DerbyParty Help Page

Don’t get caught unaware. Everything you need to know about DerbyParty is answered here. Search our most asked questions and find the answers, plus a long list of Dos and Don’ts to be sure you have a great time.

If this list doesn’t have the answer to your question please contact us and we’ll do our best to get back to you asap.

What you can DO and what we suggest you DON’T.

Derby Dos

DO bring your ID and Ticket – you must be 21 to enter, no exceptions. Tickets must have a valid bar-code, printed receipts will NOT be accepted.

DO be prepared for the weather – if it’s going to be hot and sunny, bring sunscreen. If it might get a little chilly, bring a light jacket or sweater.

DO wear appropriate shoes – the majority of the outdoor area is soft grass and you will do lots of walking. Girls, those stilettos may look good, but sink in the grass. Guys, you’ll be doing a lot of walking and dancing, go for comfort.

DO bring some cash – Your bartenders are working hard for you and will welcome your tips. We will have a few ATMs available on site.

DO dress to impress – this might be one of the best dressed crowds you’ll ever see in Denver. Or anywhere else for that matter!

DO get a babysitter – for insurance purposes, no babies, toddlers or children are allowed – no exceptions.

DO take public transportation – With numerous other outdoor events and limited parking in Denver over the weekend, taking public transportation is highly advised. Uber and Lyft are great alternatives to taxis, as is RTD Light Rail to 16th & California or Convention Center stops.

DO remember your ticket – looking up your lost ticket will take 15-20 minutes and we don’t want you to miss a minute of fun.

DO enter on 14th & Curtis St – this is the ONLY entrance. Jockey Club ticket holders and Sponsors with a tent should look for the express lane.

DO be patient – we will work as hard as possible to check tickets, pat down guests, and check IDs at the entrance. Lines will move quickly but be prepared for a short wait. We will have food in line.

DO eat a hearty breakfast – we will provide lots of food, but a good breakfast helps everyone last the day. There are lots of restaurants within walking distance of DerbyParty, but we highly recommend reservations.

DO pace yourself – don’t let the horse out of the gate too quickly. It’s a long day full of fun and frivolity, we don’t want you to miss any of it.

DO hang on to your stuff – we won’t be responsible for any lost, stolen, or misplaced items. We will do our best to round up anything left behind or lying around after everyone has left, but can’t make any promises.

DO be sure to circulate – DerbyParty has many tents, indoor areas, and lounges and they all have TVs with feeds to the main stage and Infield. And you just might find smaller lines!

DO remember this is a fund raiser – yes DerbyParty is fun as hell, but remember why we do this and please be courteous to guests, staff, and hosts.

DO get your photo taken – we will have our photographers at the media wall, and throughout the party, snapping photos of our guests. We will have them available for download after the event. We will also have photo booths providing instant free photos to take away.

DO use social media – use the #DerbyParty and #DenverDerby liberally as we will be competing with the rest of the country for our event to be featured LIVE ON NBC later in the day! Twitter, Facebook & Instagram: @denverderby

DO seek medical attention if needed – we have several first aid stations throughout the event and roaming paramedics should the need arise.

DO leave when asked to do so – we have to clean up, pack up, and break down the entire event and we want to have some fun too. Please be courteous when leaving..

DO check out the main stage entertainment – we have a couple of top notch MCs, Stereo Clone cover band, Macy’s Best Hat contest, our scholarship presentation, the big race, and then the dance party commences with DJ Michael Smith from Los Angeles!

DO HAVE FUN!

Derby Don’ts

DON’T forget your ID or your ticket – you must be 21 to enter and have a valid ticket with a bar-code. A simple printed receipt will NOT be accepted.

DON’T drive home if you have been drinking – Uber, RTD Light Rail, taxi, rickshaw, or walking are all better alternatives then trying to drive on this busy weekend.

DON’T leave and try to come back – we have a strict no re-entry policy. And, really, why would you want to leave before the music ends?

DON’T bring any outside food or drink – we have more than enough beverages and plenty of food for everyone. You will be searched at the entrance and any food or drink will be thrown out. Anyone found with their own booze will be escorted from the premises immediately.

DON’T arrive at the venue visibly intoxicated – we reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who is noticeably drunk at the gate.

