Kentucky's Edge Bourbon Conference & Festival - Where Bourbon Begins


Bourbon + Kentucky

Even if you don't like bourbon - or think you don't like bourbon - Kentucky's Edge likes you! There so much to see and do October 4-5.


Music on every corner

Kentucky has a strong music history and vibrant music scene. As you stroll around Covington and Newport, follow the sounds of live music from some of the areas best musicians: Andy & Rachel Sontag, , Annie Orlet, Cheryl McKinney, Dave Hawkins, Ed Stapleton, Full Moon Ranch, G. Wayne Atkins, Jeff Thomas, Jim Pross, Joanie Whitaker, Jody Stapleton, Kerry Neff, Larry & Sylvia, Marc Mecoli, Mike Fair, Raison D’Etre, Ric Hickey, Sami Riggs, Tony Powell, Trina Emig, Two Blue, and Xander Wells. You'll know you're on the right path.


Local Restaurants Will Tempt Your Tastebuds

Only In Your State picked Covington for the best food in the state of Kentucky. We couldn't agree more. Just wait until you see what they do when they add a little bourbon to their cooking. Don't wait to reserve your table and buy your meals in advance.


Sample The Best Bourbon Kentucky Has To Offer

You can't have a bourbon conference and festival without bourbon tastings. A plethora of bourbon tastings make Kentucky's Edge a unique event. The bars and restaurants in Northern Kentucky have put together some special tastings that will probably sell out fast. It might be tough making up your mind, but don't take too long. Click here to reserve your tasting now.


Make A Day Of It

There are three distilleries to check out when visiting Northern Kentucky: Old Pogue, Boone County, and New Riff. We've also created a unique tour with laps around the Kentucky Speedway with a pro driver before visitng Neeley Family Distillery. Buy your tickets for tours on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 from the Kentucky's Edge website.


Discover All The Aspects Of Bourbon

The bourbon conference is a one-day affair that takes place Saturday, October 5 from 8:30pm-4pm at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. There will be keynotes, speakers, panels and workshops with an emphasis on storytelling. Click here to see a list of speakers.

Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W Rivercenter Blvd, Covington, KY 41011

Kentucky's Edge Music Festival

Enjoy Great Music & Bourbon

This free music festival is located at 202 Madison Avenue next to the NKY Convention Center and RiverCenter. Friday, October 4 from 4pm-10pm is cover band night. A regional favorite - The Rusty Griswolds - headlines. Saturday, October 5 from noon-10pm is all original music with Hayseed Dixie headlining. Enjoy food from Chowhounds, Good Guyz and Turkeys R Us. And yes, there will be bourbon.

202 Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011

Smoke Justis Block Party

DJ's Mix Music. Bars Mix Cocktails.

Inhailer Radio kicks of Friday, October 4 at 4pm with a live broadcast. DJ Drowsy takes it up a notch at 9pm and keeps the music going until 1am. Inhailer will be back the next day at noon to broadcast live from Roebling Point. DJ ETrayn takes over at 9pm on Saturday and will have you dancing until 1am.

3rd Street & Court St, Covington, KY 41011

Duke Energy Artisan Market

Shop While Enjoying A Bourbon

Listen to music while shopping at the artisan market: Aesha’s African Baskets, Arnar (Kentucky's Edge Live Print), Authentic Barrel Creations, Christopher Mize Studio, Kentucky's Edge Official Merch, Parrish Monk Arts, Tipsy Timbers and Wicked Obscura. Sample bourbon from small, craft distilleries: Baker-Bird Distillery, Brain Brew Whiskey, Pursuit Spirits, MB Roland, Neeley Family Distillery and Second Sight Spirits. Grab a hand-rolled cigar from Kentucky Gentleman Cigars while your at it. If you're hungry, there is plenty to eat in the market - Great Crabcakes and Turkeys R Us - or at the nearby restaurants. The market is open 11am-8pm October 4-5.

Mainstrasse, George Steinford Park, W 6th St, Covington, KY 41011

Madison Theater

Two Great Nights Of Live Music

Doors open at 7:00PM. Shows start at 8:00PM. Shows are all ages. Click here to buy your tickets. Be sure to head up to the rooftop deck to enoy the evening with a bourbon and cigar. Kentucky's Edge VIP ticket holders get access to the show, a private bar, and complimentary snacks.

730 Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011

Movies & More

Newport on the Levee

Events will take place on Saturday, October 5th, and will feature bourbon classes hosted by Pinhook Bourbon, a special movie screening of the documentary, "Straight Up: Kentucky Bourbon", and a cocktail/tasting hour outside on the plaza. Click here and register now!

1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071

Bourbon History

Newport Historical Society

Bourbon Archaeologist Nicholas Laracuente, from the Kentucky Heritage Council, will make a presentation. This FREE event takes place at the Newport History Museum located at 215 East Southgate Street in the former Southgate Street School on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Create Your Bourbon Experience

Kentucky's Edge - Where Bourbon Begins