PITCHCRAFT IS DOWNTOWN FREDERICK’S SECOND ANNUAL PLACEMAKING COMPETITION. Creative people from every background, profession and city are invited to pitch an idea that, if physically implemented in Downtown Frederick, will better connect the people and places of our community. A panel of judges will review all submissions and narrow it down to the final four, who will pitch their ideas in front of a live audience on Thursday, October 24. After hearing the final four pitches, every audience member will vote for their favorite pitch and a winner will be announced that evening. The cost of your ticket goes directly toward funding the winning idea. LEARN MORE: downtownfrederick.org/pitchcraft Interested in pitching an idea? Submissions are accepted from July 8 through August 25. Find the submission form and rules for entry at downtownfrederick.org/pitchcraft. TICKET SALES CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23. A limited number of tickets will be available for sale at the door on a first-come basis. If you plan to purchase tickets at the door, please arrive when the doors open at 6:00pm. If you have submitted a pitch, please go ahead and buy a ticket! If you’re one of the four finalists, the cost of your ticket will be returned to […]
Pitchcraft Downtown Frederick
October Events Partnership Events
New Spire Stages
Halloween in Downtown Frederick is great for families and kids of all ages! Costumes are encouraged, though not required. Trick-or-treat at all your favorite downtown businesses (while supplies last) and enjoy some “ghoulish fun” with activities like paint-your-own pumpkins and more. A list of participating businesses and additional activities will be announced closer to the event. Halloween in Downtown Frederick is sponsored by our partners at Georgetown Hill at Hood College Lab School.
Halloween in Downtown Frederick
October Events Partnership Events
Kick off your holiday season with all day shopping in Downtown Frederick! Parking in downtown will be FREE, shops & eateries will be open early and stay open late, plus there is a free trolley that circulates downtown every 15 minutes to make your day a breeze. Special events include horse-drawn carriage rides, a festive kick-off at 9AM, caroling and live music, all-day shopping, and more! Frosty Friday is presented by Woodsboro Bank with support from Common Market Co-Op. FROSTY FRIDAY CARRIAGE RIDES Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride around Downtown Frederick! Each carriage ride lasts approximately 20 minutes and can accommodate up to 12 passengers. Rides are $12 per passenger. Small children under the age of 3 can ride in your lap without a ticket. PICK-UP LOCATION: 327 N Market St PURCHASE TICKETS: bit.ly/downtownfrederick *Advance purchase is required and tickets will sell out. MAIN SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Frosty Friday Kick-off @ 30 N Market St (9am) | Downtown Frederick gift bags, while supplies last; Live music Live Music (all day, 9am-9pm) | Locations TBD Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides (10am-3pm) | Purchase tickets in advance at bit.ly/downtownfrederick Festival of Trees @ 24 E Church St (10am-4pm) Ornament Decorating @ […]
November Events Partnership Events
Thank you for an amazing 2019 season!! Alive @ Five will return on Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 5-8 PM. Live music, cold drinks, local food and the greatest community anyone could ask for. Every Thursday evening at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater from May through September. 100% of Alive @ Five proceeds benefit Downtown Frederick Partnership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing, promoting and preserving Downtown Frederick, a national Main Street community. Every gate fee you pay and drink token you buy gets directly reinvested into the downtown community. Alive @ Five is a 21+ only event. $5 at the gate and $5 drinks inside.
Alive @ Five 2020 Season Kick-off
Alive @ Five May Events Partnership Events
Carroll Creek Amphitheater
Each year, the Partnership tackles strategic initiatives to bring more residents and employees to Downtown Frederick, offers an exciting season of events and works closely with downtown businesses and partners to continue to strengthen and improve Downtown Frederick.
Why We LOVE Downtown Frederick!
With our one-of-a-kind specialty shops, restaurants and people, Downtown Frederick stands out. We have a personality all our own…friendly, vibrant, eclectic and thriving.
Downtown business owners are passionate about what they do. They spend time in their shops and restaurants to make sure you are well cared for.
Downtown residents make this community home. A neighbor’s friendly face, an afternoon happy hour with friends, an evening stroll with the family — THERE’S ONLY ONE DOWNTOWN FREDERICK.
The Latest News in Downtown Frederick
Don’t skip a beat. Read the latest about how we LIVE, WORK, STAY, PLAY & CONNECT in Downtown Frederick.
