Gates open for Friday Night Hot Air Balloon Glow and Tethered Rides (weather contingent). Food, beverage and other vendors open as well as a DJ and live music. Hot Air Balloons are EXTREMELY weather contingent and may be grounded for safety or weather, therefore come prepared to enjoy the entire festival with or without balloon activations. If balloons are unable to activate on Friday, all Friday night ticket holders will be upgraded to Saturday.
Victory Cup gates open. Food, beverage and other vendors open as well as a DJ. Purchase food and drink tickets early to avoid lines later in the day! Kids Bounce Houses and all vendor spaces open and ready for business - check out our vendors! Food, bars and vendors will stay open the entire day and into the early evening.
First polo match scheduled to begin. Golden Mallet VIP and Founder’s Lounge Attendees can now enter their VIP areas. Live music by local artists will begin in various tented areas. Alcohol tastings for VIP’s become available. Purchase plenty of Food and Drink Tickets early to avoid long lines later in the day! All vendor spaces are open and ready for business - check out our vendors! Polo tutorial by MC & Polo Announcer.
VIP’s can check out some GREAT ALCOHOL BRANDS! Golden Mallet and Founder’s Lounge Invite Only hospitality tasting tent with complimentary alcohol tastings.
All VIP areas open at 11AM on Saturday and close promontly 5PM same day; this includes VIP Open Bar Access for Founder’s Guests, The Golden Mallet Tent and the Rosé All Day Lounge, among other VIP activations.
Casual lunch served in the Founder’s Lounge VIP area.
Casual lunch served in the Golden Mallet Lounge.
Get ready for another great Polo Match! National Anthem by local artist. Ceremonial first ball is thrown out and The Second Victory Cup Polo Match begins.
Divot Stomp & Best Dressed on the Polo Field! Stomping of the divots sponsored by vineyard vines. Best dressed fashion contest will be held at the Winners Circle Center Stage.
Third Victory Cup Polo Match begins.
Hot Air Balloons & Pilots return to the property to begin setting up for the Saturday Evening Hot Air Balloon Activation! Live music, vendors, bars and food trucks remain open throughout the evening! Purchase plenty of drink and food tickets while the lines are short to avoid waiting in long lines later!
Casual fieldside dinner served in the Founder’s Lounge VIP area. Enjoy a casual Field Side Dinner adjacent to the field with the polo players (must have a Founder’s Lounge Pass).
Trophy presentation to the Winning Polo Team in the Winner’s Circle! Guests will have an opportunity to take pictures with the winning polo team and The Victory Cup Trophy.
Victory Cup Polo Match After Party! ALL ticket holders are invited into the Founder’s Lounge VIP Tent along with the polo players for an after party. Join in on the fun to celebrate a great day of polo and to get ready for the hot air balloon activations that evening.
Weather permitting, Hot Air Balloon Glow & Tethered Rides available. Experience these magical giants up close. A Night Glow is a gathering of hot air balloons that inflate at night. Hot Air Balloons are EXTREMELY weather contingent and may be grounded for safety or weather, therefore come prepared to enjoy the entire festival (including live music, polo etc. later in the day) with or without the balloons. The organizers will do their best to activate hot air balloons. ALL the pilots and crews are on site during specified times, but please understand the organizers cannot control Mother Nature nor can or should they tether or launch balloons in dangerous conditions. Should we need to cancel tethered rides due to safety, there are no refunds, instead ALL tethered ride ticket holders who could NOT get a ride can be upgraded to a casual meal from the Victory Cup Main Grill Area. Head to the Tethered Ride Tented Area for full details.
Live broadcast of the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby on a huge jumbotron screen.