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Kentucky Derby
Louisville, KY . May 5-8, 2022
Melissa Budd-Wilkowski

I highly recommend Bucket List Events! Thank you for showing our group a fantastic time! Every activity was well organized and so much fun!

Melissa Budd-Wilkowski
Melissa Budd-Wilkowski

I highly recommend Bucket List Events! Thank you for showing our group a fantastic time! Every activity was well organized and so much fun!

Melissa Budd-Wilkowski

Package Experience Highlights

We offer Kentucky Derby packages that include convenient hotel accommodations, tours of bourbon distilleries, race day transportation and a number of options for Derby tickets. You will also have the option to enjoy add-ons and upgrades.  From VIP service at the track to exclusive access to the Barnstable Brown Party, our Kentucky Derby packages will treat you to the experience of a lifetime.

The Kentucky Derby is an amazing bucket list experience.  Learn more about all of our package experiences below.

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The Derby Day Experience

Your Derby experience will be something you’ll be talking about for years to come and a memory you’ll never forget.  Known as the “Run for the Roses,” because a blanket of roses is awarded to the winner each year, this event is the most popular horse race in the world and you’ll be there to see it up close and personal.  Your Derby day experience will begin with a traditional breakfast at your hotel fueling you for the exciting day which follows.  You will have the luxury of having round trip derby day transportation between your hotel and Churchill downs.   Once at Churchill Downs, enjoy exploring this historic venue where so much history has been made over the years. Have fun people watching and checking out all of the elaborate dresses, suits, and hats as you lookout for celebrities.  Sip on a Mint Julep, the official drink of the Derby, while you watch a series of races leading up to the big Derby race. Whatever you do, have fun!

  • All packages guests will receive tickets to the Derby.  If you wish to upgrade your viewing experience and venue access, you may do so upon checkout.
  • Round trip transfers are provided between your hotel and Churchill Downs.
  • Arrive early, stay late, dress to impress.  You’ll experience the “most exciting two minutes in sports” up close and personal.


Bourbon Tour and Tastings

Louisville is located in the heart of Bourbon Country.   It’s only seems appropriate for our guests, while in Kentucky, to experience the various distilleries producing some of the most well known bourbons today.  We have arranged for each of our guests to spend Friday visiting three different distilleries.  During your day long adventure with you’ll enjoy a tour of two distilleries, and a bourbon tasting at all three.  You’ll also stop at an authentic Kentucky restaurant serving delicious food from the region.  A dedicated and knowledgeable tour guide will escort and drive you through Bourbon Country.  Ask them anything and leave knowing more than you did when you arrived.

  • Tour two Bourbon Distilleries understanding the distilling and operation processes.
  • Participate in three Bourbon tastings throughout the day.  Taste your way through Bourbon Country.
  • Enjoy an authentic Kentucky lunch including regional dishes.


Optional Add-Ons – Experience More!

Barnstable Brown Gala – The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala, is internationally recognized as the “premier” Kentucky Derby gala.  The star-studded bash is held at the home of Patricia Barnstable Brown, who co-hosts the event with her twin sister Priscilla Barnstable. The celebrity packed gala benefits the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Kentucky.  Always held on Derby eve, you’ll spend Friday night at one of the best parties in the world. + $1300 per ticket.

  • The Barnstable Brown Gala is counted among the “Ten Best Parties in the World” by Condé Nast
  • Past guests include Boys II Men, Kid Rock, Tom Brady, Jennifer Nettles, Aaron Rodgers, members of Back Street Boys and NSYNC, Master P, Gene Simmons, Miranda Lambert, and a huge growing list of athletes, actors, and a various celebrities.
  • A night of promised surprises and unparalleled entertainment.  Have fun while raising money to help make a difference.

Turf Club Experience – Enjoy an amazing 3rd floor view of the track overlooking the finish line and experience gourmet food and a premium open bar inside of the Turf Club’s dining room.  This is one of the most sought after experiences and the most requested location at Churchill Downs.  The Turf Club is known to host celebrities every year.  If you want the ultimate Derby experience giving you an exclusive area to hang out between races, you’ll definitely want to add the Turf Club pass to your Derby Day Ticket.  Please note, this pass will give you access to the Club with no reserved seating.  This is only sold as an add on and you must have an upgraded 3rd floor club house Derby day ticket.  + $2500 per club pass

  • Exclusive 3rd floor club offering a premium open bar, gourmet food, private wagering station and amazing views of the track.
  • A celebrity favorite, the Turf Club is the place to see and be seen.
  • The Turf Club is the perfect addition to any 3rd Floor Club House ticket giving you that elevated and premium experience you’ll never forget.

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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 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 Client