DON’T try and buy a bottle from a bartender – both you and the bartender will be escorted out of the event immediately. Anyone found with a bottle in their possession will be ejected, no exceptions!

DON’T lose your wristband – this is the only way we know if you are a guest or not. This is a fund raiser and anyone without a wristband will be assumed to have not paid to enter and will be escorted out and possibly ticketed for trespassing.

DON’T overindulge – we retain the right to stop serving and/or eject anyone who becomes noticeably intoxicated or belligerent. This right is left to the discretion of our security team and the Denver Police department.

DON’T bring a camera – or at least don’t bring one that won’t fit into your pocket. Better yet, just use your phone. We will have plenty of photographers and videographers throughout the party and will provide links to download photos this year at no cost.

DON’T arrive early – gates open promptly at 1:00. We will allow people to line up prior to the event but do not expect to get in until 1:00.

DON’T worry about the weather – the reason why we don’t sell more tickets is to be sure that, in case of inclement weather, we can accommodate everyone comfortably indoors. DerbyParty happens rain or shine and is a blast no matter what the weather.

DON’T bring portable seating – we have lots of places to sit and we bet you’ll be dancing most of the day anyway. Plus, it’s DerbyParty so feel free to sit in the grass!

DON’T bring large bags or backpacks – we will have everything you need for the day in the event, and it’s all free. Anyone with a large bag, oversized purse, or backpack will be asked to leave it at our coat check or take it back to their vehicle or hotel room.

DON’T bring your children – for insurance purposes we cannot allow ANYONE below the age of 21 into the event. Hire a babysitter and enjoy a day kid-free!

DON’T try to get on stage – only our staff, entertainers and Macy’s Hat Contest contestants will be allowed on stage for insurance reasons.

DON’T miss the Scholarship presentation – it’s the reason we do this and where 100% of your money goes. It’s truly rewarding to see how your attendance touches the lives of those less fortunate.

DON’T forget to drink some water too – we will have lots of water throughout the event and encourage everyone to stay hydrated.

DON’T stay in one place – we have lots going on both indoors and out.

DON’T wear spiky high heels – yes those strapy glitery stilettos look phenomenal, but you’ll thank us Sunday if you wear something more comfortable and less likely to sink into the grass. Wedges are a great alternative.

DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN

Need help on DerbyDay?

If you are in need of assistance, have a question, or an issue arises please seek out one our Derby Hosts. They will have special lanyards and can help answer any questions. If there’s trouble, or you need assistance with something urgent, please see one of our security members or a member of the Denver Police Department.

DerbyParty FAQs

Where do I enter?

The one and only entrance to DerbyParty is located on 14th & Curtis St. – Jockey Club ticket holders should look for the express lane for direct access.

Where is DerbyParty located?

DerbyParty takes place in Downtown Denver at the Denver Performing Arts Complex and Sculpture Park. HERE’S A MAP

Can I attend with my child?

Sorry. For insurance reasons we cannot allow ANYONE under the age of 21 into the event. Get a babysitter for the day, you deserve a day off!

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Depending on how many cancellations we have, we will possibly have a VERY SMALL number of tickets available at will call on the day of the event. Infield & Galleria tickets will be $180 and Jockey club will be $380.

Can I bring a camera?

Leave the cameras at home. We have lots of photographers as well as several photo booths and will posting all photos online for FREE download shortly after the event. If you have to bring something to capture your own memories it must be a camera that will fit into your pocket.

Do you offer a non-drinking ticket?

As this is a fund raiser and we offer a lot more than just an open bar, we do not offer any sort of discount for anyone not drinking alcohol.

Can I bring a bag or backpack?

Nope. We have everything you need inside. Anyone with a bag, backpack or oversize purse will have to leave it a our coat check or return it to their car or hotel room.

What is included with my ticket?

All tickets are all inclusive and once inside you do not have to pay for anything. Infield & Grandstand tickets include BEER, WINE, CHAMPAGNE, MINT JULEPS, WATER, SODA, and ENERGY DRINKS. We have lots of restaurants with food located throughout the event. Jockey Club tickets include all of the above PLUS MIXED DRINKS and SPIRITS. We also have a catered buffet in the JC Lounge.

Can I bring portable seating?

Sorry. We have more seating options this year plus larger indoor areas for those who really need a break. Plus, it’s DerbyParty, why not sit on the grass?

