Kentucky Derby Festival
Schedule of Events
events listed below.
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courtesy of Kentucky Derby Festival
Thunder Over Louisville
air show kicks off all the fun.
Thursday, April 7
McDonalds Thunder Preview Party. 5-9 p.m. at Bowman
Field, Central American Airways Hanger. Special preview of Thunder Over
Louisville, family interactive area, plus pilot meet and greet. Children
are invited to dress as their favorite superhero. Free with a Pegasus
Pin or McDonalds Thunder Funder cup.
Friday, April 15
Derby Festival Theyre off! Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.
at the Galt House East Grand Ballroom. Tickets: $608 Table of 8 or $76
each. Guest Speaker: Sam Champion.
The Fillies Derby Ball. Presented by LG&E at
the Galt House East Grand Ballroom. Cocktails at 7 p.m. Doors open 7:30
p.m. Dinner 8:30 p.m. Queens Coronation 9:15 p.m. The Paddock
area opens 9:30 p.m. Entertainment by Endless Summer. Tickets $175 each,
Corporate Table of 8 is $1,700, Corporate Table of 10 is $2,050, includes
appetizers, dinner and dancing. The Paddock tickets $70
each (includes appetizers, dessert and dancing). For tickets call (502)
Saturday, April 16
Opening Ceremonies for Thunder Over Louisville. Downtown
Louisville Riverfront, Waterfront Park, River Road and Southern Indiana
shoreline. FoodFest begins at 11 a.m. Airshow at 3 p.m. Fireworks at
9:30 p.m. www.ThunderOverLouisville.org.
Thunder Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park. Free with
a 2011 Pegasus Pin. Open 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. No tents, stakes, tape or
pets. North Great Lawn Area opens at 9 a.m. Free with a 2011 Pegasus
Pin. THUNDER V.I.P. tickets available for $150 each. Call (502) 584-FEST!
Boomtown Presented by Tumbleweed Southwest Grill.
11 a.m. - 11 p.m.at Tumbleweed Southwest Grill on the Waterfront, 1201
River Rd. Outside activities include kids play area, food, beer garden,
Thunder sound system and more! Free admission. (502) 618-8323 or visit:
Wednesday, April 20
Taste of Derby Festival. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
at Slugger Field. Tickets $75. All proceeds to benefit Dare to Care.
Features exquisite fare from over 65 of Louisvilles finest restaurants
and beverage companies. Bourbon tasting, bloody mary contest, wine tasting
and a silent auction. (502) 966-3821.
Friday, April 22
Basketball Classic Presented by PapaJohns.com. 7 p.m.
at the KFC Yum! Center. Tickets $16 reserved (includes facility fee).
Tickets on sale now at all TicketMaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com
or call 1-800- 745-3000 or the KFC Yum! Center box office at (502) 690-9090.
Saturday, April 23
NPC Fitness and Physique Championship. 9:30 a.m. at
Louisville Memorial Auditorium. A fitness, figure, swimwear and bodybuilding
competition featuring amateurs and pro athletes from across the country.
Pre-judging tickets $10, Finals tickets $25, V.I.P. Tickets $30. For
tickets call (502) 387-3808 or www.Kentucky
Thursday, April 28 Friday, May 6
Krogers Fest-A-Ville on the Waterfront. Open 11
a.m. - 11 p.m. weekdays; 7:30 a.m.- 11 p.m. Saturday; 1-11 p.m. Sunday
at Waterfront Park. Featuring concerts with national talent, family
fun, food, kids inflatable playground, midway rides and more.
Free with a 2011 Pegasus Pin.
Derby Festival Chow Wagon. Open 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
weekdays; 7:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday; 1-11 p.m. Sunday at the waterfront.
Outdoor food and live music venue.
Thursday, April 28 - Friday, April 29
Running Wild Expo. Kentucky International Convention
Center Hall 2C. Two-day Expo featuring exhibitors and packet pick-up
for Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon.
Thursday, April 28 - Saturday, April 30
U.S. Bank Great Balloonfest. Free with a 2011 Pegasus
Pin. 5 p.m. on April 28 is the Great Balloon Tour at Indiana University
Southeast. 8:30 p.m. is the Great Balloon Glimmer at the waterfront.
