It’s no secret that The Derby is not just about horse racing, so join us in the Plaza on Saturday, May 5th from 3PM to 10PM to celebrate our fourth annual Kentucky Derby Party! We will transform the Plaza into a glamorous party with a jumbo viewing screen to watch the race, along with live musical performances, including a DJ. So put on your fancy hats and bowties, grab a Mint Julep, and let the fun begin!
Schedule of Events
3PM to 10PM: Bars open in The Plaza
It’s not a Kentucky Derby Party without mint juleps! Enjoy the Derby’s signature drink or other selections of beer, wine, and specialty cocktails.
3PM to 6PM: Captain Mike and the Rockers Performance
Bring your dancing shoes, because Captain Mike and the Rockers are here to throw the smoothest dance party east of Lexington! The band specializes in the smooth sounds of the late '70s and early '80s. With hits from Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, and Van Morrison, it's a party that spans generations.
3PM to 7PM: Derby Pre-Race Festivities
Enjoy some pre-race fun with a photo booth, cornhole, retailer activities, and more! Plus, stop by to visit the Craft Box Girls for a special Kentucky Derby themed craft the little ones are sure to love.
3PM to 6PM: Place Your Bets!
Purchase raffle tickets and pick the horse you think will win first, place or show. Place your “bets” on your favorite horses by placing your tickets in their raffle jar and 3 lucky winners will be selected from the wining horses’ jars!
Prizes will be given to the horse that places all 3 positions. Prize packages include various items and gift cards from participating Avalon retailers. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Iron Horse Therapy in Alpharetta.
6:34PM: Live Kentucky Derby Race Viewing
Gather around the jumbo screen to watch the most anticipated horse race of the year and cheer on your favorite horse! After the race, winners from the raffle will be announced.
6:45PM to 10PM: Live DJ
This Kentucky Derby Party doesn’t end after the horses are back in the stables! Stick around for a live DJ featuring dance hits while you enjoy another mint julep.
Retailer & Restaurant offers:
Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar- Four Kentucky beers on draft, specialty Derby Dog hot dog, and free derby snacks from 3PM to 7PM
Bonobos- serving light bites & drinks and offering up to 20% off everything from 12PM to 4PM
Branch & Barrel- horse raffle starting at 3PM until the race is over. Enter the raffle to win gift cards!
Goldbergs- Cinco de Derby specials all weekend! $5 margaritas and $5 mint juleps
J. Crew- 15% off purchases
J. McLaughlin- Kentucky Derby Celebration from 3PM to 7PM. Enjoy light sips, spring shopping, and enter to win a gift card!
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams- serving beer and wine to shoppers all day
Sage- 25% off regular price apparel all day excluding Free People
Vineyard Vines- Official style of the Kentucky Derby! Activating during the Kentucky Derby Party at Avalon and selling specialty Kentucky Derby gear in store