It’s Derby y’all! There is no better place to be than right here, right now. There are so many events going on this week, we had a difficult time narrowing down our top picks. So naturally we added a few extras, because it is Kentucky Derby and you can sleep next week, right? We’ve also posted Kentucky Derby betting tips thanks to the experts at Churchill Downs to help you look and bet like a pro AND Top 10 Kentucky Derby Tips from seasoned experts.
So what’s on the radar this week? You mean besides the greatest two minutes in sports? Tons of reasons to make the rest of world jealous they aren’t right here right now celebrating with you. Looking for more great events around town? Visit our online calendar at new2lou.do502.com and don’t forget to give us a follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Stick close to us and we’ll help you not only survive the Derby madness, but do it in style.
Now – Friday (5/5) Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville Concert Series – The annual Kentucky Derby Festival concert series on the Waterfront keeps this week through this Friday! Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin and you can pick one up at any local Kroger. Headliners this year include Gryffin, Jimmy Eat World, Drive By Truckers and more! View the full concert lineup at discoverkdf.org/krogers-fest-a-ville.
Wednesday (5/3) Kentucky Derby Festival Beerfest & WineFest – Like beer? Like wine? Thanks to the Kentucky Derby Festival, you can have both! Enjoy samplings of regional and national craft beers at BeerFest and wines at Winefest on the waterfront. A perfect way to kick-off your Derby festivities. BeerFest and WineFest tickets are $45 and include tastings, a souvenir sampling glass and event pin. Congrats to our ticket winners Bridget and Laura!
Thursday (5/4) Republic Bank Pegasus Parade – Annual Derby Tradition since 1956. The Pegasus Parade marches west on Broadway and this year’s theme is “Louisville on the Move”. The parade starts at 5 pm and showcases some of the nation’s finest marching bands and equestrian units, inflatable characters, and colorful floats. Free and open to the public.
Thursday (5/4) Thurby – And no we aren’t slurring our words. Thurby is the Thursday before Derby when all the locals hit up the track. Tickets are affordable (starting at $20) and the track is all decked out for Derby, but without the large crowds and long lines. Plus you can practice your betting skills before the big day! Don’t forget to check out our betting tips from the experts Churchill Downs!
Friday (5/5) Kentucky Oaks – Namesake fillies race, boasts a special flower (Lilly), official cocktail (also the Lilly with a collectible glass) and has official charity partners that make the Oaks not only a great experience, but a party with a purpose #girlpower. If you plan on going, be sure to where pink. General admission tickets ($40) are still available.
Saturday (5/6) Kentucky Derby 143 – Did you know that the Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously contested sporting events in history? Yep, pretty amazing and here’s your chance to experience the magic in person at the world-famous track Churchill Downs. General Admission Tickets ($60) are still available. With a GA ticket you can party in the infield or party on the paddock, your choice.
Sunday (5/8) Hangover Brunch – So you’ll probably be a little hung over after partying all week/weekend. You have two options: 1) stay at home in bed nursing your hangover or 2) saddle up and hop on down to one of Louisville’s brunch hot spots. Our top picks: Silver Dollar, Toast on Market, Harvest, Con Huevos, Gralehaus, North End Cafe. Bloody Mary anyone?!?
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Wednesday (5/10) New2Lou 2nd Wed Social – Mark your calendars folks for our New2Lou May social! It’s almost time to get social with the coolest newbies in town. This month we’ll be partying it up at the super swanky Corner Bar in the brand new A-Loft in downtown louisville. Haven’t been there yet? We’re here to help! Party starts at 5:30 pm. Event is FREE w/ RSVP. See you next week!
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