2/16/18 – FIRST SHIPMENT OF PEGASUS PINS ARRIVES, EVAN WILLIAMS BOURBON EXPERIENCE OFFERS LIMITED EDITION GOLD PIN BOURBON BOTTLE

Friday, February 16, 2018. Louisville, KY. – This morning, a sign that spring is around the corner! The first shipment of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Pins arrived at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Main Street. It’s the first place you can purchase a 2018 Pegasus Pin beginning today. Heaven Hill Distillery has […]

2/12/18 – 2018 THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE WILL BE GROOVY, MAJOR SPONSORS RETURN TO SUPPORT SHOW

February 12, 2018. Louisville, KY. – 68 days and counting to this year’s Thunder Over Louisville – the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies. The Festival announced the theme of this year’s show and named the event’s sponsors at their headquarters this morning. This year’s theme – “A Disco Thunder” – will celebrate disco music and […]

2/7/18 – KDF AND KENTUCKY LOTTERY LOOKING FOR THE 2018 FESTIVAL FANATIC

February 7, 2018. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival and Kentucky Lottery are joining forces to give away a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One lucky winner will be named the 2018 Festival Fanatic and receive a prize package that includes unique Festival experiences ranging from VIP treatment and a ride down Broadway in the Republic Bank […]

2/5/18 – DERBY FESTIVAL LOOKING FOR THE NEXT‘DERBY BURGER’ CHAMPION

February 5, 2018. Louisville, KY. – How does your burger stack up? The Kentucky Derby Festival and the Kentucky Beef Council are looking for the next ‘Derby Burger’ Champion. Starting today hamburger recipes will be accepted for submission in the seventh annual “Derby Burger Challenge,” sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council. Recipes can be submitted […]

2/2/18 – DERBY FESTIVAL RELEASES 2018 PEGASUS PIN DESIGN

February 2, 2018. Louisville, KY – A sign that spring is around the corner, as the Derby Festival releases the design for the 46th edition of their Pegasus Pin. The 2018 design is inspired by the Festival’s Official Poster image. The plastic pin features the Pegasus from the poster in a color combination of purple […]

2/1/18 – DERBY FESTIVAL BASKETBALL CLASSIC TAKING A TIMEOUT IN 2018

February 1, 2018. Louisville, KY. – The all-star game known for bringing recruits from the nation’s top college basketball programs to play in Louisville every spring will not be on the Kentucky Derby Festival’s schedule in 2018. Festival officials have decided to reevaluate the annual Basketball Classic after declining attendance and increasing financial loss. “The […]

1/31/18 – TICKETS TO THE FIRST DERBY BALL OF THE SEASON ON SALE THURSDAY

January 31, 2018. Louisville, KY. – Tickets go on sale Thursday for one of the most elegant events of the Derby season – the annual Fillies Derby Ball hosted at the Galt House on Saturday, April 14. This ball is one of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s oldest events. It’s also the largest fundraiser for the […]

1/26/18 – 2018 DERBY FESTIVAL POSTER UNVEILED, PRE-ORDER ONLINE THROUGH FEBRUARY 2

                               January 26, 2018. Louisville, KY. – A sign of spring this morning as the Kentucky Derby Festival’s 2018 poster rolled off the presses at Clark & Riggs in Louisville. This year’s poster was designed by Louisville artists and twin sisters […]

1/25/18 – MACY’S DERBY FESTIVAL FASHION SHOW RETURNS IN MARCH , TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY 26!

