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Frankfort, KY 40601 United States

April 2019

The Kentucky Distilled Weekend

April 26, 2019 - April 28, 2019
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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Get Ready for the Kentucky Distilled Weekend in Frankfort! Join us in Frankfort April 26-28, 2019 for a weekend filled with fun, history, outdoor adventure and of course bourbon! Developed to highlight Liberty Hall Historic Site’s premier fund raiser, Bourbon and Browns, the weekend offers locals and visitors lots of ways to celebrate spring. Take a cruise on the Kentucky River with the new Trace of Kentucky boat, or stroll through our rich bourbon history on a walking tour downtown. Stop in at the Capital City Museum to learn about the history of the distilling industry and be sure to visit one of our four Frankfort distilleries!

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May 2019

2019 Governor’s Downtown Derby Celebration

May 4, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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Free

Gov. and Mrs. Matt Bevin cordially invite all Kentuckians and their guests to join them at the Governor’s Downtown Derby Celebration on May 4th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in downtown Frankfort.

The 2019 Derby Celebration will showcase Frankfort with new and traditional festivities for which the Governor’s Derby Celebration is known—offering plenty of color, excitement, entertainment, children’s activities, and food to suit all tastes.

The YMCA Derby Dash on Broadway and the stick horse races on the Old State Capitol lawn have become annual events which children love to race in. The 7th annual Pedal for the Posies adult tricycle race will also take place. Several downtown restaurants will be open and offering special Derby morning fare.

A free concert featuring bands from across the Commonwealth will headline the entertainment on the Jim Beam Brands Stage directly in front of the Old State Capitol. And the crowd-pleasing tradition of having Kentucky artists exhibiting and selling their work will continue this year.

The event is free and open to everyone. Parking is available.

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September 2019

Mayor’s Concert

September 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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SAVE THE DATE!!
Saturday, September 7, the 100 block of West Main Street, Frankfort, KY
7:00 p. m. – 10:00 p. m.
Join us for a street party and concert on Main Street between High Street and Ann Street. Frankfort Mayor Bill May will be joining Freekbass and Sammi Garett of Turkuaz for a special night of music with another collaboration of a super group of touring musicians.
This “super group” of accomplished musicians was put together by Bill May and will be playing original music by Freekbass, and songs by Prince, Parliament Funkadelic, James Brown, Sly & The Family Stone, Ohio Players, and others. The audience will not be able to stop moving once this group starts with their super energetic grooves.
Food and drinks will also be available from Bourbon On Main, Goodwood Brewing and other food vendors.
This event is made possible by Harrod Concrete * Traditional Bank * Visit Frankfort *Franklin County Sheriff Chris Quire* Taylor Marshall * Bill and Jenny May
Freekbass – Bass and Lead Vocals
Sammi Garett – Lead Vocals and Percussion
Sky White – Keyboards
Mark Hamilton - Guitar
Bill May – Drums and Percussion

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October 2019

Capital Pride Festival

October 12, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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Capital Pride is a family-friendly LGBT Pride Festival that will feature drag shows and other entertainment. There will also be children's entertainment, Pride merchandise, a vendor fair and food trucks.

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Black Cat Chase 5K

October 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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The Black Cat Chase 5K Fun Run/Walk is one of the regions most popular and entertaining races.  This traditional race is filled with fun and excitement, from both the race participants and spectators!!  This is a great event for the entire family.

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November 2019

2019 Downtown Frankfort Candlelight Tradition

November 21, 2019 - November 24, 2019
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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The annual Candlelight Tradition is the start to Frankfort’s holiday season and a beloved tradition for all generations. From carriage rides to hot chocolate and visits with Santa, this four day festival offers something for everyone. Make plans to join us for this time-honored tradition, visit our 40+ shops and restaurants, and illuminate your holiday season with Candlelight!

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December 2019

2019 Frankfort Christmas Parade

December 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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Theme: Classic Christmas

Route: Parade will step off onto High Street to Main to Capital Avenue and end at the capitol building.

This event is sponsored by Commonwealth Credit Union.

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Team Kentucky 61st Inauguration

December 10, 2019
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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Andy Beshear, Governor Jacqueline Coleman, Lt. Governor Schedule of Events7:30 am - Inaugural Breakfast Reception, Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History8:30 am - Inaugural Worship Service, First Christian Church10 am - Inaugural Parade, Downtown Frankfort to State Capitol1 pm - Inaugural Prelude, State Capitol Steps2 pm - Swearing-in Ceremony, State Capitol StepsState Capitol Open House - Immediately following swearing-in ceremony8 pm - The Grand March, Capitol Rotunda9 pm - Midnight - Inaugural Balls, Capitol GroundsALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO…

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May 2020

Governor’s Downtown Derby Day Celebration

May 2, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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Governor and Mrs. Andy Beshear cordially invite all Kentuckians and their guests to join them at the Governor's Downtown Derby Day Celebration on May 2nd from 9:00am until 1:00pm in downtown Frankfort.

The 2020 Derby Celebration will showcase Frankfort with new and traditional festivities for which the Governor's Derby Celebration is known - offering plenty of color, excitement, entertainment, children's activities, and food to suit all tastes.

This event is free and open to everyone.

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November 2020

A November to Remember – ArtWalk

November 7, 2020
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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Explore the public art infusing Downtown Frankfort while shopping our independently owned businesses.

Our downtown ArtWalk will feature amazing original art from local / regional artists and artisans. Come enjoy a lovely, creative experience in downtown Frankfort, meet and mingle with our talented artists, and enjoy a nice meal or drink at one of our downtown restaurants. Please mask up, keep a 6ft+ distance, and practice good safety. And don't forget to check out the amazing public art located throughout downtown Frankfort!