7 a.m. on April 29 is the Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race at Bowman Field.
9 p.m. is the Great Balloon Glow at Bowman Field. Gates open at 6 p.m.
$5 parking fee (cash only). 7 a.m. on April 30 is the Great Balloon
Race at Bowman Field.
Friday, April 29
Movie Night on the Great Lawn. 9:15 p.m. at Krogers
Fest-a-Ville on the waterfront. Featuring the movie Twilight
on a giant 45-foot inflatable movie screen. Blankets and chairs are
welcome. Free with a 2011 Pegasus Pin.
Saturday, April 30
Derby Festival Mini-Marathon Presented by Wal-Mart.
7:30 a.m. at Main Street near Slugger Field. Free for spectators. Entry
fees and registration information at www.DerbyFestivalMarathon.com.
Sonic Saturday Concert. Featuring Soul Asylum at
9 p.m. at Krogers Fest-a-Ville on the waterfront. Free with a
2011 Pegasus Pin.
Sunday, May 1
Celebration Sunday. With 88.5 WJIE. 1-11 p.m. Family
activities. 5 p.m. Rush of Fools. 6 p.m. Downhere. 7 p.m. Building 429.
At Krogers Fest-a-Ville on the waterfront. Christian contemporary
concert. Free with a 2011 Pegasus Pin.
Monday, May 2
Stock Yards Bank Great Bed Races. 6 p.m. at the KFC
Yum! Center. Free with a 2011 Pegasus Pin. $130 entry fee for team of
Tuesday, May 3
Derby Festival Run for the Rose. 11:30 a.m. at
Krogers Fest-a-Ville on the waterfront, Great Lawn. Free with
a 2011 Pegasus Pin.
Republic Bank Parade Preview Party. Private group
tours 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Open to public 5-9 p.m. at the Kentucky Exposition
Center South Wing C. Free with a 2011 Pegasus Pin. $8 KEC parking fee.
Floats, inflatables and equestrians for the Pegasus Parade on display.
To schedule a private group tour call (502) 584-3378, ext. 823.
Rhythmfest. Featuring the S.O.S. Band and The Dazz
Band. 8 p.m. at Krogers Fest-a-Ville on the waterfront. Free with
a 2011 Pegasus Pin.
Tuesday, May 3 Wednesday, May 4
Kentucky Proud Winefest. Wine tasting sessions daily 5-9
p.m. at Krogers Fest-a-Ville on the waterfront. Tickets: $35,
includes wine tastings, etched souvenir wine glass and WineFest pin.
Tickets are available online at www.DerbyFestival.org.
Wednesday, May 4
Great Steamboat Race Presented by Turner Construction Co.
4:45-5:40 p.m. boarding. 5:45 p.m. departure. Race begins at 6 p.m.
Awards presentation immediately following at the Chow Wagon in Krogers
Fest-a-Ville. Tickets on the Belle of Louisville $130 (limited availability).
Tickets on the Belle of Cincinnati $75. For tickets call (502) 584-FEST.
Free spectator viewing at Krogers Fest-a-Ville and along the banks
of the Ohio River.
Wednesday Concert Featuring Todd Snider. 8 p.m. at
Krogers Fest-a-Ville on the waterfront. Free with a 2011 Pegasus
Thursday, May 5
Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. 5 p.m. heading west on
Broadway from Campbell to Ninth Street. Bleacher tickets $9 and chair
seating $11. Review stand seating $26. This annual spectacle of colorful
floats, marching bands, giant inflatables and equestrians will be broadcast
live on WAVE 3 TV.
Tune It Up Concert. Featuring Cage the Elephant with
Special Guest The Pass. 8 p.m. at Krogers Fest-a-Ville on the
waterfront. Free with a 2011 Pegasus Pin.
Friday, May 6
Derby Eve Jam. Featuring Justin Moore with special guest
Dustin Lynch, 8 p.m. at Krogers Fest-a-Ville on the waterfront.
Free with a 2011 Pegasus Pin.
Saturday, May 7
137th Running of the Kentucky Derby. For Derby information
contact Churchill Downs (502) 636-4400.
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