January 25, 2018. Louisville, KY.   – With Derby Festival events rapidly approaching, it’s time to find the perfect spring outfits! You’ll find the latest looks and hottest trends at the Macy’s Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show on March 29th.  Tickets are on sale now for the season’s most exclusive fashion event. The event kicks […]

1/18/18 – TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY FOR FIRST DERBY FESTIVAL EVENT OF 2018

January 18, 2018 Louisville, KY.  – A sign of warmer temperatures!  Tickets for the first official Kentucky Derby Festival event of 2018 go on sale Friday! The event – Festival Unveiled – is set for Thursday, March 1st at 5 p.m. at the Mellwood Arts Center. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. “Festival […]

1/11/18 – DERBY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES PARADE THEME, REPUBLIC BANK RETURNS AS TITLE SPONSOR

January 11, 2018 Louisville, KY. –The Kentucky Derby Festival is combining nostalgia and a familiar social media trend for the 2018 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade set for Thursday, May 3rd. The theme of this year’s event will be “#ThrowbackThursday.” Traditionally held on the Thursday of Derby week since 1956, the parade is the Festival’s oldest […]

1/10/18 – FREE TRAINING FOR KDF MINI AND MARATHON KICKS-OFF JANUARY 11

Thursday, January 11, is the kick-off for the Norton Sports Health Derby Festival Training Program to prepare runners and walkers for the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon set for Saturday, April 28. The free 15-week Norton Sports Health Training Program offers training tips and weekly group runs for participants with all levels of experience. […]

1/09/18 – DERBY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2018 ROYAL COURT

January 9, 2018. Louisville, KY.   – A sign of spring in Kentuckiana, new Derby Festival Royalty was named this morning. The five women selected to serve as Princesses in the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court were introduced in a ceremony at Macy’s at Oxmoor Center. The Royal Court Program is coordinated by The Fillies, […]

12/7/17 – REGISTRATION OPENS TOMORROW FOR FREE TRAINING PROGRAM

Dec. 7, 2017, Louisville, KY. – If you’re planning to run or walk your way to the finish line of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s miniMarathon or Marathon in April, the Norton Sports Health FREE Training Program will give you a jumpstart. The 15-week program helps prepare runners and walkers for the Derby Festival’s road races. […]

12/1/17 – DERBY FESTIVAL SELECTS BOURBON FOR FIRST EVENT OF 2018

December 1, 2017. Louisville, KY. – We’re seeing signs of the Derby Festival in December, as planning for the 2018 Festival is well under way! Today, Festival officials were at the Four Roses’ Warehouse and Bottling Facility in Coxs Creek to select bourbon as part of the Festival’s first event of 2018, Festival Unveiled. Representatives […]

11/30/17 – DERBY FESTIVAL POSTER BECOMING A TRADITION FOR LOUISVILLE TWINS

November 30, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – The 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival Poster will be twinspired! Louisville artists and twin sisters – Jeaneen Barnhart and Doreen Barnhart DeHart – have been selected as the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Official Poster Artists for the 2018 Festival. This is a five-peat for the sisters, as they also collaborated on […]

11/14/17 – DERBY FESTIVAL OFFERING RUNNERS VIP TREATMENT AT ITS SPRING ROAD RACES

November 14, 2017. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival is offering runners the ultimate race day with a new VIP Experience Presented by ZEGGZ. This new VIP package is for runners participating it the 2018 miniMarathon/Marathon Presented by Walmart and Humana on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Runners can upgrade to VIP status once they […]

11/9/2017 – DERBY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION GIVING AWAY GOLDEN TICKET

November 9, 2017 Louisville, KY.  – Taking a lesson from Willy Wonka, the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Foundation is giving away a Golden Ticket for the 2018 Festival. The lucky winner (and a guest) will experience the Derby Festival like never before! The Golden Ticket includes a Derby Festival package valued at $3553. This is a […]

10/24/17 – GREAT BED RACES FOR A GREAT CAUSE!

October 24, 2017 Louisville, KY. –  Derby Festival fans don’t have to wait until next spring to watch the Great Bed Races. Bluegrass Karting & Events is hosting mid-season bed races tonight from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Kosair Charities. Those interested in competing just […]

10/16/17 – REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 2018 PEGASUS PARADE

October 16, 2017, Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival is looking for participants for next year’s Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. 2018 marks the 63rd annual parade, which will march down Broadway on Thursday, May 3. The application process for groups interested in participating in the parade opens online today. The Festival is looking for […]