Your Kentucky Oaks & Derby Weekend

April 30 - May 1, 2021

Primary Event Contact: clientservices@derbyexperiences.com

Important Information

Tickets and Package components will be received both electronically and in a physical package or available for pick-up on-site.

Mobile Package Elements

Mobile elements will be sent to the Primary Attendee Contact Email on file.

  • Oaks and Derby Day Tickets
  • Kentucky Expo Center Parking Passes

Physical Package Elements

Physical package elements will be shipped to the Shipping Address on file. Please contact us by March 29th if you need to make changes to these details.

  • Hospitality Passes
  • Party TIckets
  • Transportation Passes
  • All Other Parking Passes
  • Fast Access Passes
  • Souvenir Lanyard & Ticket Sleeve

Mobile Ticket Sending

Ordered On/Before April 4
If you placed your order and paid in full on or prior to April 4, your mobile tickets will be delivered via email by April 15.

Ordered On/Before April 15
If you placed your order and paid in full on or prior to April 15, your mobile tickets will be delivered via email by April 23.

Ordered On/After April 16
If you placed your order and paid in full on or after April 16, your mobile tickets will be delivered via email by April 29.

Physical Package Sending

Ordered On/Before April 12
If you placed your order and paid in full on or prior to April 12, your package will be delivered via UPS by April 23.

Ordered On/After April 13
If you placed your order or paid in full on or after April 13, your package will be set to pick-up at the event, please see “Package Pick-Up” tab for more information.


PLEASE NOTE

If you will not be at your shipping address 10-14 days prior to the event, please email clientservices@derbyexperiences.com so that other arrangements may be made.

If your billing address is a PO Box, please refer to the "Package Pick-up" tab.

Official Ticket Packages will be available for pick-up at The Galt House Hotel during the hours listed below.

The Galt House Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham

Second Floor East Tower Registration
140 N Fourth St, Louisville, KY 40202

Office Hours
Thursday, April 29: 4pm - 7pm


Your package will be available to pick-up on site if:

  • Your order is placed after April 13
  • You request pick-up or other special circumstances

Gate opening times and post times have been released and can be found here»

Currency: USD
Language: English
Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Time Louisville, KY (GMT-4)
In an Emergency: Dial 911
Power Sockets: Plug Type A and Plug Type B. Standard supply voltage is 120V and standard frequency is 60Hz
Weather: Spring temperatures in Louisville, Kentucky average between 75.7°F (24.3°C) and 57.2°F (14°C). You can expect 9 hours of sunlight each day and a moderate chance of rainfall.

A foreign national traveling to the United States for tourism needs a visitor visa (B-2) unless qualifying for entry under the Visa Waiver Program. Securing a US Tourism visa takes an average of 3 to 5 weeks. There is a non-refundable visa application fee that varies by country of applicant.

More information on the Visa Waiver Program can be found here.

More information on applying for a B-2 visa can be found here.

Package Details

Please select your Official Ticket Package below to learn more about your access throughout the weekend.

*times subject to change


Programming and Experiences are subject to change based on local health and safety guidelines at the time of the event. Derby Experiences’ Celebrity Jockey Meet-and-Greets, Live Entertainment or other Package Inclusions may be hosted virtually or in-person.

Package Add-Ons' Information

Please refer to your Official Ticket Package inclusions for which items you have access to. The following are not included in all packages. If you’d like to check on the availability of adding a tour or party to your package, please call 888.384.7088

Tour Details

Tour Date & Time Details
Best of Kentucky Refer to your order for your day and time

Meeting Location: Mint Julep Experiences Hub in Falls City Market at the Omni Louisville Hotel. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour to check-in.

Food Provided: Boxed Lunch & Bottled Water

Parking: Omni Louisville Hotel Parking Garage (extra cost)


Important Information

Transportation: Provided while on the tour

Tour Duration: 8-9 hours

Inclement Weather: Rain or shine

Attire: Causal with closed-toe shoes

Walking: Light walking for up to an hour and a half at a time

Cooler & Snacks: You can bring a cooler which is 12x12 or smaller, snacks & alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages

Horse Farm Tour Refer to your order for your day and time

Meeting Location: Mint Julep Experiences Hub in Falls City Market at the Omni Louisville Hotel. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour to check-in.

Food Provided: Boxed Lunch & Bottled Water

Parking: Omni Louisville Hotel Parking Garage (extra cost)


Important Information

Transportation: Provided while on the tour

Tour Duration: 8-9 hours

Inclement Weather: Rain or shine

Attire: Causal with closed-toe shoes

Walking: Light walking for up to an hour and a half at a time

Cooler & Snacks: You can bring a cooler which is 12x12 or smaller, snacks & alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages

Bourbon Tour Refer to your order for your day and time

Meeting Location: Mint Julep Experiences Hub in Falls City Market at the Omni Louisville Hotel. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour to check-in.

