What is Bourbon on the Banks Festival, Inc.?

Bourbon on the Banks, Inc. is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Frankfort, Ky. Funds are privately raised and primarily derived from corporate sponsorships and event ticket sales. A portion of the proceeds fund student scholarships to the KSU Fermentation & Distillation program and/or students from Frankfort/Franklin County to attend any distillation and spirits college accredited program. Proceeds also serve to stimulate economic development in the downtown district of Frankfort.  A portion of our proceeds go toward White Oak Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and sustainability of the white oak which is used in the manufacturing of bourbon. The festival and associated events are produced by a full-time executive director, community volunteers, and a board of directors.

At the Bourbon on the Banks Festival, bourbon is more than just a drink – each pour is about appreciating history and tradition, understanding the legacy and art of making bourbon, and bonding with friends.

Festival Overview

The Bourbon on the Banks Festival is a premier bourbon event that takes place along the Kentucky River at the River View Park in Frankfort, Ky., and occurs annually on the first Saturday in October. The upcoming festival is scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, from 1-6 p.m. Those attending the festival will be required to purchase a ticket for entry which includes an allotted number of drink vouchers for samples of libations from distilleries, breweries, and wineries present at the event. Attendees will be able to drink and learn about a variety of bourbons, enjoy a scenic stroll along the Kentucky River while listening to live music, taste offerings from a wide range of food vendors, and shop the handmade collections of bourbon-themed artisans. In addition, there will be the option to experience several unique demonstrations and educational discussions designed as enrichment opportunities for bourbon enthusiasts.

Information for Distilleries

There is no fee to participate in the Bourbon on the Banks Festival. Distilleries should bring a tent, tables, and at least three types of products for guests to sample if possible. Creative displays are encouraged, and all setups must be approved by the event director prior to the festival. Volunteers will be available to assist with set up and break down. In support of marketing activities for the Bourbon on the Banks Festival, we do ask for participation in a cross-promotion collaboration.