Jun
20
to Jun 21

Derby City Comic Con

  • Kentucky International Convention Center (map)
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Cellar Door Chocolates is bringing the fandom in chocolate form. Look for chocolates made to fit the best comic con.

Over 4700 comic book fans turned out for the fourth annual Derby City Comic Con in 2014. It was our very first two day convention and we're growing once again in 2015! This year we're moving to a new hall (2D) within the Kentucky International Convention Center. This move will grow our show floor by over a third compared to the 2014 show. We're moving from 45,000 square feet of convention space to 68,000 square feet! Our new and LARGER show will take place on June 20th and 21st, 2015 as Derby City Comic Con returns to the Kentucky International Convention Center. Additionally, a full convention celebration is being planned for the evening of June 20th!

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Apr
30
11:00am11:00am

Derby Festival Celebrity Day at the Downs

Hollywood celebrities highlight the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Celebrity Day at the Downs each year at Churchill Downs. Presented by the Kentuckiana Honda Dealers, this star-studded event is held annually at Churchill Downs, home of the legendary horse race. Stars in the Pegasus Parade and other Festival events are on hand for this an exciting and glamorous day at the races.

Post time for the first race is 12:40 PM. The afternoon’s third race is named for the Derby Festival. The 2015 KDF Chairman and the Derby Festival Queen and Royal Court will present a 14-inch, engraved silver tray to the winning jockey, trainer and owner.

This glamorous day with our special guests is only $115 and is one of the hottest tickets in town. So if you miss out, you can still try a seat on Broadway for your stargazing, as celebrities make their way down Broadway in the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade.

Ticket Prices: $1,000 for a preferred table of 8, $920 for table of 8, $115 for single ticket.

FOR TICKETS CALL (502) 572-3857

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Apr
29
5:00pm 5:00pm

Derby Festival Winefest

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Did you know that there are over 66 wineries located here in Kentucky and nearly 30 in Indiana? The Kentucky Derby Festival WineFest event is your chance to learn more about them, and sample some great wines at a comfortable venue.

WineFest will be held on the East Belvedere at Waterfront Park. Tickets, which cost $40, include a complimentary wine glass, event pin and samplings of some of Kentucky’s finest beverages.


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Apr
29
5:00pm 5:00pm

Derby Festival Beerfest

Returning to the 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival event schedule is BeerFest presented by American Founders Bank. Come out to the Overlook inside Kroger’s Fest-A-Ville and enjoy samplings of both regional and national craft beers. Tickets for the event are $45 each and include tastings, a souvenir sampling mug and a BeerFest pin. BeerFest will be open from 6 PM to 10 PM on Wednesday, April 29. Tickets can be purchased online or at American Founders Bank office location at 12oo Forest Bridge Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40223 beginning March 2nd.

VIP tickets will also be available for $75 each.  This exclusive ticket will gain entry to the event an hour before it opens to the public, a buffet meal, VIP mug, a goodie bag and private port-o-lets.

 

Check back for a complete list of beer samples available for 2015!

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Apr
28
5:00pm 5:00pm

Derby Festival Winefest

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Did you know that there are over 66 wineries located here in Kentucky and nearly 30 in Indiana? The Kentucky Derby Festival WineFest event is your chance to learn more about them, and sample some great wines at a comfortable venue.

WineFest will be held on the East Belvedere at Waterfront Park. Tickets, which cost $40, include a complimentary wine glass, event pin and samplings of some of Kentucky’s finest beverages.


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Apr
17
11:30am11:30am

They're Off! Luncheon

The official corporate kick-off of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival – the 59th annual They’re Off! Luncheon will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015. More than 1,500 Derby Festival supporters and patrons are expected to be in attendance for this community tradition, which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House East Hotel, site of the festive event since 1974. Notable speakers include Kirk Herbstreit, Erin Andrews, Sam Champion, Robin Roberts and Terry Bradshaw as well as many others in a long list of luminaries who have entertained They’re Off! Luncheon audiences for the past 58 years.

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Apr
11
11:00am11:00am

Gravy Cup

We can't wait to see you at the 3rd Annual The Gravy Cup!

Cost to attend the tasting event is $10 and proceeds benefit Boys and Girls Haven. Of course if you'd like to donate more to our cause, that would be welcomed! 
There will be loads of music and entertainment throughout the event. There will also be a silent auction.
BONUS: Your ticket will also get you into the GonzoFest happening at Waterfront Park later that evening. What a day!

 

Buy tickets now, this event sells out!


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Apr
11
10:00am10:00am

Cured & Crafted

  • Copper & Kings American Brandy Company (map)
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This is a free event!

10:00am - 4:00pm

Uncommon Goods,
Exceptional Food
& Thankfull Bellies

Join us for an uncommon Artisan Market with featured products from local craftspersons including:

Bourbon Barrel Food
Art Eatables Artisan chocolates, truffles and candy.
Blue Dog Bakery & Café
Kenny’s Farmhouse Chees
Exum’s Double Smoked Country Ham
Woodlands Pork
McDowell Farms Sals
Funked & Fermented Kimchi La
Foxhollow Far
Rookwood Pottery Compan
Chef Annie Pettry of Decc
Chef Patrick Roney of The Oakroom at The Seelbach Hilto
Chef Bobby Benjamin
The Almond Creamer
The Comfy Co
Cellar Door Chocolate
Renegade Sauces & Preserve
Duck Duck Beet CSK & Far
Heine Brothers’ Coffe
Groce Family Far
Capriole Goat Chees
Butchertown Sodas
Copper And King American Brandy

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Mar
26
5:30pm 5:30pm

Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show

For the trendy set, the Macy’s Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show is Kentuckiana’s premiere fashion showcase of the year.  The Fashion Show features a runway of the latest in Derby and spring outfits and accessories by fashion brands and local boutiques.

Some of the Festival’s Official Products will also be featured and Official 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival merchandise will also be on sale.

 

Preferred seating: $75 or $750 for a table of 10 (First come, first served)

Reserved seating: $65 or $650 for a table of 10

Lounge seating: $35 General Admission (includes wine and appetizers)

All ticket price levels include 2015 Fashion Show Event Pin.

 

Check back for a complete list of participating botiques!

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Feb
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

Desserts First

 Louisville’s finest restaurant chefs will create original desserts, signature drinks and hors d’oeuvres using the well-known Girl Scout Cookie varieties as the key ingredient. The chefs will gather and present their creations for tasting at Mellwood Arts Center for an evening networking event.

Desserts First is fundraiser where adult guests sample exclusive culinary creations and enjoy an evening with friends. The evening will also include drinks, and hors d’oeuvres. Desserts will be judged by local culinary experts and the best dessert and hors d’oeuvreswill receive awards. Guests will be able to vote for their favorite creation nin the “People’s Choice” awards.

Register to attend here 

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Feb
15
9:30am 9:30am

CLIMB Cincinnati

Whether you’re participating as an individual, volunteer or as part of a team, the Fight for Air Climb is a great opportunity to work toward the common goal of “Fighting for Air”.

Are you unsure if you should start a team or register as an individual? Go ahead and start a team and we’ll give you the tools and support needed to encourage your family, friends and colleagues to join. There is no additional obligation for forming a team, so why not give it a shot!

On-line registraion is now closed, however you may still participate in the event as a walk-in on Sunday, February 15, between 9:30 and 11 a.m. No phone registrations will be accepted.

Cellar Door Chocolates will be there to provide you with energy chocolate for the journey!

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Jul
16
3:00pm 3:00pm

Four Roses Bourbon – An American Legend

Tales of the Cocktail

In this tasting room, attendees will learn about the distillates and maturates that are the backbone of the brand.  Next up is the Ten Recipes  - from the barrel up.  With props like barrel staves, grain, corn and other components used in Four Roses Bourbon, guests will come full circle on how this bourbon legend has survived, grown and flourished in 125 years.

Don’t forget to enjoy our cocktails and stay for our pairing tastings – did someone say Bacon and Chocolate and Barbecue?  Our Brand Historian will also be on hand with artifacts from our Museum in Kentucky.

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Jun
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

Kentucky Proud Wine & Chocolate Tasting at Stoneware

Attendees can expect to meet Logan Leet, Owner of Old 502 Winery, and Erika Chavez-Graziano, Owner of Cellar Door Chocolates, who will explain their process and sampling products.

Stoneware staff will be on hand to answer questions about products including the Stoneware Wine Coolers that can be stored in the freezer and used to keep wine chilled.

