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The Kentucky Derby Festival includes Southern Indiana, too.

Yes, it’s called the Kentucky Derby Festival, but there are plenty of reasons why those of

us in Southern Indiana should take time to enjoy the festival, too.


HORSESHOE FOUNDATION KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL FAMFEST

4-8 P.M. April 11.

Downtown New Albany (next to the YMCA)

This new family-friendly event includes a special preview of the 2018 Festival, featuring a hot air balloon, inflatables, mini golf and bed races, face painting and more. The first 1,000 attendees receive a custom Pegasus Pin.


April 16

KENTUCKY DER BY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION PRO-AM GOLF

TOURNAMENT. Noon Tee Time. Wildwood Country Club. Team entries $2,000.

Individual entries $500. Entries open to the public, includes lunch, golf with local pro,

cocktail reception following tournament and gifts. Contributing Sponsor: KPGA. Media

Sponsor: 1450/96.1 The Big X Sports Radio WXVW. Prize Sponsor: Horseshoe Southern

Indiana. A Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation event. A portion of the entry fee is tax

deductible. Contact Jon Pollock at jpollock@kdf.org or (502) 572-3833 to register.


Tuesday, April 17

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL “TASTE OF DERBY FESTIVAL®”. 5:30 PM

– 8 PM. Louisville Slugger Field. Features exquisite fare from over 65 of Louisville’s finest

restaurants and beverage companies. Bourbon tasting, wine tasting and a silent auction.

Tickets $85, available in advance only. Coordinated by Dare to Care Food Bank. All proceeds

to benefit Dare to Care. Sponsor: Brown-Forman Corporation. Media Sponsor: 840 WHAS.

For more information call (502) 966-3821.


Thursday, April 19 – Sunday, April 29

STOCK YARDS BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL $1 MILLION

DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTESTSM. April 19-April 28: 10 AM – 8:30

PM, Closed April 21, April 29: 10 AM – 5 PM, Semi-finals 6 PM. Seneca Golf Course Driving

Range. $1 per shot and free for spectators. April 22: Jr. Day – Under 18 get 2 shots for

$1. April 23: First Responders and Veterans Day get 2 shots for $1. April 24: Ladies Day –

Ladies get 2 shots for $1. April 25: Long Drive Contest 11 AM – 7 PM, 2 shots for $5. Senior

Special Weekdays 10 AM – 2 PM, 62 and up get 2 shots for $1. Grand Prize: $1 million.

First Prize (if no Hole-in-One): $5,000. Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor:

Louisville Parks & Recreation. Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville.


Friday, April 20

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL THEY’RE OFF!® LUNCHEON. 11:30 AM.

Galt House East Grand Ballroom. Tickets: $680 Table of 8 or $85 each. Official Kentucky Derby

Festival kick off luncheon. Contributing Sponsors: Fifth Third Bank, Kentucky Blood Center,

and Kentucky Proud. Media Sponsor: Business First. Official Hotel: The Galt House.


Saturday, April 21 – Sunday, April 29

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL VOLLEY BALL CLASSIC.

One of the country’s largest outdoor volleyball tournaments. Contributing Sponsors: ASICS and Mikasa. Media

Sponsor: 98.9 Radio Now. For more information call The Volleyball Connection/Tandem

Sports (502) 582-3530.

Sand Divisions at Baxter Jacks

April 21 and 22: 9 AM – 9 PM and

April 28 and 29: 9 AM – 9 PM

Grass Divisions at Seneca Park at the Tennis Courts

April 28 and 29: 9 AM – 6 PM


Saturday, April 21

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONIES: THUNDER

OVER LOUISVILLE®. FoodFest and Ford’s Thunder On the Ground open at 11:00 AM,

Airshow at 3:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:30 PM. Downtown Louisville Riverfront, Waterfront Park,

River Road and Southern Indiana shoreline.

