World Equestrian Center – Ocala hosts the Festivals of Speed Celebration this Weekend

28 Apr 21 | Ocala, FL | SHARE

OCALA, Florida, April 28, 2021 – Join us April 30 through May 1 at World Equestrian Center – Ocala for the inaugural Festivals of Speed celebration. This event follows our much-anticipated, 2021 opening as a world-class, luxury event destination. Visitors will experience the exquisite hospitality and exhibition space our venue has to offer, coupled with classic automotive designs courtesy of Festivals of Speed. Saturday, the Kentucky Derby will be screened live on the massive 30 foot by 60 foot Jumbotrons in the Grand Outdoor Arena. Visit or call 352.406.9325 to purchase tickets in advance. Sponsors can learn more by emailing Joe Sabatini at

The event kicks off Friday, 8-10:30 p.m., with the Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception and Party, bringing food, beverages, festive music and a Brazilian Samba team to the showgrounds. Guests are encouraged to attend in their best Kentucky Derby attire, check out the luxury brand displays and view exotic cars. Porsche, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin and McLaren automobiles will be among the night’s features.   

Fill out an application at to submit your vehicle to the display. An open bar will be serving vibrant craft cocktails, among other spirits to quench your thirst. Guests can also try a selection of bourbon, scotch and spirits from on-site brand ambassadors paired with the delicacies of our sumptuous-themed food displays.

Saturday, the Festivals of Speed Thoroughbred Weekend officially launches from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as the VIP experience, one hour later. Browse more than 100 automobiles, featuring the iconic brands listed above, with a few surprise additions. Guests can enjoy fine wines and cocktails at the event proper, pick from several delicacy food displays and find original restaurants throughout the World Equestrian Center.

After the Festivals of Speed, it’s time for the famous “Run for the Roses.” World Equestrian Center invites you to pull out your best derby attire and head over for a fun celebration of the most exciting two minutes in sports. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Plaza with free parking and admission. Watch the pre-race coverage and race on our Jumbotrons overlooking the Grand Outdoor Arena. Stop by one of our food and beverage outlets or food stations to grab a bite to eat. Cash bars serving Kentucky Derby favorites, wine and beer will be scattered throughout the Grand Courtyard area. Race on over to celebrate with us!

Find The Yellow Pony nestled within The Equestrian Hotel. Boasting an outdoor patio and fireplace, this lobby gastro lounge offers shareable starters, pub fare, traditional draft beers, bourbons, and whiskeys. For something a little sweeter, Miss Tilly’s Lollipops is a unique candy shop boasting artisan treats and one-of-a-kind confections. Traditional Mexican, Italian and French fare can be found at Filo’s Mexican Cantina, Viola & Dot’s Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria, and Emma’s Patisserie, respectively. Lastly, Ralph’s Burger & Sandwich Shop lives up to its name, using fresh, quality ingredients for every traditional and custom menu item.

We’re looking forward to hosting you at World Equestrian Center – Ocala!

About Festivals of Speed

Festivals of Speed, headquartered in Eustis, Florida, has operated for the last 16 years as the ultimate luxury showcase for discerning enthusiasts with a passion for all forms of transportation and luxury brands. The events display the world’s most exotic automobiles, motorcycles, watercraft, motorcycles and luxury brands throughout Florida and Georgia.

About World Equestrian Center

World Equestrian Center features two premiere equestrian and multidisciplinary venues in Ocala, Florida, and Wilmington, Ohio.

These exclusive facilities comprise state-of-the-art arenas, expansive stadiums, versatile outdoor space, and well-appointed exposition centers. Dedicated to offering great sport and fun in a family-friendly environment, World Equestrian Center promises an unparalleled experience for exhibitors, spectators, vendors, sponsors and retailers built on three core values: Quality. Class. Distinction.

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