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Kentucky Derby Party

Saturday, May 6

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

Activities Include:
  • Maker's Mark Mint Julep Specials benefitting A Chance to Grow
  • Red Carpet Selfie Station
  • Best Dressed / Best Hat Contest
  • Live Music from Good For Gary
  • And a variety of vendors
Derby attire is encouraged, but not required!

Bringing a whole party? Groups of 20+ interested in special seating accommodations and hosted food or beverages can have a package created to impress your entire guest list! Contact for more details & booking.

For the Gambler

Doors Open at 8AM
First Churchill Race: 9:30AM
Kentucky Derby: Approximately 5:57PM
Reserved Tables in Advance
First Come, First Serve Seating Available
Walk-Up Wagering Available

Complimentary Admission:
Current Gold, Silver & Bronze MVP Card Holders: Free
Simply show MVP card at the gate.
Kentucky Derby Hat
Kentucky Derby Reserved Clubhouse Seating 2023
Upgrade your Kentucky Derby experience by adding a Clubhouse table, including menu and cocktail service and private TV. Price listed per seat and does not include admission.

For the Derby Party Fan

Minnesota's Best Derby Party
12:00PM: Doors Open
1:15PM: Derby Jump Off - Track
2:00PM: Live Music by the Good For Gary Band
2:55PM: Derby Jump Off - Track
3:00PM: Meet & Greet with Bobby Jensen - Grow w/ Kare
4:00PM Derby Jump Off - Track
4:15PM: Best Dressed & Best Hat Contest
5:00PM Derby Coverage will begin
5:57PM: Running of the Kentucky Derby!

Derby Party Admission:
Current Gold, Silver & Bronze MVP Card Holders: Free
General Public: $10
Kentucky Derby Hat
Kentucky Derby Viewing Party 2023
Ticket not required for Gold , Silver and Bronze MVP Card Holder. Show MVP card at entrance
General Admission $10.00
Kentucky Derby Hat
Kentucky Derby Paddock Garden Social
Canterbury Park is home to the largest Kentucky Derby Party around. Includes admission to the party and a private social in the Paddock. SOLD OUT


Contests will be held on stage at 4:15PM.
  • Best Dressed Woman
  • Best Dressed Men
  • Best Hat
If you are interested in competing, check in at the stage at 4:00PM. Participants will be selected.

Party Activities

  • Meet Retired Race Horses with This Old Horse
  • Meet and Greet with Jason DeRusha- WCCO
  • Spring Garden Tips with Bobby Jensen- KARE 11 Grow with Kare
  • Sampling stations from Kim Crawford, Makers Mark & Cutwater Spirits
  • 6+ Photo / Selfie Stations throughout the building


  • Caribou 'Bou' Truck Serving Tasty Treats!
  • BBQ Cabin Food Truck
  • Bravis Modern Street Food Truck
  • Kim Crawford Wine Sampling
  • Makers Mark Sampling
  • International Cigars

Good for Gary

Good for Gary is a Twin Cities cover band that specializes in playing current and past dance hits, focusing on the newest Top 40 songs. With a 7-piece line-up, Good for Gary plays without the use of tracks or samples that most of their contemporaries use. The band has been playing since 2008 seeing SOME of the song list moving from brand new hits to throwback classics. Good for Gary can be seen at your local bar, festival, wedding, or corporate event and can fine tune the set list according to each.

Cheers! $1 Raised for every Mint Julep

Enjoy Mint Julep's while helping out a wonderful cause! For every Mint Julep purchased on Derby Day $1 is raised for A Chance To Grow. A Chance To Grow is a nonprofit organization that sees the opportunity to help everyone reach their highest potential! Their mission is to promote the maximum development of the whole child and adult through innovative, individualized and comprehensive brain-centered programs and services.

Special Guests

Meet Jason DeRusha

Meet Jason DeRusha from WCCO Radio during the Paddock Social. He will also be hosting the Best Dressed and Best Hat Contest on the Stage at 4:15 PM

Mark Irving

Meet Mark Irving, former Jockey at Canterbury Park. He will provide tips on what to look for when betting on a horse, as well as some insider jockey knowledge.

Meet Bobby Jensen

Meet Bobby Jensen from Grow with Kare on Kare11. He will be available to answer questions and provide spring gardening tips!

Paddock Garden Social Experience

Weather Update - Party has been moved to Longshots on the 2nd floor

This one of a kind experience will include a private social in our Paddock Gardens from 3:00 - 6:00 PM. The Social will include hosted Beer and Wine for the first hour, as well as complimentary appetizers, and a sparkling wine toast to celebrate the winning horse. Spend time in the beautifully planted Paddock Gardens under the sun, meet other derby fans, special guests, enjoy a signature Mint Julep and get ready for the Kentucky Derby Race on the big screen in the Paddock.

$50- Includes admission to the Derby Party
*Event will move indoors based on the weather forecast

Derby Day Partners

Maker's Mark
Jim Beam
Kim Crawford
Stella Artois
MN Lottery
Caribou 2
Lord Fletchers
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