Creating Rainworks in Downtown Frederick
Rainy days are no fun… so we decided to create our own sunshine in Downtown Frederick! With a little elbow grease and the right supplies, anyone can create a Rainwork in just three easy steps. Find the Location: Look for cement that has an even surface, is light in color and doesn’t have much (or any) gravel visible.Get the Materials: We made all of our stencils by hand using cardboard, string and hot glue. We also used the official Rainworks Invisible Spray to create the best finished product.Install: Wait for a sunny day with low wind and go to work! We definitely recommend using a very fine mist to prevent bleeding around the edges of your stencil. Some tips we learned… Use big, bold graphics and lettering so that the fine details don’t get lost. Consider pressure washing your sidewalk first if it’s seen better days. It took a little more paint than we were expecting, so be prepared to have a second installation day in case you need to get more. Once your Rainwork is complete, all that’s left to do is wait! The designs are truly invisible when dry, so people will have no idea your secret art […]
Resources for Individuals in Need or Experiencing Homelessness
Find a free meal, a warm bed and additional help when it’s most needed. Downtown Frederick Partnership and the Frederick Police Department have partnered to create an easy to use pamphlet that provides information on services in Frederick for those in need or experiencing homelessness. The pamphlet includes information on where to find food, shelter, showers, restrooms, health and mental health, employment and legal, and other general outreach services. Pick up a copy at any downtown business, the Partnership office, the Frederick Police Department, or download a copy online at downtownfrederick.org/resources-in-frederick. In the event of a severe or life threatening emergency, call 911. For a non life threatening situation, call the Frederick Police Department at 301.600.2102 If you see a person experiencing a crisis, please call: 211 Maryland– 211 Maryland Crisis Hotline – 1.800.422.0009 National Suicide Hotline– 1.800.273.8255 National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1.800.799.7233
Weeknight Events for Downtown Frederick Locals
It’s no secret that — between all of our special events, incredible shopping and dining, and more craft beverage offerings than anywhere in a 40 mile radius — Downtown Frederick is always busy on the weekends. But what’s going on in the middle of the week? Here’s a little roundup of some post-work fun you can find Monday through Thursday (plus a bonus Friday event) in Downtown Frederick! MONDAYS Cookbook Club (First Monday of each month) from 6-8pm at Relish Décor (38 E Patrick St) Baking Book Club (Third Monday of each month) from 6-8pm at Relish Décor (38 E Patrick St) Monday Brunch and all-day Happy Hour at White Rabbit Gastropub (18 Market Space) Trivia Night starting at 7pm at Bushwaller’s (209 N Market St) Trivia Night starting at 6:30pm at Rockwell Brewery (880 N East St) Kids Build Your Own Pizza night from 4-9pm at Pretzel & Pizza Creations (210 N Market St) Open Mic Night starting at 9pm at Cafe Nola (4 E Patrick St) TUESDAYS Live music from 7-9pm at Olde Mother Brewing (526 N Market St) Curious Iguana’s About Town book club meets monthly on Tuesdays at 7pm, locations vary Open Mic Night at Rockwell […]
New Placemaking Projects in Downtown Frederick
On October 25, 2018 Downtown Frederick Partnership held its first-ever placemaking competition — Pitchcraft — inviting creative people from every background, profession and city to pitch an idea that, if physically implemented in Downtown Frederick, would better connect the people and places of our community. Interested in submitting an idea for the 2019 Pitchcraft? The application opens July 8. More info at downtownfrederick.org/pitchcraft. After receiving 28 submissions in 2018, our Pitchcraft Selection Committee was tasked with the difficult job of narrowing the pot down to four finalists. These finalists presented their ideas live, on-stage in front of an audience of more than 160 people. The four finalists who presented during the 2018 Pitchcraft were: Bentz Street Dog Park Mural: a mural celebrating man’s best friend, to be located on the City-owned building at the southern end of the dog park. Pitched by Dewey Stewart & Jill Slaughter Frederick Bike Racks in ASL: install bike racks that are shaped into the ASL letters of F, R, E, D, E, R, I, C, K. Pitched by Chanel Gleicher & Tiffany Saccente Playmaking (now called Candylane): sprinkle Downtown Frederick with over-sized versions of class board games. Pitched by Patsy Dahlheimer & Marie SilverstrimThe […]
New Cocktail Bar to Open in Downtown Frederick
The Grand Opening of Tenth Ward Distilling Company’s Cocktail Lab is set for July 13th. The Grand Opening starts at 1:30pm with the coolest ribbon cutting ceremony you’ve ever been to. Once the ribbon is cut, the party will begin! At the event, you can expect to find vendors, cocktail demonstrations by Pratt Standard Cocktail Company, a tasting workshop by Modern Bar Cart, watercolor doodles by Goodloe Byron, food from neighboring restaurant Maxwell’s Kitchen, along with non-stop live music until 10pm. In their new location, customers are able to try cocktails made exclusively with Tenth Ward spirits. We had the pleasure of trying a few of their cocktails, including; Absinthe Frappe, Rumination, and the Sazeroni. Pictured: Absinthe Frappe and Rumination The new location includes “The Whiskey Hall” on their second floor, which is the perfect space for events. Or if you are looking for a casual night out on the town, their front bar is the perfect place for you! Interested in renting their new space? Contact Amanda Boroughs at email@example.com to learn more. For more general information on their company click here.
