Kentucky Tourism

Derby Events

Derby time in Kentucky is always a popular time of year! Big hats, good food, Kentucky hospitality and much more make this a special time. Check out these Kentucky State Park events and offers to help make your 2018 Derby special:

Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond
Kentucky Derby Weekend, May 4-5
Enjoy a Derby party with games and activities all weekend.  Enjoy a traditional burgoo dinner on Friday evening and a Derby breakfast on Saturday morning.  Fans can watch the race on satellite TV's and if you pick the winning horse in our Kentucky Derby Contest, you might be the weekend's big winner.  This event is for registered campers only.  For more information, call (859) 527-3454 or email [email protected]

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Red Hatter Celebration April 26
Call your girlfriends and head to Lake Barkley for a Red Hatter pre-Derby celebration. Red Hatter’s are invited to join Lake Barkley State Resort Park on April 26, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to celebrate Derby. Come dressed in your finest Red Hatter’s outfit and get ready to pick a winner while having a great time!  Red Hatters will enjoy lunch, tea, and an afternoon at the races. The cost for this event is $20 and reservations are required. For more information contact Nick Edmonds at [email protected] or call the lodge at call 1-800-325-1708

General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton
Park After Dark, May 4
Park After Dark will feature Derby Eve events such as music, drinks, food, fun, and friends! The doors of the convention center open at 6:30 p.m. The concession stand will be available for all your party foods, along with a bar with your favorite adult beverages. Highlighting this event will be a band from Louisville called Kirby's Dreamland that will rock the house starting at 8 p.m. with plenty of country, rock and southern rock! So if you are looking to celebrate your Kentucky Derby heritage, make sure you attend this event! Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call Tonya Supplee at 502-732-4384.
Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
Spring Fling Deal and Trunk and Art Show, May 4-5
Stay at Rough River Dam State Resort Park May 4 and 5 and get 25 percent off! For details, visit the park’s Facebook page. In addition to the discount, the park is hosting a Trunk and Art Show May 4-5. It will feature spring fashions, jewelry, hats, local art work, classes and karaoke and cash bar Saturday night. To get the lodging discount, call the park and tell them you want the “Spring Fling” deal. Call 270-257-2311.

Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington

Derby Day Breakfast, May 5
Waveland State Historic Site will be hosting one exclusive Derby Day breakfast from 10-11:30 a.m.! This special Derby menu includes pimento cheese wafers with country ham pate and a cheese and chive scone with country ham. To keep your Derby experience pure Kentucky, you will then be served a hot brown tart, cheese grits with a jumbo shrimp garnish and fresh fruit with honey yogurt dip.  Next are a Waveland exclusive, vanilla bean scones with homemade lemon curd and jam.  To complete your breakfast, you will receive a derby pie tart, bourbon mint brownie, chocolate dipped strawberry and to give you luck on your derby picks, a horseshoe sugar cookie. Drinks will include hot tea, coffee and juice. The breakfast will be offered in the mansion, served on fine china and served by period dressed interpreters.  A tour of the mansion highlighting how Waveland influenced horseracing is included. The price for this limited exclusive is $50 per person. Reservations are required. Gluten-free options are available. Call 859-272-3611 or 859-619-8189.