02/06/2023 – DERBY FESTIVAL & KENTUCKY LOTTERY ON THE HUNT FOR 2023 ‘DERBY CITY FANATIC’

WINNER WILL BE OFFICIAL THUNDERNATOR February 6, 2023. Louisville, KY.  – The Kentucky Derby Festival and Kentucky Lottery are once again teaming up to give away an unforgettable experience this spring. One lucky winner will be named the 2023 ‘Derby City Fanatic’ and receive a prize package filled with one-of-a-kind Derby Festival-themed experiences, ranging from […]

02/01/2023 – DERBY BURGER COMPETITION RETURNS FOR 2023

KENTUCKY BEEF COMPETITION OPENS ONLINE TODAY February 1, 2023. 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. Burger recipes are being accepted now through March 3. It’s the eleventh year for the beef showdown sponsored by the […]

01/31/2023 – DERBY FESTIVAL UNVEILS RACE MEDALS

Special Finisher Medal Commemorates 50TH miniMarathon January 31, 2023. Louisville, KY.   –  For runners, it’s all about the bling after crossing the finish line! Today the Derby Festival released images of the finisher medals for the GE Appliances Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon. Kentucky’s largest road race will celebrate a major milestone this year, […]

01/26/2023 – ALL DERBY FESTIVAL TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY

January 26, 2023. Louisville, KY. – It may not feel like spring outside, but it’s just around the corner! That means it’s time to start planning for the return of Kentucky Derby Festival events! Tickets for all 2023 Festival events go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow – Friday, January 27. “We know everyone is […]

01/20/2023 – DERBY FESTIVAL UNVEILS OFFICIAL POSTER

FANS CAN PRE-ORDER ONLINE NOW PRIOR TO PUBLIC RELEASE IN MARCH January 20, 2023, Louisville, KY.   –  Hot off the presses! A sign that spring and the Kentucky Derby Festival are on the horizon was front and center this morning as the Festival’s 2023 poster rolled off the presses at Louisville’s Welch Printing. This year’s […]

01/09/2023 – DERBY FESTIVAL DEBUTS 2023 ROYAL COURT

NATIONAL TEA COMPANY, LUZIANNE, ADDS ANOTHER JEWEL TO THEIR CROWN January 9, 2023. Louisville, KY. – Louisville just got a little more royal this morning, as the Kentucky Derby Festival introduced the 2023 Royal Court during an event at Dillard’s in Mall St. Matthews. Five young women have been selected to serve as Princesses for […]

12/16/22 – DERBY FESTIVAL YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR LAST-MINUTE HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS

December 16, 2022. Louisville, KY. – The final countdown is on for finding the perfect present, and the Derby Festival has you covered for several one-of-a-kind gifts for the favorite Festival fan in your life. Here’s a round-up of last-minute gift ideas offering “tree-mendous” value, whether you’re on the hunt for something stylish, experiential or […]

12/14/22 – NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED LOUISVILLE ARTIST CREATES 2023 OFFICIAL DERBY FESTIVAL POSTER

December 14, 2022. Louisville, KY. – A Louisville artist and designer, known for her colorful paint palette and unique technique of using layers of patterns and papers in her work, and whose designs are sold in T.J. Maxx and Home Goods’ stores across the country, will play a prominent role in next year’s Derby Festival. […]

12/7/22 – DERBY FESTIVAL AND PNC TEAM UP TO OFFER TRAINING PROGRAM FOR CYCLISTS

Registration Opens TOMORROW!  Dec. 7, 2022. Louisville, KY. – It’s time to condition for your cycling mission! The Kentucky Derby Festival and PNC are gearing up for the annual training program for the 2023 PNC Tour de Lou. The FREE six-week PNC Tour de Lou Training Program offers in-person training options to help participants set […]

11/29/22 – TICKETS FOR SELECT 2023 DERBY FESTIVAL EVENTS ON SALE NOV. 30TH

November 29, 2022. Louisville, KY. – Looking for a festive gift? Gift the Festival fan in your life with tickets to a 2023 Derby Festival event! Just in time for the holiday season, tickets for some of the Festival’s signature events go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow – Wednesday, Nov. 30. “Spring is […]

