Kentucky Derby Celebrations and Events in Arizona

April 5, 2016

Kentucky Derby Celebrations and Events in Arizona

It’s that time of year again when the horses are running around a track and the women are wearing even more elaborate hats. The Kentucky Derby is being held on Saturday May 2nd and venues across the valley are hosting parties. Here are a couple highlights.

DeSoto Market

The new downtown eatery is hosting it’s first ever Kentucky Derby party, with $6 mint juleps and Kentucky Hot Brown Burgers in addition to the spectacular fare that can typically be found at Desoto Market. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best Derby attire as they may win a prize.

Kentucky Derby Party at the Phoenician

kentucky derby events in arizonaThe Phoenician hosts an annual Kentucky Derby Party that is not to be missed featuring classic southern dishes, a Winner’s Circle Raffle, and contests for best hat and best Southern fashion. A portion of proceeds for this event benefits, After the Homestretch a charity helps retired racehorses find homes. Guests can take photos with the horses after watching the Derby in action.

Bubbles and Brown

For those of you not looking for the pomp and circumstance of the Phoenician, the pub Kelly’s at Southbridge is hosting a relaxed party with $10 glasses of champagne and $8 mint juleps made with Maker’s Mark bourbon. Awards will be given out to the guest with best hat and the best dressed couple.

Kentucky Derby Party at Turf Paradise

If you are looking for a high-­octane event then don’t miss the Kentucky Derby Party at Turf Paradise. The largest derby party in the state, Turf Paradise hosts 8,000 people for the annual event. In addition to airing the derby on the big screen, guests will be able to place their wages at the venue. The track will also be hosting its own races, as well as a fashion contest, live music, and activities for children. The first 4,000 guests will receive a commemorative derby glass.

Kentucky Derby Celebration at Southern Rail

The southern themed gastropub will feature it’s famous brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with specials like tea sandwiches, pickled shrimp and onion, bacon tarts. Drink specials include mint juleps and creole­ lemonade cocktails at $5. Again, Southern Rails will be holding a costume contest for best hat and best southern outfit.