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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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January 2017

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


Thursday, January 19, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm – Floodplains, Streams and Wetlands Compliance Workshop, at the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance, 300 Sower Blvd, 1st Floor, Frankfort

This workshop will benefit anyone who works in streams removing debris or adding fill material, constructs bridges or culverts in or near wetlands and streams or works in a floodplain.

Get tickets HERE


Thursday, January 19, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – HeritageQuest: Finding Your Ancestors Online, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

This class will show the hobbyist genealogist about using this helpful database to uncover census records, genealogy books, local history articles, Revolutionary War records, and more.

No registration required.
Sower Board Room


Friday, January 20, 6:00 – 9:30 pm – Silent Night, Deadly Night” Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, at Equus Run Vineyards, 1280 Moores Mill Rd, Midway

Equus Run will explode with laughter, murder and mayhem with our January Murder Mystery. You will test your sleuthing skills as you help solve the fiendishly funny live performance by the company Murder and Merriment. “Silent Night, Deadly Night”, begins with eight guests staying at a luxury ski resort when a blizzard hits and an avalanche closes down the only road leading down the mountain. The power goes out and when lights are restored, it is discovered that the Resort Owner is found stabbed to death! It is a night of terror! You (and your party!) will enjoy a delicious 3-course meal, by featured caterer, Cathy Vance-Brooks of Thyme Catering.
Join us for a night of laughter – and terror! Our doors open at 6pm for wine tasting and socializing. Salad is served at 7:10, with the show starting at 7:30pm. The cost for the dinner and show is $45.00 (plus tax) per person. Reservations are required and must be made no later than Thursday, January 19th at 5pm. Just let us know if you are part of a group so you all can sit together and solve the mystery!

Dinner Menu

Spring Mix Green Salad with Apples and Goat cheese with a Vinaigrette Dressing
Hearty Lasagna layerd with cheese
Mixed Berry Tarts
Rolls and Butter


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)


Sunday, January 22, 1:30 – 4:30 pm – Sip and Strokes January, at Prodigy Vineyards and Winery, 4686 Versailles Rd, Frankfort

January Sip and Strokes: Do you want to paint a snowman?

Limited to 25 people
$40.00 to paint

Make Reservations by calling (859)873-8807


Tuesday, January 24, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Birdsong & Coffee: A Wake Up Call, at the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe, 235 W Broadway Street

What is the “natural organic connection between coffee farmers, coffee drinkers, and birds”? Why do we need a wake-up call?

Join the Frankfort Audubon Society for a free viewing of this documentary to explore the “coffee crisis” and its devastating effects on migratory songbirds, rain forest ecosystems, and 25 million coffee growers worldwide and learn how we, as coffee consumers, can address the environmental and fair-trade aspects of this crisis.


Wednesday, January 25, 5:30 – 7:30 pm – Searching for Family History, at the at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

Search for your ancestors in millions of historical records using FamilySearch.org. Discover your place in history by preserving your genealogy online. See what others have contributed and share your family story. Whether you have just started researching your family roots or have worked with family history for years we encourage you to join us as Mark Kinnaird discusses the different attributes of this free genealogy database.

No registration required. Sower Board Room


Tuesday, January 31, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – World Vital Records, at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street

The class is designed to show the beginner or serious genealogist how to use this database to access records including birth and death, marriage, census, and immigration lists.

Sower Board Room
No registration is required

World Vital Records at the Paul Sawyier Public Library - 1-21-16

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



Saturday, February 4, 8:00 pm – 1:00 am – Kentucky River Bash 2017, at the Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson Blvd

The perfect way to chase the winter blues away is the annual Kentucky River Bash featuring The Wes Soard Band. Come join the fun at the Capital Plaza Hotel on Saturday, February 4, 2017, from 8 pm to 1 am.

– $10 Cover Charge
– Cash Bar
– Special Room Rates Available
– Proceeds go back into the Frankfort Community

Hosted by the Frankfort Boat Club


Friday, February 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm – Ties & Tiaras, at the CastlePost, 230 Pisgah Pike, Versailles

Save the Date! Ties & Tiaras is BACK at the CastlePost on Friday, February 10th, 7p-9p!

An event to benefit The Frankfort Christian Academy

Tickets are on sale now! $100 per couple, add a prince or princess for $10 each!

Get your tickets HERE


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


Friday, February 17, 5:30 – 10:00 pm – Frankfort Area Chamber Annual Meeting & Branding Launch Party, at the Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson Blvd

The Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce will host “Let’s Celebrate” Branding Launch and Annual Meeting on Friday, February 17, 2027.

Join fellow Chamber members as we Announce the Community-wide Brand and host a little business in 2017. Watch your Chamber E-news and mail for more details. Cost to attend is $55 per person/Reserved Table Of 8 is $550.

Aerial View of Frankfort from Drone

Sunday, February 19, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Winter Mountain Bike Race and Trail Run, at Capitol View Park, Glenn’s Creek Rd

Bring your bike, warm clothes, and get off the trainer!
Race will be on a 5 mile loop
Novice and Expert Fat Bike Division- 1 and 2 Lap Races
Beginner- 1 Lap
Intermediate- 2 Lap
Expert- 3 Lap
8K Trail Run!
Registration at https://www.bikereg.com/bluegrasswinter


Get tickets HERE


Tuesday, February 21, 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Be My Strider 3K, at

This is the 1st event of the 2017 Frankfort Striders Run/Walk Series. This will be a timed 3k and to keep costs low we are not providing T-shirts. There will be Valentine’s Day themed awards (overall and age group). Join us for a fun event that is taking place on the River View Trail starting and finishing behind the Crossfit Unbridled (Old Gatti’s Building). Bibs can be picked up inside Crossfit Unbridled before the race.

Sign up online: https://runsignup.com/Race/KY/Frankfort/BeMyStrider3K

KIDS UNDER 14 ARE FREE TO PARTICIPATE. We still need a registration form for kids under 14.

Please download the paper registration form HERE (or go to the tab Event Info, then click Show Registration Details) and you can email to FRANKFORTSTRIDERSCLUB@GMAIL.COM or mail to the address listed on the form.


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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