As Summer gets into full swing, there’s lots to do in and around the Commonwealth’s Capital City and the surrounding area. We’ve done our best to compile a list of things to make note of for upcoming notable events for families, for schools, just for fun, for community volunteerism, for history buffs, and for businesses. If you do not see your organization’s event on here, and would like to, email us at CapitalLivingKY@gmail.com. For advertising rates to better market and promote your business, organization and/or to cover your event, email april@KYCapitalLiving.com.
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Tuesday, July 7, 11:00 am – Summer Reading Program: Big on Birds, Liberty Hall Historic Site, 202 Wilkinson Street, Listen to a Hans Christian Andersen favorite, read a tongue-twister poem by Edward Lear, make a bird book with drawings from a 100-year-old nature guide, and play old-fashioned games inspired by feathered friends. 11 a.m. at Liberty Hall. Recommended for ages 5-8. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Free. Reservations required.
Thursday, July 9, 4:00 – 7:30 pm – Thursday Night Genealogy, Live!: Lineage Society Night!, Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway,
Join us for a special Thursday Night Genealogy Live Event! On July 9th, we will be hosting a Lineage Society Night with representatives from various lineage societies on hand to help with your application research. Do you qualify for DAR, SAR, or the Mayflower Society? Unsure about the process and eligibility requirements? Plan a research visit between 4:00pm and 7:30pm for hands-on advice and presentations by Historians/Registrars from local and national lineage societies.
From 4:00-7:30 we will have these experts on hand to help with research. In the later part of the evening, and during our regular Thursday Night Live time slot, the representatives will be giving presentations about how to join their societies.
Myra Evans: State Registrar, DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution)
Anissa Penn Davis: Kentucky State Historian for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.
Friday, July 10, 5:00 pm, 5:45 pm, 6:30 pm – Rockin Thunder Jet Boats Rides presents “Rockin Wild Ride” jet boat rides in Frankfort, River View Park boat dock, Experience the thrill of being the first to scream and get wet in the New Zealand built jet boats from Madison, Indiana. Join Captains Paul and Janet as they take you on their “Rockin Wild Ride”, a 30 minute thrill ride, up the Kentucky River! Read more about them HERE. Tickets are only $29 (with a discount coupon available HERE). Call the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism Office at 877.748.3790 or email email@example.com to make your reservations TODAY! Be the first in Frankfort to brag about the experience. Rides are at 5:00 pm, 5:45 pm, and 6:30 pm.
Here’s what others in Madison, Indiana say about them:
“We loved the 30 minute Rockin’ Ride option. The ride was faster than I expected, which was a real treat. The spin turns were incredible. It was fun getting splashed, and we dried off quickly since the wind was blowing past us so fast.”
“Decided to try out the Rockin’ Thunder Jet Boat Rides. It was a great experience! Paul and Janet were such great Captains.”
Friday, July 10, 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Farmers Bank Summer Concert Series! Hosted by Downtown Frankfort and featuring No Tools Loaned (Bluegrass) and Stillwater. Join us in downtown Frankfort for the Summer Concert Series!!! Meet us on the Old Capital Lawn, 300 West Broadway, for a free double header concert that is sure to be great fun! Info: 223-2261
Saturday, July 11, 1:00 – 4:00 pm – Family Fun Saturday: Summer Pastimes, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway. Make a fan, play old fashioned games, squeeze some lemonade, and sample other historical summer pastimes. For kids ages 5-10 and their families. (Free admission does not include Kentucky Historical Society museums) Info: 564-1792
Saturday, July 11, 7:00 pm – CCU presents Movies on the Old Capitol Lawn – Paddington (PG), Old State Capitol Lawn, 300 Broadway, Commonwealth Credit Union will be hosting two movie nights in Frankfort this summer. Saturday, June 20, will be our first movie night on the Old Capitol Lawn, featuring the epic adventure of Paddington. Fun Inflatables for kids will open at 7 PM and will be available until 9 PM. The movie will begin at sundown. These movies are free to the public. Bring your lawn chair and blankets and enjoy a free movie night with your family!
