03/25/20 – DERBY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW DATE FOR MINIMARATHON

NEW DATE FOR HUMANA DERBY FESTIVAL MINI IS SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 2020 MARATHON, RELAY WILL NOT BE RESCHEDULED March 25, 2020. Louisville, KY. – As the Kentucky Derby Festival works to move events to later in the year, the new date for the annual Humana miniMarathon has been set for Saturday, August 22. While the […]

03/17/20 – DERBY FESTIVAL POSTPONES EVENTS UNTIL LATER IN THE YEAR

NEW DATE FOR THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE IS AUGUST 15 March 17, 2020. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival is postponing all events on the 2020 schedule until later in the year in response to concerns about COVID-19. Festival organizers have been monitoring the developments since early January, and in recent weeks have been in […]

03/12/20 – DERBY FESTIVAL POSTPONES EVENTS THROUGH APRIL 5

March 12, 2020. Louisville, KY.   – In support of the efforts being taken by the Centers for Disease Control and Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, the Kentucky Derby Festival is postponing events on the 2020 schedule through April 5. “This is about public health and safety and at the Derby Festival that is always […]

03/04/20 – TICKETS FOR 2020 DERBY FESTIVAL EVENTS ON SALE FRIDAY!

March 4, 2020. Louisville, KY. – It’s time to start planning for spring and the 2020 Kentucky Derby Festival! Tickets for Festival events go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday, March 6. To purchase tickets fans can order online at KDF.org 24 hours/7 days a week. For questions, call the Derby Festival Hotline at […]

03/03/20 – FIRST DERBY FESTIVAL EVENT OF 2020 THIS WEEK!

‘FESTIVAL UNVEILED’ FEATURES ROSE JULEP CONTEST AND KENTUCKY CUISINE March 3, 2020, Louisville, KY. A Kentucky Derby Festival favorite returns this week to help usher in spring. Festival Unveiled is Thursday, March 5, at the Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. Citizens Union Bank and Four Roses are the […]

3/02/20 – FINISH LINE FOR DERBY FESTIVAL RACES MOVING TO LYNN FAMILY STADIUM

March 2, 2020. Louisville, KY. – Runners will see purple as they cross the Finish Line for this year’s Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon, Marathon and Relay on Saturday, April 25th. The finish for the annual Derby Festival road races is moving to a new location in 2020 at Lynn Family Stadium, home of Louisville […]

02/27/20 – DERBY FESTIVAL FORECASTS A PERFECT KICK-OFF WITH SPEAKER GINGER ZEE

February 27, 2020. Louisville, KY. – ABC News’ Chief Meteorologist, Ginger Zee, will be the featured speaker at the 64th Annual They’re Off! Luncheon on Friday, April 17. Zee covers the nation’s weather headlines on Good Morning America and across other ABC News broadcasts and digital platforms. The luncheon, first held in 1957, serves as […]

02/14/20 – SEARCH IS ON FOR THE NEXT ‘DERBY BURGER’ CHAMPION

COMPETITION HEATS UP WITH NEW CHEF DIVISION February 14, 2020. Louisville, KY. – Is your burger recipe top shelf? The Kentucky Derby Festival and the Kentucky Beef Council are looking for the next ‘Derby Burger’ Champion. New this year, chefs are invited to join the competition, along with local foodies. Burger recipes are being accepted […]

2/12/20 – THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE WELCOMES NEW PRESENTING SPONSOR

February 12, 2020. Louisville, KY. – Just 66 days and counting to this year’s Thunder Over Louisville – the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies set for Saturday, April 18. The Festival announced details of this year’s show at their headquarters this morning. GE Appliances, a Haier company, was announced as the newest Presenting Sponsor of […]

2/7/20 – KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL RELEASES 2020 PEGASUS PIN DESIGN

February 7, 2020. Louisville, KY – The Kentucky Derby Festival is sharing another sign of spring this morning, as they release the design for the 48th edition of their Pegasus Pin. The 2020 design features the Festival’s campaign tagline “Live it Up!”, with a silver Pegasus soaring over a fuchsia Louisville skyline on a teal […]

02/03/20 – KDF AND KENTUCKY LOTTERY LOOKING FOR THE 2020 FESTIVAL FANATIC

WINNER RECEIVES ULTIMATE VIP EXPERIENCE February 3, 2020. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival and Kentucky Lottery are joining forces to give away the experience of a lifetime. One lucky winner will be named the 2020 Festival Fanatic and receive a prize package that includes unique Festival experiences ranging from VIP treatment and a […]

1/30/20 – TICKETS FOR 2020 DERBY FESTIVAL EVENTS ON SALE FRIDAY!

