Governor's Downtown Derby Celebration


TIME: 9:00AM
END DATE: MAY 03RD, 2014

9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.

Throughout Downtown Frankfort, Kentucky

For up-to-date listings of information, please visit these pages:

Here are some of the great Derby Day activities in Downtown Frankfort:

Governor’s Downtown Derby Celebration, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in downtown Frankfort, Saturday, May 3. Enjoy children’s activities including the YMCA‘s Derby Dash for children ages 2-12, Folk Bike Recyclery‘s Pedal for the Posies,  food to suite all tastes, live music and great fun. Info:


Capital Cellars, 227 W Broadway, Opens at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast. Featuring “sit-down” or “on the go” options. Best hat and bow tie contest, at 12 noon. Stay and watch the races, specialty drinks served! Info: 352-2600.

Melanie’s, 328 St. Clair St, Open at 8:00 a.m. serving Derby Strada, sausage, biscuits & gravy, juice and coffee.

Eclectic Mix, 300 St. Clair St., Open 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. featuring mint julep, moonshine and bourbon truffles.

Derby Day Celebration Activities at First Christian Church, 316 Ann St. Family friendly activities including pony rides, face painting, crafts and a really BIG slide. All FREE. Info: 223-2346.
Magee’s Bakery Doughnuts & More will have Derby bonnet cupcakes, mint julep treats, and much, much more.  225 W. Main.

Cornerstone Art & Event Gallery Derby Day Event: 9:00 a.m. Vendors open, 10:00 a.m. -Bluegrass Theatre Guild will be doing skits every half an hour until 1:00.  11:00 a.m. – Artists Reception in Gallery for Candace Christopher, Cheryl Olds Cheek and Suzy Hosley.  12:00 noon, – Derby Hat Contest for Kids 8 and Under and dancing with Just Do You Fitness. 1:00:00 p.m. – Vendors and Vendor Reception.  Food, music, dancing, face painting, sand art and lots of fun.  Located at 100 East Broadway in front of the Commonwealth Credit Union.

Derby Day Celebration: Decorate a Horse – Lapel Pin, 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon at Full Circle Studio & Gallery, 121 Bridge St. A class for all ages! Design and paint a horse shaped lapel pin for the Derby! Only $20/person. Info: 

Derby Celebration Basket Raffles, featuring “Taste of Frankfort”, “Derby-Frankfort Style”, “Frankfort Places”, and “Frankfort Getaway” baskets. Register to win at the Frankfort Tourism Tent on the Old Capital Lawn. Drawings to be held at 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and noon.

Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe is serving up Derby breakfast with homemade pancakes, egg burritos, sausage & ham biscuits, and -of course- organic coffees.  Starting at 8a.m. they will also have build-your-own egg ‘n cheese bagels, scones, muffins, and more.  During lunch time, J’Beaux is grilling Frankfort-famous brats & dogs.  The Coffeetree will also be showing the Kentucky Derby on their large screen TV later in the day. 235 W. Broadway.  Info:  875-3009
Derby Day Celebration: Painting Horses on Canvas, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Full Circle Studio & Gallery, 121 Bridge St., A class for all ages! Come paint a horse on canvas while enjoying some delicious derby desserts. $25/person. Info:
Buddy’s Pizza will have hot pizza slices to go starting at 9a.m.  212 W. Broadway.
Gibby’s is featuring Kentucky Hot Browns, as well as a variety of breakfast sandwiches (country ham biscuits, bacon, egg & cheese biscuits, etc.), and mimosas, coffee, and juice.  Breakfast a la carte will also be availble, including pancakes, eggs, fresh fruit, etc.  204 W. Broadway.
Rick’s White Light Diner, 114 Bridge St., A special derby breakfast menu will showcase a variety of Chef Paul’s specialties.  Check for menu!
Family Tree Consignments will be celebrating Derby! Stop by for refreshments and special discounts! Info: 352-6151.
Special Derby Day Hours, open at 10:00 a.m. with huevos rancheros and huevos con chorizo atLa Fiesta Grande (The Little Monkey), 334 St. Clair St. Info: 352-2359.
Derby Specials, open at 8:00 a.m. and after the Derby, DJ Jesse Penn at The Brick Alley, 325 St. Clair. Info: 875-2559


Derby Brunch Buffet,  8:00 a.m.- 12 noon. Featuring all your favorites. Kentucky Country Ham, sausage gravy, biscuits, bacon, eggs, fried potatoes, cheese grits, and fresh fruit for one low price. Coffee and other beverages available. Full Bloody Mary Bar, Mimosas and Mint Juleps all day with a souvenier glass. Racing all Day and Live music with The Downtown County Band after the Derby. A full day of fun at The Dragon Pub, 103 W Main St. Info: 875-9300

Other events…

Farmers Market, 7:00 a.m.- 12 noon at River View Park. Info:

Shop for the Animals, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at New Leash on Life Thrift Store, 415 W Broadway. Many unique modern and vintage items for sale in a lovely setting. All proceeds benefit the Franklin County Humane Society. Info: 352-2229.


All Levels Yoga, 9:45 a.m. at the Frankfort Yoga Studio, 306 W Main St, 3rd floor. Info: 227-3276


ST. CLAIR LIVE! Meet outside on the bricks of St. Clair Street Saturday evening for great live music featuring DUDLEY ROBERTS and more!

Ghost Tour at Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace, 7:00 p.m. Reservations: 696-5926.