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Minnesota's Best Derby Party

Saturday, May 4th

Minnesota's Best Derby Party is back at Canterbury Park!
Presented by Maker's Mark
Join us in celebrating the 150th Kentucky Derby! Come watch, wager and enjoy the Kentucky Derby experience at a real racetrack for a day, packed with everything Derby. Enjoy 3 levels of drink, food, and celebration. From Maker's Mark mint juleps, to roses, red carpets, selfie stations, contests, vendors, and of course screenings of the most exciting two minutes in sports on the big screens!

Activities Include:
  • Maker's Mark Mint Julep Specials
  • Live Music by the 70's Magic Sunshine Band
  • Red Carpet Selfie Station
  • Makers Mark Sample Bar
  • Adult Game Zone
  • Best Dressed / Best Hat Contest / Best Couple
  • And a variety of vendors
Derby attire is encouraged, but not required!

For the Gambler

Doors Open at 8AM
Kentucky Derby: Approximately 5:57PM
Reserve Tables in Advance
First Come, First Serve Seating also Available
Walk-Up Wagering Available
Free Admission: Gold, Silver and Bronze MVP Members

For the Derby Party Fan

Minnesota's Best Derby Party
12:00PM: Doors Open
12:00PM: Derby Party Kick-Off and Festivities
1:00pm – 5:30PM: Live Music by the 70’s Magic Sunshine Band
5:57PM: Kentucky Derby Race
Admission: $10

Derby Party Schedule

1:00PM-5:00PM Live Music on Stage - 70's Sunshine Band
3:00PM Best Dressed Couple Contest - Track Stage
4:00PM Best Dressed Single and Best Hat Contests - Track Stage
5:15PM Ken-Ducky Derby Chuck-a-Duck Contest - Winner's Circle
5:57PM Running of the Kentucky Derby

Minnesota's Best Derby Party Reserved Clubhouse Seating 2024
Minnesota's Best Derby Party Reserved Clubhouse Seating 2024
Reserve a Clubhouse table, which includes menu and cocktail service and a private TV.

Does NOT include General Admission.
Minnesota's Best Derby Party General Admission 5/4/2024
Minnesota's Best Derby Party General Admission 5/4/2024
Ticket not required for Gold , Silver and Bronze MVP Card Holder. Show MVP card at entrance


Show off your unique style and creativity with the potential to win fun prizes.

  • 3:00PM - Best Dressed Couple
  • 4:00PM - Best Dressed Single
  • 4:00PM - Most Extravagant Hat
5:15PM - Ken-Ducky Derby Chuck-a-Duck Contest
Test your arm in the Chuck-a-Duck contest. Throw your duck from the Track Apron into the Apple Autos truck on the track for a chance to win Prizes! $5 Rubber Ducks can be purchased at the Track Information Booth, Silks Social Check-in, and Leg Up Fund Table on Track Level. All proceeds will be donated to the Leg Up Fund.

Party Activities

  • Red Carpet Moments & Selfie Stations
  • Live Music
  • Specialty Mint Julip Cocktails
  • Contests
  • Adult Game Zone
  • Makers Mark Bar
  • Kim Crawford Sample Station
  • And More!


Derby Social Experience $60 (21+)

This one of a kind experience will include a private social in our Silks Event Space. Enjoy a beautiful indoor-outdoor setting, with a private front row viewing deck of the stage, appetizers, 2 drink tickets good for Stella Beer, Kim Crawford or Meiomi Wine, Bubbly Toast for the Derby, selfie stations, games, samplings, and more! Spend time under the sun, meet other derby fans, enjoy a signature Maker's Mark Mint Julep and get ready for the Kentucky Derby Race on the big screen.
*Indoor Space with Climate Control

Reserved Deck Table for 4: Enjoy a reserved table for you and your friends on the Outdoor Silks Deck, with front row views of the stage. $300 (includes Admission to Derby Social)
Derby Social Experience
Derby Social Experience
Derby Social Experience Reserved Deck Table for 4
Derby Social Experience Reserved Deck Table for 4
SOLD OUT - This outdoor package includes admission for 4 and a outdoor silks deck table for 4

The 70’s Magic Sunshine Band

The 70’s Magic Sunshine Band is a high-energy live concert experience that plays the biggest top 40 AM radio hits from the 1970’s, tailor-made to fill the dance floor! The 70’s Magic Sunshine Band brings you back to the era of 8-track stereos, roller skating, polyester and belle bottoms!

Hit making artists from the 1970's include, The Bay City Rollers, Hall & Oates, Three Dog Night, The O'Jays, Shocking Blue, Little River Band, Jim Croce, Elton John, Tony Orland and Dawn, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Sweet, Nick Gilder, The Partridge Family, Rod Stewart, ABBA, The Doobie Brothers, Looking Glass, Supertramp, Redbone, Blue Swede, The Four Seasons, Queen, The Eagles, Bee Gees, Pablo Cruise, Carl Douglas, Rupert Holmes, Warren Zevon, Don McLean, Boz Scaggs, selections from Guardians of the Galaxy and more!

Presented By

Maker's Mark

Derby Day Partners

Jim Beam
MN Lottery
Kim Crawford
Stella Artois

For Partnership information please contact: Kip Rakos, Director of Corporate Partnerships | | 952-233-4845

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