Presenting The 2024

Down & Derby Party

May 4th, 2pm - 6pm

Thank You For A Great 2024 Party!

The Party Starts In:

The 150th Kentucky Derby, “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” as NOCO Unify brings Churchill Downs to Northern Colorado with a live feed of the actual race, bringing all the action to you!

The Details:

Join us in partaking in America’s oldest and greatest race. The Down & Derby Party celebrates all the pageantry and excitement of the Kentucky Derby. It just happens to do it Colorado-style. This must-attend event of the season includes the tastiest fare, beverages, games, and, of course, the traditional Mint Julep as your welcome cocktail (or Champagne). Tickets for the Run for the Roses Raffle, available for purchase at the event, make you eligible to win a variety of tremendous prize packages, including a trip to Louisville for the 2025 Kentucky Derby. Live music, dancing and other shenanigans will make you smile all day long. The hat contest is always a fun time. Oh, and there are always a few surprises.

This is a 21-and-over event.


NEW THIS YEAR: Everyone’s a VIP!   With our new venue we have ample room for everyone to get VIP treatment.
On Friday, April 5th, from 9am – 5pm, we will have our annual Advance Ticket Sale (ATSE). 
Down the & Derby Party tickets will be offered at $150 this day only (normally $200). 
After this event, tickets will be available for purchase online at regular prices.  Be sure to get them during the sale!
Your Ticket Includes: 
  • Access to both indoor and outdoor large viewing areas for the live Kentucky Derby. 
  • All-Inclusive drinks and food.
  • Multiple bars with large assortment of beer, wine, and cocktails
  • Large covered areas with plenty of seating options
  • Derby Dinner – Southern Style BBQ
  • Live Music
  • Run for the Roses Raffle – Pick the winning horse for your chance to attend the 2025 Kentucky Derby
  • Silent Auction
  • Hat and Best Dressed Contest
  • Valet parking 
  • Two Select Colorado Rockies Tickets courtesy of the Bank of Colorado
This year’s Advance Ticket Sale Event is on Friday, April 5th – from 9am-5pm.
On THIS DAY ONLY you can purchase your entry tickets ONLINE for $150 (regularly $200).  Previously we have provided a VIP ticket option as well.  With our new venue everyone will be treated like a VIP!

The Down & Derby Party has sold out each of the last 9 years.  It is best to buy them in advance!  

We’d like to encourage you to wear your best Derby duds. Don’t know what those are? Take a look at the pictures. Of course we’ll take you if you don’t want to get all Derby-dudded up, but give it a try. And, for women, yes, hats are a critical fashion statement.

We’d be glad to have you! If you’re interested in being a bigger piece of the puzzle, please visit our website’s Derby Sponsorship Options  for sponsorship details/availability.

See the NOCO Unify Sponsorbook.

No Kentucky Derby event could be complete without a tribute to proudly worn, traditional, ostentatious headwear. Facette’s Best Hat Contest will honor the finest chapeau donned at the party – the bigger and more flamboyant, the better.  Not to be outdone, the Best Dressed Man contest features dudes in some fancy ‘fits.

If you drive, there is valet parking at the event. Just follow the signs. If you ride share, there will be a drop/pick-up lane for you.

The event is a “rain or shine” unless there is a potential public emergency.  There are no refunds as this is a non-profit event to raise funds for child-based organizations in NOCO.

Since this is a fundraiser for NOCO Unify, there are great ways for you to help the children. We’ll have raffle tickets for a drawing to the 2025 Kentucky Derby to see it live. There’s an auction for you to bid on great prizes. We are here to raise much-needed funds for underprivileged kids in Northern Colorado. 

Who Benefits?

All event proceeds go to benefit NOCO Unify which supports NOCO youth organizations. We are excited to announce that this year’s primary beneficiaries are: KidsPak, Respite Care, United Way of Larimer County, and Realities for Children.

Stay Connected​

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New Location

1781-B RainDance National Dr Windsor, CO 80550

You don’t want to miss this party!

Thank you to our Sponsors