Sunday, July 12, 2:00 pm – Frankfort Cemetery History Walking Tours, Frankfort Cemetery, 215 East Main Street, A 90 minute tour through the historic Frankfort Cemetery with Russ Hatter, well-known historian of Frankfort. Everyone knows that Daniel Boone rests high above the Kentucky River. But did you know that the famous painter Paul Sawyier is also buried there? How many Kentucky Governors are laid to rest there? How about the “father” of the Kentucky State Parks system? You’ll learn all this and more on a tour like this. Many noteworthy people call the Frankfort Cemetery their last “home”. Join Russ Hatter to find out WHO. Call 502-227-2403 for reservations. Cost is only $10 per person. Space is limited. All proceeds benefit the preservation of the historic cemetery.
Monday – Saturday, July 13 – 18 – The Franklin County Fair and Horse Show, Lakeview Park
The Franklin County Fair & Horse Show is produced each July at Lakeview Park in Frankfort to provide an outlet for area residents to showcase their prized animals, flowers and crops, their artistic and craft talents, to participate in all types of competitions (from motorsports to pageants and much, much more!), and to provide entertainment for the community. $10 Pay-One-Price (includes general admission, parking, all events and all midway rides!)
To download your 2015 Franklin county Fair Catalogue, click HERE.
Wednesday, July 15, 12:00 NOON – 1:30 pm – Food for Thought: George Rogers Clark as Portrayed by Mel Hankla, Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway, George Rogers Clark came to Kentucky as a surveyor but it was as a military leader during the Revolutionary War that he made his mark. Mel Hankla portrays this Revolutionary War hero and Louisville founder in a realistic and dramatic way to educate and entertain at the same time. Reservations required by July 10. $25 for KHS members and $30 for all other patrons. Contact Julia Curry at 502-564-1792, ext. 4414 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations.
Thursday, July 16, 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Thursday Night Genealogy, Live!: African American Research, Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway,
Join us each Thursday evening in the Library Reading Room during regular season hours for a full hour of genealogy instruction. These genealogy sessions will take place each Thursday night from 6:30-7:30PM, beginning March 12th and running until December 10th. All it takes is an hour to hone your research skills, get started on the basics, preserve your documents, get organized, become more familiar with genealogy software or share your genealogy success stories!
Sessions are free and registration is NOT required. For more info:email@example.com or 502-564-1792 x.4460
Friday, July 17, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Ward Oates Amphitheater presents Sammy Coulter and Company, Ward Oates Amphitheater, 100 West Broadway, at River View Park, next to Liberty Hall and behind the Kentucky Bar Association. A FREE lunchtime concert along the banks of the Kentucky River. Bring your lunch down to the Ward Oates Amphitheater and enjoy the easy listening sounds of Sammy Coulter and his band. Info: 875-8575
Saturday, July 18, 1:00 – 4:00 pm – Family Fun Saturday: Biscuits, Butter, & Blackberry Jam, Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway, Discover a tasty Kentucky Tradition by making biscuits and butter from scratch.
Saturday, July 18, 7:00 pm – Exile with Juice Newton, Equus Run Vineyard, Midway
Enjoy an evening under the stars with great performances by Kentucky Band, Exile and special guest, Juice Newton. Reminesce with your friends the chart toppers like “Kiss You All Over”, “Woke Up In Love”, “Queen of Hearts” and “Angel in the Morning” to name just a few!
Each summer, Equus Run Vineyards offers an outdoor entertainment experience to celebrate our newest wine releases. Equus Run’s Concerts at the Vineyard series combines popular musical performances with wine tasting and a buffet dinner, all amidst the stunning surroundings of terraced amphitheatre, vineyards and scenic thoroughbred horse farms. Dinner will consist of a catered buffet with a meat, vegetables, salad, dessert and ice tea/lemonade. Wine and draft beer selections are available.
Your ticket price includes the buffet dinner and entertainment. Wine tastings are $7 per person and include a sample of six of our current wines. Ticket reservations are required in advance. Seating space is first come-first served. It is recommended that you bring picnic chairs or blankets for the terraced lawn seating. This event is held rain or shine. In case of rain, the performance will be rescheduled within Artist’s availability timeframe and your ticket will be honored. No refunds.
NOTE: ERV Cellar Club member tickets are not discountable on the day of show.
