Derby and Oaks at Keeneland


Offering a number of ways to enjoy Derby and Oaks days, Keeneland is the perfect place to celebrate these Kentucky traditions, brought to you by Bud Light.

May 4th

Oaks Day


  • General admission and parking are free.
  • Gates open at 9:00 a.m.
  • Oaks post time approximately 6:12 p.m.
  • Party in the Paddock from 4-7 p.m., featuring drink specials and live music from Whiskey Bent Valley Boys.

Patrons are permitted to picnic inside the grandstand area for this event.

  • Tents, canopies, grills and glass are not permitted in the Paddock, Walking Ring or North Terrace.
  • Patrons are not permitted to bring alcohol.
  • Coolers are allowed, but are subject to inspection.
  • Pets are not allowed.

Oaks Day

Equestrian Room


Advanced dining reservations are available in the trackside Equestrian Dining Room on Kentucky Oaks day.

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Oaks Day

Party in the Paddock


Come to Keeneland after work for a Party in the Paddock from 4-7 p.m. brought to you by Bud Light. Enjoy drink specials, live music and more.

May 5th

Derby Day


Enjoy the world's biggest Derby Party! With over 1,000 televisions, easy access to wagering, great food, kids activities and more, Keeneland is the perfect place to watch the Run for the Roses.

  • General admission is $5 and parking is free.
  • Gates open at 9:00 a.m.
  • Derby Post time is approximately 6:50 p.m.
  • Patrons are permitted to picnic inside the grandstand area for this event.
  • Tents, canopies, grills and glass are not permitted in the Paddock, Walking Ring or North Terrace
  • Patrons are not permitted to bring alcohol.
  • Coolers are allowed, but are subject to inspection.
  • Pets are not allowed.

Deby Day activities include:

  • Live music with Aly' An in the paddock from 1 - 6 p.m. brought to you by BUD LIGHT.
  • Children's activities, including pony rides, from 2 - 6 p.m. in the Lower Club
  • Derby Hat Contest in The Paddock area from 1-4 p.m.; Finalists will compete at 5 p.m.
Derby Day

Ticket Options


Keeneland offers a number of unique dining options, as well as tailgating on The Hill and general admission for a more casual experience. Explore our Derby Day experiences.

Derby Bash


Enjoy Keeneland's Derby Bash from the Entertainment Center and Keene Barn, featuring buffet dining, live music and numerous televisions to watch the Run for the Roses.

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Equestrian Room


Conveniently located on the ground floor of the grandstand, adjacent to the finish line, the Equestrian Room offers dining in a casual atmosphere.

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Lexington/Kentucky Room


Located on the fourth floor and overlooking the racetrack, the Lexington and Kentucky Room offers buffet dining on Derby Day.

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Phoenix Room


Located on the fourth floor, the Phoenix Room offers buffet dining overlooking the picturesque Keeneland Paddock area.

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General Admission


Enjoy General Admission for $5 at the gate on Derby Day at Keeneland. Gates open at 9 a.m.

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The Hill


Experience the excitement of Derby Day with the tradition of tailgating on The Hill, featuring a big screen television and wagering locations. Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Derby Day.

Private Events


Host your party at Keeneland! Let Keeneland Hospitality coordinate your private party from the convenience of one of Keeneland's corporate boxes. For rates and availability, contact Morgan Whitney, Business Development Manager at (859) 288-4322 or MWhitney@keeneland.com.

Private Events


Host your own Oaks and Derby party at Keeneland!

Let Keeneland Hospitality coordinate your private party from the convenience of one of Keeneland's corporate boxes. For rates and availability, contact Morgan Whitney, Business Development Manager at (859) 288-4322 or mwhitney@keeneland.com

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