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    The 23rd Annual WING DING @ The Bard's Town

    The 23rd annual Wing Ding is upon, and is THE kickoff party to Derby weekend! $2 Bud and Bud Light draft The Bard's Own Hot Wings (only 50 cents each) The Derby Ice Luge Live Music by The Jake Parker Band The party goes all night! 5 PM until you throw up the white flag. Don't miss it!

    May 2, 5pm - 12am
    The Bard's Town
    1801 Bardstown Rd

    2013 Pegasus Parade

    The 2013 Pegasus Parade marches down Broadway on Thursday, May 2, at 5 p.m. This family-friendly annual event showcases some of the nation’s finest marching bands and equestrian units, along with inflatable characters and colorful floats that are designed and decorated to reflect the 2013 theme, “Now, That’s Entertainment!” Led by the “Peggy Bank” inflatable Pegasus balloon, the parade marches west on Broadway for 17 blocks and lasts approximately two hours.

    May 2, 5pm-7pm

    Taste of the Oaks 2013

    Capture the excitement of the Oaks and Kentucky Derby. Taste the finest bourbons, wines and cuisine. Enjoy an evening of live music, dancing and a silent auction. Must be over 21 to attend.   Dress smart casual.  More than 900 people attend this pre-Oaks and Derby party.  The event sells out quickly.

    All the proceeds benefit Easter Seals of Louisville's nonprofit pediatric rehabilitation center.

    May 2, 6:00-10:00 PM
    Galt House Hotel Grand Ballroom
    140 N. Fourth Street
    (502) 584-9781

    100 Black Men of Louisville Derby Gala

    The 22nd annual Kentucky Derby Festival® 100 Black Men of Louisville Derby Gala will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center in the Cascade Ballroom. The featured entertainment will be R&B recording artist Keith Sweat. The attire for the event is formal.

    The 100 Black Men of Louisville offers financial assistance to students in their high school mentoring program to assist them in entering college. The organization’s collegiate 100 mentoring program helps students continue their pursuit of academic excellence at University of Louisville, Kentucky State University, and University of Kentucky. In order to be eligible for selection, youths must excel in school, stay off drugs and act as Big Brothers and Big Sisters and peer leaders at their respective schools. Some of the students are chosen to participate in national academic competitions and their travel expenses are paid. The 100 chapter has opened its doors to African American females at the university level.

    May 2, 7:00-2:00 AM
    Cascade Ballroom
    Kentucky International Convention Center
    221 S Fourth St.

    Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop

    It's an art show. It's a tourist attraction. It's a street party. It's a celebration of Downtown Louisville every 1st Friday of every month from 5pm-11pm. Hop on a Trolley (free) to visit the Artzone!

    May 3, 5pm-11pm
    The Artzone along Main and Market Streets

    Switzerland County Visitors Center Bicentennial Wine Tasting

    Tom and Mary Jane Demaree of The Ridge Winery will present a free wine tasting of the Vevay-Switzerland County Bicentennial wine at the Switzerland County Visitors Center during the May First Friday. The Demarees’ have produced a sweet red grape blend table wine in celebration of the Vevay-Switzerland County Bicentennial. The wine is presented in a cobalt blue bottle and features a label designed bySwitzerland County artist Donna Weaver. The Ridge Winery wine tasting is free and open to the public, although no youths will be permitted in the designated tasting area of the Visitors Center. The special edition wine will be sold for $14.95 per bottle. A 10% discount is available for four or more bottles, with a 20% discount per case or more.

    May 3, 6pm-5pm
    Switzerland County Visitors Center
    128 West Main Street
    Vevay, IN 47043

    Oaks and Smokes 2013

    To benefit Kentucky Harvest, Oaks and Smokes will be pulling out all the stops in 2013 for an evening of great food and fine cigars. Entertainment provided by three bands, and headlined by Nashville's "Here Come the Mummies!" Ticket includes food, entertainment, a complimentary premium cigar and door prize ticket.

    May 3, 7pm-1pm
    The Ice House
    226 E. Washington St.

    The Derby Rose

    Join us for The Derby Eve benefiting FEAT of Louisville (Families for Effective Autism Treatment) at The Gillespie, Louisville's Uniquely Elegant Venue. Entertainment provided by Kirbys Dreamland and DJ Q and DJ Buck Rodgers! VIP: $150: Includes reserved table seating, open premium bar, buffet and desserts, and gift bags!

    May 3, 8pm-2am
    The Gillespie
    421 W. Market Street
    Louisville, KY 40202
    (502) 584-8080

    35th Annual Derby Breakfast

    The Historic Homes Foundation and Garden and Gun Magazine join forces to host the traditional with a twist at the 35th Annual Derby Breakfast at the Farmington Historic Plantation with traditional regional fare, bluegrass, fashion, and a touch of bourbon.

    This year, breakfast guests will enjoy regional cuisine, coffee and cocktails while they explore the beautiful Farmington Historic Plantation house and gardens. Bluegrass sounds of “The Porch Possums” will have attendees tapping their feet and a casual game of croquet will be played on the lawn.

    May 4, 9:30am - 12pm
    Farmington Historic Plantation
    3033 Bardstown Road
    $150 per person

    The 27th Running of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I)

    Early Saturday Evening under the twin spires of historic Churchill Downs, four-year olds and up will break from the gate on the Matt Winn Turf Course seeking a share of a $500,000 purse.

    May 4, Gates open at 8am
    Churchill Downs

    Derby Poster Artist Signing Event

    Collage artist Derek Gores, who created this year's Kentucky Derby poster, will be signing his artwork on Friday and Saturday of this week at Shop at the Brown. Derek creates brilliant collage masterpieces on canvas by stripping paper from recycled magazines, labels, and other found materials. When possible, he uses materials unique to the client to enhance its customization. His works are refreshing, generate conversation, and will be something your guests will enjoy tremendously. Posters are $40 each.

    May 4, 8:30pm-10om
    The Brown Hotel
    335 W. Broadway
    (502) 583-1234
    Posters are $40 each

    27th Annual Billy's Burger Bash

    Varanese Restaurant, located at 2106 Frankfort Avenue, will host the “27th Annual Billy’s Burger Bash” on Saturday, May 4 from 11:00pm to the wee hours of Sunday, May 5. The party is open to anyone who has energy left after several weeks of Derby festivities. There is no cover charge, and a simple, late night menu of appetizers, bar bites, burgers and fries will be served, along with drink specials. Live entertainment from Lamont Gillispie and 100 Proof will give the crowd strength to dance and celebrate as the drinks start to flow.

    May 4, 11:00-4:00 AM
    Varanese Restaurant
    2106 Frankfort Avenue

    Kentucky Bluegrass Combine

    Presented by the Blue-Grey Combine Series, more than 200 elite high school football players with hopes of being recruited to college football programs will attend this annual combine.

    May 5, 11:00-3:30 PM
    Kentucky Exposition Center, Cardinal Stadium
    937 Phillips Lane
    (502) 367-5000

    The Old Friends Annual Homecoming

    Join Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY, for its annual farm celebration–now in its 10th year. BBQ buffet, farm tours, live music, games, plus live and silent auctions of select racing memorabilia, artwork, pottery, and crafts. All proceeds to benefit the 120 equine retirees.

    May 5, 3pm-7pm

    Old Friends Farm
    1841 Paynes Depot Road
    Georgetown, Kentucky 40324
    (502) 863-1775


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