Tickets available at www.tix.com or by calling Equus Run Vineyard at 859-846-9463
~Get Preferred Pricing through June 30th~
$ 38.00 Now through June 30th
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$ 40.00 July 1st through July 17
$45.00 Day of Show
Gates Open: 4:00
Wine Tastings in the Pavilion: 4:00 to 6:30
Dinner Served: 5:30 to 7:30
Music begins 7:00
NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED ON THE PREMISE!
– More info HERE
Saturday, July 18, 7:00 pm – CCU presents Movies on the Old Capitol Lawn – Tandled (PG), Old State Capitol Lawn, Commonwealth Credit Union will be hosting two movie nights in Frankfort this summer. This movie night will be on Saturday, July 18, on the Old Capitol Lawn, featuring Disney’s Tangled. Fun Inflatables for kids will open at 7 PM and will be available until 9 PM. The movie will begin at sundown. These movies are free to the public. Bring your lawn chair and blankets and enjoy a free movie night with your family!
Tuesday, July 20th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Book Discussion: Fables (Volume 1), Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street,
Who killed Rose Red? In Fabletown, where fairy tale legends live alongside regular New Yorkers, the question is all anyone can talk about. But only the Big Bad Wolf can actually solve the case – and, along with Rose’s sister Snow White, keep the Fabletown community from coming apart at the seams. Join us in reading and discussing Volume 1 of the graphic novel series Fables by Bill Willingham. This event is free and will take place in the Library Community Room. Adult patrons, please register online, at the Library, or by contacting Diane Dehoney at 352-2665×108 or firstname.lastname@example.org. After registering, please pick up your copy of the book at the Information Desk.
Register online at: http://bit.ly/ fablesdiscussion1
Friday & Saturday, July 24 & 25 – Kentucky River Music and BBQ Fest, Kentucky River Campground, 1489 Steele Branch Road, Frankfort, Info: 502-227-2465, Must have reservations to attend
2 days of music and food
Friday July 24:
6:15 pm – Jimmy Mundane & The Unknown Insanes
8:00 pm – Usual Suspects Band
Saturday July 25
12:00 pm – Doug Pinson
1:45 pm – Ben Lacy W/ Alan McKenzie
3:30 pm – Broken Dreams
5:00 pm – BBQ Contest
5:30 pm – Pot luck dinner with Up In Smoke BBQ, by Northside RV
6:30 pm – Sammy Coulter & Company
8:15 pm – Jimmy and The Slammers
– Please bring a pot luck dish, or enter the BBQ contest (Ribs or Pulled Pork). Contest entries help feed the crowd. This is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, must make a reservation to attend. Please contact Kentucky River Campground to make your reservation. 502-227-2465, or contact me for more information.
Sunday, August 1, 11:00 am (registration begins at 9:30 am) – 14th Annual Kentucky River Run, River View Park, Enjoy the day on the Kentucky River with proceeds to benefit the Franklin County Lady Flyer Softball Team & WeWanna Play
We are moving The Lancaster at St. Clair Preview to August 20. We want to “wow” you! Please mark it on your calendar.
You can still reserve your special date starting in July. Just call Kelly at 502-202-9229 or visit us online at TheLancasteratStClair.com!
Sunday, September 13, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm – 2015 Fall Arts Festival, Josephine Sculpture Park, FREE Event for kids of all ages
Fall Arts Festival
2015 Fall Arts Festival at Josephine Sculpture Park
Sunday, September 13th from 11am-6pm.
This event is free. Parking is $5 per car, truck, van, or even a bus!!
Want to VOLUNTEER?? It is super fun, contact us for more information, and Thanks!!
This is an experiential arts festival – our focus is providing you and your friends or family with opportunities to make art or experience & watch demonstrations of a exciting new processes or techniques. All workshops are led by experienced artists. All ages and abilities are encouraged, absolutely no experience is needed to participate, just be ready to have FUN!
ART Activities scheduled for the Fall Arts Festival include:
– Hot Metal Pour (create your own cast aluminum relief sculpture – $30)
– glass blowing (create your own glass ornament – $35)
– blacksmithing (hammer your own decorative hook on the blacksmith’s anvil – $25)
– pottery wheel (experience the feel of the clay on the wheel – FREE)
– print making (create your own relief printing block and print to take home – FREE)
– tie dye (create your own tie dye item – FREE if you bring your own cotton item, or T shirts are available for $10)
– sticker making fun (create and wear your own stickers – FREE)
– art scavenger hunt (explore JSP in search of sculptures using a full color guide – FREE & WIN art prizes!)
