As Summer is winding down and the kids prepare for school, there’s still 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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Thursday – Sunday, August 6 – 9, 2015 – 127 Yard Sale, The 127 Yard Sale is commonly referred to as “The World’s Longest Yard Sale”. That’s because it really is the longest yard sale in the world. To be exact, it’s 690 miles long and the route travels through 6 states; Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. The majority of the route follows Highway 127 from Addison, MI in the north to Chattanooga, TN in the south. From Lookout Mountain, GA to Gadsden, AL the route switches to Lookout Mountain Parkway. Both are scenic drives allowing you to appreciate the beautiful countryside of these states all while enjoying the fun and excitement of The World’s Longest Yard Sale.
Friday, August 7, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, August 7, 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Farmers Bank Summer Concert Series! Hosted by Downtown Frankfort featuring 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard Rock Band and Phat Mattress. 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, August 8th – KY Open Kentucky State Body Building & Bikini Championship, Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street, August 8, 2015
Pre-Judging at 10am $20
Finals at 6pm $25, $30, $35
Thursday, August 13, 5:30 – 7:30 pm – Butterfly Garden Party, Liberty Hall Historic Site, 202 Wilkinson Street,
Enjoy light refreshments and the sounds of Stringjoy as you discover how to attract butterflies to your garden and celebrate the dedication of Liberty Hall’s new monarch waystation, Euphemia’s Butterfly Garden.
Native plant specialist, Connie May of Chrysalis Natural Landscapes, will be on hand to answer your questions. Connie will give a talk about the plight of the monarch, it’s life cycle, and how to help the monarchs by including plants in your garden monarch’s enjoy. To find out more about Connie, visit her website at http://www.chrysalisnaturallandscapes.com/
Participants will receive a free butterfly garden starter kit. Wine available for purchase. Event is free and weather dependent. Orlando Brown House lawn and patio.
Friday, August 14, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Ward Oates Amphitheater Lunchtime Concert Series, featuring Murphy’s Echo, at the Ward Oates Amphitheater at River View Park, next to Liberty Hall and behind the Kentucky Bar Association. Info: 875-8575
Saturday, August 15, 6:00 – 11:00 pm – The 4th Annual Black & White Bash to Benefit Hospice of the Bluegrass, Frankfort Country Club, 101 Duntreath Street
Hospice of the Bluegrass – Frankfort serves nearly 400 seriously ill patients and their families each year in Anderson, Franklin, Owen, and Woodford counties.
The 4th Annual Black & White Bash features the live music of Boogie G and the Titanics, silent auction, full course meal, trip raffle and much more. Get ready to dance the night away at Frankfort’s best party to benefit hospice patients and their families.
The Black & White Bash, sponsored by Frankfort Toyota and Frankfort Regional Medical Center, will include dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased by calling (502) 223-1744 or online at https://give.hospicebg.org/pages/black-white-bash-event.
To add additional excitement to the evening, a $5,000 travel voucher from AAA will be raffled. Raffle tickets are $50 each and are available for purchase. You do not have to attend the event to win. A maximum of 500 tickets will be sold. If fewer than 300 tickets are sold the winner will receive $1,000.
Sunday, August 16, 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.
Wednesday, August 19, 12:00 – 1:30 pm – Food for Thought: Lost Lexington, Kentucky Historical Society, 100 West Broadway,
Lexington has dozens of well-restored landmarks, but many more are lost forever. The Hart-Bradford House, once home to some of Lexington’s most significant individuals, was demolished in 1955 prompting the formal start of the local historic preservation movement. The Centrepointe block has been made and unmade so many times that its original tenants now are unknown. In Lexington and her Bluegrass Region, threats to preservation abound. Join local blogger, attorney and preservationist Peter Brackney as he explores the intriguing back stories of some hidden Bluegrass treasures.
Reservations required by Aug. 14. $25 for KHS members and $30 for all other patrons. Contact Julia Curry at 502-564-1792, ext. 4414 or email@example.com to make reservations.
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!