Food Provided: Boxed Lunch & Bottled Water

Parking: Omni Louisville Hotel Parking Garage (extra cost)


Important Information

Transportation: Provided while on the tour

Tour Duration: 8-9 hours

Inclement Weather: Rain or shine

Attire: Causal with closed-toe shoes

Walking: Light walking for up to an hour and a half at a time

Cooler & Snacks: You can bring a cooler which is 12x12 or smaller, snacks & alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages

Mint Julep Sunset Social Thursday: 6:15pm - 10:00pm

Meeting Location: Mint Julep Experiences Hub in Falls City Market at the Omni Louisville Hotel. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

Food Provided: Family-style Dinner & Cash Bar

Parking: Omni Louisville Hotel Parking Garage (extra cost)


Important Information

Transportation: Provided while on the tour

Inclement Weather: Rain or shine

Attire: Coming Soon!

Walking: Light walking during tour of horse farm

Party Details

Party Date & Time Details
Fillies & Lilies Friday: 7:00pm - 10:00pm*

Location: Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs | 704 Central Ave, Louisville, Kentucky 40208

Food Provided: Gourmet Food Stations

View Sample Menu»

Beverage Service: Premium Open Bar

Attire: Cocktail or Kentucky Oaks attire


Important Information

Place to Sit: Flow seating based on a first come, first served basis

Transportation: Guests who purchased hotel & transportation through Derby Experiences will be brought back to their hotel via motor coach when the party is over

*times listed are based on the 2019 event and subject to change

Winner's Party Saturday: Immediately following Kentucky Derby Race

Location: Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs | 704 Central Ave, Louisville, Kentucky 40208

Food Provided: Heavy Hors d'oeuvres

Beverage Service: Champage Toast & Wine

Attire: Cocktail or Kentucky Derby attire


Important Information

Coat & Bag Check: No

Party Duration: Approximately 2 hours

Place to Sit: No designated seating at the party

Transportation: Derby Experiences guests who are staying at the Country Inn South, Fairfield Inn South, or Holiday Inn Express South will be brought back to their hotel via motor coach at the end of the party

Hotel & Transportation Information

Check-in Thursday, April 29, Check-out Sunday, May 2
if you purchased a pre- or post-night hotel stay, please refer to your contract for your check-in and check-out dates

Transfer times are for guests who purchased a hotel with Derby Experiences only.

Maps & Directions

Track Map

Click on the map below to view larger and download a full PDF

How to get to Churchill Downs®

Since the Kentucky Derby is a highly attended event, it is important to plan out your transportation before heading to Churchill Downs.

The following transportation items must have been purchased through Derby Experiences.

Motorcoach Transportation: This is a one-time, round-trip motorcoach transfer to and from your hotel that you’ve selected through Derby Experiences. Our trip directors will be onsite at your hotel at your designated time to ensure you are sent on the right bus and your transportation is taken care.

Check your hotel listing above for specific times and details for your one-time, pick-up and departure.

Semi-Private Transportation: Through our semi-private option, you can secure round-trip transfers from Derby Experiences’ designated downtown hotels to and from Churchill Downs in a 14-person passenger van. The drop-off and pick-up location for the van is a few blocks from the Paddock Gate.

Private Transportation: Through Derby Experiences’ partnerships with several local transportation companies, you can arrange private travel throughout the entire weekend to ensure you’re on your own schedule.

Parking: Derby Experiences provides a private, secured lot parking pass on Friday and Saturday for convenient parking on race days. Contact your sales rep for pricing and availability.

Ride Sharing & Taxis: Ride Share and Taxi services are available from Uber, Lyft, and Yellow Cab (502-636-5511), the official taxicab of Churchill Downs.

All ride share and taxi options are to pick-up and drop-off in the taxi lot near the Infield Gate, on the corner of Central Avenue and S 3rd Street.

Common Questions

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Stolen, destroyed or lost tickets cannot be replaced.

The Kentucky Derby® and Kentucky Oaks® are run rain or shine. The only thing that would delay the races is lightning.

In some reserved areas of Churchill Downs there is a dress code.

It is important to note that, in the majority of the seating areas, you do not have to be “Dressed to the Nines” to be admitted into the races. Click here for a full list of guidelines for your Derby Weekend»

TIP FOR THE LADIES! While high heels are certainly part of the total Derby ensemble, experienced Derby divas also pack a pair of fashionable yet comfortable flats or flip flops to wear home. Who says the high price of fashion has to include blisters?

Churchill Downs Racetrack will enforce a restricted bag policy through your Kentucky Oaks & Derby week. Each guest is permitted one bag no larger than 12" x 6" X 12".

To see a full list of prohibited items and more information, click here»

Finding a hat or fascinator for the Derby and Oaks is one of the most fun aspects of the event!

If you are staying downtown, several hotels will have guest milliners set up in the lobby and common areas.

Other great local Louisville milliners include:

Churchill Downs accepts card and cash payments (some vendors may only accept one or the other). All betting mutuels are cash only.

As a safety precaution due to COVID-19, Churchill Downs will not be offering golf cart shuttles in parking lots or wheelchair assistance in venue for 2021. We strongly encourage those with limited mobility to bring a wheelchair or assistance device with them to the event.

In-person tellers and wagering machines will be open with safety procedures in place. Virtual betting is available through various platforms.