Kentucky Derby Experiences
Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style
Leading up to the most exciting two minutes of our year, we celebrate the Kentucky Derby with signature events.
The Mint Julep Sunset Social is a high-end culinary experience curated by Mint Julep held the Thursday before the Kentucky Derby each year. Two nights before the big horse race after Thurby, we head to a picturesque Hermitage Farm for a sunset horse farm tour, family-style Southern dinner, drinks and dancing.
And new this year is the Derby Eve Bourbon & BBQ Throwdown at the world-renowned Jim Beam American Stillhouse. This laidback event features an after-hours experience at the Jim Beam Distillery, with full tours and tastings, along with a Southern-style BBQ feast, live music, cocktails and much more!
We organize three different Kentucky Derby Week public tours that you can book online visiting Horse Country, Bourbon Country and the Best of Kentucky.
A number of options for customized tours and VIP transportation are available the week of the Kentucky Derby. Our experience coordinators can build your Kentucky adventure seeing all the sights, tasting the best bourbon, and visiting top horse farms.
Current offerings for 2020 DERBY WEEK EXPERIENCES
Derby EveBourbon & BBQ Throwdown
at Jim Beam American Stillhouse
Travel to the world-renowned Jim Beam Distillery for Mint Julep's newest Derby Eve event! Experience includes guided transportation, after-hours tour and tasting at Jim Beam, two cocktails, a Southern-style BBQ feast and live music.
Friday, May 1
Departs from Omni Hotel at 5:15 p.m and returns at 10 p.m.
Kentucky Derby Sunset Social
at Hermitage Farm
Travel to historic and charming Hermitage Farm for Mint Julep's newest high-end, exclusive culinary experience to kick off the Kentucky Derby 2020! This exclusive experience includes guided transportation, sunset horse farm tour, build-your-own mint julep cocktail, family-style Southern meal and a craft cocktail.
Thursday, April 30
Departs from Omni Hotel at 6:15 p.m and returns at 10 p.m.
Kentucky Derby ShuttleSaturday, May 2
Departs Omni: 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.Returns to Omni: 8:30 p.m.
Skip the lines, beat the traffic and save your feet by taking a Derby Day Shuttle to Churchill Downs from Downtown Louisville, powered by Mint Julep Experiences. Vehicles have preferred onsite access and parking at Churchill Downs, so you’ll be dropped off steps away from the entrance.
The shuttle will depart from the Mint Julep Hub in Falls City Market at the Omni Louisville Hotel. Along with guaranteed departure times, there will be a Mint Julep host on board as well as bottled water, ice and air-conditioning.