On your mark. Get set. Sip! The Race for the Roses, taking place May 6, is rich in tradition on and off the track. Aside from being the most suspenseful two minutes in sporting history, the Kentucky Derby celebrates southern culture and couture: lavish hats, bold bowties and lots of juleps. Before the bourbon melts the ice, the race is over, but the party carries on. And you don’t have to travel to Kentucky to partake in the festivities.
Kentucky Derby at West Laurel Hill
The 5th Annual Kentucky Derby Party invites ladies to don their finest hats and men to sport their most dapper bowties. Watch the race on the big screen while sipping on cocktails and indulging in Cupcakes by Ruth. The crowd can pose for fashion illustrations and photo booths, or canter around town in a horse and carriage.
225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd
Talk Derby to Me
When betting, barbecue and bourbon come together, everyone’s a winner. Enjoy the galloping event with mint juleps, bourbon tastings and cigar lounges. Forgot your finest hat? Design your own with Milica and the Hat.
The Hub Conshy, 100 Four Falls, West Conshohocken
Paramour Celebrates the Derby
Come to the veranda dressed to impressed; a fabulous hat and spring hues are musts for the 6th Annual Kentucky Derby Party. There will be a “Best Dressed” contest for the most chic southern inspired look. Sample southern hors d’oeuvres while watching the race at this must-attend event.
139 Lancaster Ave., Wayne
Kentucky Derby Day at Parx Casino
Families are welcome at this lively event, which includes pony rides, face painting and a moonbounce for kids, and adult beverages, including Mint Juleps, and barbecue for the adults.
2999 Street Road, Bensalem
Derby Day at White Dog Café
The White Dog will be pouring special libations on May 6 for those in a festive mood. Try mint juleps, a special cosmopolitan and bourbon-based cocktails. The race will be aired live and guests are encouraged to dress up.
200 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne