Bourbon tastings, bocce games and a fashion contest are a few of the party highlights at Circle 2445’s annual Kentucky Derby bash, which returns to the Toledo Museum of Art for a fourth year on May 2 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Circle 2445, a membership group that aims to engage the next generation of art enthusiasts with the Museum, has made its screening of the Thoroughbred race one of its major annual events. Nearly 300 revelers are expected this year, according to Amir Khan, Circle 2445’s board president.
“We’re excited to see everyone at this year’s Derby party,” Khan said. “Circle 2445 is about one thing: engaging new people with the Museum in unique ways. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to usher in new TMA supporters through events like this.”
This year, enjoy a cash bar featuring mint juleps or a game of bocce in the Welles Sculpture Garden, then watch the horse race screened in the grand Peristyle. Southern fare will be served, and three bourbon tastings at 4:15, 4:45 and 5:15 p.m. will be offered at $15 a ticket.
There will also be a Derby Digs fashion contest, where partygoers can enter to have their outfits judged for a chance to win prizes. Live music by Kentucky Chrome and fiddler Jason Huntley will be performed.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door for Circle 2445 members and $35 in advance and $45 at the door for nonmembers. General admission tickets and bourbon tasting tickets can be purchased online at derby.toledomuseum.org.
Advance ticket sales end May 1 at 7 p.m. Parking is free for Derby party attendees.
The Kentucky Derby Party is sponsored in part by The Andersons, HCR ManorCare, Key Bank, WNWO NBC24, Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts and Toledo.com.