We are approaching one of my favorite weekends of the spring…not only will the city be overrun with Cinco de Mayo parties, but this Saturday, May 4th is the 139th running of the only horse race most of us ever pay attention to – The Kentucky Derby.
And another Atlanta tradition, Derby Day, is celebrating its 31st year this weekend. Hosted by the Shepherd Center’s Junior Committee, the event regularly draws over 1,000 big-hat and pastel wearing participants, and takes over the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers this Saturday.
The proceeds from the event benefit the Shepherd Center and will go to fund medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord and brain injuries. Guests will be bussed into the event from Buckhead starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Once there, a ticket ($60 advanced, $70 at the door) buys you a food, drinks(think – mint juleps as far as the eye can see), casino games, drawings, a live and a silent auction, and a live broadcast of the race, complete with the option of betting on your favorite horse. Cap the night off with a performance from The Breakfast Club.
You can find all of the details and buy tickets at their website here.
Don’t want to leave town? Here are a couple of other spots that are hosting Derby Day parties:
Party starts at 3 p.m. and includes a Big Hat Contest
3 p.m., Saturday May 4th. 3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.
Join the crew at The Angry Chef’s Family Dog in Morningside for $5 mint juleps, a hat contest, and betting games.
3 p.m, Saturday May 4th. 1402 N. Highland Ave., Morningside.
Saturday, Leon’s will kick off an all day Derby party including food and drink features, a hat contest, and horse betting. All betting proceeds will go to charity.
11:30 a.m., Saturday May 4th. 131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur.
- Jon Watson, Food & More blog