This Saturday is Derby day, except it’s not the first Saturday in May, and no spectators will be at the track. Soo… some weird, bizarro Derby day, but Derby day nonetheless. Here are some Derby-themed events that are trooping along.
Derby Week Dinner & Drag
(Sept. 2) | Christy’s Garden
720 Brent St. | paristown.com/happenings | $30-$120 | 7-9 p.m.
Drag shows are back, baby. This one benefits the Louisville Youth Group. Performers are Leah Halston, Gilda Wabbit, Vanessa Demornay, Karmen Kazzi, Nicole Jackson Valentino and SYIMONE. Masks are required to enter.
Divine Derby Sips & Spreads (Sept. 3) | Online | gck.org/events | Free | 7-8 p.m.
Blogger JCP Eats will teach you how to throw a Derby party at home with cocktails, mocktails and appetizers, since you can’t have your own celebration at the track.
Kentucky Derby At-Home (Sept. 5) | Your house | kentuckyderby.com/party | Free | 2:30 p.m.
Churchill Downs Inc. can’t invite you to the track, but it does have a list of Derby recipes and activities on its website that you can use for a house party, including a DIY paper flower fascinator tutorial and instructions on how to make a bourbon rice crispy treat or a chicken kabob with mint pistachio pesto. The Derby starts broadcasting on NBC at 2:30 p.m., with a 7:01 p.m. post time.
Derby with a Purpose (Sept. 5) | Westport Village | 1315 Herr Lane | Search Facebook | $30-$50 (per table) | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
It’s an evening of food and racing, with proceeds going to The LEE Initiative, a restaurant workers relief program. A table comes with one Steak & Bourbon mint julep per person, a BoomBozz Pizza pie and “sweet treats” from Napa River Grill — plus, the race will be screened.
Kentucky Derby Braai (Sept. 5) | A Taste of Africa | 2407 Brownsboro Road | $12 adults, $8 children | 6 p.m.-midnight
A Taste of Africa is hosting a South African barbecue, or braai, for Derby day, featuring homemade food and live music. Chairs and tables will be provided, but you can bring your own folding seating for outdoor sittin’.