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Artist Spotlight…

Mar 30 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Mar 30 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

Mar 30 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

George Porter Jr. Trio

Mar 30 - 30, 2015
Join us for live entertainment  at the Maple Leaf Bar featuring George… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Mar 30 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

M.S. Rau Antiques…

Mar 30 - May 4, 2015
Long established and leading art, antiques and jewelry specialist M.S. Rau… more

Preservation Jazz…

Mar 30 - 30, 2015
Live New Orleans Jazz Nightly! more

Tennessee Williams:…

Mar 30 - May 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The New Orleans…

Mar 30 - Nov 18, 2015
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original… more

Voices Not Forgotten…

Mar 30 - 31, 2015
Many of us have heard our elders talking about the great music and fancy dances… more

Kikuo Saito at…

Mar 31 - Apr 4, 2015
Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works from New York… more

Lydia's Purple Cloth…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
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Maple Leaf Bar…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Purchased Lives: New…

Mar 31 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Apr 1 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Opera on Tap

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Now in its 8th season, Opera on Tap - New Orleans is attracting people from… more

Smoker's World…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Join us at the Maple Leaf Bar for Smoker's World featuring Eric… more

The Victory Belles…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
The 12-week concert series takes place in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette… more

Exhibition Opening -…

Apr 2 - 2, 2015
Self-Taught, Outsider and Visionary Art will showcase works from the Ogden… more

Artist Spotlight…

Mar 30 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

infield festival tickets on sale monday at fgno.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jim Mulvihill, Communications and Pari-Mutuel Marketing Manager, 504.948.1233, james.mulvihill@fgno.com

NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, January 17, 2013) - Tickets for the first-ever Louisiana Derby Infield Festival on March 30 - featuring a concert by Cowboy Mouth and the largest food truck gathering ever in New Orleans - go on sale Monday at 9 a.m. at FGNO.com/tickets. Presenting partners include Coors Light and Jägermeister.

The Louisiana Derby is a $1 million event for 3-year-old horses attempting to earn their way into the world's most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby, held five weeks later at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. The richest and most prestigious Thoroughbred race in the Deep South, the Louisiana Derby will celebrate its milestone 100th running this year.

Infield Festival General Admission tickets are $25. Special VIP tickets - which include access to an exclusive VIP area, four vouchers redeemable for free food and drink at any Infield food truck or bar, and use of the executive trailer restroom facilities - are $60. A limited number of VIP Suite reservations - which include unlimited catered food and open bar for most of the day, access to the VIP Suite and observation deck at the finish line, and use of the executive trailer restroom facilities - are available for $150 per person (also offered as tables of 10 for $1,500).

The Infield Festival food offerings will feature an unprecedented amount of locally based street fare from food trucks, pop-ups and caterers. Confirmed participants include BBQ and Some, Bratz Y'all, Chad's Bistro, Crepes a la Carte, Empanada Infitada, Frencheeze, Freshjunkie, Fry Bar NOLA, La Cocinita, Linda the Yakamein Lady, NOLA Girl, PJ's Coffee, Rue Chow, Sweet and Savory and Woody's Fish Tacos, with more vendors to be added.

"Whether sport, food or entertainment is preferred, our goal is to bring New Orleans's favorite pastimes together for both our longtime customers and those new to the Fair Grounds experience," said Fair Grounds Senior Director of Marketing Mark Conner.

Infield Festival access opens at Noon. First post (the first race of the day) on Louisiana Derby Day is set for 2 p.m. (all times Central), with 13 races total scheduled for the day. The featured Louisiana Derby, to be televised nationally, will run in the late afternoon during the five o'clock hour. Cowboy Mouth will take to the Jägermeister Stage in the Infield immediately after the Louisiana Derby is run and will play into the evening. The final Thoroughbred race of the day will finish around 8 p.m. and Cowboy Mouth will continue on until lead singer Fred LeBlanc decides it's time to go home. 

Infield Festival will mark the first time the green space within the track oval has been open to the public on a live racing day since the 1930s. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged; outside food and drink is prohibited.

"Like the best Louisiana festivals, our Infield Festival is going to offer something for everyone," said Fair Grounds President Tim Bryant. "This is a party centered on the 100th running of our state's signature horse race, but it's also a celebration of food, music and the joie de vivre that makes New Orleans special."

For a limited time, discounted $20 Infield Festival tickets are available to those who also register for that morning's Crescent City Classic foot race online via ccc10k.com

Advance Fair Grounds tickets are already available online for six remaining Starlight Racing dates (Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 22, March 1, March 8 and March 15) and two days of high-quality graded stakes racing (Road to the Derby Kickoff Day Presented by Hotel Monteleone on Saturday and Louisiana Derby Preview Day Presented by Lamarque Ford on Feb. 23).

About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation's third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 10 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 141st Thoroughbred Racing Season runs through March 31, 2013, highlighted by the milestone 100th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby for Kentucky Derby hopefuls on March 30, 2013. More information can be found online at http://www.fairgroundsracecourse.com/.