Saturday, May 1
4PM to 8PM
The Plaza & Avalon Boulevard
$80 per private Plaza square (maximum of 6 guests per square)
All bets are off for our Kentucky Derby Party!
You're invited to celebrate the Derby in style at our award-winning Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 1st from 4PM to 8PM! We will transform the Plaza into a glamorous party featuring special private squares for up to 6 guests, a jumbo viewing screen to watch the race, place your bets, and enjoy live music. So put on your fancy hats and bowties, grab a Mint Julep, and let the fun begin!
Tickets for the Plaza Derby viewing squares are sold out, but there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy Derby Day along the Boulevard! Check out the schedule of events below.
Please be advised that this event has been adjusted for safety precautions and will look different than past years. The Plaza will be limited to ticketed guests only and we have adapted the event to be sip & stroll style for the general public so that guests can still enjoy the tradition in limited crowds. Avalon Boulevard will be closed to traffic so that guests can spread out & enjoy the party anywhere they choose on property!
Schedule of Events
3PM to 4PM: Having trouble finding the perfect hat? Make the perfect fascinator before the festivities kick-off. Join us in Boulevard East to build your own flower fascinator at Syd Nichole's workshop. All flowers + tools will be provided. The workshop is for guests 15 and older, any guests 21 and older will receive a complimentary glass of wine to enjoy while building. Limited spaces available – click here to book your spot.
Unable to attend the workshop? Pre-order your fascinator here to pick-up when you arrive for Derby day!
4PM to 8PM: It’s not a Kentucky Derby Party without mint juleps! Enjoy the Derby’s signature drink or other selections of beer, wine, and cocktails from one of the outdoor event bars and participating restaurants. And, be sure to stop by the specialty Maker's Mark bar serving up delicious custom Maker's Mark cocktails!
4PM to 8PM: Enjoy some pre-race fun with a photo booth, specialty activations, retailer happenings, and more! Whether you’re a ticketed guest in the Plaza or strolling the Boulevard, there’s fun activities to be had for all.
4PM to 6:30PM: Bring your dancing shoes, because A-Town, A-List is here to throw the smoothest dance party east of Lexington! Whether you’re in the Plaza or sipping & strolling throughout property, they’re sure to bring the beat to the Boulevard.
4PM to 6:30PM: 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 basket and 3 lucky winners will be selected from the winning horses’ baskets! Prizes will be given to the horse that places all 3 positions. Prize packages include various items and gift cards from participating Avalon retailers & restaurants. All raffle proceeds will benefit Bearfoot Ranch. Raffle tickets are cash purchase only.
6:50PM: Tune into the jumbo screen to watch the most anticipated 2 minutes in sports and cheer on your favorite horse! After the race, winners from the raffle will be notified.
7:15PM to 8PM: This Kentucky Derby Party doesn’t end after the horses are back in the stables! Stick around while A-Town, A-List closes out the evening while you enjoy another mint julep.
Get the family ready for Kentucky Derby festivities at these locations along the Boulevard, click here for our guide map.
Restaurant Special Offers:
Barleygarden Kitchen + Craft Bar - Enjoy a Mint Julep or Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale from Lexington Brewing
Biltong Bar - Enjoy Maker’s Mark Mint Juleps & Kentucky Mules on our rooftop
CRU Wine Bar - Pair our Mint + Berry Sabayon with a Daou Sauvingon Blanc.
Marlow's Tavern - $12 Marlow's Julep
Retailer Special Offers:
Drybar - $10 off blowout or $5 off a dry style
EVEREVE - In-store party from 1PM to 4PM & 15% off your purchase
fab'rik - 20% off one item for guests wearing their Derby hats
Hammer Made - $20 off purchases of $100 or more
High Country Outfitters - 20% off all hats
Kendra Scott - 15% off your purchase
L'Occitane - 10% off your purchase
Scout & Molly's - 15% off your purchase
South Moon Under - In store pop-up with Anna's Cookie Co.
Tesla - Touchless Test Drives all-day
vineyard vines - 15% off your purchase
Please note, we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and the well-being of our community is always our top priority. For your own safety and the safety of those around you, we strongly recommend that you wear a mask while on property and practice social distancing. We will have complimentary face coverings available at our events if you do not have one. For a full list of safety measures we are taking, please click here.
Warning: Under Georgia law, there is no liability for an injury or death of an individual entering these premises if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19. You are assuming this risk by entering these premises.
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