The Kentucky Derby in Southwest Florida

By Ashley Wells  |   May 1, 2018

Get ready to experience the fashion, food, and festivities of the Kentucky Derby in Southwest Florida this Saturday, May 5, 2018!

From Naples to Fort Myers, the area will be dressed to impressed at several local events. You may only need to travel as far as one mile and a quarter to get your famous Mint Julep, enter a Kentucky Derby hat contest, or just admire the attire. Most area venues are also donating funds to local charities. Stake your place at one of the below venues for this year’s Run of the Roses, which will surely be 2018’s most exciting two minutes in sports.


Down & Derby Party

Heitman House, Fort Myers

If you can pull your eyes away from the derby attire, prepare for amazing views along the Caloosahatchee River at this first of its kind event in Fort Myers. The Down & Derby Party will be held on the back lawn of the historic Heitman House just a few blocks east of downtown.


Derby Dash

Naples Botanical Garden, Naples

Bring out your best garden-cocktail attire and join over 300 friends, sponsors and supporters of the Naples Junior Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund housed at the Community Foundation of Collier County.


Kentucky Derby Hat Contest and Buffet

Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track, Bonita Springs 

There is something for everyone at this event whether general admission, Churchill Downs special buffet, or entry into Southwest Florida’s premier Kentucky Derby hat contest where the winner receives a $1,000 betting voucher.


After the festivities of the Kentucky Derby in Southwest Florida end, keep your hats on and stop by one of our luxury SWFL open houses on Sunday.

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