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 […]

9/23/19 – Derby Festival and Muhammad Ali Center Announce Knockout Partnership for 2020 Road Races

SPECIAL REGISTRATION DEALS START SEPT. 25 September 23, 2019. Louisville, KY. – The 2020 Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon are shaping up to be “the greatest” races yet. For the first time, the Festival is partnering with the Muhammad Ali Center for the design of the race finisher medals. The medal, which will […]

9/17/19 – FRIENDS OF THE WATERFRONT TO HONOR MIKE BERRY WITH SILVER ANCHOR AWARD

FRIENDS OF THE WATERFRONT TO HOST 28TH ANNUAL SILVER ANCHOR AWARD CELEBRATION Mike Berry, President and CEO of Kentucky Derby Festival, to be Honored LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 17, 2019) – The Friends of the Waterfront, FOTW, a nonprofit auxiliary arm of the Waterfront Development Corporation, is pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the Silver […]

9/10/19 – KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL NAMES NEW PRESIDENT & CEO

Long-time staffer, Matt Gibson, to take the reins September 10, 2019. Louisville, KY – Matt Gibson, who’s led the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Events and Operations since 2003, will be the organization’s next President and CEO. Gibson was selected after an extensive nationwide search. “This truly is a lifelong dream. My job at the Kentucky Derby […]

8/26/19 – Search is on for 2020 Derby Festival Royalty

APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS TODAY FOR 2020 ROYAL COURT August 26, 2019, Louisville, KY. – The search is on for new Kentucky Derby Festival royalty! The application process for the 2020 Royal Court opens online today at KDF.org. Young women from Kentucky or Southern Indiana who are full-time college students (in at least 2nd year) are […]

7/2/19 – THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE BROADCAST AROUND THE WORLD ON JULY 4TH

July 2, 2019. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s 2019 Opening Ceremonies – Thunder Over Louisville – will be re-broadcast on the American Forces Network to more than a half million U.S. Armed Forces personnel and Department of Defense civilian employees and their families stationed overseas on Independence Day. “Sharing Thunder Over Louisville is […]

6/27/19 – KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL MOURNS LOSS OF CHAIR-ELECT

Memorial fund established in his honor June 27, 2019. Louisville, KY – Hearts are heavy this week at the Kentucky Derby Festival as the organization mourns the loss of Mike Ziemianski (Zuh-man-ski), a longtime volunteer and Board Member who was to serve as Chair for the 2021 Festival. Ziemianski, known simply as “Mike Z” or […]

6/25/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL RUNNERS RAISE OVER $124,000 FOR CHARITIES

June 25, 2019. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Charity Module Program raised over $124,000 in 2019 for local charities. 27 different charitable organizations benefitted from the program by having individual runners and running teams participate in the 2019 Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon on April 27. The Charity Module has […]

6/19/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL HITS JACKPOT WITH 2020 CHAIR

JUDY HESS OF HORSESHOE TO CHAIR NEXT YEAR’S FESTIVAL June 19, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Horseshoe Southern Indiana’s Judy Genovese Hess will chair the 2020 Kentucky Derby Festival. Hess, who’s served on the Festival’s board for 20 years, was elected by the Festival’s Board of Directors at its annual meeting last night. Hess is Community […]

6/18/19 – VINCENZO’S COOKS UP FUNDRAISER FOR DERBY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION

UofL Coach Jeff Walz will be a Celebrity Chef at June 23rd Event June 18, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Vincenzo and Agostino Gabriele will host their eighth annual “Night at Vincenzo’s” fund-raiser for the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation on Sunday, June 23. The elegant event will be held at Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant in Louisville. UofL […]

6/12/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL FUN RETURNS ON FRIDAY

FamFest is June 14 in New Albany June 12, 2019. Louisville, KY.- The Kentucky Derby Festival returns to Southern Indiana this Friday, for one day only! The second annual Horseshoe Foundation FamFest is set for Friday, June 14, in Downtown New Albany. The event was originally scheduled for April 19 but was postponed due to […]

6/6/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL YARD SALE THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

June 6, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Looking for a bargain? The Kentucky Derby Festival will hold its 18th annual Yard Sale this Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, at the KDF office at 1001 South Third Street in Old Louisville. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and from […]

6/3/19 – Registration for 2020 Derby Festival mini & Marathon Opens THIS WEEK!

DERBY FESTIVAL TO OPEN MINI & MARATHON REGISTRATION ON NATIONAL RUNNING DAY BEST DEALS DURING THE FIRST 24 HOURS ON JUNE 5! June 3, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Kentucky Derby Festival is celebrating National Running Day in a big way, by opening registration for the 2020 Humana miniMarathon and Marathon earlier than ever on June […]

5/21/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

Poster Submissions for 2020 Open Online May 21, 2019. Louisville, KY. – The 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival may have just wrapped up, but organizers are already working on plans for 2020. That includes the search for the next Official Poster Artist. For the first time, the Festival is taking submissions online at KDF.org/posterartists. All types […]

5/14/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL RETURNS IN JUNE FOR EVENT IN SOUTHERN INDIANA

FamFest Rescheduled for June 14 in New Albany May 14, 2019. Louisville, KY.- The Kentucky Derby Festival returns to Southern Indiana in June for its second annual Horseshoe Foundation FamFest. Festival is partnering with the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County to bring the free family friendly event to New Albany on Friday, June 14. The […]

5/7/19 – ONE MORE DAY TO REGISTER DERBY FESTIVAL PEGASUS PINS

Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Derby Festival fans who found a Gold Winner Pin in their 2019 Pegasus Pin Sponsorship envelope must register online at www.PegasusPins.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, to be eligible for the drawing of the Gold Pin Grand Prize – a 2019 Honda CR-V from Kentuckiana Honda Dealers. […]

5/2/19 – SUPER POWERED PARADE THRILLS FANS ON BROADWAY

May 2, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Thousands of fans donning superhero masks and capes, lined the street tonight as the Kentucky Derby Festival’s oldest and inaugural event – the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade – marched down Broadway. Themed “Pegasus Power,” this year’s parade featured over 100 units, including 11 floats, 12 equestrian units, 6 inflatables, […]

5/2/19 – WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL FRIDAY

This is the schedule for FRIDAY’S Festival activities. Derby Eve at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville and the Chow Wagon: KROGER’S FEST-A-VILLE ON THE WATERFRONTSM. Open Daily 11 AM – 11 PM. Waterfront Park. ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE featuring concerts with national talent, family fun, food, kids’ inflatable playground, midway rides, the Budweiser Beer Garden, and more at RAM […]