There are few sporting events that have more history and pageantry than the Kentucky Derby. This isn't just a horse race. It's a social event! It's an excuse to get dressed up in your best suit or your favorite hat and enjoy a mint julip with friends. Derby watch parties are nothing new, but what about watching this year's Kentucky Derby at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City? Now that would be a party!

The Kinnick Derby is on Saturday, May, 6th in Iowa City. Just like patrons at Churchill Downs, everyone attending the derby party at Kinnick Stadium is also encouraged to dress up for the occasion. The event will run from 2:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. on derby day with the big race being shown on the jumbotron screens at Kinnick Stadium.

Facebook via University of Iowa
Facebook via University of Iowa

The Kinnick Derby isn't just a watch party. There are many other activities to keep you busy inside Kinnick Stadium! Patrons will be able to enjoy:

  • Bourbon tasting hosted by John's Grocery
  • Live Blue Grass Band music
  • Silent Auction
  • Fundraiser horse betting
  • Kentucky Derby-inspired food and beverages

Your tickets for the Kinnick Derby include entertainment, all food, bourbon tasting, and two drink tickets. You can even park for free on the west side of Kinnick in Lot 43 West. The entire event is a fundraiser for the Northwestern Mutual Eastern Iowa's Nursing Support Fund. The fund helps support all the nurses on the pediatric oncology floor at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. If nurses see a patient or family in need, they have direct access to the fund.

If you'd like to help the nurses at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, you can purchase your tickets for the Kinnick Derby HERE.

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