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Kentucky Derby events around Lexington

How to celebrate the run for the roses in Lexington.

Horses + jockeys racing on a turf track

We love Louisville, but sometimes the best place to celebrate the Derby is here at home. | Photo courtesy of EquiSport Photos

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While Keeneland has just one weekend left for the Spring Meet, Lexington isn’t quite ready to rein in horse-racing season.

Grab your hats, fascinators + julep cups, and explore our roundup Kentucky Derby events around town:

Friday, May 3

Blue Jeans, Boots and Bulls, Bluegrass Stockyards, 4561 Iron Works Pike
Enjoy an evening of music, food, and auctions to support Coaches for Kids Foundation. The event takes place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. + tickets range start at $100.

Kentucky Derby Eve Party, The Cellar Bar & Grille, 3256 Lansdowne Dr.
See live music from Unofficial: Hi-5 as you prep for the most exciting two minutes in sports. The party is free + starts at 8 p.m.

Poor Man’s Harlan County Derby Eve Party, Two Keys Tavern, 383 S. Limestone
Get ready for the races by seeing live music and tasting catering from Joe Bologna’s in support of the Lexington Fire Department.

Saturday, May 4

Derby Day, Keeneland, 4201 Versailles Rd.
Celebrate the Run for the Roses at our very own home to horses.

Kentucky Derby Watch Party, Manchester Music Hall, 899 Manchester St.
Dress in your best at this watch party featuring Malone’s catering and mint juleps.

Derby Day, Red Mile Gaming & Racing, 1200 Red Mile Rd.
Test your luck, don your best hat, and eat through a Kentucky-themed buffet.

Kentucky Derby Party, Neon Moon Bar + Lounge, 1801 Alexandria Dr., Ste. 50
Come for the race, stay for the party and karaoke.

150th Derby Day Celebration, Holly Hill Inn, 426 N. Winter St., Midway
Snack on southern bites like deviled eggs with lump crab meat and sip $5 mint juleps.

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