Kentucky Derby Events in Iowa

Raise a glass of mint julep and cheer on your favorite jockeys as you catch the “fastest two minutes in sports” with the following Kentucky Derby events in Iowa. 

May 2 to May 5: Derby Days Celebration 2024


Prairie Meadows is hosting a four-day of the Kentucky Derby, which will take place daily at the Altoona casino and hotel. These exciting events include daily food and drink specials, live entertainment, betting stations, swipe-and-win promos, derby hat and bow tie contests and much more as the site celebrates the derby. 
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May 3: Derby Day Cooking Class

Des Moines

Kitchen Collage in Des Moines adds a culinary twist to Kentucky Derby events in Iowa with a Derby-inspired cooking class and tasting. This exciting lesson will help race enthusiasts prepare for their watch parties by showing them how to prepare party plates, pork tenderloin sliders, pimento cheese and the perfect mint juleps. Chef Cherry Madole will lead this demo and participants must be 21 or older to participate. 
Cost: $55.

4th Annual We Give a RAM Kentucky Derby Party

May 4: 4th Annual We Give a RAM Kentucky Derby Party

 Pleasant Hill

Taking place at Copper Creek Golf Club, the 4th Annual We Give a RAM Kentucky Derby Party is a fundraising event in Pleasant Hill kicking off at 5 p.m. This thrilling evening will feature Derby-inspired fun, including a cocktail hour (with mint juleps, Kentuckitinis and Old Fashioneds), silent auctions, photo ops, lawn games, karaoke, a hat parade and more. Proceeds from this Kentucky Derby event in Iowa will benefit Swerve Outreach, a nonprofit aiding local children with food and educational resources. 
Cost: $50 per person. 

May 4: Golf/Kentucky Derby Party


Prepare to cheer on your favorite jockeys at the Golf/Kentucky Derby Party, taking place at Silvercrest Golf and Country Club in Decorah. This exciting Kentucky Derby event in Iowa will feature rounds of golf, a clubhouse derby watch party, games, a best-dressed contest and a community potluck. 
Cost: $10 if participating in golf.
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