Friday, May 1, 2015

Updated: Kentucky Derby Parties List (Video)

The big race is almost here. In honor of the Kentucky Derby, I teamed up with Zy at Dandelion Market to make the perfect Mint Julep. Here's how to make one for your Derby party.


The Party List

New: Third Annual Foxy Derby
Southern food, mint juleps and Kentucky Derby-inspired games to watch the Kentucky Derby race. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. Best Dressed Gent & Best Ladies Hat contests , 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Leroy Fox, 705 S Sharon Amity Rd.

Derby Days
The Young Affiliates of the Mint have one of the longest-running Kentucky Derby Parties. Ladies wear your hats and fellas rock the bow ties. Food trucks: Chrome Toaster and Sticks and Cones. Enjoy lawn games and Maker’s Mark Mint Juleps. 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. $40 and up.

Kentucky Derby Party
The Bluegrass Brothers present its annual Kentucky Derby Party. This is one of the most popular Derby parties on the low-low. Enjoy jazz music by Shableek, Derby watching, a hat contest, food and drinks. This is an adult party. The party is rain or shine and is held under a big tent. 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Rolling Hill Park Grove, 4340 Rolling Hill Dr. off Sugar Creek Road. $20.

University of Kentucky Alumni Association Derby Party
If you dare to hang out with the Big Blue Nation #BBN then you don’t want to miss this Derby party. It’ll feature Mint Juleps and an infamous bourbon slushy. Partiers will enjoy authentic Kentucky Derby Festivities. 4 p.m. - 7  p.m. South Park area. It’s a public party, but held at a private residence. Email for more details. $20

The Second Annual Talk Derby To Me
If you’re looking for a more traditional Charlotte gathering head uptown for some Derby fun. The usual party games: corn hole, giant Janga, beer pong, flip cup and more.

Derby Competitions include:
Cutest and Biggest Hats for the Ladies, Best Bowtie for the Gentlemen, Best Dressed Couple, “Run for the Roses” a human horse race!!

Tickets Include- 2015 "Talk Derby To Me" T-Shirt and Koozie, and drink specials. Rooftop 210, 210 E. Trade St Suite B320. $15. #TalkDerbyToMe