Louisville Travel for Derby Festival Events and Bourbon Tours

March 9, 2023

Kentucky Derby Festival Poster 2022

Derby Festival in Louisville is Now Several Weeks of Celebration, Plus More Bourbon Tours and Events Than Ever Before

Ask any Louisvillian. The Derby Festival weeks preceding the actual Kentucky Derby Day (first Saturday in May), are like one long holiday with one colorful event after the next, collectively creating a city-wide atmosphere of celebration. Across the city, lunches get longer, and Spring is in the air as well as live music from most bars. It’s the best time to visit Louisville, and now there are continuously more bourbon events joining the party.

For any out-of-town visitors, now is the time to plan and secure lodgings as well as admissions to bourbon tours. Derby Festival and festival-inspired bourbon experiences are coming soon! At Historic DuPont Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Old Louisville, we are encouraging visitors (and local stay-cationers!) to attend these particular favorites among traditional and new Derby Festival events:

  • Among the early events to catch for getting into the spirit, “Festival Unveiled” is presented by Four Roses Bourbon, Thursday, March 16, Mellwood Art Center,
    Kentucky Derby Festival Poster 2022
    Kentucky Derby Festival Poster 2022

    for only $50 admission. Be there first-hand to see the unveiling of this year’s Derby Festival poster, and toast the artist(s) with Four Roses!

  • Ladies, bring your girlfriends to Dillard’s Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show, March 30, 5:00 pm EST, at Caesar’s in Southern Indiana, for only $65 admission. See the latest fashions and accessory trends for Derby season!
  • Kentucky Derby Festival BourbonVille at the Frazier History Museum. April 13, 2023 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm, EST. Tickets are only $55. Here you will enjoy an evening sampling of your favorite bourbons at Frazier, the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
  • A traditional highlight of the Kentucky Derby Festival, and a top Louisville social event, the Fillies Derby Ball is April 15, 2023, 6:00 pm EST, at the Louisville Downtown Marriott, with tickets starting at $300. Come celebrate and dance to the live music of Bourbon Legend.

There are many, many other Derby Festival Events to enjoy, so plan a trip or stay-cation around your favorites, or schedule according to your availability in mid-to-late April, and you will find Louisville at its best, offering hospitality, entertainment and plenty of bourbon to all, locals and visitors alike. Contact us at DuPont Mansion, and we’ll be happy to provide arrangements as well as our ‘Outrageous Hospitality’!