What Houstonians Can Do to Celebrate the Kentucky Derby

What Houstonians Can Do to Celebrate the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday with the main race starting at 5:30 p.m. (CT). Derby Day is full of festivities before and after the race and are traditionally fun to attend. Even though we are all the way in Texas, we can still celebrate by putting a Kentucky Derby spin on our Saturday activities. Here’s some things you could do to enjoy an American tradition without leaving the state.

Throw a Best Dressed Contest

Kentucky Derby attendees make sure they’re dressed their best. Men come in their classic suits inspired by the “good ol'” days and ladies take pride in their decorative hats. Have your friends all dress the part, give out prizes and make your typical Saturday memorable.

Did Anyone Say Mint Julep?

The Mint Julep is a signature Kentucky Derby drink so load up on these ingredients to impress your guests.

You’ll need:

2 oz. Woodford Reserve
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
3 Fresh Mint Leaves
Crushed Ice

Squeeze out the essential oils in the mint and rub them inside the glass. To the same glass, add simple syrup, bourbon, and crushed ice. Stir. Garnish with more ice and fresh mint.

Want to Mingle with Other Kentucky Derby Fans? 

Check out some of these local Kentucky Derby events:

Julep’s Derby Day Party

Julep is hosting their 2nd Annual Derby Day Party and you better believe they will have some good award-winning cocktails ready. “Oyster roast, raw oysters & champagne, and southern bites” provided by Julep along with a Derby Hat Fashion Show for the ladies to show off their creativity.

For more information, go to the event page.

Houstonia’s 3rd Annual Mint Juleps & Jodhpurs

Join the horse race raffle to have a chance to win a big prize. Swing by the open bar and have unlimited food while DJ Senega spins tracks. See who wins the Mint Julep competition and maybe you’ll win best dressed.

For more information, go to the event page.

Bovine & Barley Derby Party

Want to join the fun but save money? Bovine & Barley will be throwing a free event this Saturday. There will be a staff-wide Mint Julep competition, drink specials, games and giveaways while the Kentucky Derby is displayed on multiple screens. Don’t forget to dress your best!

For more information, go to the event page.


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Hazel Ramos
Hazel Ramos is completing her B.A. in Journalism at the University of Houston.

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