Irish Derby Festival 2018

The Ultimate Summer Festival – Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July 2018

There is only one place to be next summer and that’s the Irish Derby Festival at The Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare where we party in style…

Irish Derby Festival 2018 Race Days

Friday 29th June 2018
Saturday 30th June 2018
Sunday 1st July 2018

The Ultimate Summer Festival

This three-day racing festival promises a spectacle of fashion, entertainment, music and the finest racing from 29th June to 1st July 2018.  The Derby is the ultimate destination to be enthralled and get swept up in the magic of an unmissable summer celebration with friends.  Held across three days in the height of summer, it is unrivalled in its prestige and tradition and is most definitely the social occasion of the year.




2018 tickets not yet on sale.


Some of the world’s top horses and jockeys will compete over all three days with the running of the Irish Derby attracting the creme de la creme of the equine world. The Irish Derby carries prize money of 1.5 million euro making it the richest race run in Ireland.

Other races of note of the weekend include the Group 2 Railway Stakes, Curragh Cup, Grangecon Stud Stakes and International Stakes.


The weekend will play host to an array of live music.

Irish Derby Hospitality Enquiries

For Derby hospitality enquiries please contact our hospitality team on +353-45-441205


Our Garden Plaza will feature some of County Kildare’s leading restaurants and food producers. Racegoers can enjoy a huge variety of dishes located in the heart of the action beside the parade ring over all three days.


The Most Stylish Lady Competition is always a highlight of the weekend and takes place on Saturday of the Irish Derby Festival and features an array of spectacular prizes.


We offer a wide choice of hospitality areas over Derby weekend ensuring guests have the best seat in the house to enjoy the biggest race day on the Irish racing calendar. Call us 045-455201 for more information and to reserve your place.

 More Events

As part of the Irish Derby Festival there are a number of ancillary events taking place which is the ideal way to complete your entertainment over the Derby Weekend.

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