Derby Celebration

Children's Activities

There will be a great number of activities for kids including stick horse races, the Derby Dash road race, Kentucky Derby hat-making, and much more.

Kentucky Wildlife

The folks from the Salato Wildlife Education Center will be on hand with a variety of animals indigenous to the Commonwealth.

History Comes Alive

Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln, as well as the Southern Belles, will be in Downtown Frankfort to share what life was like in the 19th century.

Arts and Crafts

The Governor’s Derby Celebration will play host to several Kentucky Crafted artists and craftspeople. Make sure to visit them while you’re downtown.

Derby Related Links

Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby Festival
Kentucky Derby Museum
Celebration of Hope


Calling All Kids

The Governor's Downtown Derby Celebration includes several races for children age 2-12 in four different age groups. Click here to register for the YMCA's Derby Dash.

DERBY TIME IN KENTUCKY is truly one of the most exciting, colorful, and special times of the year. Since 1936, there have been gatherings, both large and small, in the Capital City to celebrate the Kentucky Derby.

The 2014 Derby Celebration will showcase our Capital City with new and traditional festivities for which the Governor’s Derby Celebration is known—offering plenty of color, excitement, entertainment, children’s activities, and food to suit all tastes. The YMCA Derby Dash on Broadway, and the stick horse races on the Old State Capitol lawn have become annual events which children love to race in. Several downtown restaurants will be open and offering special Derby morning fare.

A free concert featuring bands from across the Commonwealth will headline the entertainment on the Jim Beam Brands Stage directly in front of the Old State Capitol. And the crowd-pleasing tradition of having Kentucky craftsmen exhibiting and selling their work will continue this year.

We hope you and your family will make plans to attend this exciting event in historic downtown Frankfort, always on the morning of the first Saturday in May. Bring your family and invite your friends. This event is open to everyone!


Steve and Jane

2014 Derby Celebration Poster

2014 Governor's Derby Celebration Poster

For more information or to purchase this year's Derby Celebration poster, visit the Division of Historic Properties' Online Mall.



2014 Governor's Derby Celebration invitation postcard