Saturday, August 29, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – 8th Annual Kentucky Gathering of the Authors, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street. A FREE EVENT open to the public to meet Kentucky’s literary minds
- Joseph G. Anthony
- Sue Kelly Ballard
- Brian Barnett
- Kris Calvert
- Sherry Chandler
- Steve Demaree
- Kathleen Driskell
- Steve Flairty
- Ann Gabhart
- Martel Karsner
- Becky Kelley
- Leatha Kendrick
- Patrick Lewis
- George Ella Lyon
- Lynwood Montell
- Bill Noel
- Ray Peden
- Robyn Peterman
- Kim Michele Richardson
- Charles Roe
- Gwyn Hyman Rubio
- Richard Taylor
- Stephen M. Vest
- Kathy Woodhouse
- Broadstone Books
- Trajectory Literary Journal
This event is free to the public and open to all ages. There is something for everyone at the Gathering! So come out and join us, and see what some of Kentucky’s best literary talents have to offer.
For more information, please contact Diane Dehoney at (502)352-2665×108 or Mark Kinnaird at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, August 29, 5:00 – 10:00 pm – Capital City Blues & River Festival, Ward Oates Amphitheater,
Mark your calendar for the 2015 Capital City Blues and River Festival – August 29 at the Ward Oates Ampitheatre at River View Park in historic downtown Frankfort! Featuring music by Toad Strangler.
The Capital City Blues and River Festival is a fundraiser for Family Abuse Services, Inc. (formerly Franklin County Council on Family Abuse), which provides the community’s only domestic violence safe house/shelter, coordinates with local agencies to meet the needs of victims of abuse and works to build awareness within the community.
Friday – Sunday, September 11 – 13 & September 18 – 20, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:00 pm, Sundays @ 4:00 pm – Two Loves and A River, Ward Oates Amphitheater, 500 West Main Street (Behind the Kentucky Bar Association on the banks of the Kentucky River)
Join us for this year’s presentation of Two loves and a River, a play by Don Coffey about the famous Kentucky Artist and Frankfort’s favorite son, Paul Sawyier.
Two Loves and a River; Recollections Concerning Mr. Paul Sawyier, Kentucky Artist, and his Friend Miss Mayme Bull
Coming off an extremely successful inaugural year in 2014, this year’s production of Two Loves and a River. A Play in Two Acts., by Don Coffey about Kentucky’s favorite artist, Paul Sawyier, promises to be an even bigger HIT!
Tickets for this year’s show is only $10 for adult general admission, $5 for kids 10 and under, and $25 for a Family of 4.
Tuesday – Sunday, September 8 – 13 – Kentucky Senior Games, Frankfort
Once again, the Commonwealth’s Capital City will host the Kentucky State Senior Games, athletic competition for those ages 50 and older. The majority of the Kentucky Senior Games will take place in Frankfort. A few events will be hosted elsewhere, such as Lexington and Centre College. Some games will start as early as August 21st, with Bowling Competition in Lexington. But the majority of the events will be held in Frankfort between September 8th through the 13th. For more information, or to register as a competitor, click HERE or check them out on Facebook.
The goal of the Kentucky Senior Games is to maintain or improve the physical, mental, and emotional health of all Kentuckians 50 years of age and over through a year-round program of fitness and health promotion. This is accomplished through seasonal competitions at local, regional, and state levels.
The Kentucky Senior Games encourages older adults to stay active and fit, revive past fitness and recreational skills or learn new ones. Social events, ceremonies, and the arts are also an integral part of this successful program.
The Kentucky Senior Games programs are fun and challenging. Please come and join us! You will be glad you did
All men and women 50 years of age and over are eligible to participate in the Kentucky Senior Games. We also accept out of state participants.
The Kentucky Senior Games is the only qualifying site in the state of Kentucky for the National Senior Games.
Saturday, September 12, 7:00 pm – Frankfort Dancing with the Stars, Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street, Benefiting Hope for Tomorrow Children’s Home and Sweet Blessings, Come out and support your favorite “Frankfort Star”!
Dancers will be:
- William Arflack
- Sam Basse
- Ben Bennett
- Dr. Joe Dobner
- Laura Frier
- David Hargis
- Laura Hendrix
- Natalie Lile
- Arthur McKee
- Zachary Moore
- Rob Warfel
- J. R. Zinner
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, September 19, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Aviation Day, Capital City Airport, LIKE PLANES? Then join us for Aviation Day at the Capital City Airport from 9 am to 2 pm. Bring the kiddos out to this free event!
– FREE airplane rides for kids ages 8 – 17
– Static displays of military and civilian aircraft
– Lunch available
Need more info? Call 502-564-3714 or log onto www.cca.ky.gov
Saturday – Monday, September 26 – 28 – Anderson County Burgoo Festival, Lawrenceburg, KY
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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