What could be better than watching a day-long airshow and the largest and most sensational fireworks display in North America? How about watching it from a crowd-free, front-row seat at the Thunder Over Louisville VIP Rooftop Party?

“This year’s Rooftop Party is bigger and better than ever with all new experiences from bourbon classes to tequila tastings. This is hands-down the best way to experience Thunder Over Louisville.” – Dodie Howlett, Director of Advertising and Promotions.

If you want the next-level Thunder Experience and VIP treatment, you need to be at the VIP Rooftop Party Presented by Number JUAN Tequila. With a full service open bar, catered buffet, private restrooms, and exclusive experiences you won’t find anywhere else, the VIP Rooftop party has everything you need all in one place to elevate your Thunder experience thanks to the Kentucky Derby Festival.

This year’s party is like you’ve never seen before and packed with all new, day-long entertainment experiences you won’t want to miss including:

  • Tequila sampling and specialty cocktails with Number JUAN Tequila including the Thunder-Rita!
  • Game zone including classic favorites like Jenga, cornhole, lawn checkers, Connect 4, and more with Safelite AutoGlass.
  • Four Roses bourbon tasting seminars and Rose Julep crafting stations where you can build your own Rose Julep with the help of Four Roses experts.
  • Barefoot Derby Festival Hat Workshop and Create your Festival and Derby Hat-Wear
  • Guess the wine at blind wine tastings with Old 502 Winery
  • Celebrity bartender guest with Jeptha Creed Distillery.
  • Meet and greets with some of the pilots and the Derby Festival mascot.
  • And many more surprises!

Included with a ticket

The VIP Ticket Includes:

  • VIP Rooftop Viewing of the largest annual fireworks display in North America and day-long airshow.
  • A bar serving local and regional beer and specialty drinks as well non-alcoholic beverages such as sodas.
  • A menu of Derby-inspired cuisine
  • Private restrooms
  • VIP Tent access
  • One parking pass for every four tickets, first come, first serve. (Please note: A parking pass will be issued per every four tickets purchased, as capacity allows. Location 201 North Brook St., Louisville, KY 40202 — the Waterfront Garage Top.)

What you need to know

Thunder Over Louisville VIP Rooftop Party is for all ages, but there is only one ticket price. After purchasing your tickets, you will be mailed wristbands, along with Rules and Regulations and parking passes (if applicable) no later than two business days before the event.

There will be tables and chairs provided in the VIP tent, though this is NOT a “Reserved” seating event. Although there is a tent, you will be outdoors for the majority of the day, so be sure to dress for the weather.

You may not bring coolers including food or drinks, and large games that could interfere with other guests. However, cards and table games are allowed.

Order tickets now

Interested in having the best experience during the best airshow and fireworks display in North America? Click here to order your tickets.

The venue for the party is 201 N. Brook St, in downtown Louisville (corner of Brook/ Witherspoon) at Waterfront Park.

Kentucky Derby Festival
We are a not-for-profit, community organization of 4,000 volunteers who work all year to provide quality entertainment that enhances the Louisville community.Our Festival blasts off each April with our Opening Ceremonies - Thunder Over Louisville, now the nation's largest annual fireworks extravaganza! The ensuing two weeks of over 70 special events promises something for everyone!