Five Hashtags You Should Be Following in #DowntownFrederick
1. #getitdowntown Businesses and restaurants all over Downtown Frederick want YOU to come and #getitdowntown. This hashtag is overflowing with the most amazing photos of buildings, food, and specialties at almost anywhere you can think of. That’s why we love this hashtag for when we’re looking for something to do, buy, or eat. One photo we enjoy is this cheery display located inside of The Muse. 2. #frederickfoodie Hungry in Frederick? You won’t be after checking out the hashtag #frederickfoodie. Instagram food bloggers have taken over this hashtag with photos of everything to fancy cocktails to juicy steaks and everything in between. And the best part? You can find all these foods in Downtown Frederick. Some of our favorites include this avocado toast from White Rabbit Gastro Pub. 3. #fredlandia Portlandia, starring SNL’s Fred Armison, is a witty comedy that takes viewers through the streets of one of the most hipster cities in America: Portland, Oregon. However, Instagram user @fredlandia_1 transformed our own Downtown Frederick into what she likes to call “Fredlandia.” On this hashtag, you can find some of the most intimate, yet routine views of Downtown Frederick that many of us take for granted. We particularly love this […]
Loft Style Living in Downtown Frederick
Ever wanted to live in the heart of Downtown Frederick? You could grab a cup of coffee at Beans and Bagels before heading to work. Enjoy happy hour at the Tasting Room after a long day at the office. Walk your dog along Carroll Creek anytime you wanted. Ahhh… now that’s livin’. For anyone who has been longing for that downtown lifestyle, construction on the Kemp Hall Lofts & Studios is rounding the finish line at the intersection of Church & Market Streets. We were recently given a chance to poke around these amazing rentals and all we can say is, “Wow!” Whether you’re looking for a small studio, a loft, or even something with a private balcony for those amazing sunsets overlooking the place we like to call home. Does the history of Frederick also interest you? By living in these new apartments, you’ll get to be a part of history yourself. Kemp Hall was a key site during the Civil War, where Maryland legislators met on an April morning to decide whether or not secession from the Union would be necessary. In Kemp Hall, the City of Frederick was also named the capital of the Maryland for one […]
Addressing Fire Risks in Downtown Frederick
In January 2019, Downtown Frederick Partnership announced two new grant programs to address the risk of fire in historic buildings – the Downtown Frederick Fire Suppression Incentive Program and the Attic Fire Separation Program. As an outgrowth of the Partnership’s 2020 Strategic Plan and the Live Downtown Frederick goal of welcoming 335 new residents to Downtown Frederick by 2020, these programs are some of the first of their kind to address the known risk of fire damage in historic downtown environments. The Downtown Frederick Fire Suppression Incentive Program addresses the high costs of installing sprinklers in smaller commercial/multi-family/mixed use buildings. These smaller buildings are disproportionately impacted by the cost of sprinkler installation, which may make it financially infeasible. Since properly sprinklered buildings increase personal safety and protect our historic and cultural heritage, the Partnership seeks to lessen this financial burden and increase the number of fire-protected buildings in Downtown Frederick. This grant program is for existing commercial, multi-family residential or mixed use buildings located in the Frederick Town Historic District that are > 50 years old Provides a grant of up to $15,000 for the connection between the interior sprinkler system and the City’s water main Find the grant application, program […]
Date Night Ideas in Downtown Frederick
Spend your next date night in Downtown Frederick! Enjoy a romantic dinner at your favorite restaurant, browse through an art gallery or one-of-a-kind shop… the possibilities for a fun (and romantic) evening are endless. Here are a few date night ideas to help you get started! Take a walk through Downtown Frederick Who said taking a good-old fashioned stroll with your loved one wasn’t a good date night idea? Take a turn through our historic streets, basking in the glow of the holiday lights which decorate storefronts and twinkle in trees overhead. January First Saturday offers something extra special, with flickering luminaries lining Market & Patrick Streets during the evening hours. And if you’re out before February First Saturday, don’t miss your chance to catch a glimpse of the glowing boats along Carroll Creek. Photo by Don Burgess, featuring “Sailing Through the Winter Solstice” installation Sample a taste of Downtown Frederick Make a reservation for two at your favorite downtown restaurant, or pop into places like Frederick Fudge & Ice Cream, Perfect Truffle, The Candy Kitchen, Zoe’s Chocolate Co., Cakes to Die For, Sweeties, or The North Market Pop Shop for a sweet treat. If you’re feeling thirsty, […]
Historic District Guides
Thank you for calling Downtown Frederick home! By choosing to live here, you are a key part of keeping our city’s historic buildings great. Whether you’re a home owner, renter, business owner or simply someone who loves Downtown Frederick, you understand that this city’s wealth of historic buildings is what sets our community apart. To help answer some of the most common questions about the historic district, the City of Frederick Historic Preservation Commission and Downtown Frederick Partnership have created a series of general guides for residents, merchants and contractors who live and work here. While these guides tackle many of the basics, we know that each project is unique. If you ever have questions, the City of Frederick Planning staff is always happy to help! The City strives to safeguard its historical and cultural heritage through the preservation of historic sites, structures and districts. We are thankful for the participation of the community in helping us preserve and protect our historic city. Before starting your next project, take a few minutes to review the Frederick Town Historic District Design Guidelines. Visit bit.ly/freddesign for the complete guidelines, or contact us for more information. DOWNTOWNFREDERICK.ORG/LIVE PHONE: 301.600.1499 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Download Downtown Frederick Residents Historic District Guide Download Downtown […]