Avalon in Alpharetta will host its fourth annual Kentucky Derby Party on May 5. Live music, vendors, the race on a jumbo screen and mint julep's will be featured. The Wilbert Group | Avalon
Photo: The Wilbert Group | Avalon
Photo: The Wilbert Group | Avalon

Kentucky Derby 2018: Avalon in North Fulton is throwing a big party

Churchill Downs is about 430 miles away from Atlanta.

That’s a bit far for a Kentucky Derby daytrip. Alpharetta is much closer.

On May 5, Avalon, the mixed-use development in north Fulton County will host its fourth annual Kentucky Derby soiree.

It is free to attend and open to the public. Last year, more than 5,000 people piled into Avalon for the big race.

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“This glamorous, all-day affair always brings out the fashionistas of Alpharetta and we can’t wait to see the vibrant wardrobes on display,” Carla Cox, Avalon’s director of marketing, said in a statement.

The 2018 party is sponsored by Maker’s Mark and Reformation Brewing. It lasts all day, from 3 to 10 p.m., and will feature live music, a wide selection of beer, wine, cocktails and food, raffle tickets and the race on the jumbo screen at 6:34 p.m.

And of course, mint juleps will be available.

At least three Avalon retailers will offer discounts to shoppers too. J.Crew will have a 15 percent off sale, Sage will have 25 percent off sales on apparel and Soft Surroundings will give $10 off purchases of $50 or more.

For more information on the event, visit Avalon’s website.

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