Enjoy Kentucky Favorites, with a progressive “Tasting” presented by downtown restaurants.

Music & Dance

Watch the Kentucky Derby live on a beautiful Spring Day on the historic downtown Swansboro waterfront!

Celebrate southern with some great music by Spare Change & an evening Dance, plus the Swansboro High school Brass performing “My Old Kentucky Home”

From racing horses to racing boats & cars, see a display of horsepower both old & new on the downtown waterfront


Fashion Show

Food & Drink

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Saturday, May 7   |  3:00pm - 10:00pm

Walk the Red Carpet for all to see, make a charitable wager on your favorite horse, enjoy cornhole, Derby games and more!

Express your inner Southern, come dressed to impress in your “Derby Style” Awards given for the most spirited his & hers attire.

   The "Derby Day Festival" will have the feel of an upscale cocktail party, but open to the public. So come join us from 3pm till 10pm and enjoy an afternoon of food, fun, live music, games and the Kentucky Derby. We will be set up outside overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway at the Saltwater Grill in downtown Swansboro. Walk the red carpet and have your photo taken, join in for a game of Twister, enjoy a mint julep on the docks, enter the hat competition for "most creative" and "best overall", listen to live music, enjoy decadent chocolates and food ​from area restaurants. We will have the big screen TV available for viewing the race so no need to worry about getting a good seat. ​Participating restaurants will offer a selection of signature appetizers and dessert items.

Official Kentucky Derby site


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