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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
  • 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!

For the Gambler

Doors Open at 8AM
First Churchill Race: 9:30AM
Kentucky Derby: Approximately 5:55PM
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
12PM: Doors Open
2:00PM: Track Level Music by the Good For Gary Band
TBD: Best Dressed Contest
TBD: 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

Paddock Garden Social Experience

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

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. Limited availability,
General Admission $50.00


Information is coming soon!
  • Best Dressed Woman
  • Best Dressed Men
  • Best Hat
  • And Many More!

Party Activities

  • Caribou 'Bou' Truck Serving Tasty Treats!


Full Vendor List Coming Soon!

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.

Derby Day Partners

Maker's Mark
Jim Beam
Kim Crawford
Stella Artois
Caribou Coffee
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