Not going to Churchill Downs this year? The 136th annual Kentucky Derby will be shown live at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight. Prizes will be given for Best Hat and Best-Dressed Man, so bring out your Southern finest, including pearls, seersucker suits, and, of course—whether big-brimmed, feathered, or flowery—don’t forget the hat. Join the BBQ tailgate, with a special Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream truck, from 2 to 5 p.m., plus square dancing. Share your predictions while sipping traditional—and free!—mint juleps from 5 to 6 p.m. As the horses make their way from the paddock to the starting gate, listen to “My Old Kentucky Home,” performed by the Nouvellas and a rendition of “Call to the Post,” performed by bugler Ryan Resky. Stay for live band karaoke!

Sat., May 1, 1 p.m., 2010