May 23

River Rat Run

Experience the scenic beauty of River View Park as you lace up your running shoes for the exhilarating River Rat Run starting from the iconic Ward Oats Amphitheatre, 404 Wilkinson Blvd. Follow the winding path along the river, passing vibrant color stations that add an extra splash of excitement to your journey. Once you reach the halfway point at Limewater Restaurant, turn back and head toward the amphitheater for the grand finale. Indulge in delicious treats from food trucks, celebrate with fellow runners at the awards ceremony and dive into post-race activities for a memorable conclusion to your racing adventure. Registration now through May 1 is $25. Registration after May 15 is $30. Register at For more information, email

May 28

Bourbon & History Walking Tour

Join a guide for a 45-60 minute guided walking tour in historic downtown Frankfort. You will be entertained and informed as you learn about Frankfort’s rich history and spirited bourbon past. The tour is one mile in length and begins promptly at 10 a.m. in front of the Frankfort Tourism Commission office located at 300 St. Clair St. The tour is suitable for ages 16 and above. The cost is $11 per person. For groups of 10 or more, contact Visit Frankfort at 502-875-8687. Tickets for scheduled tours are available for purchase until 24 hours before the scheduled date and time. Additional tour dates are June 3, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25.

May 31

Public Art Walking Tour

Visit Frankfort invites you to explore the art in public places within the historic downtown area beginning at 2 p.m. See and discover our murals and sculptures, historic architecture, its stained-glass windows on this guided walking tour. The tour covers a distance of less than one mile and lasts about 60-minutes. Following the tour, be sure to stop inside the historic Grand Theatre to see the art exhibits in their upstairs gallery. The cost is $11 per person. All ages are welcome. For groups of 10 or more, contact Visit Frankfort at 502-875-8687. Tours begin at the Frankfort Tourist Commission office located at 300 St. Clair St. Additional tour dates are June 7, 14, 21 and 28.

May 31

Mash Grass and Hancock & Shouse to perform at Summer Concert Series

Mash Grass and Hancock & Shouse will perform at 6 p.m. on Broadway Street at the Summer Concert Series sponsored by WesBanco.

June 1

Old-Time Music Contest

Don’t miss the chance to experience the best of Kentucky’s history and culture! Join the Kentucky Historical Society and Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet agencies in commemorating the 232nd anniversary of Kentucky at an exciting day-long event showcasing the state’s unique culture, natural beauty, history, arts and heritage. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Kentucky through captivating living history demonstrations, impressive performances, intriguing exhibitions and the first-ever Kentucky History Day Old-Time Music Contest. The event will be from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Kentucky Historical Society located at 100 W. Broadway St.

Charley Bates, 11, rides down the slide during the carnival at the Capital Expo in 2023. (Photo courtesy The State Journal)

June 7

Capital Expo Festival

The Capital Expo Festival will take place June 7 and 8 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on West Second Street. The festival will include live music, food vendors, arts and craft vendors, carnival rides, a 5K race, classic car cruise-in and a children’s festival. For more information, visit

June 8

Living in History 16th Annual Home & Garden Tour

The Garden Club of Frankfort will host its 16th annual Living in History Home and Garden Tour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Multiple homes, including Kentucky’s only Frank Lloyd Wright house at 509 Shelby St., will be on the tour. Other homes include The Thompson house is located at 210 Old Country Lane; The Capital City Carriage House is located at 311 W. Third St.; The Yeary House is located at 505 Leawood Drive; and The Waddle Garden is located at 15 Whitebridge Lane. The Vest-Lindsey House, Kentucky Rose Garden and the Bird Sanctuary at the Capitol are also on the tour. Tickets are available at the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist Commission office, 300 St. Clair St., or at each of the sites on the day of the tour. The cost is $20 a person. Proceeds from the tour are dedicated to community beautification projects in Frankfort and Franklin County.

June 8

Learn about American Indian communities in Kentucky

Tressa Brown, coordinator for the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission, the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, will present “Part 1: American Indian Communities in Kentucky” at 1 p.m. at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St. The event is part of the Frankfort Heritage Lecture Series. American Indian communities have been in Kentucky for more than 11,000 years. When Euro-Americans settled here, Shawnee, Cherokee, and Chickasaw, among others, already lived here. Myths and misconceptions about American Indian people permeate many sources of information. We all dispel some of the myths about native people that persist, discuss Kentucky’s native heritage, and briefly review its long history. For more information, visit

June 9

Josephine Sculpture Park Barn Raisin’

Join guests of honor Matthew and Karine Maynard of Maynard Studios as Josephine Sculpture Park raises funds to support land conservation at JSP and celebrate the Maynard’s significant contributions to the park and commonwealth. The event will take place from 4-8 p.m. at JSP, 3355 Lawrenceburg Road. Enjoy an appetizer, dinner and dessert by True North Catering plus a cash bar with wine, beer and bourbon. Bid on uniquely Kentucky arts and culture experiences in the live and silent auctions. Round out the evening with a concert by innovative folk musician Kaia Kater, acclaimed by NPR’s Tiny Desk, Rolling Stone and The Guardian. Experience it all in JSP’s historic tobacco barn at Kentucky’s only sculpture park featuring 40 acres of over 70 artworks! Tickets are available at

June 28

Barbones to perform at Summer Concert Series.

Barbones, featuring Sean, Shaun and not Shawn, will perform at 6 p.m. on Broadway Street at the Summer Concert Series sponsored by WesBanco.