5 Kentucky Derby Day Parties in Milwaukee

The Kentucky Derby may take place Louisville, but that doesn’t mean Milwaukee can’t join the party. Put on your biggest hat and shuffle over to one of these parties with enough mint juleps and other fun specials to satisfy all your desires. The 144th annual race is May 5.

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Maxie’s Derby Day party is an also a fundraiser, and the $15 entry fee goes directly to the Hunger Task Force. When doors open at 1 p.m., come dressed up to pose in the photo booth, taste some favorites from the Maxie’s menu and some new, Kentucky inspired meals like Kentucky Hot Browns, and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Beer Cheese Soup.
6732 W. Fairview Ave.

Iron Horse Hotel

In your classiest hat and seersucker suit, take a photo with a living, breath iron horse, drop by the champagne bar and sip on bottomless Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps. The party begins at 2 p.m. with live music before and after the event.
500 W. Florida St.

The Monarch Lounge

A high-class buffet including deviled eggs and pork sliders, bourbon tastings, contest and more will entertain guest at this Derby Day party. Best dressed awards and raffle prizes will also be given to some lucky visitors. The party starts at 2 p.m.
509 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

Watch the race from three different rooms in the casino: the Off-Track Betting Room, The Northern Lights Theater or the Tribal Room. While you’re there, show off your best hat for a first place cash prize of $300.
1721 W Canal St.

Pier 106 Seafood Tavern

Pier 106 starts the party at 2 p.m. with drink specials, authentic Derby-style food and a contest for the best dressed. After the race, board the Edelweiss for a special $15 cruise on the Milwaukee River and the Inner Harbor of the Bay of Milwaukee
106 W Wells St.