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Derby Vibes 2024: Your guide to the coolest race events this year

Derby Vibes 2024: Your guide to the coolest race events this year

It's time to mark your calendars and style for your most fabulous hats because the Derby is back in 2024 with a lineup of events that promises to be nothing short of spectacular. From the thrilling races to the glamorous celebrations, here's a sneak peek into the event schedule for the most anticipated horse racing extravaganza of the year.

  1. Opening Night - April 27th, 2024 (Saturday): The festivities kick off with a bang on Opening Night. Prepare to immerse yourself in the excitement and glamour as the Derby spirit takes over Churchill Downs, setting the stage for a week of unforgettable moments.

  2. Dawn at the Downs - April 28th, 2024 (Sunday): Rise and shine for "Dawn at the Downs," an enchanting morning event that allows you to witness the majestic Derby contenders in their morning workouts. It's a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with these incredible athletes.

  3. 502's Day - April 30th, 2024 (Tuesday): Embrace the local flair on 502's Day, a celebration of all things Louisville. Enjoy the unique culture, cuisine, and music that make this city a vibrant and integral part of the Derby experience.

  4. Champions Day - May 1st, 2024 (Wednesday): Pay homage to the champions of the past on Champions Day, a day dedicated to honoring the rich history and legacy of the Kentucky Derby. Immerse yourself in the stories of racing legends that have left an indelible mark on the sport.

  5. Thurby - May 2nd, 2024 (Thursday): "Thurby" is the Derby's way of celebrating local culture and heritage. Join in the fun with uniquely Kentucky experiences, from bourbon tastings to live music, setting the tone for the weekend ahead.

  6. Kentucky Oaks - May 3rd, 2024 (Friday): The spotlight turns to the fillies on Kentucky Oaks day, a day of thrilling races and, of course, the iconic pink fashion that symbolizes breast cancer awareness. Oaks day is a perfect blend of sport and philanthropy.

  7. Kentucky Derby - May 4th, 2024 (Saturday): The grand finale arrives with the "Run for the Roses" on Kentucky Derby day. Experience the heart-pounding races, witness the crowning of a new champion, and revel in the electrifying atmosphere that makes the Kentucky Derby a global sensation.


The 2024 Derby event schedule promises a week filled with excitement, high fashion, and unparalleled horse racing moments. Whether you're a seasoned Derby enthusiast or a first-time attendee, each day offers a unique experience that adds to the grand tapestry of this iconic sporting event. Get ready to savor the flavor of the Derby, where tradition meets the thrill of the racetrack!

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