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The Story of Bucket List Events

Bucket List Events was founded by avid sports fans and world travelers who built a company just to make sure we could attend these amazing events every year.  We are a small company with a very big mission.  We exist to provide affordable access to the most epic experiences in the world.  It’s a big job, but someone’s gotta do it.


You might ask yourself why you should trust us to deliver your once-in-lifetime bucket list experience? Here are a few thoughts to consider:

  • We have the experience – The original version of this company was founded in 2004, and members of our team have been providing access to these events continuously since then.  We are entrepreneurs; we’re professionals, we’re athletes; we are sports junkies.
  • We value your feedback – After every event we provide all of our guests a survey and publish those results.  You can read the testimonials online and hear exactly what previous guests thought about our events.  And when a guest offers a good idea for improvement, you can bet we will listen and incorporate it for the next year.
  • We will be there with you – The person you work with to book your event will be the same person you meet at the event.  There’s no middlemen.  Nothing is lost in translation.  When you call or email us, you are working directly with the person who will be fulfilling your experience.



We are constantly being asked to help people get access to big events.  But not every event is something we can help with.  So let us help define why we choose the events that you will find available on this website.

  • There must be a constrained item.  Something that is very hard to find on your own.  For the Masters, it is a badge for access to the golf course.  For the Running of the Bulls, it is a balcony spot to view the bulls beneath you.  For Oktoberfest, it is a beer tent reservation.  And for some events, like the Olympics, the hardest thing to get can often be a hotel room in the host city.  With all of our events, there is always something that is hard to obtain, and we put our energy into finding a reliable source.  That is also why we do not offer trips for other bucket list type experiences, such as swimming with sharks, climbing a mountain or going on a safari.  You can almost always find a provider for those experiences because nothing about them is truly constrained.
  • Someone must be very passionate about attending.  There are plenty of events with constrained access to tickets, like concerts and sporting events.  However, we are not particularly interested in regular season football games or Taylor Swift’s next concert.  We don’t consider either to be a true Bucket List experience, where people feel like they must attend before they die.  OK, in fairness, some Taylor Swift fans probably feel that way, and maybe we will help with that if you ask nicely.  But typically, we are here to provide access to the biggest events that people truly want to check off their bucket list .  We get great satisfaction in making those kinds of dreams come true.
  • There’s more than a ticket.  All of our events require more than just a ticket.  In most cases, there is travel involved.  That means airports, transfers, hotels, meals and a handful of other details that must all come together to ensure an epic experience.  We are a turn-key provider and hopefully we have thought of everything you need to make the most of your bucket list experience.  
  • We are the 4-Star Value Option – We are not always the best fit for someone on a very tight budget.  We do not offer hostels, or 2-star hotels, or obstructed view tickets.  Likewise, we are not always the best fit for 5-Star clients arriving on private jets  demanding red carpets and backstage access.  Instead, our sweet spot is someone that can afford to be there, but who still expects value.  We have a knack for delivering the most bang for the buck at these events.  
  • Someone on our team enjoys the event – Because we are providing a turn-key product, someone on our team will be there at your hotel to make sure everything is running smoothly.  For that reason, it needs to be an event that we enjoy attending.  We’re fans of these events, too. And if no one on our team likes the event, then you won’t find it on our website.  But hey, if there’s an event that you think we are missing, feel free to tell us.  We are always curious to explore other events.



We’ve been humbled to be mentioned in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Frommer’s Travel Guidesthe San Diego Business Journal, USA Today, Fox Newsand more.

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Just wanted to thank you for your help in making such a memorable trip for my dad, uncle, and myself this week.   We had an absolute blast.  Everything from housing, hospitality, and transportation was top-notch.  Know how hard everyone was working to take care of people and can not imagine the logistics of pulling that off, but you all did it, and it was superb.

Thank you for making this happen for us.  Trip of a lifetime with special memories.

Ryan Hurley, 2022 Masters Client

They set up things I couldn't have even dreamed of doing, or planned myself. The team was extremely friendly and helpful, you can tell they LOVE what they do. Thanksgiving 2021 in NYC, check that off the bucket list in the most special way ever! Thank You Bucket List!!

Jamie Allen, 2021 Macy’s Client

Very grateful to the Bucket List Events team for helping us craft a wonderful itinerary for the 2021 Kentucky Derby. Despite the ever-changing status of the event given the pandemic, Ben and the team ensured a wonderful and memorable weekend for our group. Looking forward to partnering again on a future event!

Graham Hearns, 2021 Kentucky Derby Client

Extremely happy traveling to the June 2021 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Toby was an awesome knowledgeable, personable guide. The tickets to the events and hotel accommodations were superb. This was my first time traveling with Bucket List, but it won’t be my last.

Karen Redway, 2021 Client

A big shout out to Bucket List Events. Thank you for guiding us through the ticketing process and securing us fantastic seats [at Churchill Downs]. We also appreciated all of the wonderful suggestions of things to do while in the area. You definitely went above and beyond. We had an amazing weekend!"

Carolyn Vegas, 2021 Kentucky Derby Client

We really enjoyed our trip to New York to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Ben, Brian and Rich did an amazing job to make sure we all of our needs were taken care of. Looking forward to doing it again next year! Thanks, guys!

Joan Williams, 2021 Macy’s Client

My daughters and I enjoyed the trip of a life time to New York City with Bucket List Events. Their attention to details was amazing! The parade experience could not have been better! We loved every minute of our time in the city. They truly made this experience a dream come true! Thank you so much. I recommend them 100%.

Sheila Wolfe, 2021 Macy’s Client

We could not have been more impressed with Bucket List Events during the Running of the Bulls this past summer. Toby and his staff were exceptional. They were knowledgeable, accommodating, fun, and very inclusive. It was an unforgettable experience, with great memories and great people to share it with. I will look forward to checking more items off my Bucket List with this company!!

Brian Forsythe , 2019 Pamplona Client

Traveled with my parents, wife, and two oldest boys this year and Bucket List Events did not disappoint. First class service! The Hospitality area and base camp were fantastic. Shuttle to and from the course made it stress free. Wednesday practice round allowed my sons to high five the vast majority of current players and legends of the game. The North Augusta home that was secured for us was nothing short of amazing. I would not hesitate to use Bucket List again and quite certain my family will on other future events.

Dr. Gaspard, 2018 Masters Client

We had a 15 person trip to Oktoberfest this September and the whole trip, end to end was brilliant. All of our party was more than pleased with all aspects - Bucket List Events exceeded our expectations and we are thankful for such a fun and smooth trip!!

Trent Krause, 2018 Oktoberfest Client