You don't need to know a thing about horse racing to have a good time at a Kentucky Derby party — the mint juleps will take care of that. All you need to worry about is dressing up and having fun. Oh, and that the post time on Saturday is at 6:34 p.m.

Bourbon: The fun begins at 11 a.m. when Bourbon opens for brunch, with Kentucky hot browns and other treats. Stick around for an afternoon of sipping unusual juleps, like the Thunder Snow (High West Silver OMG rye whiskey, mango, bell pepper, $14) or just go for the classic ($10). Free passed hors d'oeuvres include derby pie. Wear your best derby outfit (think seersucker and fancy hats) to win a prize. 2321 18th St. NW.

Fairfax Derby-Q: You'll find juleps at this annual block party, which takes over Fairfax's Old Town Square from 2 to 8 p.m., but the real draws are the barbecue vendors and a beer garden with liquid refreshments from 20 Virginia breweries. Blues and rock bands perform throughout the day. Tickets start at $10; a $25 beer tasting package includes 10 tickets for samples. 10415 North St., Fairfax.

Hill Prince: Named after the 1950 Kentucky Derby runner-up (and eventual Preakness winner), Hill Prince will have different offerings for each race of the Triple Crown. Doors open at noon on Saturday, with DJs all day, barbecue prepared by Bev Eggleston of Eco-Friendly Farms and $10 classic mint juleps. 1337 H St. NE.

Jack Rose: The fifth annual Derby Day party at Jack Rose takes place throughout the three-level space, beginning at 3 p.m. The rooftop deck has five TVs and a slew of specials, including bourbon-spiked punch and sweet tea ($8), as well as juleps ($9). Pair drinks with free passed mini-hot browns and cucumber sandwiches. The basement Dram and Grain bar, open from 4 to 7 p.m., will have a menu of original drinks, including the If You Ain't First, You're Last (Blade & Bow Bourbon, strawberry gomme, Suze, mint, $13). 2007 18th St. NW.

Little Miss Whiskey's: The all-you-can-eat-and-drink crawfish boil at this H Street bar includes crawfish flown up from Louisiana on Saturday morning and kegs of Wicked Weed's Freak of Nature and Lunatic Blonde beers. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.; the derby will be shown on a big screen upstairs. Tickets are $53, and capacity is limited. 1104 H St. NE.

Red Derby: The day kicks off with the Big Hat Brunch, featuring biscuits and gravy, $5 spiked sweet tea and $6 juleps, starting at 11 a.m. Drink specials will be offered all day, and a “best hat” contest is held on the patio at 5 p.m. 3718 14th St. NW.

Republic Restoratives: The Kentucky Derby falls on the local distillery's first anniversary, so they'll be pouring mint juleps made with their own Borough Bourbon, while chef Matt Baker of the forthcoming Gravitas restaurant will be making sandwiches, including a take on the Kentucky hot brown. Doors open at 2 p.m. 1369 New York Ave. NE.

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