Every year we bring together Kentucky Derby enthusiasts to celebrate African American successes within the Kentucky Derby. It is the ultimate event series, a true "Party with a Purpose" and all for a good cause. A portion of proceeds from our events benefit the Harlem Derby Cares, Isaac Burns Murphy Scholarship Award to allow children and teens from low income families to learn the principals of horsemanship, participate in equestrian sports and recreational activities, and engage in financial literacy and college readiness programming.
Join us for a purposed filled, power-packed celebration as we celebrate the Kentucky Derby - Harlem Style!
Harlem Derby Taste Chefs Showcase
We are excited to launch the First Annual "Harlem Derby Taste"! Come out and enjoy an eclectic mix of derby inspired aberrations at the Chefs Showcase and leave Harlem Derby Styled after the Uptown Runway Fashion Show. It's an evening filled with good people, great vibes, a DJ and live music sets!
Derby & Soul at "The Run for the Roses Gala"
Derby Day is filled with live music, food, fashion, and style! You will listen to smooth sounds and sip bourbon as we present the Isaac Burns Murphy Lifetime Achievement Award and host the viewing of the 146th Run of The Kentucky Derby. Come dressed to impress and enter for your chance to win in the best dressed & best hat contest!
Uptown Mint Julep Showcase
From April 15th - May 2nd, mixologists from participating Harlem bars and restaurants will compete for the Best 2020 Mint Julep! Guests at the Gala on Saturday, May 2nd will sample recipes from the showcase and cast the final votes to determine the winner.