Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY : April 30 - May 3, 2020

Kentucky Derby Hospitality

Sports Travel & Tickets can provide a wide variety of Hospitality options for you to explore while you are in Louisville on Derby Weekend. We have the connections and exclusive access that can enhance your experience on your Kentucky Derby Dream Weekend. Simply contact our friendly concierge team to add one of these options to your package for your Kentucky Derby Ticket Travel Package.

Customized Premium Kentucky Derby Experiences

Let Sports Travel & Tickets build a customized, premium experience for you while you are at the Derby. Over the years, we have built relationships with the about everyone in the horse business - from jockeys and trainers all the way up to horse owners and premier thoroughbred horse farms. We can suggest the best events to attend and arrange for amazing and unique experiences tailored just for you! Here are just a few of the unique experiences our team can arrange for you ...

  • Bourbon Country Distillery Tours

  • Horse Country Thoroughbred Tours

  • Ferdinand's Ball - Thursday Fundraiser Gala

  • Barnstable Brown Charity Gala - Friday evening

  • Dawn at the Downs - Breakfast on Millionaires Row

  • Fillies & Lillies Party - Friday Fundraiser at the Kentucky Derby Museum

  • Hall of Fame Kentucky Derby Jockey Meet and Greets and dinner

  • Customized Events tailored specifically for your group

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tours

Experience Bourbon Country with stops at several legendary distilleries while you learn about the history of bourbon, America's true and original elixir. Visit with master distillers and watch craftsmen at work as they guide you through the process of creating aged bourbon. Learn about the differences in mash bills and sample very unique bourbons along the way. We stop for lunch in a local spot and our expert guides help to create truly lasting memories that will enhance your appreciation of Kentucky bourbon when you are back home sipping on that golden brown nectar. These tours are generally offered as features of our premium Custom Kentucky Derby Hotel Travel & Ticket Packages. Tours are only operated on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and are based upon availability. We have limited availability for spots on the tour if you are not booking a package with us, but please inquire by completing the form on this page or by calling us at 888-885-3132.

Kentucky Thoroughbred Horse Farm Tours

Spend a full day in horse country with previous as well as future Kentucky Derby legends on a thoroughbred stallion farm in the heart of Kentucky. Highlights include Keeneland Racecourse, a visit to a working horse farm in the heart of Bluegrass country and a stop for lunch along the way at a local spot. These tours are generally offered as features of our premium Custom Kentucky Derby Hotel Travel & Ticket Packages. Tours are only operated on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and are based upon availability. We have limited availability for spots on the tour if you are not booking a package with us, but please inquire by completing the form on this page or by calling us at 888-885-3132.

Ferdinand's Ball

Ferdinand's Ball is an annual fundraiser named in honor of the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner, Ferdinand. Ferdinand's Ball raises funds and awareness for animal rights and attempts to prevent animal cruelty. Proceeds from this event flow directly to Old Friends, which is a Thoroughbred Retirement Facility. Old Friends is a 501c3 non-profit donation-based farm that rehabilitates thoroughbreds whose racing careers have ended. This gala kicks off Derby weekend and features gourmet food, a premium open bar, silent auction and live entertainment. This event is held in the downtown Louisville Marriott Hotel.

Barnstable Brown Gala

This celebrity packed gala, known for its live music and star-studded guest list, has raised and donated more than $11 million dollars to the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Kentucky over the past several years. Founded by twin sisters Patricia Barnstable Brown and Priscilla Barnstable, this party is the premier social event in Louisville each year on Derby Weekend. This gala is held in the Highlands neighborhood mansion of Patricia Barnstable Brown, who co-hosts the event with her twin sister Priscilla Barnstable, near Cherokee Park. Sports Travel & Tickets can arrange to have you on the guest list, as well as assist you with round trip transportation from your hotel.

Guests of Sports Travel & Tickets have two options when it comes to the Barnstable Brown Gala - being added to the guest list which will allow you access to the party and the ability to mingle and experience all of the excitement, or a reserved table seat. Both are subject to very limited availability, so please plan ahead and contact us now for details.

Internationally recognized as the "premier" Kentucky Derby gala and counted among the "Ten Best Parties in the World" by Conde Nast, the Barnstable Brown Gala is not one to miss when you are in town for the Kentucky Derby!

Dawn At The Downs

Breakfast on Millionaire's Row. Doesn't that sound .... well, just simply refreshing? Watch the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders conduct morning workouts and enjoy a premium buffet breakfast on the 4th, 5th and 6th Floors of Churchill Downs. "Dawn at the Downs" is a popular tradition for both Louisvillians and visitors alike, giving Kentucky Derby fans the chance to watch the contenders train for the big race. Listen to expert commentary as the horses and jockeys work the track and fine tune everything for Derby Weekend. Dawn at the Downs opens at 7am on Wednesday and Thursday for guests of Sports Travel & Tickets

Fillies & Lillies Party

This annual party takes place at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs on Derby Eve - Friday night. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Each year the Fillies & Lilies event features a live performance by prominent country music stars, with Clint Black headlining for 2017. This fundraiser is dedicated to retraining and rehoming thoroughbred horses that have spent their lives competing in events like the world-renowned Kentucky Derby. This is a wonderful party held on the grounds of Churchill Downs and is a fantastic way for guests of Sports Travel & Tickets to support a wonderful cause while enjoying the sights and sounds of Derby Weekend.

Dinner with a Hall of Fame Kentucky Derby Jockey

Our team at Sports Travel & events has been fortunate to get to know and forge relationships with many prominent and famous legends in the horse racing industry over the years. We offer limited and exclusive private dinners and meet-and-greets with a select list of world famous Kentucky Derby jockeys on Derby Weekend. If this exclusive option is of interest to you, please contact us for more details.

To start planning your trip of a lifetime call us today for a customized quote or book one of our popular package tours online now!

You can contact one of our sports travel experts now at 1-888-885-3132 (Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST).

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