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    The Kentucky Derby

    In its 140th year, The 2014 Kentucky Derby is finally here!  Raise the stakes, toast to the odds and bet on your favorite at Churchill Downs on Saturday.  “The most exciting two-minutes in sports” promises to be a day of thrills, the rarest of sights to see, and a Kentucky tradition like no other.  Experience American horse racing society in its finest moment at the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

    May 3, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
    Churchill Downs
    700 Central Ave
    www.kentuckyderby.com
    502-636-4400

    Celebrate Oaks Day at the Jim Beam Distillery


    Jim Beam will celebrate Oaks Day with a party! In addition to guided tours of the Beam distillery – the largest producer of bourbon in the world – and the delicious barbeque offerings of Fred’s Smokehouse, the party will include live music, samplings of the Beam family’s mint julep recipes and a chance to meet and mingle with Beam family members.

    May 2, 12 – 4 p.m.

    Jim Beam Distillery
    526 Happy Hollow Road
    Clermont, KY 40110
    www.americanstillhouse.com
    502-543-9877
    Free

    Oaks and Smokes Block Party at the Icehouse

    Live music, cigars and the best cuisine- all in the name of the Derby eve gala.  The Ice House will shut down E. Washington St. on Friday, May 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight for its Oaks and Smokes Derby eve gala. Crushed Ice Events executive chef Laurence Agnew’s signature Kentucky inspired dishes and drinks will pair with cigars and live music for one of the best places to enjoy an outdoor Derby celebration away from Churchill Downs. Proceeds from the annual event benefit local charity, Kentucky Harvest that provides meals for the less fortunate in the Bluegrass state.

    May 2, 7 – 11 p.m.

    The Ice House
    226 E. Washington St.
    Louisville, KY 40202
    www.oaksandsmokes.com
    502-894-9999
    $125

    2014 Triumph Gala - hosted by Clark Memorial Hospital Foundation


    Let's Toast Before They Post! Please join us for Southern Indiana's Premier Derby Eve party. Don't miss this celebration of hope, survival, and life, benefitting Cancer Care Services and Health Education initiatives at Clark Memorial Hospital. The Triumph Gala will be held the evening following the running of the Kentucky Oaks. Guests will enjoy dinner, music by Jamey Abersold and 100 percent Poly, and auction.


    May 2, 7:30 – 12:30 a.m.

    Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards
    19816 Huber Road
    Borden, IN 47106
    www.triumphgala.com
    812-283-2105
    $100 general admission/ $250 VIP

    Derby Eve Reggae Night


    Dance to Derby with Reggae Night! The only place dedicated to Reggae music is located in the heart of downtown Louisville at the Addis Bar & Grill.   Rock out and dance out with DJ Mixa & Guest DJ playing the latest and greatest Reggae, Soca, Hip Hop and more.


     

    May 2, 11 – 3:30 a.m.
    Addis Bar & Grill
    109 s. 4th street
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-418-3414
    $5.00

    Down One Bourbon Bar & Restaurant After Derby Party

    Celebrates the Run for the Roses with a special Derby Party of Kentucky bourbon and cuisine.   Guests can choose from two options: dinner and drinks for $100; or drinks only for $75.  The evening will feature a full buffet dinner, a live entertainment band, extraordinary flavors and specialty cocktails.  Down One Bourbon Bar boasts a featured Bourbon spot along Louisville’s expanding Bourbon Row and features more than 100 bourbons, rye whiskeys, local craft beer, specialty cocktails and distinctive wines by the glass. Down One Bourbon Bar & Restaurant is featured in National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s “Best in the World: Must-See Places in 2014” and the number three Best Bourbon Bar in Kentuckiana by Louisville.com.

    May 3, 7 – 11 p.m.

    Down One Bourbon Bar
    321 West Main Street
    Louisville, KY 40202
    www.downonebourbonbar.com
    502-566-3259
    $100 dinner & drinks or $75 drinks only


    28th Annual Billy's Burger Bash at Varanese Restaurant

    Savor the delectable food and dance to live music at Varanese Restaurant. The party is free and open to anyone who has the energy to attend one last Derby event. The evening will include live music, dancing, a late night menu of appetizers, bar bites, burgers and fries and drink specials.


    May 3, 11 – 2 a.m.
    Varanese
    2106 Frankfort Ave
    Louisville, KY 40206
    www.varanese.com
    502-899-9904
    Free

    Local author Barbara Sullivan-Nelson Signing at Carmichael’s

    Carmichael's welcomes local author Barbara Sullivan-Nelson for a reading from her new science fiction thriller Dowsing the Universe. Barbara Sullivan-Nelson began writing inspirational articles after her retirement as a successful business owner and operator. She is the author of Tracking and Ryan’s World. Join Carmichael’s in this book reading in support of local Louisville.


    May 4, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
    Carmichael's Bookstore
    2720 Frankfort Ave.
    Louisville, KY 40206
    www.carmichaelsbookstore.com
    502-896-6950
    Free


    WizeCrackz & Silly Sundayz

    Comeday Caravan brings the laughs as the post-Derby world goes on.  WizeCrackz Media is back with Silly Sundayz and they have made it bigger and better for their loyal fans.  WizeCrackz Media will be showcasing a group of diverse comics that will be sure to smack everyone's funny bones.


    May 4, 7:45 – 9 p.m.
    Comedy Caravan
    1250 Bardstown Rd
    Louisville, KY 40204
    laughingderby.com
    502-459-0022
    $12

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