Grab your favorite straw hat and prepare yourself for all the mint juleps you can handle — the Kentucky Derby is this Saturday. Can’t make it all the way to Churchill Downs? Not to worry — the Twin Cities is host to a ton of Derby-themed viewing parties where dressing up for the races is part of the fun. Here are nine ways to watch this year’s telecast (airing at 5:24 p.m. Sat.) in style.

Canterbury Park

If you’re looking for authenticity, the viewing party at the Shakopee horse-racing track is the way to go. Bet on horses and watch the race telecast live — as well as more than 20 other races around the country — on one of 500 TVs, and take advantage of mint julep specials and a red-carpet selfie station. Live racing returns to Canterbury on May 15. (Doors at 8 a.m. Sat. Free. 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee. 952-445-7223.

The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis

The rarified confines of the historic Women’s Club of Minneapolis hosts the most stylish soiree of the bunch. It includes outdoor patios and tents, live sets from DJ Strangelove, live music from a five-piece band, photo booth, drink specials all day (including mint juleps), beer from 612 Brew, cigar rolling, whiskey tasting and the race on big-screen TVs. A ticket includes derby-themed food and complimentary overnight parking. (2-8 p.m. Sat. $65–$75. 410 Oak Grove St., Mpls. 612-332-2292.

Betty Danger’s Country Club

Country-club-on-crack Betty Danger’s is tailor-made to host a Kentucky Derby–themed party, and they’re pulling out all the stops for their inaugural Kentucky Derbatante. It includes a derby hat contest, a mint julep bar, live ponies (!), inflatable horse races, roving musicians performing Southern Kentucky tunes, a vintage photo booth, brews from Bauhaus Brew Labs and derby ball. (3–10 p.m. Sat. $15–$20. 2501 Marshall St. N.E., Mpls. 612-315-4997.)

The Loop West End

Hors d’oeuvres and mint juleps will be served, games will be played and prizes will be won in honor of Derby for a Cure, hosted by the MinnDakotas JDRF Young Leadership Committee, which supports Type 1 diabetes research. Tickets include an open bar. (3-7 p.m. Sat. $65. The Loop West End, 5331 W 16th St., St. Louis Park.

Warehouse Winery

Youth foster care program Connections to Independence (C2i) hosts its second annual Run for the Roses: A Kentucky Derby Celebration fundraiser. The event includes derby-themed activities, food, cocktails, a live telecast, a hat contest for men and women, a silent auction and a fashion show. (3–8 p.m. Sat. $30 individual, $50 couple. 21-plus. 6415 Cambridge St., Mpls.

Brit’s Pub

Watch the race on the clubhouse’s big screen and outdoor veranda at Brit’s derby party. Take advantage of food and drink specials including mint juleps, as well as live bluegrass and rolled cigars. (1 p.m. doors Sat. Free. 21 & older. 1110 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. 612-332-3908.

Seven Sushi

The day after the Kentucky Derby, Women United Minnesota is keeping the party going with a Derby–themed party, Women's Big Hat-titude & Wine Affair. Geared around building community among women, it includes hors d'oeuvres, bubbly, swag bags and wine tasting. (2:30–5:30 p.m. Sun. $19.98. 700 Hennepin Av., Mpls.

Marin Restaurant

Marin once again hosts a Kentucky Derby party in its main bar, complete with classic Kentucky food and Deep South-inspired cocktails. (3 p.m. doors Sat. Free. 901 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-252-7000 &

Butcher & the Boar

Minneapolis’ preeminent brats-beer-and-bourbon destination hosts its annual derby party in its beer garden with Maker’s Mark bourbon drink specials, grilled meat and prizes. (2-7 p.m. Sat. Free. 1121 Hennepin Av. S. Mpls. 612-238-8888 &

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