Downtown Derby Day

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Downtown Fond du Lac’s All Day  Kentucky Derby Celebration!

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style during Downtown Fond du Lac’s first annual Downtown Derby Day – an all-day celebration of the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby!

This premiere event truly has something for everyone! From hat-making workshops, horse and carriage rides, and Kentucky Derby watch parties, to tons of great shopping specials, and the first annual Downtown Fond du Lac Beer & Bourbon Crawl, there is Derby inspired fun around every corner! Plus, plenty of photo opportunities and various derby themed activites, contests, and prizes hosted by numerous downtown businesses.

Dress to impress! Derby inspired attire is highly encouraged!

Glamourous, high-fashion threads have been a part of the Kentucky Derby experience since the very beginning, so it only makes sense to celebrate the 150th Anniversary in style. Don your biggest, brightest and most glamourous ensembles, headwear and accessories to be a part of the fun! Who knows? Maybe you’ll be chosen as one of our Best Dressed participants for great prizes supplied by downtown businesses!

Downtown Derby Day Activities

Downtown Fond du Lac Beer & Bourbon Crawl:

Make a toast to 150 years of the Kentucky Derby during Downtown Fond du Lac’s first annual Beer and Bourbon Crawl!

During the Beer & Bourbon Crawl, Fond du Lac’s downtown businesses become “tasting rooms” where ticket holders can sample a variety of beers, bourbons, and non-alcoholic beverages. Each location will serve a unique mocktail recipe or N/A option, and a beer or bourbon selection, so you’re sure to find something for your whole group!

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Free Horse and Carriage Rides

Enjoy Free horse and carriage rides, sponsored by Beauty Republic, Bird’s Eye View Optical, Cujak’s Wine and Spirits and Lillian’s of Fond du Lac.

More details coming soon!

Hat-Making Workshop Presented by Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Join Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts for a fun and frilly hat-making workshop from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

The bar in the Fountain City Ballroom will be open for a mimosas, Bloody Marys, Julips, or whatever else your heart desires.

$30 (hat included) or $15 (bring your own hat).

Tickets are sold by Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts and will be available soon:

Family Friendly Derby Day at Wonder!

Feeling lucky? Visit the Wonder Derby Betting Booth! Every child participating in play at Wonder during Downtown Derby Day will be given a gold coin upon purchase to use to “bet” on their favorite horse. With a spirit of friendly competition, they strategize and calculate odds, eagerly anticipating the thrill of victory.

Following the 2024 Kentucky Derby, one coin will be randomly selected from the jar to receive a voucher for 60 minutes of play, redeemable during their next visit.

5pm – 7pm:  For just $20 each, kids will enjoy this extra special event filled with excitement, creativity, and friendly competition as they celebrate the thrill of the Kentucky Derby with a children’s hat and horse decorating activity, horseshoe toss, “betting” booth, photo booth, indoor parade, and a family friendly watch party!

Tickets are sold by Wonder and will be available soon.

Best Dressed Contests at Beauty Republic & Co.

Enjoy indoor and outdoor photo booths with Kentucky Derby themed props, and enter to win awesome prize in the Best Dressed Competition!

More competition details coming soon!

Derby Watch Parties:

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts – 51 Sheboygan St.
1pm – 3pm; 5pm – 6pm,  Fountain City Ballroom

Wonder – Family Friendly – 15 N. Main St.
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Check back soon! More details are added daily!

Live Music:

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts – 51 Sheboygan St.
3pm – 5pm, Fountain City Ballroom

18 Hands Ale Haus & Biergarten
1pm – 4pm, Brent Bel
Join Brent as he performs some of your favorite country tunes and requests. He’ll have you singing and tapping those boots for sure.

Check back soon! More details are added daily!

Participating Downtown Businesses and Specials:

Coming soon!


Contact Megan Sigrist at: 920.322.2006, ext. 2

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