Can I upgrade my ticket at the door?

Not this year. We have reached capacity in our Jockey Club and we’re confident you’ll have a great time in the Infield & Galleria.

Is there a dress code?

We don’t restrict entrance to anyone based on what they are wearing. But, trust us, if you show up in jeans and a tshirt you’ll feel very out of place. We are proud of hosting the best dressed party crowd. Or at least put on a horse costume.

Can I I get a refund?

Unfortunately once you buy a ticket we can not refund your donation. All the money goes straight into our Scholarship fund at Colorado State University and it’s very difficult to withdraw any money from the scholarship account.

Do you offer a coat check?

We sure do! Located near the main entrance we have a fully staffed coat check where you can leave just about anything you want. Just be sure you pick it up on the way out.

WE WILL CHECK: Coats, Sport Coats, Jackets, Sweaters, Shoes (while space lasts).

WE WILL NOT CHECK: No electronic devices, cameras, cell phones, backpacks, sunglasses, jewelry, watches, large totes, car keys.

Is there a lost and found?

If you leave something behind or lose something you can try calling the Buell Theater on Monday. Anything we find will be turned into them but we do not manage any type of formal lost & found. Hang on to your stuff!

Do I get a mint julep??

Of course! Our sponsors will make sure we’ll have juleps for everyone. Look for the julep station near the main entrance.

Can I leave the event and come back in?

No. We have a strict no re-entry policy. Once you leave the event you will not be allowed back in for any reason. And, really, why would you want to leave before 6:00?

How do I enter the hat contest?

Working on entry forms – please check back soon.

Can I bring my own food or alcohol?

No. You will be searched upon entry and anyone with alcohol or food will be asked to throw it out before entering.

Where is the will-call desk?

Look for the will-call desk right at the main entrance, near the Boettcher Concert Hall. It will open promptly at 11:00am.

What time does DerbyParty open?

DerbyParty opens its gates at 1:00 sharp. You may line up before 1:00 but only staff and volunteers are allowed in prior.

When does DerbyParty end?

We have to shut the doors at 6:30 but will stop serving alcohol at 5:45 and kindly ask that everyone leave before 6:15. We have to clean up so we can have some fun too.

Can DerbyParty be rained out?

No way! DerbyParty goes on rain or shine.

Is there public transportation to DerbyParty?

YES! We highly recommend taking public transportation to DerbyParty. Uber, a taxi or RTD Light Rail are all great options.

What time does the race start?

The race will air on NBC, with live coverage beginning at 4 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Network will begin its coverage from Churchill Downs on Saturday at noon ET. NBC Sports Network will also have a post-Derby show beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Post time for the 140th Kentucky Derby is 6:24 p.m. ET

A Big THANK YOU to All Denver Derby Party Sponsors!

With their help we have been able to keep ticket prices the same for 7 years. They also contribute greatly to our Scholarship Foundation.

Stella Artois
Denver Theater District
HD Communications
ARA USA
Centerplate
Macy's
Noble Energy
Grossman Plastic Surgery & Facial Aesthetics
Tito's Handmade Vodka
Stranahan's Single Malt Whiskey
Tincup Whiskey
Budweiser
BUD LIGHT
Red Bull
NOKIA
Ram Trucks
Darkhorse Wine
La Marka  Prosecco
Barefoot Refresh Spritzers
Design Works
Epernay Lounge
Uber
AXS Ticketing
Pepsi
Vineyard Vines
Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine
ColoradoBiz Magazine
Catering by Design
STK Denver
The Mash-Up King
LIV | Sotheby's
Anderson Construction Company
Compri Consulting
Perky Jerky
The Nickel
MIZU Sushi • Izakaya
Bamboo Photo Booth
Bacon Social House
Max Gill & Grill
Nativ Hotels
LOW Country Kitchen
Reddy Ice
dry bar
MiHi Photo Booth Rental Denver
Home Vibe
Maggiano's Little Italy
White Fence Farms Chicken
Highland Tap & Bar Dough
Maria Philips
Gusto Studio Booth
Jing
Denver Pizza Company
El Chingon
Rialto Cafe
Kendra Scott Jewelery
Table 6
Zodiac Event Displays
Wish
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