Mint Juleps, Southern Cuisine, and A Day at the Races


Calling all Derby Dallasites.

The tenth annual Day at the Races, hosted by The Conservancy, will be held this Saturday, May 5, at the historic Arlington Hall.

More than 500 guests are expected to be dressed in their Derby best and fabulous hats will stroll the sprawling grounds of Oak Lawn Park where ladies and gentlemen are encouraged to don their best Kentucky Derby Style, and take part in the competition for best dressed and best hat.

Among the array of activities, guests will sip Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps and enjoy fine Southern cuisine while socializing over nostalgic lawn games in the Formal Gardens, placing bets at the wagering table and engaging in a silent auction.

The Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra will entertain as guests enjoy themselves on the dance floor, sponsored by Stuart Weitzman. At 5:34 p.m. CST on the dot, it’s off to the races! Guests will gather to watch the horses compete for the Garland of Roses on the big screen.

This lively event celebrates the 144th Run for the Roses and benefits the beautification, maintenance and thoughtful development of the historic Arlington Hall and Oak Lawn Park.

This year’s Day at the Races Honorary Chairs are Lucian LaBarba and his nephew, Gianni LaBarba, who is also a founding member of the Junior Conservancy. Otis Felton will serve as Community Chair, and Day at the Races Junior Co-Chairs are Dr. Lauren Ives and Sean March.

“It’s a pleasure to host this fabulous event each year, and as we celebrate our tenth anniversary, we know it will be better than ever,” said Gay Donnell, president and CEO of The Conservancy. “Day at the Races truly showcases the beauty and sophistication of Oak Lawn Park and Arlington Hall, and we can’t wait to see guests get creative with their Derby-inspired ensembles and come together in this gorgeous setting!”

Individual tickets for Day at the Races are $150 each and VIP tickets are $250 each. Funds raised through this event will help The Conservancy care for the 20 acres of Oak Lawn Park and historic Arlington Hall.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit dallasderbyparty.org, email [email protected] or call 214-521-2003.

Bianca R. Montes

Bianca Montes is an award-winning journalist with a background in crime and government reporting and an obsession with all things culture and arts. She serves as the Managing Editor for Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People, curating content for the Living Well and Faith sections, as well as producing the Fall and Spring society sections and 20 Under 40. From luncheons to galas to exhibition openings to new Dallas restaurants, you can find her out and about on Instagram @Bianca_TBD. You can also reach her by email at [email protected]