Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to go all-in and trade those jerseys for jockeys; the Kentucky Derby is coming to town. Here are two Southern soiree’s celebrating the equestrian games near you.
Come out to barleymash on Saturday, May 2 for their Derby Party, bringing the races straight to downtown San Diego. The Derby-roused experience will immerse guests in Southern hospitality, enticing menu selections and live entertainment. For $25, you can enjoy their Kentucky Burgoo, hot brown sandwich and delectable mint julep. San Diego band The Tail Draggers will provide themed entertainment to keep you in spirit from 1-4 p.m. Not only will you get the all-in, high intensity action for the guys, but ladies will have a fun opportunity to dress in swanky Southern chic and enjoy the day in style. If you need a little inspiration, a “Best Dressed” and “Best Hat” competition will take place and be judged by some fashion-worthy folks too. Attendees also will have the opportunity to win prizes including a grand prize VIP Experience to the Del Mar Racetrack (four tickets for Opening Day, a special edition Derby bottle, and round-trip transportation to the track provided by Uber). All proceeds from the drawings will help the Wounded Warrior Homes for Charity.
barleymash: 600 Fifth Ave., downtown. barleymash.com
Surfside Race Place
If downtown isn’t your scene, trot on over to Del Mar’s Surfside Race Place on Saturday, May 2 where they will be hosting their Derby party and showing horse races from around the nation. The Del Mar experience includes an appetizing breakfast where you can choose to grab a bite at the carving stand or enjoy a mint julep on one of their many luxurious ocean side patios. Surfside will continue to host day and night race enthusiasts throughout the equestrian season during the Triple Crown with Preakness Stakes on May 16 and the Belmont Stakes June 6.
Del Mar Fairgrounds: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. (858) 755-1167 or surfsideraceplace.com