Should I plan to spend Kentucky Derby Weekend in Louisville with my friends?

A trip to Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby weekend can be an unforgettable experience! We want you to have the best possible experience at our event, so we can provide you with some helpful suggestions for your first trip to the Kentucky Derby! A general admission pass to the 2022 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., costs between $65 and $85, depending on when you buy tickets. This year’s tickets went on sale on Nov. 19, 2021. General Admission tickets to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks include an Oaks/Derby program and access to the infield, where you can bring your own chair or picnic blanket and watch the races from the world’s largest 4K video board. With more than 150,000 people packing the stands each year, attending the Kentucky Derby means you’re guaranteed to see some questionable fashion choices, spot a few celebrities, drink a refreshing Mint Julep (or three), and watch very small jockeys in brightly colored silks ride sleek, shiny, fast horses. For the 2022 Kentucky Derby and Oaks, all reserved seating (Clubhouse boxes, Grandstand boxes, and Infield bleachers) will include food, non-alcoholic beverages, and alcoholic beverages. Jackets and blazers are optional, vests, shirts with collars, sweaters, dresses, pantsuits, dress jeans, dress shorts, and slacks are appropriate. Cargo shorts, t-shirts, halter tops, athletic wear, frayed or torn denim or shorts, and tennis shoes are not permitted in these areas. But keep in mind, there’s no rule that says you have to wear a dress, though most women do. For first-time visitors at the Kentucky Derby, we recommend bringing the following things with you on race day: For ladies wearing heals, a pair of flats or flip flops in your purse. A striking hat to match the tradition. Cash for food, drinks, and wagering. The Kentucky Derby can simply be a big party or it can be about the horses. For many guests, the attraction is some of the world’s best people-watching, between the many celebrities and the outrageous fashion statements. It is frenetic but not too frenetic – with the exception of the infield, it gets crowded but is always manageable. The Kentucky Derby is a long day, with a lot of walking, so pack accessories accordingly. We recommend a large bag (but be sure to stay within the size limit) to carry a pair of shoes, a bottle of water, your program, sunglasses, sunscreen, a poncho, and anything else you might need during the day.