Kentucky Derby comes to Downtown Santa Monica

Food & Drinks Fun Events

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Restaurants and hotels along Santa Monica’s premier oceanfront street come together for Ocean Avenue’s Day at the Races, a culinary walking tour to celebrate the Kentucky Derby and raise funds for the Surfrider Foundation on Saturday, May 6, from 12-5 p.m. Guests will dress in their Derby best and receive complimentary tastings from Ocean Avenue’s finest including Herringbone, Del Frisco’s GrilleRed O, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, Chez Jay, O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar, Shore Hotel and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. 

With the Pacific Ocean as their backdrop, attendees will also enjoy complimentary mint juleps, food and drink specials, hat contests and watch the most exciting two-minutes in sports, all while helping to protect the world’s oceans and beaches.

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Ladies and gentlemen will begin at Del Frisco’s Grille with their signature Ahi Tuna Tacos and a complimentary mint julep courtesy of American Born Whiskey; then, trot along for delicious food and drink tastings at each of the participating locations and watch the race at 3:34 p.m. sharp. Food offerings include classic Sicilian meatballs at O+O, Corn & Goat Cheese Tamales at Red O, Oysters Rockefeller at Herringbone, Chicken and Beef Empanadas at Shore Hotel and more. To add to the beachside fun, attendees can also take photos on the red carpet, enter the Best Derby Hat contest and have the chance to win a one-night stay at Shore Hotel by choosing the winning horse and for tasting at all of the participating locations. For those who don’t want to walk, the Santa Monica Free Ride will be giving attendees free rides up and down Ocean Avenue.  

Derby Day attire is highly recommended. Need a Derby hat? Fedora Primo is offering 25% off to anyone that mentions the event. 

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WHEN:

Saturday, May 6, 2017

12-5 p.m. (race starts at 3:34 p.m. PST)

PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS:

Del Frisco’s Grille, Herringbone, Red O, Chez Jay, O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Shore Hotel

TICKETS:

$40 per person, available at http://derbyonocean.eventbrite.com. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit Surfrider Foundation. 

Ticket includes:

  • Complimentary mint julep at check-in courtesy of American Born Whiskey
  • Complimentary food or drink item at each location and food and drink specials
  • Commemorative Surfrider cup for first 100 guests
  • Chance to win a night stay at the Shore Hotel

SPONSORS: LA Weekly, Santa Monica Free Ride, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Santa Monica, Fedora Primo, Spin PR

 

SURFRIDER FOUNDATION

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 500,000 supporters, activists and members, with more than 80 volunteer-led chapters and 60 clubs in the U.S., and more than 350 victories protecting our coasts. Learn more at https://wlam.surfrider.org.

 

OCEAN AVENUE BUSINESS COALITION (OABC)

The Ocean Avenue Business Coalition gathers key restaurants, hotels and businesses on Ocean Ave. to further the recognition of one of Santa Monica’s most premier destinations. The OABC brings together the businesses on Ocean Ave. in an open forum to encourage collaboration and communication on the events and issues that impact each location in the ever-growing City of Santa Monica.

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