Throw a Derby Party

The Kentucky Derby is more than a horse race, it’s a long-standing tradition – and an excellent reason for a party! Whatever your budget or taste, there’s no wrong way to celebrate the Kentucky Derby. So, break out the hats and Mint Juleps, it’s time to start planning your perfect Kentucky Derby party!

You can experience Derby from the comfort of your home, backyard, local bar or virtually any venue. Tune in to NBC Sports Network on Friday, May 4th, from 12:00 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. for Kentucky Oaks coverage. Then tune in to NBC on Saturday, May 5th, from 2:30 p.m.  – 7:20 p.m. for all the Kentucky Derby action!

GET YOUR OFFICIAL PARTY SUPPLIES- Visit the Kentucky Derby Store for all of your Official Kentucky Derby party supplies. Make sure you are ready for the fun with branded décor, apparel, and of course the official 2018 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep glass.

DON A DERBY HAT- Or fascinator. Wearing one is not only tradition, it is considered to be good luck! From the fantastic to the sublime, there are no rules or limits.  View some popular styles and join in the celebration by dressing in the spirit of the day!

COOK UP SOMETHING DELICIOUS- Make sure your party is stocked to serve mint juleps with Woodford Reserve, the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby. For food items, we recommend traditional Southern fare, to create the full Kentucky Derby Experience.  Check out a few of our favorite recipes!

MAKE SURE YOU'RE READY TO BET- Cheering on the races is always more fun when you place a bet. Not sure how? Read our Betting 101 Guide, and create an account with - the Official Betting Partner of the Kentucky Derby ahead of time so you can spend more time checking out the contenders. Sign up today to receive a $10 Free Bet with offer code DERBY10!

PLAN ON SOME PARTY GAMES- What’s a party without games?  And what’s a Derby party without wagering games? The Derby Hat Draw and the Lucky Longshot are two of our favorites.  Learn how to play, and maybe even come up with a few of your own! 

FOLLOW THE KENTUCKY DERBY ON SOCIAL MEDIA- Get social with the Kentucky Derby. Join the conversation on social media using #kyderby and follow @kentuckyderby for live behind the scenes coverage!

TUNE IN TO THE BIG RACE- NBC Network will have live coverage of the Kentucky Derby beginning at 2:30pm ET on Saturday. Fans can also catch all the action in spectacular high definition online at

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