The busiest week of the Louisville calendar has arrived. The Kentucky Derby may be the reason for all this excitement, but there’s so much fun to be had in the days leading up “The Run for the Roses.” Here are my five favorite ways to make the most of Derby Week, along with one piece of advice everyone should take while they’re enjoying the festivities.
#1: Shop for a Derby Hat
The Derby’s most iconic fashion items are the extravagant hats you’ll find on race-goers both male and female. The origin of these hats is the result of a strict dress code from decades past. These days, they’re just for having little fun and expressing your personality. You don’t need to shell out a lot of money on a hat–heck, you don’t even have to buy one at all–but you should definitely check out some of the area’s local hat shops.
#2: Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum
As the longest running event in American sports, it goes without saying that the Derby is packed with history. The best place to take it all in is the Kentucky Derby Museum, which features one-of-a-kind artefacts, interactive exhibits, and games for the little ones. Because it’s open seven days, it’s the perfect way to fill some empty space in your Derby Week schedule.
#3: Enjoy Food and Music at Fest-a-Ville
Unfortunately, it’s probably too late to score a ticket to the exclusive Taste of Derby food event, but there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy Louisville’s culinary scene during Derby Week. The most fun is heading to Fest-a-Ville, which features the Chuck Wagon food stalls. Fest-a-Ville also includes live music, games, and fun for the whole family. The price of admission is only a Pegasus Pin, which costs a whopping $6.
#4: Place a Small Bet on the Race
It would take a ton of research to understand all the different ways to bet on the Derby. That said, you don’t need to be an expert to put $2 on your favorite horse, or pick three to win, place, and show. If you’re not going to Churchill Downs, you can also do a small, low-stakes pool with the friends you’re watching the race with. Put the name of each horse in a hat and have everyone pick one. You could also hold an office pool with your coworkers.
#5: Explore the City
Louisville is an amazing city, and Derby Week adds an extra sense of electricity. Take some time to walk around, talk to people, and enjoy the atmosphere. You’ll end up discovering something cool to do.
While you’re enjoying Derby Week, there’s one thing you absolutely should not to do.
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE
Enjoying some mint juleps is a Derby tradition. If you end up sipping these iconic cocktails, however, you should never get behind the wheel. Call an Uber of Lyft, or have a designated driver. There’s too much at risk to drive after even one drink.
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