11/10/22 – GO THE DISTANCE WITH FREE TRAINING FOR DERBY FESTIVAL MINI & MARATHON

REGISTRATION OPENS NEXT WEEK FOR 15-WEEK PROGRAM November 10, 2023, Louisville, KY.   – Put a little prep in your step! The Kentucky Derby Festival and Norton Sports Health are ready to run with their annual Training Program for the 2023 GE Appliances miniMarathon and Marathon. The FREE 15-week program is packed with in-person training options […]

11/02/22 – PEGASUS PARADE APPLICATIONS OPEN THIS WEEK

DERBY WEEK PARADE TO MARCH ON SUNDAY AGAIN IN 2023 November 2, 2022. Louisville, KY. – If you’ve ever wanted to participate in the Kentucky Derby Festival’s annual parade, this could be your chance. Applications open this Friday, November 4, for the 2023 Zoeller Pump Company Pegasus Parade, which will return on a Sunday for […]

10/13/22 – DERBY FESTIVAL CYCLING EVENT, PNC TOUR DE LOU, READY TO ROLL IN 2023

SPECIAL PRICING FOR 10 DAYS IN CELEBRATION OF 10TH ANNUAL RIDE October 13, 2022. Louisville, KY. – Registration for the Kentucky Derby Festival’s annual cycling experience – the PNC Tour de Lou – opens Thursday, Oct. 20. The event, which is celebrating its 10th year in 2023, is scheduled for Sunday, April 16, 2023. Riders […]

09/07/22 – DERBY FESTIVAL CELEBRATES HISTORIC 50TH MINIMARATHON RUN IN 2023

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 2023 ROAD RACES TOMORROW September 7, 2022, Louisville, KY. – Kentucky’s largest road race will celebrate a major milestone in 2023, as the Derby Festival miniMarathon marks its 50th run. The GE Appliances Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon is set for Saturday, April 29, 2023. The annual event began with the […]

08/31/22 – SEARCH IS ON FOR 2023 DERBY FESTIVAL ROYAL COURT

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR 2023 OPENS TODAY August 31, 2022. Louisville, KY. –   The search is on for new Kentucky Derby Festival royalty! Young women from Kentucky or Southern Indiana who are full-time college students (in at least their 2nd year) are eligible. Applications open TODAY and the deadline to submit for the 2023 Royal Court […]

08/25/22 – KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL MOURNS LOSS OF MATRIARCH AND PEGASUS PIN PIONEER

August 25, 2022. Louisville, KY. – With heavy hearts, the Kentucky Derby Festival mourns the loss of Bridget Sherrill, Vice President of Merchandising, who celebrated her 50th anniversary with the organization this year and was known for her significant role in the Festival’s Pegasus Pin Program. For Derby Festival staff, Sherrill, who passed away on […]

06/30/22 – THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE SHARED WITH U.S. TROOPS ACROSS THE GLOBE ON FOURTH OF JULY

June 30, 2022. Louisville, KY.   – In honor of the Fourth of July holiday, U.S. Troops from around the world will have the opportunity to experience Thunder Over Louisville. The Kentucky Derby Festival has teamed up with the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, as well as WLKY-TV to share a special presentation of the […]

06/15/22 – KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL SETS STAGE FOR 2023

DERBY FEST CHAIR SELECTED; DATES SET FOR SIGNATURE EVENTS June 15, 2022. Louisville, KY.   – Longtime Louisville media leader Ken Selvaggi will chair the 2023 Kentucky Derby Festival. He was elected by the Festival’s Board of Directors at its annual meeting this afternoon. Selvaggi is the General Manager of the ESPN Louisville radio group, and […]

06/09/22 – DERBY FESTIVAL YARD SALE ONE DAY ONLY ON JUNE 17

June 9, 2022. Louisville, KY. – Now that the events have wrapped up, Spring cleaning is officially under way at the Kentucky Derby Festival and that means it’s time for the Festival’s annual Yard Sale. The summer tradition is the best place to find deals on a variety of Derby Festival merchandise and collectibles. It […]

05/12/22 – DERBY FESTIVAL ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT RETURNS SATURDAY

May 12, 2022. Louisville, KY. – Get ready to ROBORUMBLE! The 2022 Samtec RoboRumble Regional Robotics Tournament returns Saturday, May 14, at Marion C. Moore High School. The regional STEM robotics competition, hosted by the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation and coordinated by Jefferson County Public Schools, challenges students and teams to design, build and compete […]