Due To COVID-19 Requirements the 2020 Down & Derby Party is Postponed Until Further Notice. We Will Provide Updates by Email, Website and Facebook.



Celebrate the 145th Kentucky Derby, “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” as NOCO Unify brings Churchill Downs to Northern Colorado at RBC Wealth Management’s 11th annual Down & Derby Party, May 2, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Big Red Barn in Highland Meadows. The event benefits charities serving youth in Northern Colorado. This is a 21-and-over event.

What is the Down & Derby Party?

The Down & Derby Party celebrates all the pageantry and excitement of the Kentucky Derby. It just happens to do it Colorado style. A MASSIVE live feed of the actual race brings the action to you from the world’s most exciting two minutes in sports! Event proceeds go to benefit NOCO Unify. This year’s primary beneficiaries are: Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County and Weld Food Bank . This is a 21-and-over event.

What do I get with my ticket purchase?

All tickets to this must-attend event of the season include 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 2021 Kentucky Derby. Live music, dancing and other shenanigans will make you smile all day long. Facette Med Spa’s Derby Hat Contest is always a fun time. Oh, and there are always a few surprises. You get the idea, right? It’s just a darn fun time.

This year we have two ticket levels: VIP and Patron. In addition to above you receive:


  • VIP access to the event: Own private viewing area, own bar, beer, wine and premium cocktails
  • Covered and patio seating for VIP only
  • VIP restroom
  • Royalty treatment with VIP finest eats from the new Windsor Mill Tavern
  • Waitresses for drinks and appetizers
  • Valet parking


  • Entry to the event and access to the general viewing area
  • Bars stocked with beer, wine and cocktails
  • Southern-style meal
  • Valet parking

How much are tickets?

Tickets are $250/person for VIP access and $125/person for Patron access. Not only do you get great fun with your ticket, but you are helping support some great kids organizations in Northern Colorado!  The 2019 event sold out so get your tickets early!

On Saturday, April 4th — starting at Noon — we will have our annual Advance Ticket Sale Event (ATSE).  This year tickets will be available online for the ATSE. Patron tickets will be offered for $95 this day only (normally $125)VIP tickets will be offered at $200 (normally $250).

Starting April 5th tickets will be available online at regular prices.

What is the Advance Ticket Sales Event (ATSE)?

This year’s Advance Ticket Sale Event is on Saturday, April 4th starting at noon.  It’s our annual way to draw some early excitement and reward those diehard Derby go-ers.   On THIS DAY ONLY you can purchase discounted tickets for Patron entry ($95, regularly $125) and VIP entry ($200, regularly $250).  This year’s ATSE is on-line and not in person.

Can I buy tickets at the door?

The Down & Derby Party has sold out each of the last 8 years.  Buy your tickets in advance.  You can buy tickets online starting at noon on April 4th up and  until the event – or sellout.

What do I wear?

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.

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I’d like to do more. Can I sponsor the Event?

You bet…We’d be glad to have you! Or, if you’re interested in being a bigger piece of the puzzle, here is the NoCo Unify 2020 Sponsor kit.

What’s the Facette Med Spa Derby Hat Contest?

Of course, no Kentucky Derby event could be complete without a tribute to proudly worn, traditional, ostentatious headwear. Facette Med Spa’s Best Hat Contest will honor the finest chapeau donned at the party – the bigger and more flamboyant, the better.  In need of a great hat?  Try NOCO’s own Cynthia Lee, winner of several official Kentucky Derby hat contests.

What else should I know?

Well, since it 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 2021 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.  We return to our favorite location  – The Big Red Barn at Highland Meadows.

Where do I park?

There is valet parking at the event and we will have shuttles as well.

Do you provide transportation?

Thanks to NOCO Party Bus we will have two pick-up/drop-off locations.  Buses are first-come, first-served. Schedules released in April

Buy tickets

Be sure to attend the Advance Ticket Sales Event to guarantee you spot at the Down & Derby Party.  The ATSE is Saturday, April 4th starting at noon.  You can get your reduced priced Patron and VIP tickets.   After the ATSE is over on April 4th tickets will go full price.  BUY TICKETS »

Do you offer refunds?

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.  The exception to this rule is we will offer refunds if the event is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



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We are proud to announce this year’s primary beneficiaries: Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County and Weld County Food Bank

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