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Experience the Kentucky Derby
Louisville, KY . May 1-4, 2019
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

Witness the most exciting two minutes in sports

The Kentucky Derby it the longest running event in the U.S. The race may only last two minutes, but its tradition boasts a two-day event filled with tours, parties, mint juleps and private events! Join Bucket List Events for exclusive party access and much, much more.

We offer packages that include tours of bourbon distilleries, a chance to see behind the scenes at Churchill Downs Race Track, complimentary museum entrances and a number of options for race day tickets. From VIP service at the track to exclusive access to the Winner’s Circle party, our Kentucky Derby packages will treat you to the experience of a lifetime. Depending on your preference there are many premium hospitality lounges that offer an array of wagering facilities, open bars, cuisine and much more!

What’s included?

Here’s what you get with our full Kentucky Derby package experiences:
  • Exclusive lodging, minutes from Churchill Downs
  • Shuttle service to and from the airport
  • Breakfasts and happy hours
  • Kentucky Derby gift package
  • Ticketing assistance
  • Gala access
  • Options to explore Louisville

Lodging options

We offer a broad selection of Kentucky Derby hotel rooms to fit your travel style and budget. Finding a hotel room in Louisville during Derby can be a headache, but we’ve established relationships with some of the best hotels in the area so we can offer exclusive deals to Bucket List travelers.

3.5 Star Option
Caesar's Horseshoe Hotel
3.5 Star Option
Embassy Suites Downtown Louisville
4 Star Option
The Omni Louisville
4 Star Option
The Galt House
5 Star Option
The Seelbach Hotel
5 Star Option
The Brown Hotel
5 Star Option
21C Museum Hotel
  • Good 3-Star Hotels

$475/night, 3-night minimum stay
We have numerous options for comfortable and convenient three-star hotels. Let us pick the property to ensure the best rate and location so you can enjoy Derby.

  • Great 3.5-Star Hotels

$650-$850/night, no minimum stay
Choose between Caesar’s Horseshoe Casino & Hotel, a 15-minute drive from Louisville, for $650/night and the Embassy Suites in downtown Louisville for $850/night.

  • Excellent 4-Star Hotels

$1,150/night, 3-night minimum stay
Choose between two highly modern 4-star hotels, equipped with all the amenities you could need during your stay in Louisville: The Omni and the Galt House.

  • Exclusive 5-Star Hotels

$1,650/night, 3-night minimum stay
Looking for a truly memorable and luxurious experience? Stay in one of Louisville’s finest hotels. From the historic Seelbach and Brown Hotels to the cutting-edge, pop-art 21C Hotel, Bucket List Events can arrange your stay in one of the most unique hotels in Kentucky.

Pricing and ticketing

Our Kentucky Derby travel packages are customized to fit your needs, schedule, and budget. Ticketing for Derby is complicated, as there are many options for admission and seating starting at $100 general admission to the Infield up to VIP boxes for tens of thousands of dollars. For more detailed breakdown of the different options for Kentucky Derby tickets, click here. Here is a general overview of Derby ticket options and prices:

Infield Grandstand Clubhouse Inside Table VIP
Seating Standing Bleacher Chairback Table, Box Table, Lounge
Pricing Tiers 1 2 6 5 2
Starting Price pp. $100 $475 $900 $2,300 $14,500
Highest Price pp. $100 $575 $2,400 $5,800 $16,500

kentucky derby clubhouse view

Party and tour options

Make the most of your Kentucky Derby trip by attending the exclusive parties and galas that have made this event into an extravaganza for Southern socialites. Explore historic and charming Louisville, one of America’s most underrated cities. When you travel to the Kentucky Derby with Bucket List Events, you can choose to add the following tour options to trip:

mint juleps kentucky derby
Taste of the Derby – $400/person
On Thursday, May 2, this is a night of exquisite cuisine, wine pairings and live music. This particular event takes the proceeds from ticket sales and gives them to hunger relief organizations, such as the Dare to Care Food Bank.
longines kentucky oaks
Longines Kentucky Oaks – 40% off
Attend this exclusive race for 3-year-old thoroughbred female horses with the same seating as above for 60% of the ticket price. This particular race is one of America’s longest held horse races is still takes place in its original location since 1875. There is a wild pink fashion contest at the event as well.

The Barnstable Brown Party – $1,450/person
The ultimate Friday Night party at Derby, the Barnstable Brown Gala is the place to see and be seen. Mingle with celebrities and Louisville’s elite, starting at $1,450 for general admission. VIP Table seating is available for $2,750/person.
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Bourbon distillery & horse stable tours – $195, $275/person
Wanna know what made Kentucky famous? Explore one of Louisville’s historic bourbon distilleries or spend the afternoon enjoying the peaceful Kentucky landscape at an equestrian stable in the countryside. We offer personalized tours of both sites.

Reviews (1)

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, travelled in 2018


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