Sponsors: Horseshoe Southern Indiana, LG&E, Meijer, UPS, and Valero, along with Papa

John’s Thunder Funders. Thunder on the Ground Sponsor: Ford Motor Company. Official

Hotel: The Galt House. Official Sound Sponsor: Logan Lavelle Hunt.

All-day live coverage on WLKY TV and 106.9 PLAY. Event programs distributed April 21 by

The Courier-Journal. Featuring the Thunder Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park and the East

River Road Beer Garden. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin. (Open 11AM – 11PM.

NO TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS.) Meijer Family Fun Zone on the Belvedere. Admission

is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin. (Open 11AM – 11PM. NO TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS.)

North Great Lawn area opens at 9 AM. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin.

(NO TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS.)

ThunderOverLouisville.org


Sunday, April 22

JUNIOR DAY AT STOCK YARDS BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL

$1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTESTSM. Seneca Golf Course

Driving Range. 10 AM – 8:30 PM (Open Daily through April 29). Under 18 get 2 shots for

$1. Over 18 is $1 per shot. Grand Prize: $1 million. First Prize (if no Hole-in-One): $5,000.

Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation. Media

Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville.


Monday, April 23

FIRST RESPONDERS AND VETERANS DAY AT STOCK YARDS BANK

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL $1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE

GOLF CONTEST. Seneca Golf Course Driving Range. 10 AM – 8:30 PM (Open Daily

through April 29). First Responders and Veterans get 2 shots for $1. Other participants

pay $1 per shot. Grand Prize: $1 million. First Prize (if no Hole-in-One): $5,000. Sponsor:

Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation. Supporting Sponsor:

Academy Sports + Outdoors. Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville.


Tuesday, April 24

LADIES DAY AT STOCK YARDS BANK KEN TUCKY DER BY FESTIVAL $1

MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTEST. Seneca Golf Course

Driving Range. 10 AM – 8:30 PM (Open Daily through April 29). Ladies get 2 shots for $1.

Other participants pay $1 per shot. Grand Prize: $1 million. First Prize (if no Hole-in-One):

$5,000. Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation.

Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville.


Wednesday, April 25

LONG DRIVE CONTEST AT STOCK YARDS BANK KENTUCKY DERBY

FESTIVAL $1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTEST.

Seneca Golf Course Driving Range. 11 AM – 7 PM. 2 shots for $5. Sponsor: Stock Yards

Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation. Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840

WHAS and Insider Louisville.


Thursday, April 26

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL HEALTH FAIR PRESENTED BY

WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS. 4 PM – 8 PM. NEW LOCATION: Fourth Street Live!

Featuring exhibits, activities and screenings for families that will be educational and

entertaining. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsor: WellCare Health Plans.

Contributing Sponsors: Bluegrass Pain Consultants, PLLC and KentuckyOne Health. Media

Sponsors: 100.1/103.5 WAKY and Today’s Transitions.


Thursday, April 26 – Friday, April 27

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL RACE EXPO AND PACKET PICK-UP

PRESENTED BY FLORASTOR. Kentucky Exposition Center West Wing. Two-day

Expo where you can see the latest running gear, get nutritional advice, pre-race running tips

and pick up your race packet for Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon/iMarathon® and PNC

Tour de Lou. Sponsor: Florastor. Official Bourbon: Jim Beam. Media Sponsor: 99.7 DJX.

Thursday: 4 PM – 8 PM. Expo and Packet Pickup.

Friday: 11 AM – 9 PM Expo and Packet Pickup


Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28

U.S. BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL GREAT BALLOONFEST.

Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsor: U.S. Bank.

Contributing Sponsor: V.G Reed & Sons.

April 26:

7 AM Launch. U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Charity Race. Bowman Field.

8:30 PM. U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glimmer.

Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Media Sponsor: Q103.1.

April 27:

7 AM Launch. U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival

Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race. Bowman Field.

Public entrance off Pee Wee Reese Road.

