Saddle Up: Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Savannah at a themed event

Characterized by exquisite fashions and larger-than-life hats, the Kentucky Derby is celebrated in Savannah with almost as much gusto as in the Bluegrass State! 

On Saturday, May 7 thousands will gather in Louisville to cheer on their favorite Thoroughbreds as they race across the track. Started in 1875, the Derby is currently in its 148th year, and people are gathering all over the nation to celebrate this time-honored event. 

In Savannah, there are quite a few Derby parties going on. If you want to get in on the action, grab a mint julep, don your Derby best and head out to one of these fun functions. 

Savannah’s Premier Derby Party

May 7, from 4 to 7 p.m., the Olde Pink House and Woodford Reserve will join forces to host Savannah’s Premier Derby Party, benefitting Park Place Outreach. The party will take place in the picturesque Reynolds Square, featuring a live streaming of the race, Derby day festivities, a Woodford Reserve tasting experience and Kentucky-inspired cuisine and cocktails. This event is for those who are 21 and up. Search for the party on eventbrite.com for tickets and information.

Kentucky Derby Paw-ty

For a family-friendly event, consider Ghost Coast Distillery’s third annual Kentucky Derby Paw-ty. Sponsored by SD Gunner Fund, the event will take place on May 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. Bring your pooch and prepare to have a fun evening where you can enjoy door prizes, children’s crafts, a photo booth, and more. The race will be televised both inside and outdoors. There will also be contests for Best Hat and Best-Dressed Pup. RSVP for this free event at savannahkennelclub.org and find out more about Ghost Coast Distillery at ghostcoastdistillery.com

Run for the Roses

On May 7 from 3 to 8 p.m., Pegasus Riding Academy will host their Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Party. Proceeds will benefit the therapeutic programs offered by Pegasus Riding Academy. The event will feature a live riding demonstration from the Special Olympic Equestrian Team and a special guest speaker who is an expert on Thoroughbred bloodlines. You can also look forward to a hat contest, a Dapper Dan contest, friendly wagers, Derby cuisine and libations, and a silent auction. General admission is $45, which includes two cocktails. There are also special sponsorship packages available. Visit prasav.org to reserve your ticket.

Derby Day Party

Heads-Up Guidance Services, or H.U.G.S., will host their Derby Day Party at the Alida Hotel pool terrace on May 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. Look forward to a wide array of delicious hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and a silent art auction. Tickets are on sale for $125. Visit thealidahotel.com or call the hotel to find out more information on reservations.


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