January 30, 2020. Louisville, KY. – It’s time to start planning for spring and the 2020 Kentucky Derby Festival! Tickets for some of the Festival’s favorite social events go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 31. “Many of our ticketed events sell out. We encourage Festival fans to purchase their tickets early to […]

1/30/20 – DERBY FESTIVAL SEEKING SPONSOR FOR ANNUAL PEGASUS PARADE

Jan. 30, 2020– LOUISVILLE, KY – The Kentucky Derby Festival is looking for a new sponsor to help fund its annual Pegasus Parade. The parade was the event that established the Derby Festival back in 1956. It has brought the community together on Broadway for decades. “This is the first time in many years that […]

1/29/20 – 2020 DERBY FESTIVAL POSTER UNVEILED

FANS CAN PRE-ORDER ONLINE THROUGH FEBRUARY 5 January 29, 2020. Louisville, KY. – A sign of spring this morning as the Kentucky Derby Festival’s 2020 poster rolled off the presses at Derby City Litho. This year’s poster was designed by Louisville artist Casey McKinney. His artwork, “Pegasus in Bloom,” features a Pegasus racing through a […]

01/28/20 – DERBY FESTIVAL RACE MEDAL FEATURES THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME

2020 MEDAL IS THE SECOND IN FOUR-YEAR MEDAL SERIES January 28, 2020. Louisville, KY. – The 2020 Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon, Marathon and Relay are shaping up to be “the greatest” races yet. Derby Festival Officials unveiled the 2020 race finishers medal this morning at the Muhammad Ali Center. This year’s design features the […]

01/17/20 – LEARN HOW TO RIDE A BIKE WITH DERBY FESTIVAL AND PNC

Registration for Bicyclist Training Program Opens TODAY! January 17, 2020. Louisville, KY. – Wish you could ride faster or go further on your bicycle? The Kentucky Derby Festival and PNC can help you do both through their training program for bicyclists. The FREE PNC Tour de Lou Training Program is for cyclists at all experience […]

01/06/20 – DERBY FESTIVAL INTRODUCES 2020 ROYAL COURT

January 6, 2020. Louisville, KY. – The countdown to the 2020 Kentucky Derby Festival is on, as new Derby Festival Royalty were crowned this morning. The five women selected to serve as Princesses in the 2020 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court were introduced in a ceremony at Macy’s in Oxmoor Center. The Royal Court Program […]

11/22/19 – LOUISVILLE’S BOURBON SCENE INSPIRES NEW MERCHANDISE LINE

November 22, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Bourbon and Louisville come together to create BourbonVille, a new merchandise line inspired by the city’s bourbon scene. The Kentucky Derby Festival and its Official Licensee, 12/13 Apparel by Synergism, unveiled the new line today at BourbonVilleUSA.com. “Like the Derby Festival, Bourbon is part of our city’s history and […]

10/18/19 – REGISTRATION OPENS MONDAY FOR miniMARATHON/MARATHON TRAINING PROGRAM

October 18, 2019, Louisville, KY. – If you’re planning to cross the finish line of the Humana miniMarathon, Marathon or Relay next April, the Norton Sports Health Training Program will give you a head start. The 15-week program helps prepare runners and walkers for the Derby Festival’s road races. Registration for the FREE program opens […]

9/26/19 – KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL RECEIVES TOP HONORS AT INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

September 26, 2019, Louisville, KY. – Kentucky Derby Festival has a lot of reasons to celebrate today! Louisville’s annual civic celebration received 43 top honors at the International Festivals & Events Association’s (IFEA) Convention and Expo in Colonial Williamsburg, West Virginia. The Derby Festival tied for the Bronze Grand Pinnacle in the “Best Overall Festival […]