With the Breeders’ Cup comes the Breeders’ Cup Festival, a week-long, city-wide celebration from Sunday, October 30th to Saturday, November 5th. Enjoy live music, block parties, culinary and bourbon events, plus so much more!
Below is a list we've compiled of all the Breeders' Cup festivities to help you make the most of your Breeders' Cup week.
BREEDERS’ CUP DRAW AT RUPP ARENA
Monday, October 31st, Doors 2:00PM – Draw 2:45PM
FREE admission to witness history as post positions are drawn on the floor of Rupp Arena for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland. This championship venue will come alive with racing highlights of past and present Thoroughbred stars. All the owners and jockeys will learn where their run for a world championship begins!
General Public Attendees
Parking: Gate 1 or Gate 2 from High St.
Enter the arena lobby doors, located on the plaza facing the Hyatt. From the concourse level proceed to seating sections 13-15.
EQUINE FILM FESTIVAL
Tuesday, November 1st – Friday, November 4th
Enjoy current films and classics created around the racing and equine industry at The Kentucky Theatre – featuring everything from “Seabiscuit” to “Secretariat”, as well the recently acclaimed independent film “Jockey”. These classics feature scenes shot in and around the bluegrass region – including Keeneland, The Red Mile and many local horse farms as well. View showtimes here.
ED BROWN SOCIETY & BREEDERS’ CUP FESTIVAL ART EXHIBIT
Wednesday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 6th
EBS and the Breeders’ Cup Festival will host an art exhibit at the Lyric Theatre featuring local and national artist showcasing their work of equine-inspired art and more. Some of the featured artists include Steve Skipper, Lance Newman, and LeRoy Neiman. The Kentucky Derby Museum’s Black Heritage in Racing traveling exhibit will also be on display that details how enslaved Africans laid the foundation for horse racing in this part of the world. The art exhibit will start on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and will run through Sunday Nov. 6, 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily.
FASHIONABLE FILLIES AT JEFF RUBY’S
Wednesday, November 2
Honoring Keeneland president Shannon Arvin and breeder/owner Helen Alexander, a special fund-raising luncheon will be held at Jeff Ruby’s in downtown Lexington. This event will feature food, signature cocktails, live music – and shopping for fashion provided by local boutiques in Lexington. Proceeds benefit The Jockey Club Safety New Foundation, which provides financial relief and assistance to those in need within the Thoroughbred industry. Limited seating is available. Purchase tickets here.
BREEDER’S CUP WATCH PARTY AT TANDY PARK
Friday, November 4th – Saturday, November 5
Take in all the action for FREE at Tandy Park – where you can watch the races on a large video board and numerous large TV’s throughout the park. Food truck and outdoor bars will offer refreshments from the first post to the last race from Keeneland. The park will also offer musical entertainment following the live race coverage.
THOROUGHBRED CHARITIES “BASH AT THE BREEDERS’ CUP”
Friday, November 4th
After the first day of racing at Breeders’ Cup, make plans to attend the Thoroughbred Charities of America’s “Bash at the Breeders’ Cup" held in the Grand Reserve. One of the sport’s top fundraising events, the “Bash” will feature specialty cocktails, food and live music – plus a live auction to benefit the Thoroughbred Charities of America. Purchase tickets here!
INTERNATIONAL BLOCK PARTY AT GREYLINE STATION
Friday, November 4th
The spirit of international racing takes over Greyline Station with special food, cocktails and music offerings from around the world of racing. The vendors on site will take on the international flair and culture that comes with the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Parking will be offered off-site at Legends Ball Park with free shuttle service to Greyline. This promises to be an international evening you don’t want to miss. Block Party begins at 5pm.
ISAAC MURPHY ART GARDEN PARTY AND FAMILY STROLL
Sunday, October 30th
Walk in the footsteps of legends as you journey from “Isaac To Oliver” along the Town Branch Commons starting at Isaac Murphy Art Garden and continuing to Oliver Lewis Way. Come back to Isaac Murphy Art Garden and enjoy kid’s activities courtesy of Keeneland, along with food trucks, live music and learn more about the early days of racing in Lexington. FIRST 300 walkers get a FREE commemorative long-sleeve T-Shirt! Starts at 2pm and ends at 6pm.
