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Saddle up: Your guide to Iroquois Steeplechase

The annual event returns to Nashville next weekend (Saturday, May 13) showcasing shoppes, food trucks, fashion — and, of course, horse racing.

Racers on horses are seen circling the track and the crowd is blurred in the background with many standing under colorful tents.

Read up on the history of the event.

Photo by Wade Payne Photo via Iroquois Steeplechase

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If you haven’t started planning for the 82nd annual Iroquois Steeplechase, giddy up and get going. The event takes over Percy Warner Park (2500 Old Hickory Blvd.) on Saturday, May 13 and we have your need-to-know information. Still don’t have tickets? Explore your options.

👜 Bring it vs. leave it


If you purchased a tailgate ticket, you’re allowed one 10x10 tent, a table, and chairs. Box seat and tailgaters can BYOB (just make sure nothing is glass). Also recommended is sunscreen, hats, and bottled water.


  • Propane grills
  • Glass containers
  • Firearms and fireworks
  • Advertising banners + signs

Pro tip: Pets are also not allowed on the grounds, with the exception of service animals.

A graphic of the parking map for this year's Steeplechase event showing icons that represent food stands, medical aid, tracks, and more.

Print out this handy map for easy navigation.

Graphic via Iroquois Steeplechase

🚘 Parking + transportation

If you’re driving yourself:

  • You must print the parking pass and have it clearly displayed on your windshield when you get to your gate — no electronic passes are accepted. Parking passes are now sold out.

If you’re using rideshare:

  • Rideshare pick-up and drop-off is designated to Lot S, Gate 4. The parking map above shows an additional location near the family area at the hillside entrance off of Highway 100.

🌭 Food truck fare

Steeplechase will offer 13 food trucks in the family area and Steeplechase central — here are some local options we’ll be looking for:

A close-up of a man in a tailored suite jacket, striped shirt, tie, and straw hat with a feather on it.

Put your best fashion foot forward and shop local for this year’s event.

Photo via Iroquois Steeplechase

🛍️ Outfit inspo

Suits + bowties:

Dresses+ skirts:


Bonus: Enter the Nfocus Steeplechase Style Contest.