoying the beautiful track. The excitement begins at 11am and includes musical entertainment, as well as mixologist Jackie Zykan and a host of local bartenders. General admission tickets are $20, and the fun goes until 5PM.


Oaks has long been celebrated by locals, though is gaining momentum and attention for tourists. Pink is the color to wear as the fillies take the field to raise awareness for both breast and ovarian cancers. Though bourbon is flowing, the drink to pick on Friday is the Oaks Lily– named for the garland the winner wears, this vodka mixed drink is an exciting and refreshing pick me up for in-between races.

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The gates open at 8am– all other important times can be found at the Derby Day Schedule. The day is full of excitement, hustle and bustle– betting, bourbon, and bays. Races continue all day long, though the official Run for the Roses is set to post at 6:34PM, with races bookending several hours before and after.

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