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Capital Living Upcoming Events

Welcome to Capital Living!!!  Our Commonwealth’s Capital City has events for everyone to enjoy year round.  Find out what’s going on in Frankfort/Franklin County and the surrounding areas.  We’ve done our best to compile a list of things to do, 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.

This will be a regular posting every Monday morning and will be updated each week.

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December 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016 – Monday, January 2, 2017, Dusk until 11:00 pm nightly Holiday Lights at the Distillery, at Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace

See a kaleidoscope of sparkling lights and displays that captivate your imagination on a drive through Buffalo Trace Distillery. Nightly December 1–January 2 from dusk until 11:00 p.m.

Buffalo Trace Light Display

Friday, December 30, 7:00 – 9:00 pm – Murder Mystery Night, at Verona Vineyards, 13815 Walton Verona Rd, Verona

Join us for a killer night out that has it all – food, wine, fun, and mystery.

Cost: $40.00 per person

Includes: Dinner and a wine tasting of Verona Vineyards award winning wines.

Reservations are a must. Please contact Tom at 859-322-0487 to reserve your spot and get your character background and script. Participation is limited to the first 20 who sign up, so register early.


Saturday, December 31, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Genealogy Tea & Sympathy, at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W Broadway Street

Join our library staff for tea time and good old-fashioned conversation. Bring your genealogy brick walls and questions. Even if we can’t solve your problem, we promise to provide lots of tea and sympathy!

Free. Tea is provided, and registration is required. Call the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 ext. 4460 or by e-mail khsrefdesk@ky.gov


Saturday, December 31, 5:30 pm – 12:00 am – NYE 2017, at the Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson Blvd

So many options to choose from! Quiet Dinner for 2 (or more) in the Plaza Room, and 3 different packages that include our parties:
“I am Here for the Parties!” allows access to the Caucus room with DJ Junie Redden and in the Ballroom with Usual Suspects Band. Dinner and Dance Package adds the Prime Rib Dinner Buffet to the parties. We still have just a few rooms left for the “I Want it All Package” so that you can enjoy all of the festivities and stay the night!
Call the Sales Office at 502-227-5100, Monday – Friday, 9a – 4p, and ask for Ashley to secure your reservations asap!


January 2017

Saturday, January 7, 1:00 – 4:00 pm – NABUCCO, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair St

Giuseppe Verdi Nabucco

The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.

Tickets: $23 Adult / $18 Student  1PM (approximately 185 minutes)


Sunday, January 15, 1:30 – 4:30 pm – 7th Annual WeWannaPlay Dodgeball, at Western Hills High School, 100 Doctors Drive


All Proceeds will help support financially disadvantaged student athletes at Frankfort, Franklin County and Western Hills High Schools


Friday, January 20, 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Pam Tillis Trio, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair Street

Pam Tillis is one of the great talents in country music, having had 30 singles in the Top 40 Billboard charts and nearly a dozen studio albums, including one dedicated to her father, Mel Tillis. She is a multiple Grammy and Country Music Association winner and a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Tickets: $40 / $35 / $30


Saturday, January 21, 1:00 – 4:30 pm – Roméo et Juliette, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair Street

Charles Gounod Roméo et Juliette

When Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo starred opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, “the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Damrau and Grigolo are on stage together.” Now they’re back as opera’s classic lovers, in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. The production, by director Bartlett Sher, has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.

Tickets: $23 Adult / $18 Student 1PM (approximately 210 minutes)


February 2017

Friday, February 3, 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Delbert McClinton, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair Street

Multi-Grammy award winner Delbert McClinton is a legend among Texas roots music aficionados, not only for his amazing longevity, but for his ability to combine country, blues, soul, and rock & roll as if there were no distinctions between any of them in the best time-honored Texas tradition.

A formidable harmonica player long before he recorded as a singer, McClinton’s career began in the late ’50s, yet it took him nearly two decades to evolve into a bona fide solo artist. A critics’ darling and favorite of his peers, McClinton never became a household name, but his resurgence in the ’90s helped him earn more widespread respect from both the public at large and the Grammy committee.

Tickets: $60 / $50 / $40




Friday, February 10, 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Close to You: A Carpenters Tribute, at the Grand Theatre Frankfort, KY, 308 Saint Clair Street

“Close to You” pays tribute to the smash 1970s pop group The Carpenters. The seven-member group has won rave reviews for its faithful re-creation of the The Carpenters’ memorable music.

Tickets: $30 / $25 / $20


Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Linkin’ Bridge, at Kentucky State University Bradford Hall, 400 E Main St

“America’s Got Talent” finalists Linkin’ Bridge will perform at 7 p.m. on February 21, 2017, in Kentucky State University’s Bradford Auditorium.
The Louisville a cappella group’s performance will be open to the public.

General Admission $20.00 – VIP Admission $40.00
VIP includes special seating, meet, and greet, 12×18 poster

Members of Linkin’ Bridge include Montre Davis, Big Rome Kimbrough, Shon China Lacy, and Ekoe Alexanda. Their warm harmonies captured the hearts of millions of viewers who watched them compete on the NBC talent show this year.

Get Tickets HERE


Places to Go & Things to Do in Franklin County

Liberty Hall Historic Site

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

Adults: $4
Youth (6-18): $2
Children (5 and under): FREE
KHS and KJHS members: FREE
Veterans: $3
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

Do YOU have an event you’d like to share with the Frankfort area community?  Email your event to CapitalLivingKY@gmail.com.

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