Get SoIN to Derby in Southern Indiana! With Louisville, Ky. located just one mile south of SoIN, the Kentucky Derby is just as much a part of SoIN’s culture as it is for the Derby city itself. Whether you’re visiting to watch the race, or to enjoy other Derby Festival events, SoIN is the perfect place to stay, shop and dine!

Keep reading for our guide on how to Derby in SoIN!

Where to Shop

Check out Southern Indiana boutiques to find the perfect Derby outfit and accessories. Don’t forget your hat or fascinator!

Dress & Dwell Derby 2023

Dress & Dwell Derby 2023
Dress & Dwell


Eureka Menswear Derby 2023

Eureka Menswear Derby 2023
Eureka! Menswear


Headcandi at House of K Boutique Derby 2023
Headcandi at House of K Boutique


HIM & HER Boutique Derby 2023

HIM Boutique Derby 2023

HER Boutique Derby 2023
HIM & HER Boutique


Sapphire Boutique Derby 2023
Sapphire on Spring Boutique


Where to Eat

Wine and dine pre- and post-race at our SoIN restaurants, which offer delicious food, beautiful views, and both local and international flavors. Reservations are strongly encouraged Derby week!

Board & You Bistro Couple
Board and You Bistro & Wine Bar


red yeti
The Red Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub


Craft cocktails at the exchange
The Exchange Pub and Kitchen


union gameyard
Union Restaurant & Gameyard


Brooklyn and the Butcher Steak
Brooklyn and the Butcher


Upland Brewing - Couple
Upland Brewing Co.


La Catrina Margarita Flight
La Catrina Mexican Kitchen



Where to Stay

Between all of the fun activities, you’ll need a cozy place to rest your head. Book a room at a Southern Indiana hotel or vacation rental.

SoIN Derby Events

Thunder Over Louisville
Kick off the Kentucky Derby Festival in Southern Indiana with one of the nation’s largest fireworks shows on April 20! Spend the day along the riverfront in Jeffersonville and Clarksville to enjoy the air show and fireworks. Learn more about Southern Indiana viewing locations and parties in our Thunder Over Louisville blog.

Thurby Indiana Cowboy Derby Honky Tonk at Mansion 1886
Dust off your dancin' boots and grab your best cowboy hat for a Thurby celebration at Mansion 1886 in New Albany. Enjoy a fun night of country music, line dancing, and good ol' fashioned fun with the "Indiana Cowboy" Pop-Up Honkey Tonk Bar.