Saddle Up: Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Savannah at a Themed Event | Community | Savannah News, Events, Restaurants, Music

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

On Saturday, May 7, thousands will gather in Louisville to cheer for their favorite thoroughbreds as they race around the track. Started in 1875, the Derby is currently in its 148th year, and people gather all over the country to celebrate this time-honored event.

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

Savannah’s Premier Derby Party

On May 7, from 4-7pm, the Olde Pink House and Woodford Reserve will join forces to host Savannah’s Premier Derby Party, benefiting Park Place Outreach. The party takes place in picturesque Reynolds Square, with a live stream of the race, Derby Day festivities, a Woodford Reserve tasting, and Kentucky-inspired food and cocktails. This event is for anyone 21 years and older. Find the party at for tickets and information.

Kentucky Derby Paw Ty

For a family-friendly event, consider Ghost Coast Distillery’s third annual Kentucky Derby Paw-ty. The event, sponsored by SD Gunner Fund, will take place on May 7 from 4-8pm. Bring your dog and get ready for a fun night where you can enjoy door prizes, children’s crafts, a photo booth, and more. The race will be televised both indoors and outdoors. There will also be competitions for Best Hat and Best Dressed Puppy. RSVP to this free event at and learn more about Ghost Coast Distillery at

Run for the roses

On May 7 from 3-8pm, Pegasus Riding Academy will host their Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Party. Proceeds 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 bets, Derby dishes and libations, and a silent auction. General admission is $45, which includes two cocktails. Special sponsorship packages are also available. Go to to book your ticket.

Derby Day Party

Heads-Up Guidance Services, or HUGS, will host their Derby Day Party on May 7 from 4-7pm on the pool deck of the Alida Hotel. Look forward to a wide variety of delicious hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and silent art auction. Tickets are on sale for $125. Visit or call the hotel for more information about reservations.

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