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Kentucky Derby
Louisville, KY . May 4-7, 2023
Carolyn V.

A big shout out to Bucket List Events. Thank you for guiding us through the ticketing process and securing us fantastic seats for the Derby. You definitely went above and beyond. We had an amazing weekend!

Carolyn V.
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
Carolyn V.

A big shout out to Bucket List Events. Thank you for guiding us through the ticketing process and securing us fantastic seats for the Derby. You definitely went above and beyond. We had an amazing weekend!

Carolyn V.
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

Kentucky Derby Tickets

Join Bucket List Events for our three-night Kentucky Derby tickets packages in Louisville offering an amazing weekend of big hats, parties, people watching, high fashion, bourbon sipping and of course Derby tickets to watch the thrilling horse races. Churchill Downs has hosted the Kentucky Derby since 1875, which makes it the longest continuously running sporting event in American history.   Bucket List Events has been hosting guests since 2004, making us your most trusted source in Louisville.

The Kentucky Derby is often called the most exciting two minutes in sports, but don’t let the nickname fool you.  The Derby is an all day affair, and for that matter a complete Kentucky Derby experience takes about three full days.  We offer Kentucky Derby tickets packages that include convenient hotel accommodations, tours of bourbon distilleries, race day transportation, and a range of options for Derby tickets.  You might also attend the exclusive Barnstable Brown Gala, named by Conde Nast as one of the Top 10 parties in the world.

Our Kentucky Derby tickets packages will treat you to the experience of a lifetime.

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2023: – Check In: Thursday, May 4, 2023; Check Out: Sunday, May 7, 2023
Derby Day – May 6, 2023

Kentucky Derby Packages

What’s included?

Our Kentucky Derby Tickets Packages give you the experience you’ve been dreaming of your entire life.  All packages include the following:
  • Three nights at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville.  Walking distance to 4th Street Live, the Louisville Slugger museum and so much more.
  • Reserved seats with your Kentucky Derby tickets, with all-inclusive food and drinks (alcohol included)
  • Friday tour of a Bourbon Distillery and a Horse Farm (including bourbon tastings and lunch), or choose tickets to Kentucky Oaks races
  • Kentucky Derby gift
  • Shuttle service to and from Churchill Downs on race days
  • Optional experience add-ons
  • On-site assistance from Derby experts
  • Book with Confidence Policy included
  • All-Inclusive Pricing – What you see is what you pay

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Kentucky Derby Hotel

Hotel rooms in Louisville during the Kentucky Derby can be hard to find, but never fear, we have your spot reserved at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Hotel in the heart of downtown Louisville next to 4th Street Live, and within walking distance to all the top Louisville restaurants and attractions.  The hotel provides a Derby reception with drinks and light food, and usually a bourbon tasting.  The Hyatt Downtown Louisville also has a Starbucks storefront connected to the lobby, so you can get your mocha Frappuccino to take up to your room.  We have arranged shuttles from the hotel to and from the race track on Derby day, so all your transportation needs are covered.  The Hyatt Downtown Louisville is the perfect spot to base your Kentucky Derby experience.

Hyatt Regency Louisville
Hyatt Regency Louisville
The Hyatt Regency Louisville is conveniently located next to the Kentucky International Convention Center and close to KFC YUM! Center and historic district full of distilleries, bars, restaurants, and more.  Enjoy the onsite bar and restaurant, as well as, modern upscale rooms featuring a spacious layout with a sofa sleeper, 65” HDTV, free Wi-Fi, luxurious bathrooms, work desk, and mini-fridge. Learn more.


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Package Experience Highlights

We offer Kentucky Derby tickets packages that include convenient hotel accommodations, tour of a bourbon distillery and a horse farm, race day transportation and a number of Derby ticket options for you to choose from. You will also have the ability to enjoy exclusive parties and galas and upgrade your Derby ticket to include a VIP race day experience.  Let Bucket List Events treat you to the experience of a lifetime.  Learn more about all of our package experiences below.


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.  Every package includes a Derby ticket so you can experience the most exciting event in sports up close and personal.  Choose your ticket when you check out.  learn more.

Experience Bourbon and Horse Country
Louisville is located in the heart of Bourbon and Horse Country.   It’s only seems appropriate, while in Kentucky, to experience the area. Our guests can choose between two Friday experiences – A combo tour of a historic bourbon distillery and a horse farm (with bourbon tastings and lunch included), or choose to spend the day at Churchill Downs enjoying the Kentucky Oaks races.  learn more.

Barnstable Brown Gala 
The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala, is internationally recognized as the “premier” Kentucky Derby gala. The celebrity packed gala benefits the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Kentucky.  Past guests include Boys II Men, Kid Rock, Tom Brady, Jennifer Nettles, Aaron Rodgers, Janet Jackson and more. This is an optional add-on experience to any package. +$1395  per ticket. learn more.

Turf Club Seat – VIP Track Experience
Enjoy an amazing Derby Day experience above the track overlooking the finish line and experience gourmet food and a premium open bar inside of the Turf Club.  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.  The Turf Club Seat is our VIP experience and offers an indoor seat in this exclusive area of Churchill Downs. (no outside seating).  learn more.

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Kentucky Derby Tickets

All of our Kentucky Derby packages include Derby day tickets.  We believe that everyone should experience the Kentucky Derby at least once in their lifetime so we offer package options that fit a variety of interest, needs, and budgets.   All packages are priced per person and based on the Kentucky Derby Tickets you choose.

Kentucky Derby tickets are complicated and the process of choosing where to sit can be overwhelming.  There are many options for admission with the most inexpensive tickets starting at the general admission level up to tens of thousands of dollars for VIP Boxes.  Our packages offer a few select sections to choose from, all giving you that Derby Day experience you have been dreaming of.  Whether or not you choose to upgrade your Derby day experience by adding a Turf Club Pass, that is up you.

For a better understanding about Kentucky Derby tickets and a detailed breakdown of the different options at Churchill Downs, click here.    Our team can also make recommendations based on your interests and budgets.  Contact us today and we will be more than happy to talk with you.


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Attending the Kentucky Derby is a lifelong dream for many and for others it simply ranks high upon their personal bucket lists.  Whatever your reason for attending this event may be, we are happy you’ll be joining us in Kentucky.  From the southern fashion and star-studded parties, to the history of witnessing the “greatest two minutes in sports,” you are guaranteed to experience an event weekend like no other.  We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and helpful articles that will shed light on some of the most popular questions and curiosities.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

What time do the gates open?  How do I get to and from Churchill Downs?  What happens if it rains?  What should I take with me to the Derby?  Is there a dress code?  Can I visit all areas of Churchill Downs? Do you have any insider tips that will make my experience better?  Find out the answers to these questions and more in our FAQ section.  Visit FAQs

  • Helpful Articles / Blog

We know our guests have a lot of questions when it comes to attending the Kentucky Derby.  What should I wear?  What is the story behind the Hat tradition?  What is there to do in Louisville? Where should I sit at Churchill Downs on Derby Day?  We have some helpful articles you’ll enjoy reading that will answer some of these curiosities.  View Articles.


LOUISVILLE, KY – MAY 03: Kent Desormeaux (2nd L), riding #20 Big Brown, leads out of turn 4 durinng the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2008 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Big Brown went on to win the Derby. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


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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 Kentucky Derby 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