Race to 150

December 6 | Open 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Community invited to all-day Derby party with free admission, fun activities, prizes!


Join the Party!


December 6th marks 150 days until the 150th Kentucky Derby. We’re throwing an all-day party to kick off the countdown, and you’re invited! Don your Derby hats and celebrate the Race to 150 – only at Kentucky Derby Museum!



"If Kentucky can party for two weeks ahead of Derby, then we can certainly find a way to celebrate for 150 days ahead of such a momentous year," said Patrick Armstrong, Kentucky Derby Museum President and CEO. "From families to fashionistas, historians to horse racing fans, there's something for everyone in our Race To 150 lineup. Wear your favorite Derby hats and join us at the Museum to celebrate the joy and magic of Derby!"



 Don Your Derby Hats and Let the Fun Begin! 

Here is a glimpse of what's in store for guests on December 6:

 Free Admission: The Museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. General admission will be free for all guests.

 Morning Coffee: On your way into the Museum, grab a cup of coffee from the Elevate Coffee truck starting at 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and enjoy live music from the Louisville Folk School.

  Gifts for the First 150 Guests: Get here early! The first 150 guests will snag a commemorative Race To 150 gift from Clayton & Crume and a commemorative Kentucky Derby Festival Pin celebrating Derby 150. All guests will also receive a thank you gift from the Museum, while supplies last.

 Derby 150 Time Capsule: A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make your mark on Derby history. Share your favorite Derby memory by sealing a picture in the Derby 150 Time Capsule, which will be stored in the Museum Vault for the next 50 years. Bring a picture of a special Derby memory or a photograph of a meaningful Derby item you own, or KDM staff can take a picture of your item on site. (Note: No three-dimensional objects will be accepted in the time capsule.)

 Gallery Talks & Family Activities: Enjoy interactive activities for the entire family throughout the day. Make it a day of discovery by exploring Ari's Horseshoe Adventure, learning about Derby history, and meeting a Kentucky Derby winning jockey!

 Live Painting & Photo-Op: Witness the creation of art in motion as the Derby 150 artist, Wylie Caudill, paints his iconic roses live on a Museum photo-op wall.

 Cocktails & Derby Treats: The Derby wouldn't be complete without a sip of something special! Our Bourbon Bar opens at 11:00 a.m., and Kern's Kitchen will offer free slices of Derby-Pie®.

 Happy Hour Experience: For those looking to unwind, our Happy Hour from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. is the perfect opportunity to mingle. Nice Cream will put on a liquid nitrogen ice cream show and offer free scoops of Derby-themed flavors. Then, head to the Bourbon Bar to enjoy a $5 Old Fashioned!

 Hat Shopping: Looking to up your Derby hat game? The KDM Featured Milliners will be on site from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with special discounts on their stunning hats and the newest styles. Milliners will offer either $150 hats or $150 off their hats.

 Railbird Runway Contest: It's the big finale! Fashionistas, this is your time to shine. Strut your stuff on the runway at 5:30 p.m. and let your Derby style take the spotlight. A panel of local media judges will award three prizes to the most festive Derby hats.

***Activations and times may change