Media Sponsor: 99.7 DJX.

9 PM. U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow. Kentucky Exposition Center.

Gates open at 6 PM. $8 KEC parking fee. Media Sponsor: 106.9 PLAY. Broadcast special by

WLKY TV on MeTV Louisville 32.2.

April 28:

7 AM Launch. U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race®. Bowman Field.

Public entrance off Pee Wee Reese Road. Media Sponsor: 99.7 DJX.


Thursday, April 26 – Friday, May 4

KROGER’S FEST-A-VILLE ON THE WATER FRONT. Open Daily 11 AM

– 11 PM, except Sunday 12 PM – 10 PM. Waterfront Park. ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT

EXPERIENCE featuring concerts with national talent, family fun, food, kids’ inflatable

playground, midway rides and more. Happy Hour Weekdays 4-6 PM, $2 beer. Pegasus Play-

Ville Free Rides (kids 12 and under) 4 PM – 6 PM daily, courtesy of AETNA Better Health of

Kentucky. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT

PERMITTED). Sponsor: Kroger. Media Sponsor: The Courier-Journal.

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL CHOW WAGON® Open Daily 11 AM – 11

PM, except Sunday 12 PM – 10 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Outdoor food &

live music venue. Sponsors: Kroger and Miller Lite. Featuring the Miller Lite Music Stage.

Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED).


Friday, April 27

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL NEIGH-MASTE ON THE WATER FRONT.

12 – 1 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Relax and recharge at this

yoga event at the Waterfront. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. (FOOD, DRINK

AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL OHIO VALLEY WRESTLING RUN FOR THE ROPES.

6 PM – 7:30 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn.

Special meet-and-greet with OVW stars at 5 p.m., followed by six big matches including

a special “all-for-1 one-for all” over the top rope Battle Royal. Admission is free with a

2018 Pegasus Pin®. For more information call (502) 759-7665. Presented by Ohio Valley

Wrestling. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL DERBY OF THE DEAD PRESENTED

BY LOUISVILLE ZOMBIE WALK. 6 PM – 11:00 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the

Waterfront, Great Lawn. Entertainment by: Nulydedz zombie rockabilly band, sideshow and

fire arts entertainment by Artemisia, local artists & zombie themed wares, zombie car show,

zombie make up demonstration by Team Demon Fabulous from The Devil’s Attic. Admission

is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. For more information visit derbyofthedead.com (FOOD,

DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)

MAX FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST LOGAN HEN DER SON AT

WATER FRONT JAM. 8 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Admission is free

with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. VIP Viewing Tickets $20, online at KDF.org. Media Sponsor: 98.9

Radio Now (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL KEN-DUCKY DERBY. 4 PM – 8PM. Call to the

post 7 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. See the launch of 20,000 ducks into

the Ohio River for a chance to race and compete for prizes. Proceeds benefit Harbor House.

Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. To adopt a duck, visit DuckTruck.org. For

more information go to KDF.org or call (502) 717-0072. Sponsor: Swope Family Dealerships.

Media Sponsor: WLKY TV. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL DA’VILLE CLASSIC DRUM LINE

SHOWCASE. 5 PM. The Louisville Palace. High school and community drum lines from

Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana showcase their creativity, musicianship, and pageantry. General

Admission Seating is $10. For tickets call, (502) 905-2908. Media Sponsor: B96.5 FM.

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL FITNESS JAM. 5 PM – 7 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville

on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Join the best Zumba and U-JAM instructors in the area, wear

comfortable clothes and come burn calories with the fitness craze that is sweeping the

nation! Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. For information call (502) 554-4486

or visit www.kyfitnessparty.com. Sponsor: ELeet Stone Countertops. Media Sponsor: 93.1

The Beat. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL THESLICE: SPICE, STYLE AND SOUL.

