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Hobby Horse Derby

522 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902, Charlottesville, VA 22902


  • Presented By: IX Art Park
  • Dates: April 24, 2021
  • Location: IX Art Park
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: General Admission: 5.00


Saddle up for the quirky riff on horse racing season only IX could imagine! Our all-ages derby turns stick horses into the mighty steeds that will take you to the finish line as you compete in racing or dressage.

Not channeling your inner jockey? Grab a mint julep and make a Kentucky Derby-worthy hat with a local artist.


2pm "doors" open

2:30pm racing for children 10 and under

4pm dressage for 10 - teens

5pm dressage for adults

IX will have a limited supply of stick horses to loan out, but you are encouraged to bring your own. (Brooms work fine too!)

$5 per person, free for children under 2 years old

Tickets go live on March 22!

This performance is outdoors. Nasty weather cancels. Colorful flower circles spaced 10 feet apart keep the audience distanced.

Help us keep everyone safe and healthy at this show by:

- staying home if you are sick

- keeping at least 6 feet from other guests when seated and 10 feet apart when dancing

- wearing a mask

- paying online and/or using a credit card to cut down on cash handling

We're doing our part by having staff wear masks and gloves, and sanitizing hard surfaces in our lobby and bathrooms hourly.