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2023 Downtown Derby Day Celebration

May 6 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us for Frankfort’s annual Downtown Derby Celebration! Festivities will begin in the morning on May 6 with breakfast offered at many of our local restaurants and sweet treats available at our bakeries. Children’s activities will take place throughout downtown and on the lawn of the Old State Capitol from 11 am – 3 pm. In the afternoon, take part in the Triple Crown and race a bouncy horse, or ride in the pedal for the posies, then compete in a bourbon eating contest!

Don’t miss this free, family friendly event!


Derby Breakfast/Drinks at Downtown restaurants:
B’s Bakery (8am-3pm)
Goodwood (10am)
Kentucky CoffeeTree Cafe (7am)
Serafini’s (10am-2pm brunch & lunch, 5-10pm dinner)
Farmer’s Market (Brenneman & Bucks food truck until 11am)

Hot Brown Trail: All week long (May 1st-6th): 
Andy’s Artisan Bread: Hot Brown croissant sandwich
Artisan Capital Market: Derby week discounts and specials
Bourbon on Main: Hot brown egg rolls with mornay dipping sauce
Broadway Clay: Date night and make a hot brown serving bowl
Buddy’s Pizza: Hot brown pizza
Completely Kentucky: Featuring charcuterie boards, mini ceramic bowls to serve hot browns
Goodwood Brewing: Traditional hot brown featuring homemade bacon jam & Goodwood beer cheese
Jim’s Seafood & Steaks: Traditional hot brown
Kentucky CoffeeTree Cafe: Hot Brown Soup
Locals Food Hub & Pizza Hub: Hot brown pizza featuring a mornay sauce base with Kenny’s mozzarella cheese, hand pulled chicken, cherry tomatoes and crispy bacon
Limewater: Hot brown with House Roasted Turkey, Black Truffle Mornay, Green Onion Grit Cake, Slow Roasted Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus
Main Street Diner
Mortimer Bibb’s Public House: Hot brown sliders
Serafini’s: Traditional hot brown known as “The Governor’s Hot Brown”
Sig Luscher Brewery: A Hot Brown Hot Dog- your choice of frank, angus beef dog, or brat topped with pulled chicken, hollandaise, diced tomatoes, bacon, and parmesan cheese
Trifecta BBQ: Hot Brown Cheese Fries

YMCA Derby Dash:

Sign up here.

Ages 9-12: 10:00am
Ages 6-8: 10:20am
Ages 4-5: 10:40am
Ages 2-3: 10:55am

Paul Sawyier Library: 11am-3pm on OSC Lawn: 
Bouncy houses
Derby obstacle course
horseshoe toss game

Capital City Museum: 11am-3pm:
Screen printing on tote bags
Derby-themed crafts

Kentucky Historical Society: 11am-3pm on OSC Lawn: 
Stick horse races
Derby hat making

Canoe KY: 11am-3pm:

First Christian Church: 11am-3pm: 
Pony Rides
Face Painting
Yes Arts – Crafts & Sensory Tubs
Temporary Tattoo Station
Kid-Friendly Foods
Photo Op
Outdoor Seating
Public Restrooms
Changing Tables
Doggie Watering Station
Rest Area/Sensory Room

Triple Crown: (1pm-3pm)

Individual sign up here.

Team sign up here.

Bounce for Roses
Pedal for the Posies
The Rebecca Ruth Bourbon Ball Challenge

Food Trucks: 11am-3pm: 
Sweet G’s Ice Cream
Bluegrass Kettle Corn
West Sixth Brewing
KSU mobile kitchen truck
Flying Waffle


May 6
11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Old Capitol Lawn
300 W Broadway St
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
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Frankfort Public Art

Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist & Convention Commission
300 Saint Clair St., Suite 102
Frankfort, KY 40601