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Kentucky Derby FAQ'S

Run for the Roses
May 6, 2023
6:00 - 9:00 PM
227 Essex Street,Salem

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Where do I park?

Colonial Hall is accessible from two entrances, one located on the pedestrian parkway of Essex Street and the second on Washington Street, directly next to the entrance of Rockafella's Restaurant. The Essex Street entrance has an elevator; the Washington Street entrance has a steep staircase. 

Parking is available in various parking lots located a short walk from Colonial Hall. Please see below for lot addresses, and if you need accommodations due to mobility challenges, please be in touch with us directly to make arrangements.

  • City Lot at 35 Church Street, Salem

  • City Lot at 1 New Liberty Street, Salem (directly across the street from the Peabody Essex Museum)

  • MBTA Commuter Rail Garage at 252 Bridge Street, Salem

  • The South Harbor Garage located at 10 Congress Street, Salem


What's the dress code?

Hitch your horse to a new wagon, and join us in Kentucky Derby dress! Sundresses, vests, shirts with collars, sweaters, pantsuits, dress and slacks are appropriate.

What's a fascinator contest? 

A fascinator is a type of hat that is popular to wear to the Derby. Our sponsors, Sagan Harborside, will be judging our fascinator contest and picking the person wearing the most unique fascinator to win a prize. f you are looking for unique custom millinery for the evening's big event, we have partnered with local artist Linda Mullen of Grace and Diggs who creates fabulous fashions out of repurposed materials. Her custom hats for the Gala start at $40, a portion of which is generously donated back to SPUR. See some of her chic custom creations hereContact Linda at  to learn more.

When does the silent auction go live? 

The silent auction will go live on our auction website, Greater Giving, at 10:00 AM on May 3. 

When is the live auction? 

The live auction is only available to those attending the May 6 gala in person. Melissa and Nick Weinand from The Proper Nest Real Estate will be hosting the live auction and fund-a-need. 

How do I purchase tickets? 

Tickets are on sale here! Increase your impact and ensure SPUR's continued success by supporting us at a individual giving level or becoming a corporate sponsor!

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

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Sustaining Sponsors

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Contributing Sponsors


In-Kind Sponsors

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