Harlem Renaissance Derby Day Party

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Gin Fizz

308 Malcolm X Boulevard

New York, NY 10027

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Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of The Harlem Renaissance - Harlem Derby Style! A Gathering of Writers, Designers, Stylists and Musicians

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Derby Couture + DJ + Art + Literature + Dance

Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance - Harlem Derby Style! This is a special event to bring together New York City's finest Creators, Writers, Stylists, Designers, Musicians & Artists. We have a sultry event line - up planned to arouse all of your senses. So Ladies: Grab your Fascinators and Cocktail Dresses, and Gentlemen: Your Levi's jeans, vests and Derby Hats to honor the original architects of Harlem's international literary, style, music and arts revolution! You know how we do it - Harlem Derby Style!

Please contact us at harlemderby@gmail.com for group rates.

Harlem Derby Festival: Entertainment Line

+ Food & Derby Inspired Drinks

+ Live DJ & Musical Performances

+ Cultural Exchange, Ambiance & Networking

+ Harlem Derby Style Couture, Hats, Literature & Art


How Does Ticketing And Food Work?

Ticketing for the 1st Annual Harlem Renaissance Derby Day Party is designed to allow you to get the most out of your Festival Experience:

$35 - This ticket includes access to the event only. Food and drinks sold separately.

Become A Sponsor?

Please email us at harlemderby@gmail.com or visit our website at www.harlemderby.com. Your commitment as a sponsor will position your business within the Harlem Community and world travelers who reside, dine, and work in Harlem.

What Is The Harlem Derby Festival?

Harlem Derby Festival is a three week event series (April 15th – May 4th) designed to spotlight the influence and impact of African Americans in Thoroughbred Racing history - definitively America’s first national sport. The Harlem Derby Festival experience includes food, fashion, design, beauty, history, and art. It is your opportunity to mix and network with culture enthusiasts, creators, designers, stylists and musicians in a festive environment!

Harlem Derby, LLC

Organizer of Harlem Derby Festival 2019


Harlem Derby, LLC is a community based organization that invokes fashion design and style to elevate the public profile of the Black Jockey. We aim to ensure that this rich heritage is permanently ensconced in our collective memories. The legendary stories of Black Jockeys need to be heard. Harlem Derby Festival captures this essence and curates live events that allow us to integrate it into the smooth chic of Harlem now to carry the story forward and assure that it remains part of the Harlem community for generations to come. Our signature event is The Run for the Roses Gala & Kentucky Derby Watch Party.

For the past three years, we have partnered with Red Rooster Harlem/Ginny’s Supper Club to host the gala. This year we have added a second gala location - Chez Lucienne. In addition to the gala, we have added five events designed to curate the cultural cadence of style in Harlem and recognize the vast accomplishments of Black Jockey & Trainers in Thoroughbred Racing History. The event line-up includes a Mint Julep Showcase, public lectures/speaker/art series, children’s events, a Harlem Renaissance Day Party, a Runway Fashion Show & Brunch, and a Derby Style Hat pop-up shop. The fashion show will be used as an opportunity to educate the public on the unique legacy of the Black Jockey and the foundational role African-Americans played in establishing the Kentucky Derby. A special component of the fashion show will also feature Harlem Derby Style – Kids and Young Adults. This edition will introduce a new element of ‘Street Style’ to a younger audience that combines the preppy, chic sophistication of derby attire with urban, inner-city swag. Male and female models will showcase clothing, accessories and hats in all categories.

Harlem Derby Festival 2019 Event Schedule:

1) Uptown Mint Julep Contest

Date: April 15th - May 4th

Location: Participating Harlem Restaurants & Bars.

Details: Instagram voting competition. Winning bartender announced at Run for the Roses Gala on May 4th.

2) Harlem Renaissance Day Party

Date: April 20, 2019

Location: Gin Fizz Harlem

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Details: Cocktail/Social Party to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. Upscale Harlem Derby Style Dress Code Strictly Enforced.

3) Uptown Runway Fashion Show & Brunch

Date: April 27, 2019

Location: MIST Harlem

Time: 2:00 pm

Details: Fashion Show - Curated by Harlem Derby Style. Featuring Harlem Derby Style looks for men and women. Special component of show will introduce Harlem Derby Style Kids & Young Adults.

4) 7th Annual Run for the Roses Gala & Kentucky Derby Watch Party

Date: May 4, 2019


1) Red Rooster Harlem

2) Chez Lucienne

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Details: Live Music at 4:00 pm at both venues. Bands TBD. Viewing of the 145th Run of the Kentucky Derby Race begins at 6:30 pm.

5) Derby Style Hat Pop-Up Shop

Date: April 27th - May 4th

Location: Harlem

Venue: TBD

Details: Street Style event featuring Derby Style Hats, Fascinators and Head Wear.

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Gin Fizz

308 Malcolm X Boulevard

New York, NY 10027

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