May 4: Turf Paradise Kentucky Derby Party
The biggest and best Kentucky Derby party in Arizona is May 4 at Turf Paradise, located at 19th Ave. and Bell Rd.
The Kentucky Derby is celebrated with all the thrills and fun at Turf Paradise in what has become the biggest spring party in town. Mint juleps, ladies in bonnets and sundresses, and guys in their Kentucky-gent finery; there is no better place to savor all the excitement of what is described as “the greatest two minutes in sports.”
In addition to watching the simulcast from Kentucky, the day also features a full card of live racing, giving fans a chance to bet on the derby and live local horse racing. There is also live music, a family fun park and free Kentucky Derby glasses for the first 3,500 paid admissions.
Turf Paradise will also be the place to be for the Valley’s biggest and best Kentucky Derby Hat and fashion contests with cash prizes. Start making your bonnets and get your matching dress ready for our annual Kentucky Derby Ensemble and Hat Contest held in the grandstand apron right after the running of the Kentucky Derby. Registration for the contest is free and begins at noon.
Grandstand admission is $5. Gates open at 7:15 a.m. Buffet packages are available. The first Turf Paradise live post will be at 11:30 a.m. and the Kentucky Derby begins at approximately 3:24 p.m. Times are subject to change without notice, please check back for the most current times.