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April 25, 2019

Where to watch the 145th Kentucky Derby in Philadelphia

Attend one of these parties on Saturday, May 4, to cheer on your favorite horse

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May 5, 2018; Louisville, KY, USA; Mike Smith aboard Justify (7) races Corey J. Lanerie aboard Promises Fulfilled (3) during the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Who will win the first leg of the Triple Crown and be draped with a blanket of roses at the 145th Kentucky Derby?

Known as "the most exciting two minutes in sports,"  the annual horse race will take place Saturday, May 4, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

For those in Philly planning on watching the race, scheduled to go off at 6:50 p.m., we found local parties with Mint Julep cocktails, fashion contests and plenty of Derby style. Check out our roundup below, then start planning your outfit.


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Twisted Tail's Annual Derby Party

Once again, the Twisted Tail will throw a free-to-attend Kentucky Derby party. 

A giant 18-foot TV screen will be set up outside and Mint Julep cocktails will be $6. Every guest who attends will receive an entry into the bar's Derby Draw to guess the winning horse, and the raffle winner of the day will receive a bottle of bourbon.

If you plan on attending, make sure to dress to impress. Additional prizes will be awarded for Best Hat and Best Bow Tie.

Also, the South Street Spring Festival will be taking place nearby and Derby fans are encouraged to check it out before or after the race for delicious food.

2-7 p.m. | Free to attend
Twisted Tail
509 S. Second St., Philadelphia, PA 19147


West Laurel Hill Cemetery's Bow Ties, Big Hats & Bourbon Party

Kentucky Derby Party at West Laurel Hill CemeteryCourtesy of/West Laurel Hill Cemetery

West Laurel Hill Cemetery throwing party to celebrate the 145th Kentucky Derby race on Saturday, May 4.

For the seventh year, West Laurel Hill Cemetery is throwing a Kentucky Derby party as a fundraiser for Gateway HorseWorks.

Expect all you can eat and drink, a cigar lounge, horse-drawn carriage rides and a fashion contest.

General admission tickets are available for $75, while limited VIP tickets are available for $100. VIP ticket holders receive early entry at 4 p.m., Champagne upon entry and a fashion illustration.

5-7:30 p.m. | $75-$100 per person
West Laurel Hill Cemetery
225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004


Blue Moon's Derby Watch Party

Blue Moon, the craft beer sponsor of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, is throwing a watch party at Xfinity Live!, beginning at 4 p.m. 

Cheer on your favorite horse and enter a contest to win tickets to the 2020 Kentucky Derby.

Starting at 4 p.m. | Free to attend
Xfinity Live!
1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19148


The Derby at Woodford Mansion

Throw on a fancy hat or bow tie and attend a Derby watch party at a historic house in Fairmount Park.

At Woodford Mansion, there will be music by River Bones Band, lawn games, an appearance by The Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, Mint Julep cocktails from Manatawny Still Works and southern food.

Admission is $35 (free for children 12 and under) and includes one complimentary drink and as much food as you want.

5-8 p.m. | $35 per person
Woodford Mansion
2300 N. 33rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19132


Derby A Go Go

The Trestle Inn is throwing its first Derby party. Watch the race, enjoy drink specials and enter a fashion contest.

From 4 to 5 p.m., get $2 off Derby cocktails.

4-9 p.m. | Free to attend
Trestle Inn
339 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107


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