5 Ways to Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Milwaukee This Year

Just because you won’t be in Louisville doesn’t mean you can’t party Derby-style here in Milwaukee.

Get your fill of mint juleps, tasty snacks and chances to win prizes at these Derby Day parties. The 145th annual race starts promptly at 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

Maxie’s 12th Annual Derby Day

Maxie’s will be hosting the ultimate Derby party with live music, a Derby menu, drink specials, photo booth and best dressed contest. New this year, Maxie’s will also have an indoor VIP area with a buffet, drink tickets and t-shirts. Regular admission is $15, or $60 for VIP access.

Where: Maxie’s, 6732 W. Fairview Ave.
When: Doors open at 1:00 p.m., race starts at 5:50 p.m.

“Talk Derby to Me” at the Iron Horse Hotel

The most “lavish party experience,” including bottomless Maker’s Mark Mint Juleps, VIP service, two DJs and jumbo screens galore awaits you at this Derby Day party hosted by the Iron Horse Hotel. Cost is $55 at the door, or $45 in advance. Contact the Iron Horse Hotel for more information about VIP packages.

Where: Iron Horse Hotel, 500 W. Florida St.
When: Party starts at 2 p.m., race starts at 5:50 p.m.

Watch, Wager & Win: Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

The only place in town to bet on the race and party at the same time: Potawatomi is hosting the biggest viewing party of the day in three different rooms. Make sure to wear your best Derby hat for the chance to win up to $300.

Where: Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, 1721 W. Canal St.
When: Off-track betting room opens at 8:30 a.m., festivities begin at 10 a.m.

5th Annual Kentucky Derby Party at the Monarch Lounge

The Monarch Lounge is hosting a big party with big prizes. Complimentary derby-inspired appetizers on offer include hot chicken sliders, bourbon meatballs and cucumber tea sandwiches. Wash it all down with $7 cocktails. There will also be raffles and prizes for best dressed couple and best hat — including overnight stays at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. And if that’s not enough, this Derby party features real horses (not to mention Millie at the Hilton — in costume)!

Where: Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave.
When: 2-6 p.m.

Derby Party Balzac Style

Five-dollar mint juleps, half-off bottles of Cava and all the Derby-inspired treats you can think of. Show off you best Derby hat for a chance to win a free bottle of wine.

Where: Balzac, 1716 N. Arlington Pl.
When: 2-6 p.m.