5 Kentucky Derby Festival events not to miss

The Kentucky Derby Festival is such an amazing opportunities to get out together and enjoy our city. Sometimes, it can seem like such an undertaking to figure out which events are the best for kids and families. Here are some suggestions of events we know and love! 
The most popular FAQ qet receive is, how old does a child have to be to need a Pegasus Pin? The answer is: 6 years old. Children ages 5 and under do not need Pegasus Pins. 
1. Ford’s Thunder on the Ground
April 21 starting at 11 a.m. Entry is free with a 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Pin. Purchase your pin at any of these local retailers. This event offers Thunder FoodFest, an interactive display area and a kids’ play area on the Great Lawn.

Kids’ activities include:

  • Bounce Houses
  • Face Painting
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Food

2. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville
April 26- May 4 starting at 11:00 AM- Entry is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin. This is a family friendly area with tickets rides, food, and drinks. There are a variety of free concerts- many of the acts are family friendly. Dance the night away while enjoying the waterfront.

3. PNC Tour de Lou
April 29, starting at 8:30 a.m. This event is fun as a participant or a spectator cheering on the bike riders. If you are interested in riding you can go here to register. There are different distances you can choose to ride and you will see the city in a whole new way. The course includes a scenic Olmsted Park Tour showcasing Shawnee, Chickasaw, Wayside, Iroquois and Cherokee parks, as well as a ride by the iconic Churchill Downs racetrack. Although not a free event to participate, well worth the cost for what is included in your registration fee.

4. Republic Bank Pegasus® Parade– May 3, starting at 5pm. Free or you can get buy tickets for seats by going here. This is a wonderful family event with lots music and of visual action. Enjoy character balloons, amazing floats, marching bands, and more!

5. U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest: Great Balloon Glow– April 27, 6:00 PM: Gates Open, 9:00 PM: Glow Begins. Free with at 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Pin + $8 Fairgrounds parking fee. This is your chance to see the balloons up close, inflated and tethered to the ground. The balloon pilots and crews will be standing by to answer questions and light up their balloons. At 9:00, all the inflated balloons will light up to a synchronized to a musical score. *This event is weather dependent so please check that it is still going on before headed to the Fairgrounds. 

By Guest Contributor: Christine
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