Breeders’ Cup Festival Preview

The week leading up to Breeders’ Cup is a jam-packed one. We’re sharing with you how you can get out + enjoy the action of the Breeders’ Cup Festival.

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Stop by Tandy Park for live music, broadcasts from Keeneland + more. | Photo courtesy of VisitLex

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In anticipation of Breeders’ Cup‘s returning to Keeneland Fri., Nov. 4 + Sat., Nov. 5, Mayor Linda Gorton announced it was time to “Purple up!

However, the good times begin this Sunday with the start of the Breeders’ Cup Festivalseven days of exciting equine events highlighting our rich history + culture.

Pull out those planners because some serious fun is coming down the backstretch.

One-time fun

  • Isaac to Oliver Family Stroll | Sun., Oct. 30 | 2-6 p.m. | Isaac Murphy Art Garden, 577 E. Third St. | Free | Walk along the Town Branch Trail for as long as you want at your own pace and then return to Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden for kids activities, food trucks + more.
  • Post-Position Draw | Mon., Oct. 31 | 2:45 p.m. | Rupp Arena | Free | Witness history as the post positions for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships are drawn on the floor of Rupp Arena.
  • Fashionable Fillies | Wed., Nov. 2 | 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Jeff Ruby’s | $150 | This fundraising luncheon — which features mingling, fashion + specialty cocktails — benefits The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation.

Happening all week

  • Tandy Park Takeover | Mon., Oct. 31-Sat., Nov. 5 | 5:30-10:30 p.m. | Tandy Park | Free | Downtown will take center stage with local + national entertainment performances, food trucks, and drinks. Also, large video boards will be set up to broadcast behind-the-scenes action from Keeneland.
  • Horse: An Equine Film Festival | Tues., Nov. 1-Fri., Nov. 4 | Times vary | The Kentucky Theatre | Prices vary | Experience seven classic films about horses — many of which were filmed in the Bluegrass.
  • Kentucky Bourbon Showcase | Wed., Nov. 2-Fri., Nov. 4 | Times vary | Clerestory at Greyline, 101 W. Loudon Ave. | $50 | Get your ticket to sample tastings and hear the stories from 20+ area distilleries.

And that’s not all. There’s an International Block Party, Breakfast at the Breeders’ Cup + more. You can find them here and in our events section very soon.

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