Get ready to experience the thrill and excitement of the world-renowned Kentucky Derby, the "Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports," right here in Montgomery, AL. To celebrate this iconic event, we’ve got a few tips to help you get ready to enjoy the "Run for the Roses" Whether you're hosting a party or going out on the town. So, get ready to cheer on your favorite horse and jockey, sip on some refreshing mint juleps, and indulge in mouth-watering food. It's time to celebrate the thrill of the Kentucky Derby! 


The Kentucky Derby is not just a horse racing event; it's a fashion extravaganza where horse racing and style converge in a spectacular celebration. The attendees, dressed to the nines in their finest outfits and adorned with quintessential Derby hats, create a visual spectacle. To embody the Derby style, explore the exquisite collections at Buckelew's, Inc., ISHI Boutique, The BeYOUtiful Boutiques, and South Boutique. With their diverse styles and options to cater to every taste, you can dress to impress and be a part of this iconic event.


No Kentucky Derby celebration is truly complete without the presence of these beautiful flowers. The Derby, known as the "Run for the Roses," showcases a stunning garland of over 400 red roses crafted to adorn the winning horse, forever linking these iconic blooms with the essence of the Derby. This tradition serves as a reminder of the event's beauty and elegance. As you plan to celebrate the Derby, Capitol's Rosemont Gardens is ready to provide you with the perfect roses to enhance your table settings, embellish your hats and attire, or carry whether you're hosting a Derby party or want to infuse your day with the spirit of the race.


The Kentucky Derby is known for many things, but perhaps none as iconic as its signature drink: the mint julep. This refreshing concoction is a delightful blend of sweetness from sugar and the freshness of mint; all harmonized with the bold kick of bourbon. If you want to switch things up, 23 Court Cigar Bar offers a unique twist with their Brown Derby or Kentucky Buck. And there's no shortage of places to enjoy these libations, from The Tipping Point and Alley BAR to AviatorBAR and Exchange Bar.



The culinary experience is as iconic as the race itself. Guests relish classic American foods as they sip their signature mint juleps. Hot dogs and hamburgers, served in soft buns with a variety of toppings, are beloved staples of the event. To savor these traditional American bites in Montgomery, head to Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, Milo's, Walk On's Bistreaux & Bar, or Chris' Famous Hotdogs —they're always a hit. Derby spectators also enjoy southern favorites during the race; if you're craving a taste of the South, barbecue from Dreamland Bar-B-Que or fried chicken and corn on the cob from Martha's Place are just a few of the irresistible options. With such a diverse array to choose from, the Kentucky Derby is not just a race—it's a celebration! 

So whether you’ve got a snazzy Derby party to attend or having friends over to sip juleps with your pinkies in the air, Montgomery’s got you covered for this highly esteemed event steeped in history and tradition. Check out our round-up below of Derby events in Montgomery, Alabama