Friday

4 PM - 8 PM
All Friday night activities have been rescheduled to Saturday.
The forecast for Saturday is calling for a beautiful day with forecasted winds nearly perfect for all hot air balloon activities.
Due to the weather, all Friday night Hot Air Balloon activities are rescheduled for Saturday.
All Saturday activities are on as scheduled. Please check the schedule here: victorycup.org/derbyday/schedule/
If you have a Friday Night Festival Pass check your email for further details on how to attend Saturday.

Gates open for Friday Night Hot Air Balloon Glow and Tethered Rides (weather contingent). If balloons are unable to activate on Friday, you should also plan on attending Saturday morning at 7AM and Saturday afternoon, after 4. Food, beverage and other vendors will be onsite 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 the balloons inflating. Should we need to cancel tethered rides due to safety, ALL tethered ride ticket holders who could NOT get a ride can exchange their Tethered Ride Pass for a casual meal at the Victory Cup Main Grill Area (Friday or Saturday). Head to the Tethered Ride Tented Area for full details.

Saturday

7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Gates Open For Morning Hot Air Balloon Inflation and Tethered Rides (weather permitting). Hot Air Balloons are EXTREMELY weather contingent and may be grounded for safety or weather, therefore come prepared to enjoy the entire festival (including vendors, live music and polo later in the day) with or without the balloons. The organizers and hot air balloon pilots 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 inflate balloons in dangerous conditions. Should your tethered be cancelled due to safety, ALL tethered ride ticket holders who could NOT get a ride are automatically upgraded to a casual meal from the Victory Cup Main Grill Area (available all day). Head to the Tethered Ride Tented Area for full details. 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.
10:00 AM
Saturday Morning Hot Air Balloons Activation ENDS and Pilots and Balloons temporarily leave property until the Afternoon and Evening Hot Air Balloon Activation (Weather Permitting). As informed online, in email and on social media DO NOT come midday expecting to see balloons. Balloon activations are weather contingent and when the weather allows are ONLY held early morning and late afternoon into the evening.
11:00 AM
First polo battle begins! 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 until 1PM. 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.
11 AM - 2 PM
First polo match starts. Polo announcer will begin introductions.
11 AM - 1 PM
VIP’s can check out some GREAT ALCOHOL BRANDS! Golden Mallet and Founder’s Lounge Invite Only hospitality tasting tent with complimentary alcohol tastings.
11 AM - 4 PM
Invite Only Founder’s Lounge AND Golden Mallet VIP Guests have access to the Invite Only Alcohol Tasting Area from 11AM to 1PM. The VIP areas open at 11AM on Saturday and close around 4PM same day; this includes VIP Bar Access for our Founder’s Guests. The Founder’s Bar will be open for at least 5 hours. The Founder’s Lounge casual lunch is available starting at 11AM and Golden Mallet casual lunch is served from Noon to 2PM. Founder’s fieldside casual dinner is served around 4:30PM.
1:00 PM
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. Golden Mallet VIP’s make sure to find your casual lunch area, Founder’s Lounge guests also welcome in the Golden Mallet VIP Area!
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Divot Stomp on the Polo Field! Stomping of the divots sponsored by vineyard vines. Timing may fluctuate.
3:00 PM
Third Victory Cup Polo Match begins.
4:00 PM
Hot Air Balloons & Pilots return to the property 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!
4:30 PM
Should we need to cancel tethered rides due to safety, ALL tethered ride ticket holders who could NOT get a ride are automatically upgraded to a casual meal from the Victory Cup Main Grill Area. Head to the Tethered Ride Tented Area for full details.
4:30 PM - 5:30PM
Founder’s Lounge Dinner! Head to the Founder’s Lounge! Enjoy a casual Field Side Dinner adjacent to the field with the polo players (must have a Founder’s Lounge or Field Side Dinner Pass).
4:30 PM - 5 PM
Trophy presentation to the Winning Polo Team in the Winner’s Circle! Best dressed fashion contest will be held after the Trophy Presentation on Center Stage. Both men and women are invited to the Center Stage area to compete in a fan-driven best dressed fashion contest. Bring your friends to cheer you on!
UNTIL 5PM
VIP HOURS: The VIP areas open at 11AM on Saturday and close around 4PM same day; this includes VIP Open Bar Access for Founder’s Guests. The Founder’s Bar is open for at least 5 hours. Golden Mallet Guests have access to the alcohol tasting area from 11AM to 1PM. The Founder’s Lounge casual lunch is served starting at 11AM and Golden Mallet casual lunch is served from Noon until 2PM. Founder’s fieldside casual dinner is served around 4:30PM
5:50PM
Watch "the most exciting two minutes in sports," the Kentucky Derby on huge jumbotron screen.
4 PM - 8 PM
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, ALL tethered ride ticket holders who could NOT get a ride are automatically upgraded to a casual meal from the Victory Cup Main Grill Area. Head to the Tethered Ride Tented Area for full details.