Looking to catch the “fastest two minutes in sports” in style? Enjoy the 149th Run for the Roses with a side of Mint Juleps and eye-catching hats at these Kentucky Derby parties in Phoenix and Scottsdale.
The Woodford Reserve Derby DayClub: Presented by Sanderson Lincoln
The Woodford Reserve Derby DayClub: Presented by Sanderson Lincoln returns to Turf Paradise on Saturday, May 6. The event is organized and produced by The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships. Enjoy two track-side VIP experiences; guests can choose between several reserved seating and table options in The Sanderson Lincoln Black Label Lounge (table prices start at $525) or the new High Noon Sun Sips Pavilion (table prices start at $375). Individual tickets are $45 or $50 at the door. Turf Paradise opens at 7:15 a.m.; the Derby DayClub event opens at 10:45 a.m. For more information, visit thepoloparty.com.
Mowry & Cotton at The Phoenician
Mowry & Cotton’s annual Kentucky Derby Party will feature Southern-inspired cuisine (think crab hush puppies, a bourbon fruit bowl, country ham, a dark-chocolate blackout cake, peach upside-down cake and more), best-dressed contents, a meet-and-greet with Bold Cowboy, Woodford Reserve and much more. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit After the Homestretch-Arizona, which reconditions former race horses, finding them forever homes. Tickets are $135 per person, and the event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Derby Day at The Phoenician restaurant. For more information, visit www.thephoenician.com/events.
Join Andaz Scottsdale for its Inaugural Kentucky Derby Party, taking place May 6, 1 to 4 p.m., at the Andaz Scottsdale Studio Lawn. Don your best Derby Day attire at this Kentucky Derby in Scottsdale event and enjoy Mint Juleps, traditional Derby treats, a silent auction, a contest for the best hat as well as photo ops. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased here. (Tickets include two drinks. There will be a full bar and food available for purchase at this 21-and-over event, too.) For more information, visit www.andazscottsdale.com.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Join the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for its annual Kentucky Derby Lawn Party at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak, from 1 to 5 p.m. Savor classic eats with Southern flair, festive live music, a photo booth, a fashion content, lawn games and more during this favorite Kentucky Derby in Scottsdale event. Tickets are $189 per person; tables are $1,800. For more information, visit www.scottsdaleprincess.com.
Boulders Resort & Spa
Boulders Resort & Spa celebrates the Kentucky Derby with a themed dinner on the outdoor terrace of The Grill Kitchen & Bar, taking place 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Revelers will also enjoy live entertainment, panoramic view and more. $110 per person. For more information, visit www.theboulders.com.
Wine Girl Scottsdale is throwing a pre-Kentucky Derby party–Talk Derby to Me–with wine tastings and Derby hat making. On Wednesday, May 3 from 5 to 8 p.m., guests can enjoy four La Crema wine tastings of f chardonnay, rosé, pinot gris and pinot noir. Plus, hat-making kits will be provided by Wine Girl. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased here. For more information, visit winegirl.com.
The Montauk is celebrating the Kentucky Derby in Scottsdale with a lineup of featured Derby-inspired cocktails and a full day of live entertainment on May 6. $15 Derby Day cocktails include Mint Julep, Greyhound and a refreshing Garden Spritz. Guests can also take advantage of The Montauk’s weekend brunch from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and live entertainment from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.themontaukaz.com.
Kentucky Derby Cigar Dinner at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain
On May 4, with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m., join Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa, for a special three-course Kentucky Derby cigar dinner. La Gloria Cabana limited-edition cigars will be paired with cocktails and cuisine inspired by the Kentucky Derby. The night kicks off with passed hors d’oeuvres and a hosted bar featuring Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby 149 Bourbon and the classic Mint Julep, followed by a dinner paired with bourbon cocktails. $210 per person, plus tax and gratuity. To book, visit OpenTable.