TANDY PARK TAKEOVER
Monday, October 31st – Saturday, November 5th
All week long, Tandy Park will be the center of the Breeders’ Cup celebration with live music, food and broadcasts of all the training and activities from Keeneland. Local and national entertainers will perform nightly from 5:30pm till 10pm. Large video boards all around Tandy Park along with food trucks and spirits offerings.
Live Music Schedule
Monday 10/31: Canvas, Boogie G & the Titanics (Dance/Contemporary)
Tuesday 11/1: Lexington Music Education, Yacht Rock Review (Yacht Rock)
Wednesday 11/2: Kentucky All Stars
Thursday 11/3: Five Below Band, The Johnson Brothers (Classic Rock)
Friday 11/4: Honeychild, Tee Dee Young (R&B/Soul)
Saturday 11/5: The Ranahans, Lauren Mink Band (Country/Western/Bluegrass)
BREAKFAST AT THE BREEDERS’ CUP
Saturday, November 5th
Take in the sights and sounds of early morning workouts at Keeneland leading up to the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Mix and mingle with an international gathering of the finest trainers, owners and jockeys from around the globe, while the finest racehorses on the planet go through their last minute preparations in their quest for the championship title. This event is free and food and beverage will be available for purchase throughout the morning.
RACE TRACK CHAPLAINCY “NIGHT OF FAITH, HOPE & LOVE”
Wednesday, November 2nd
The RTCA cordially invites all backstretch workers and the local community to come to celebrate the 50th anniversary of service to the Thoroughbred industry. Held in the Silks Lawn Chalet at Keeneland, this event offers a contemporary worship service, celebrity speakers, giveaways and more! The main program starts with a 5pm free meal and the program follows at 5:45 – including the announcement of the 2022 White Horse Award.
THE BOURBON SHOWCASE
Wednesday, November 2 – Friday, November 4th
Located in the beautiful Clerestory at Greyline Station, the Bourbon Showcase will present over 20 distilleries for bourbon tastings, amazing Kentucky food and musical entertainment. Each distillery will share their bourbon and their unique stories in a truly one-of-a-kind environment. This one-of-a-kind opportunity is limited to only 250 guests per night. Purchase tickets here!
BREEDERS’ CUP LOUNGE AT GRAND RESERVE
Saturday, November 5th
Looking for a great way to celebrate after the two biggest days in racing? Join in all the revelry at the Grand Reserve with a live DJ, food stations and bottle service offered after the last race is official. Celebrate in style in a world-championship setting with a great night of post-race fun. Purchase tickets here!
KEENELAND BREEDERS' CUP TOURS
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look with a special guided tour as Keeneland transforms into the home of the 2022 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. See first-hand how the months of preparation are needed to host this international event. The Breeders’ Cup tours will let you se all the additions of seating and dining areas in the paddock and Clubhouse turn, as well as hospitality center for our guests from around the world. To reserve a tour, click here.
KEENELAND LIBRARY EXHIBIT ON THE BREEDERS’ CUP HISTORY
Home of countless pieces of racing history, the Keeneland Library will turn its focus to the 38-year legacy of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships starting in October. From the founding of the event by John Gaines, through the memorable championship moments, guests at the Keeneland Library can learn about the people and equine athletes who made history at the Breeders’ Cup.
VISIT HORSE COUNTRY
HORSE COUNTRY TOURS | OCTOBER – NOVEMBER
Participating farms members will be opening their gates to welcome fans, local and breeders alike for the return of the Breeders’ Cup to the Bluegrass. From Breeders’ Cup champions to those who finished close behind them, to their equine families as well as the connections of this year’s stars, you can visit many of them in Horse Country. Through Horse Country’s vet clinics, feed mills and training facilities you can learn what it takes to make a Breeders’ Cup champions. Book your tour!
For more information on all things Breeder's Cup Festival, visit Breeders' Cup Event Schedule.