It’s the biggest day at the races of the year. The 2013 Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, and you can bet your fancy hat that there are watching parties around Dallas where you can wear that fancy hat!
Lone Star Park – Feel like you’re actually there by heading down to our very own horse track. You can bet on the ponies here and watch the Kentucky Derby on TVs. There will be hat judging at 3PM with 2 $500 prizes up for grabs. Big Mouth will provide live music in the Courtyard of Champions. General Admission is $5, but you can join the Arts Council Northeast’s party from 12:30PM to 5:30PM for $150 and enjoy an open bar, “lavish buffet,” and live & silent auctions.
Sissy’s Fried Chicken, Jockeys, and Juleps – From 3PM to 6PM Saturday, Sissy’s Southern Kitchen is throwing a Kentucky Derby party a with a grand Southern twist. You’ll enjoy $7 drink specials on Sissy’s Mint Julep, Kentucky Punch, Presbyterian Bourbon Press, and Alabama Sunsets. You can wear your crazy hat and watch all the derby action on a big screen TV. There will be prizes for the best Derby outfit. There is no cover and no reservations required for the party, but you will have to make a reservation if you want to stay for dinner.
Lee Park Conservancy “Day At The Races” Party – If the Kentucky Derby was here in North Texas, this is the party that would be at the heart of it all. This traditional celebration requires you to dress the part right up to the top of your hat. Of course, there will be southern cuisine and mint juleps. There will also be Best Hat and Best Dressed contests judged by Cynthia Smoot of Oh So Cynthia, Maxine Trowbridge of Pink Memo, Rachel Abrams of CultureMap Dallas. NBC5’s Natalie Solis will be the Emcee. Tickets are $75-$150, and you can buy those online.