It’s time to go shopping for big hats, mamas! The Kentucky Derby is coming up on Saturday, May 6th, and Austin is celebrating in the best way — with a music festival! The 3rd Annual Derby in the City Music Festival will be held in the Austin American-Statesman parking lot on May 6 from 1:30 – 9 p.m. In addition to the horse race being featured on a large jumbotron, there’s a great lineup of music, food trucks, beverages and more. Plus, kids are welcome along, and even free for children under 10 years old.— Schedule:

  • Gates Open — 1:30 p.m.
  • The Watters — 2 – 2:35 p.m.
  • Los Coast — 2:55 – 3:35 p.m.
  • Sweet Spirit — 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
  • Kentucky Derby Coverage — 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.
  • Black Pistol Fire — 5:45 – 6:50 p.m.
  • Citizen Cope — 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.

— Tickets: General admission Early Bird tickets are on sale now for $31.50. Kids under 10 are free. Day-of tickets will be $45. VIP tickets are $100 and include food, complimentary massages, shady areas and upgraded restrooms. You can click here to purchase your tickets online.

— Details: For a list of food trucks, what’s allowed in the fest, parking info and more please visit You can also get updates and see photos on the Derby in the City Facebook page.

— Giveaway: We have a pair of VIP tickets to give to a lucky reader! Enter below. Good luck! Entering the giveaway will add you to our twice-weekly email list where you’ll get all the latest news on family fun in Austin.

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!