Old 502 Winery makes its nine unique varieties of wine in downtown Louisville, using grapes sourced from Kentucky farmers.

Since 2007, Cellar Door Chocolates has been sourcing the finest ingredients and creating unique flavor combinations in handmade truffles, buttercreams, sea salt caramels, and small batch bourbon balls among other chocolate treats.

Stoneware has been hand making and hand painting pottery for the home, garden and kitchen for 199 years.

Free and open to the public, no reservation needed.

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Celebrity Day at the Downs!
May
1
11:30am11:30am

Celebrity Day at the Downs!

Celebrity Day at the Downs began in 1981 as the “Thorobred Celebrity Luncheon.” Meant as a “thank-you” to the many volunteers working on the Pegasus Parade, the luncheon provided an opportunity for people to meet and greet the parade grand marshal. It quickly became apparent to the Festival that many of the parade volunteers were not able to attend the luncheon due to their efforts on the parade route that day and the Celebrity Luncheon soon evolved to a public event at Churchill Downs. Word quickly spread about this “hot ticket” and chance to meet the Pegasus Parade grand marshal each year, making the luncheon an annual sell-out. For more than twenty years, the luncheon has featured the Grand marshal or Marshals of the parade and recently added more parade celebrities in the last decade as the parade began to draw more entertainers and Hollywood stars.

 

Ticket Prices: $892 for a preferred table of 8, $792 for table of 8, $99 for single ticket

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Kentucky Proud WineFest
Apr
30
5:00pm 5:00pm

Kentucky Proud WineFest

Did you know that there are over 66 wineries located here in Kentucky and nearly 30 in Indiana? The Kentucky Derby Festival WineFest event is your chance to learn more about them, and sample some great wines at a comfortable venue.

WineFest will be held on the East Belvedere at Waterfront Park. Tickets, which cost $40, include a complimentary wine glass, event pin and samplings of some of Kentucky’s finest beverages.

 

 

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BeerFest presented by American Founder’s Bank
Apr
30
5:00pm 5:00pm

BeerFest presented by American Founder’s Bank

Returning to the 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival event schedule is BeerFest presented by American Founders Bank. Come out to the Overlook inside Kroger’s Fest-A-Ville and enjoy samplings of both regional and national craft beers. Tickets for the event are $35 each and include tastings, a souvenir sampling mug and a BeerFest pin.  

You can buy General Admission tickets or VIP tickets.

Tickets can be purchased online or at American Founders Bank office location at 12oo Forest Bridge Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40223.

 Click Here to purchase tickets online.

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Kentucky Proud WineFest
Apr
29
5:00pm 5:00pm

Kentucky Proud WineFest

Did you know that there are over 66 wineries located here in Kentucky and nearly 30 in Indiana? The Kentucky Derby Festival WineFest event is your chance to learn more about them, and sample some great wines at a comfortable venue.

WineFest will be held on the East Belvedere at Waterfront Park. Tickets, which cost $40, include a complimentary wine glass, event pin and samplings of some of Kentucky’s finest beverages.

To buy tickets for Tuesday, click here

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Frankfort Ave Trolley Hop
Apr
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

Frankfort Ave Trolley Hop

Explore the Clifton, Crescent Hill and Butchertown neighborhoods by way of a trolley ride! The FAT Friday Trolley Hop was launched in 2004 and has become a signature event on Frankfort Avenue. Held year-round on the final Friday of every month from 6:00pm-9:00pm, this event draws attracts thousands of people to enjoy free trolley rides to participating shops, restaurants and galleries along the Frankfort, Mellwood and Story Avenue corridor.

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They’re Off!® Luncheon
Apr
11
11:30am11:30am

They’re Off!® Luncheon

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit will be the featured speaker for the official corporate kick-off of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival – the 58th annual They’re Off! Luncheon – on Friday, April 11, 2014. Herbstreit will address over 1,500 Derby Festival supporters and patrons in attendance for this community tradition, which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House East Hotel, site of the festive event since 1974. Herbstreit joins the ranks of Erin Andrews, Sam Champion, Robin Roberts and Terry Bradshaw as well as many others in a long list of luminaries who have entertained They’re Off! Luncheon audiences for the past 57 years.

 

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