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April 24, 2018

Grab a big hat or bowtie and join one of these Kentucky Derby parties in Philly

It's almost time for the first leg of the Triple Crown

It's almost time for the first leg of the Triple Crown.

The Kentucky Derby, known as "the most exciting two minutes in sports," will take place Saturday, May 5, at the famous Churchill Downs track in Louisville, Ken.

The race is scheduled for 6:34 p.m., with 20 horses competing and $2 million up for grabs.

If you're in Philly and looking for somewhere to watch, check out the parties below. 

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Twisted Tail's Annual Kentucky Derby Party

The Twisted Tail in Society Hill's annual Kentucky Derby viewing party is a free-to-attend event. Enjoy the spring weather by watching the races outside on a giant TV, while sipping on $6 Mint Juleps.

Each attendee can enter into the bar's Derby Draw, too, with no purchase necessary. The raffle winner will receive a commemorative Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby bottle.

Additional prizes will be awarded to the person with the best hat and the best bowtie at the party, so make sure to dress to impress.

Saturday, May 5
Beginning at 2 p.m. | Free admission
Twisted Tail
509 S. Second St., Philadelphia, PA 19147


Head to Pagano's Market and Bar for an outdoor Kentucky Derby party benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region on May 5.

The event will feature live music, outdoor games, raffles, fashion contests and Derby drinks.

General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. There's also an open bar option, which is $80 in advance and $100 at the door. 

Saturday, May 5
3-7 p.m. | $20-$100 per person
Pagano's Market and Bar
2001 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Bow Ties, Big Hats & Bourbon – A Kentucky Derby Party

Tickets are currently available for West Laurel Hill Cemetery's sixth annual Kentucky Derby party, which benefits Gateway HorseWorks.

Expect all you can eat and drink with Derby-inspired fare catered by Southern Cross Kitchen and cocktails from 13th Street Cocktails.

General admission tickets are available for $50. Included is the open bar and buffet, plus photo booth fun from Philly Snap Booth, a cigar bar and carriage rides. 

Limited VIP tickets are also available for $100. VIP ticketholders will receive all general admission perks, plus early entry at 3:30 p.m., access to a private VIP room with screening area for the race, Champagne upon entry, access to a private bar, additional food, fashion illustrations by Denise Fike and first choice at the betting board.

All attendees should wear their Derby best for the event. Best-dressed guests will have the chance to win special raffle prizes.

Saturday, May 5
4:30-7 p.m. | $50-$100 per person
West Laurel Hill Cemetery
225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Run for the Roses at Pub & Kitchen

At Pub & Kitchen's party, there will be live bluegrass music and hundred of roses. Drink specials will include $9 frozen bourbon lemonades and $8 Makers Mark Mint Juleps.

Dress in Derby attire for the all-day event, which begins at 11 a.m.

Saturday, May 5
Beginning at 11 a.m. | Free admission
1946 Lombard St., Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 545-0350

Derby Day at aMuse

On May 5, French bistro aMuse will be celebrating with a Julep bar, a special Derby menu, live music and games.

Prizes will also be handed out to the person with the best hat and the best bowtie, as well as the best-dressed couple.

Admission to the party is free with an RSVP.

Saturday, May 5
3-8 p.m. | Free admission with RSVP
1421 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19102