Since 1875, horse racing enthusiasts have made the pilgrimage to Churchill Downs in Louisville for the Kentucky Derby. They travel together to be a part of spectacle and history this crown jewel of the elusive Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing offers. Held every year on the first Saturday in May, the fun and colorful "Run for the Roses" culminates over a two-week-long festival of fun, music, handicapping, and bluegrass celebrations.
Pack your best big hat, favorite mint julep recipe, and taste for lamb burgoo and get ready to be part of the most exciting two minutes in all of sports.
As the host of this legendary equestrian event, Louisville offers a wide variety of classic Americana activities. Stroll leisurely through beautiful parks, hike, bike, or go fossil hunting. Tour the Kentucky Bourbon factory to learn about the only indigenous American spirit. Baseball fans visit the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, where they make the bats and honor larger-than-life baseball heroes.