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, email or call 214-521-2003.

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Bianca R. Montes

Bianca Montes is an award-winning journalist and former Managing Editor of Park Cities People. She currently serves as a Senior Editor with D Magazine's D CEO publication. You can reach her by email at Bianca.Montes@Dmagazine or follow her on Instagram @Bianca_TBD. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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