6 PM – 9 PM. The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Live entertainment and

food tasting. Proceeds benefit charities and assistance programs. Tickets include 2018

Pegasus Pin. $65 in advance, $75 day of event. For tickets call (502) 584-4602, visit

TheSliceofLouisville.org or purchase at Kentucky Center for African American Heritage,

Better Days Records at Lyles Mall or JAM BUSTERS at 4906 Poplar level Road. Media

Sponsor: MAGIC 101.3.

BELTERRA CASINO RESORT CONCERT FEATURING TYLER FARR

WITH SPECIAL GUEST MITCHELL TENPENNY. 8 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville

on the Waterfront. Waterfront Jam concert featuring a salute to Veterans and Active Duty

Military. Free admission for Veterans and Active Military all day. General Admission is free

with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. VIP Viewing Tickets $20, online at KDF.org. Sponsor: Belterra

Casino Resort. Media Sponsor: 97.5 WAMZ (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)


Sunday, April 29

PNC KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL TOUR de LOU. Staggered start based

on distance: 62.1 Metric Century – 8:30 AM, 35-mile ride – 8:40 AM, 20-mile ride – 8:50

AM. Open course Cycling event with three distances for beginners to experienced cyclists.

Start and finish near Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville at Waterfront Park. Entry fees and registration

info at KDF.org. Sponsor: PNC. Official Safety Sponsor: AAA East Central. Contributing

Sponsors: Baptist Health Sports Medicine, Louisville Marriott Downtown, and Scheller’s

Fitness & Cycling. Media Sponsors: 102.3 Jack FM and The Courier-Journal. Supporting

Sponsors: Louisville Bicycle Club and Louisville Water Company.

MAYOR’S DERBY BRUNCH ON THE RIVER . 11 AM-1:30 PM. Riverside, the

Farnsley-Moremen Landing. A festive brunch featuring a traditional Kentucky breakfast,

music, and tours of the property including the Moremen Family Chapel. Tickets $100 or $750

for Table of 8. For tickets or information call (502) 935-6809 or Riverside-Landing.org.

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL “V FOUNDATION” CELEBRITY BOCCE

TOURNAMENT. 12 – 4 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Have

fun and play bocce with celebrities for a great cause at the Waterfront. For registration

information contact JohnS@ESPNLouisville.com. Admission for spectators is free with

a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsor: Money Concepts (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT

PERMITTED.)

THE CHILDREN’S TEA WITH THE KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL

PRINCESSES PRESENTED BY BIGELOW TEA. 1 PM – 4 PM. Crowne Plaza,

Louisville Airport. Children ages 4 and up invited to meet the Kentucky Derby Festival Queen

and Princesses. Tickets $35 each. Reservation required. Purchase tickets online at www.

thefillies.org. Sponsor: Bigelow Tea. Produced by: The Fillies, Inc. For more information

contact Cindy Lewandowski at 502-295-1740 or cindy2018tea@gmail.com

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY® PRESENTED

BY HUMANA AND NORTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. 1 – 4 PM. Free,

family friendly fitness event on the North Great Lawn at Waterfront Park inside Kroger’s

Fest-a-Ville. Features interactive activities, community vendors, inflatables, group exercise

classes and the miniFun Run. For kids ages 3 and older, plus adults. Coordinated by YMCA

of Greater Louisville. Sponsors: Humana and Norton Children’s Hospital. Media Sponsors:

B96.5 FM. For more information visit YMCALouisville.org or call 502-587-9622. (FOOD,

DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)

PASSPORT KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL GOSPELFEST. 3 PM – 6 PM.

Gospel Choir Showcase. NEW LOCATION: St. Stephen Church Louisville. Admission is free

with a 2018 Pegasus Pin©. Sponsor: Passport. Contributing Sponsors: Hosparus Health

and Kentucky Department of Tourism. Media Sponsors: B96.5 FM and WLOU 104.7 FM.


For more events and information, go to KDF.org.

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