2020 Participants (this is updated regularly, check back for more information!)

The Capital Gallery will feature paintings, prints and sculpture by regional artists.

The Kentucky Historical Society will feature "Poetry in Color" paintings from Paul Sawyier's two villages.
The Capital Cellars will feature new paintings by Gina Morales.
Broadway Clay will begin their holiday ceramics, and Teen/Tween Classes.
Silo Ridge Makers Market will feature various exhibits and demonstrations.
Mortimer Bibb will feature their studio artists.
Artist Bob McWilliams featured outside the McClure Building

Guided Tour of Downtown Murals and Sculptures 1:00 - 2:00pm.  $10   

Register here:  https://www.evenbrite.com/november-saturday-sculpture-tour-arts-downtown-frankfort-tickets-123515473105

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A November to Remember – Candlelight Weekend

November 12, 2020 @ 9:00 am - November 15, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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This year marks Candlelight's 40th Anniversary and while it will look a little different, our merchants are working to make this experience safe for all visitors and shoppers.

Visit:    https://www.facebook.com/events/333136457877052?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A%7D

Please mask up, keep a 6ft + distance, and practice good safety.

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2020 Downtown Frankfort Candlelight Tradition

November 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - November 15, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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The annual Candlelight Tradition is the start to Frankfort’s holiday season and a beloved tradition for all generations. Make plans to join us for this time-honored tradition, visit our 40+ shops and restaurants, and illuminate your holiday season with Candlelight!

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May 2021

2021 Derby Day Festivities

May 1, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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Celebrate Derby day in Frankfort! Here is what our local businesses are offering to help make Derby Day 2021 the best!

B’s Bakery – 7 am – 3pm. Annual Derby Breakfast

Brick Alley – Starting at noon – loaded Bloody Mary’s and Mint Juleps

Broadway Clay - "Paint Your Own" Derby ornaments, Kentucky magnets and horse pins from 11:00am - 5:00pm.

Buddy’s Pizza – opens at 4pm – great pizza!

Capital Cellars is offering our annual bourbon french toast casserole, and $5 mimosas, bloody marys, and mint juleps!

Completely Kentucky – pick up a Derby party box to celebrate at home!

Gibby's - 9:00am - 2:30pm - will be offering breakfast sandwiches and KY hot browns.  There will be cafe seating in parking lot.  Visit www.eatatgibbys.com

Glitterati Treasures - 10:00am - 6:00pm -  Derby accessores and other gift items.  Also, fashion jewelry by Mriana, Firefly, Sorelli, Julie Vox, French Kando and Charles Albert.
Goodwood - All weekend:  Woodford Mint Julep, Oaks Lily, Woodford Spires, Goodwood Hot Brown - Regular brunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 3:00pm.  Live Music on Sunday, May 2nd from 3:00 - 6:00pm with Andrew Palmer.

Kentucky Coffeetree Café – Annual Derby Breakfast. Mint Juleps and Bloody Mary’s. Live music outside at 3pm. with Kentucky Wildhorse.

La Fiesta Grande – Cinco De Mayo & Derby Party – live music and specials

Mortimer Bibb's Public House  - Drink specials, Derby Hat contest, Live Music with Jacob Cox from 7:00 - 9:00pm

Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory – 10 am – 6pm – Derby Chocolates

Rick's White Light - Special this week is Bourbon Bacon Burgers, Fried Oysters on a Bourbon Bacon Jam Bed, or toast. Regular menu is also available.   Offering Sliced Country Ham and Memphis Style Pulled Pork by the pound and Country Ham Salad to go.   Pasty Chef is house preparing Kentucky Bourbon Pies- Please allow 48-hour notice for dessert pies.  Call us during business hours and ask for Liz!

Sig Luscher – 11:00am - open with mint julep slushies and Lily slushies.  Tapping our bourbon barrel "66" wheated amber lager.  12:00 - 9:00pm: M7B's eats food truck, kid's derby races with pool noodles horses.  The Quantum Mechanics live on deck from 7:00 - 9:00pm.

The Cooperage Derby Day Alley Party! - 2:00 pm - 9:00pm

The Office Pub and Deli - Annual Derby Breakfast - 7:30am - 10:30am - Come join us for a fun day with games, horse races, great food and great drinks!

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July 2021

Frankfort Celebrates July 4th

July 4, 2021 @ 9:30 pm
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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Join the Frankfort community and VFW Post 4075, in partnership with Buffalo Trace, for the annual July 4th Fireworks show.

Fireworks will be launched from the Kentucky River at Taylor Avenue and US 127.   Residents are encouraged to enjoy the display from downtown Frankfort.

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October 2021

The Black Cat Chase 5K

October 29, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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This 5K Fun Run/Walk, sponsored by Whitaker Bank, is one of the region's most popular and entertaining races. This race is filled with fun and excitement, from both the race participants and spectators! With Halloween themed festivities, such as costumes, music and more; this is a great event for the entire family.
Save up to $10 when you sign up by Sept. 30 at ymcacky.org.

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November 2021

2021 Candlelight Weekend

November 11, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - November 14, 2021 @ 9:00 pm
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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Candlelight, the second weekend in November, offers a special shopping experience to prepare for the holidays with carriage rides, carolers, and craft. Take advantage of small business discounts and food/drink specials!

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December 2021

Frankfort Christmas Parade

December 4, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Frankfort, High St.
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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Commonwealth Credit Union Presents The Frankfort Christmas Parade

Come and experience the Frankfort Christmas Parade the way you remember it! This year we’re back with a parade route from High St to Capitol Ave.

To keep everyone safe and healthy, we ask that you use social distancing along the route.

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Frankfort Public Art

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

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