Kentucky Derby parties happening near Vail |

Kentucky Derby parties happening near Vail

Get your derby hats ready. The 145th Kentucky Derby takes place Saturday.
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Here’s a look at events happening across the valley celebrating the “fastest 2 minutes in sports” — the Kentucky Derby.

Vail Derby Party

Get a taste of the Kentucky Derby by attending the Vail Derby Party today, a fundraiser for Children’s Garden of Learning preschool. The $50 ticket includes heavy appetizers and drink tickets, including mint juleps and mint juleps from the slushy machine at The Remedy Bar at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail. There will also be rare and specialty bourbons available at the Bourbon Bar that are straight from the Four Seasons Vail’s private collection and from its beverage director, Steven Teaver’s personal collection.

You’ll feel like you are at the racetrack with plenty of hats and seersucker and brightly colored suits worn by partygoers. All proceeds from this event go to support Children’s Garden of Learning’s financial-aid program for low-income families, teacher retention and building improvements.

Four Seasons Vail

Make a weekend of it and keep the party going at the Four Seasons. Room rates start at $165 per night with a two-night minimum or $205 for one night with a $50 credit. For tickets, go to and search for Vail Derby Party. Please note, this event did sell out last year.

10th Mountain Whiskey

Also in Vail, the 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co. will be hosting its fourth annual Bridge Street Derby Party at its tasting room on Bridge Street from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 and will be sold at the door and will include a Southern-style barbecue and a mint julep in a pewter cup.

Besides the race on television, a few raffles and contests will take place. Buy a raffle ticket for $5 and the winner will receive a bottle of 10th Mountain Whiskey. There will also be a pick-a-loser contest, in which you pick which three horses will finish at the back of the pack. All proceeds of the drawings are going to benefit the Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, who will also be providing a couple of mini-horses outside the tasting room to advertise the event.

Watch Party in Edwards

New this year, Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties will be hosting a Kentucky Derby watch party at the Inn at Riverwalk in Edwards. Come watch the action on a 120-inch television screen and enjoy food, drinks and a live band along with games and plenty of people sporting bow ties and big hats. The party goes from 3 to 6 p.m. today The event benefits YouthPower365.

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