– additional art and craft activities for all ages will be added as the event details develop…STAY TUNED!
Additional FUN at the festival:
– LIVE MUSIC on the KECU music stage all day long! – FREE
– explore JSP on a YOGA tour (provided by Frankfort Yoga Stdio) or on your own – FREE
– Bubble Bug from 2-4pm – FREE
– Hot Air Balloon rides from 4-6pm ($10 per person)
– professional face-painting (prices vary)
– food vendors will be on site – STAY TUNED for details, or tell us who you would like to have at the festival!
KECU Music Stage
To be announced soon.
If you are interested in participating, either as a performing artist or group, or as a visual artist who would like to conduct a workshop or demonstration, please click here: contact us for an application.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not an art fair that hosts “vendors” who are interested in strictly selling their goods, please do not send email inquiries about renting space for booths or selling merchandise.
More information will be posted as specific events are scheduled for the day.
This event is sponsored by the Frankfort Plant Board, Frankfort Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites & KY Employees Credit Union. Please thank these sponsors!
Saturday, October 3 – Kentucky History Half Marathon, Frankfort
The KY History Half is the Commonwealth’s first half marathon that celebrates Kentucky’s history. This charitable event also offers a fun way to support the educational programming and services of the Kentucky Historical Society in its mission to educate and engage the public through Kentucky history in order to confront the challenges of the future. Learn more about how you can become a part of this great organization at www.history.ky.gov.
Places to Go & Things to Do in Franklin County
The ground of Livery hall Historic Site are open to the public daily, dawn to dusk. Leashed dogs are allowed on the grounds. The visitor center and museum store at the Orlando Brown House is open Monday-Saturday, noon-4:00p.m. Guided tours of Liberty Hall are given Monday-Saturday and depart from Liberty Hall located at 218 Wilkinson Street at 1:30p.m Guided tours last approximately 75 minutes. Tour Prices $6/Adult $3/Youth Free/Children under age 5.
Capital City Museum
The Capital City Museum is at 325 Ann Street in downtown Frankfort, Kentucky. Housed in a 150 year old building that represents all that is left of the Capital Hotel, which burned in 1917, the museum is a large room filled with history and character. There are plenty of details to explore, with exhibits painting a vivid picture of both political and personal life in Kentucky over the past 200 years. It is open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. Call 502-696-0607. Admission is free. Operated by the City of Frankfort, Department of Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites.
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History (aka The Kentucky History Center)
The Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History has been the headquarters for the Kentucky Historical Society since April 10, 1999. Covering much of a city block in downtown Frankfort, it provides space for permanent exhibits, museum and archival storage, educational activities, offices and special events (space rental is available). Its namesake, the late Thomas D. Clark, was former state historian and an instrumental partner in the building’s planning and development. 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY 502-564-1792
Youth (6-18): $2
Children (5 and under): FREE
KHS and KJHS members: FREE
Admission includes the entire KHS History Campus (KY History Center, KY Military History Museum, Old State Capitol)
Kentucky Military History Museum
This Greek Revival style building was the State Arsenal from the 1850s until the early 1970s when the Boone National Guard Center opened in Frankfort. During the Civil War, it served as a munitions factory where Frankfort women made ammunition for troops from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. The Kentucky Historical Society and the Department of Military Affairs created the Kentucky Military History Museum here in 1973.
KHS operates the Kentucky Military History Museum with the Kentucky Department for Military Affairs. Artifacts and documents help provide a full picture of Kentuckians military service.
125 E. Main St. | Frankfort, KY 40601
Old State Capitol
The Old State Capitol is the third building to have served as Kentucky’s seat of government. Gideon Shryock, the state’s first native-born professionally trained architect, designed this Greek Revival building as a young man. Between 1830 and 1910, it saw many lively political debates as lawmakers grappled with issues of the day, including slavery and war.
After its use as State Capitol, the building served as headquarters of the Kentucky Historical Society (1920-ca. 1968). Today, restored to the way it looked in the early 1850s, it houses the exhibit “Great Revivals: Kentucky Decorative Arts Treasures” and is open for tours through KHS.
300 W. Broadway | Frankfort, KY 40601
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