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


12pm - 5pm / all ages!

Bourbonanza kicks off the celebration in the heart of our historic downtown with a free street fair on a beautiful fall afternoon. There will be great food, live music, beer and Kentucky and Bourbon-themed demonstrations. Local businesses will host spirit-themed events and activities for the whole family and local museums will feature exhibits telling Frankfort's Bourbon story. Complimentary guided walking tours of historic sites are also offered.

Demonstrations and Conversations

Barrel staving demonstrations

Local crafts from repurposed bourbon barrels

Hand-rolled cigars by Kentucky Gentleman Cigars

Kentucky's Best Burgoo with Burgoo Master, Russ Kennedy (outside of KY Knows)

Fiber arts demonstrations

Free mixology presentations in Kentucky Cigars / free demos of cocktails and mocktails at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Bourbon history tours

And more!

participating local businesses to be announced

Live Music

12pm-2pm / Nashville artist, JD Shelburne

2:30pm-3:30pm / Trippin Roots

3:45pm - 5pm / Swing Street


7pm - 10pm / 21 & Over, cocktail attire

The evening welcomes revelers to the lovely Kentucky History Center and gardens where local distilleries, wineries and breweries will feature tastings of their most popular products. Live music will be performed by Electria, and the Marlin McKay Group and local caterer, 3 Peas in a Pod, will serve hardy hors d'oeuvres along with samples of "Kentucky Proud" products. Featured distilleries: Buffalo Trace, BEAM Suntory, Jeptha Creed, Barton 1792, Four Roses, MB Rolland, Glenn's Creek.

The highlight of the event is a live auction of rare Bourbon that attracts collectors from around the country. Participants and spectators alike will enjoy a high energy experience as folks jockey to bid the highest price and "win" the coveted prize.

6:30pm /  doors open

6:30-7:15pm / live music by electria

7-8:30pm / tastings, hors d'oeuvres and music by the marlin mckay group

8:30-9:30pm / live auction of rare bourbon

10pm / doors close


participating local businesses to be announced


Bourbonanza 2018 is sponsored by Independence Bank and is a fundraiser for Downtown Frankfort Inc., a non-profit focusing on revitalizing historic downtown Frankfort, in conjunction with the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist Commission to promote Frankfort and its unique link to the spirits industry in Kentucky.

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