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. Local distilleries, breweries and wineries will be serving libations along with great food, live music 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.


Tastings (bourbon, beer & wine) 21 & over

Tastings with local distilleries (tickets $5 at door)

Beer and wine for purchase

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

Fiber arts demonstrations

Free mixology presentations

Bourbon history tours

And more!

Vendors - details Coming soon!

Food - details Coming soon!

Live Music

12pm-2pm / Nashville artist, JD Shelburne

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

3:45pm - 5pm / Swing Street

spirits of frankfort ghost tour- details coming soon!


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.

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


Vendors - details coming soon!


Thursday, october 18 / 7:30pm-8:30pm - Murder and mayhem walking tour. $10 tickets at capital city museum. 502-696-0607

friday, october 19 / 7:30pm - ricki lee jones at the grand theatre

Friday, october 19 / 5-9pm - frankfort ghost tours. tickets at the kentucky historical society. Space is limited. Reservations and prepayment are required. Call KHS at 502-564-1792, ext. 4408

saturday, october 20 / 1-4pm - canoe ky's paddlepalooza - riverview park. the kentucky river's largest group paddle

saturday, october 20 / 3-8pm - kentucky river jam; music, food, art and family friendly fun at the ward oates AMPHITHEATer

Stay tuned for the full schedule of weekend events, ticket prices and list of auction items.

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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