9th Annual Derby Day Gala at Rockledge

Duration: 5 hrs. 4:30 - 9:30pm

Date: 6 May 2017

Location: Location - Rockledge, beneath the Mill Mountain Star.



21 & older

Advance ticket is required, capacity is very limited. Ticket/Donation is non-refundable. Gala held rain or shine.


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Sat. May 6, it's Roanoke’s most glamorous and delicious annual event. Named one of the Top Kentucky Derby Parties in the U.S.!

Enjoy a champagne welcome plus a wide selection of wine, beer, a limited bar, and Mint Juleps

Artfully prepared heavy hors d’oeuvres - action stations - and spectacular desserts!

Live music provide by the "Uptown Band."

Lucky Lanes "friendly wagering" fund raiser! Plus the Rockledge Derby game.

Shuttle service from the covered parking garage at the VT School of Medicine.

The Lucky Celebrity Bar will be creating signature specialty cocktails. Thanks Lucky Restaurant!

What to Expect

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We expect the 9th Annual Derby Day Gala to be “the best ever.”


The SW VA Chapter of the American Culinary Federation is the Gala’s primary non-profit beneficiary. The ACF’s member chefs plan to prepare a Derby feast that will be “off the charts.”We’re also pleased that Apple Ridge Farm will also be a non-profit beneficiary of the Gala in working with the ACF.


The Gala has reached capacity – it’s Sold Out!

However, there is some chance as we get closer to the Gala we may be able to welcome a few additional guests.  For this reason, we have started a Wait List on a first-come basis.

To be added to this list, please email us your name, how many tickets you’d like and cell phone #.  We’ll let you know no later than April 28th.



Returning this year to the Derby Day Gala

The Rockledge Derby Game – Win big, play often, have fun! A fun game of chance.

Two House Bars serving mint juleps, wine, local Chaos Mountain craft beer and limited mixed drinks are on site.  Each attendee will receive two complimentary drink tickets upon arrival.  Thereafter, all beverages are provided on a donation basis.

A third bar, The Lucky Bar features craft Derby cocktails selected by Hunter Johnson (Lucky Restaurant). These featured cocktails are available on a cash donation basis only – suggested donation $15.00.

The Handsome Devil –  Bourbon, Lillet Blanc, Lemon, Mint, Sugar, Peach Bitters, a twist of Orange.

The Bourbon Stinger – Bourbon, Honey infused with Sage and Habanero, Lemon, Orange Bitters.

Oh Horsefeathers! – Rye, fresh-juiced peaches, sugar, mint.


Derby Day Gala Schedule

(Times may vary)

4:15 pm             Union Bank Shuttles begin from VT Medical School parking garage

4:30 pm            Champagne Welcome & Hors d’oeuvres

4:30-9:15 pm  House Bars open Cocktails & beverage (2 bar locations) presented by Coots, Cross, Lavinder & Quinn Family Dentistry

4:30-9:15 pm  “Lucky” Celebrity Bar – Special cocktails (kitchen)

4:30 pm            Kentucky Derby “Lucky Lanes” opens

4:45-5:45 pm  Live music – Uptown, presented by Roanoke Valley Orthodontics

5:00-6:15 pm  Rockledge Derby Game (kitchen)

5:15 pm             Derby Buffet begins

6:00 pm            Non-Profit Presentations (outside tent)

6:15 pm             Best Derby Attire Awards

6:24 pm             Official post time for 143rd Kentucky Derby

Immediately after race – drawing for “Lucky Lanes” winners

6:45-7:15 pm    Live music – Uptown, presented by Roanoke Valley Orthodontics

7:15 pm              Live Auction presented by Blue Ridge Café (outside tent)

7:45-9:00 pm   Rockledge Derby Game (kitchen)

8:15-9:30 pm   Live music – Uptown, presented by Roanoke Valley Orthodontics

10:00 pm          Last Union Bank Shuttle from Rockledge to parking garage

Gala Information

Have questions?  Like where do we park to get the Shuttle to the Gala?   What’s the menu look like this year?    What are this year’s auction items?

Please download this documents.

2017 Derby Day Gala Parking & General Info

2017 Live Auction – Items

2017 Derby Day Gala Menu

2017 Lucky Bar – Featured Cocktails

20% Off Derby Collection at Davidsons

We’ll also regularly add updates and info to the Derby Day Gala at Rockledge Facebook page.

You can also call us at (540) 309-1781 or email info@TourRoanoke.com






Meeting Location

209 Reserve Avenue Southwest, Roanoke, VA, United States

Where to Meet

Location - Derby Shuttle mini-buses will start at 4:15pm from the covered parking garage at Virginia Tech School of Medicine - 209 Reserve Avenue SW, Roanoke VA 24016 – entrance next to Cambria Suite Hotel.


Beautiful location for a great event. We had so much fun!

J. Harbeson - Facebook Review