Bourbonanza is Frankfort's signature bourbon event in the cradle of bourbon country.   

Friday October 13

SPIRITS SOIREE at the Kentucky History Center

7pm-10pm / 21+ over / Cocktail Attire

Local distilleries, wineries, & breweries will feature samples of some of their most popular products along with live music by the Marlin McKay Group and Stirfry Musette, hors d’oeuvres by 3 Peas in a Pod catering and samplings of “Kentucky Proud” products.  The highlight of the evening is a live auction of rare bourbons signed by master distillers (Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year, Col. E. H. Taylor Four Grain, George T. Stagg 138.1 proof, William Larue Weller 134.6 proof, Elmer T. Lee, Knob Creek 25th Anniversary, Knob Creek Single Barrel, Jim Beam Master Distillers Bottle in a leather case). Revelers can continue celebrating at various after parties around downtown. Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. The event is limited to 500 people. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Vendors:  Buffalo Trace Distillery, Jim Beam DistilleryFour Roses Distillery, Barrel House Distillery, Rabbit Hole DistillingGlenns Creek Distilling, MB Rowland DistilleryWest Sixth Brewing, Country Boy BrewingElk Creek Vineyards, Lovers Leap Vineyards and Winery, Prodigy Vineyards and Winery

6:30pm / Doors open

6:30-7:30 / Live music by Marlin McKay Group

7pm / Registration

7pm - 8:30pm / Live music by Stirfry Musette

8:30-9:30 / Rare Bourbon Auction

10pm / Doors close (After-parties will be at various locations downtown)

Saturday October 14

SPIRITS STROLL on St. Clair Street in historic downtown Frankfort

11am - 7pm / All ages

Bourbonanza will continue the next day with the SPIRITS STROLL on Saturday from 11am to 7pm in the heart of downtown on St. Clair between West Main and Broadway. Local distilleries, wineries and breweries will be serving libations.  There will be food, live music and bourbon- themed demonstrations.  Local downtown businesses will provide bourbon and spirit-themed events and merchandise.  Two free VIP tours at Buffalo Trace will board the trolley at 11:00 and 2:00.

Vendors: Buffalo Trace DistilleryBarrel House Distillery, Rabbit Hole Distilling, Glenns Creek Distilling, MB Rowland DistilleryWest Sixth Brewing, Country Boy BrewingElk Creek Vineyards, Lovers Leap Vineyards and Winery, Prodigy Vineyards and Winery

Food options: Pollo Bandido, Capital Cellars, KY Coffeetree Cafe*, Rick's White Light Diner*, B's Bakery*, Gibby's, Bourbon on Main, Mai Saigon, Mi Fiesta (*breakfast options)

Tastings (Bourbon, Beer & Wine) (21+ over)

Tastings with local distilleries (tickets $5 at door)

Beer and wine for purchase (21+ over)

Demonstrations + Conversations

Hand rolled cigars by KY Gentlemen

2-4pm / Barrel staving demonstrations (sponsored by Jim Beam)

2-4pm / Poor Richard's Books - Bourbon Book Authors Susan Reigler and Michael Veach will be available between 2-4 pm on Saturday. Bourbon authority, Veach, explains in Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage how bourbon went from "low-brow to top shelf." Reigler, Executive Bourbon Steward and President of The Bourbon Women Association, has created Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide.  Beautifully illustrated this is a tale of bourbon legends as well as history.  She has also authored several "Bourbon Cocktail" recipe books.

Distillery Tours

11am and 2pm Buffalo Trace tours - transportation by Frankfort's Trolley

Live Music

11am-12pm / Webb Twins

12:30pm-1:15pm / The May Brothers

1:45pm-3:45 / 23 String Band

4:15pm-6:15pm / PBR Trio


6:00pm-9:30pm / All Ages / Tasting is 21+ over

6:30pm / Tasting  of Buffalo Trace Bourbons

7:30pm / Showing of documentary "Quest for the Perfect Bourbon: Voices of Buffalo Trace Distillery" featuring Elmer T. Lee (Followed by a Q+A with director Joanna Hay)

8:15pm / Showing of "Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business" featuring Bill Samuels, Fred Noe, Jimmy Russell and more.


5pm-9pm / 21+ over /Space is limited, and prepayment is required. 

An evening of spooky stories and scary-good bourbon!  Guests will enjoy guided experiences at the Old State Capitol, Liberty Hall Historic Site, and Buffalo Trace Distillery, as well as a delicious buffet dinner, a signature cocktail, and a bourbon tasting.  For details, please visit  Reserve your tickets now by calling KHS at 502-564-1792, ext. 4408.  $50 per person.  All proceeds benefit Liberty Hall and the Kentucky Historical Society. 

5pm / Creepy Kentucky at the Old State Capital

6pm / Ghost Tour and Signature Cocktail at Liberty Hall Historic House (souvenir glass included!)

7pm / Transport to Buffalo Trace Distillery for Dinner

8pm / Buffalo Trace Distillery Ghost Tour

9pm / Transport back to Downtown Frankfort

Sunday October 15 

1pm-7pm / Canoe KY's Paddlepalooza - "The Kentucky River's Largest Group Paddle"

4pm-5pm / Jack Hannah matinee at the Grand Theatre - Buy Tickets Here.

Jack Hanna, America's most revered wild animal expert brings his signature cheetah and a cadre of wild animals to the Grand stage to educate us on going "Into the Wild".  Along with spectacular animals "Jungle" Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures!

7pm-9pm / Jack Hannah at the Grand Theatre - Buy Tickets Here.