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Saddle up: Your guide to Iroquois Steeplechase

The annual event at Percy Warner Park features tailgating, food trucks, fashion, and horse racing. Here’s the need-to-know info for Iroquois Steeplechase.

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 83rd annual Iroquois Steeplechase, giddy up and get going. The event takes over Percy Warner Park on Saturday, May 11 and is expected to draw 25,000 attendees. Still don’t have tickets for race day? Explore your options.

What’s new in 2024

  • One free designated driver ticket will be added to tailgating packages. While most tailgating areas are sold out, Centerfield tickets are available and include admission for four people and one parking pass.
  • Speaking of parking, the general parking area off Vaughn Road now requires a $25 parking pass.
  • Plus, look out for Lyft discount cards at water stations located throughout the grounds, and make note of the rideshare info below.
  • Bonus: Williamson County Animal Center will have adoptable pups in the Family Area, though you must arrange a post-race pickup date at the shelter.

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.

If you’re using rideshare:

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

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, a hat, 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 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 and bowties:

Dresses and skirts:


Bonus: Check out the race day contests for best hat, most stylish, and other categories.