LIVE DOWNTOWN FREDERICK HOUSING SYMPOSIUM This year’s symposium will include a keynote address by Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group in Baltimore, MD. All interested parties are welcome and invited to attend. The symposium is free to attend but advance registration is required. Register online at livedowntown.eventbrite.com. The morning will begin with a continental breakfast and networking from 7:30AM to 8:00AM. Anirban Basu’s presentation, titled “To All the Economists I’ve Loved Before,” will begin at 8:00AM. He will place Downtown Frederick in a larger economic context and address how smaller downtowns are being impacted by residential trends, changes that are happening in cities that are similar to Downtown Frederick, who wants to live in downtown and how this impacts the type of housing units offered and the economic impact of downtown residents. Click here to view Anirban Basu’s full bio. The 2019 Live Downtown Frederick Housing Symposium is made possible by support from Linowes and Blocher Attorneys At Law. WHY LIVE DOWNTOWN FREDERICK? In anticipation of Downtown Frederick Partnership‘s 25th Anniversary in 2015, the organization undertook a strategic planning process in FY14. While Downtown Frederick is highly successful, the Partnership believes that Downtown Frederick holds far greater potential […]
Live Downtown Frederick Housing Symposium
April Events Partnership Events
SEVENTH STREET FOUNTAIN PARK COMMUNITY MEETING You are invited to attend a community meeting where a final draft of ideas to improve the Seventh Street Fountain Park will be presented for community feedback. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 7:00PM to 8:15PM at the Bernard W Brown Community Center. Advance registration is encouraged. The meeting is free and open to the public. Feel free to pass along this invitation to anyone who might be interested in attending. The draft designs presented at this meeting were made possible thanks to funding by the Ausherman Family Foundation. During the meeting, the draft park designs will be presented by consultants from Mahan Rykiel, a full service landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm. PROJECT BACKGROUND In April 2013, Downtown Frederick Partnership organized a workshop, made possible due to financial support from Main Street Maryland, to seek feedback from the community on ways to improve the Seventh Street Fountain Park. This meeting resulted in variety of concepts for improving the park space. You can view the 2013 Concept Package for the Seventh Street Fountain Park at downtownfrederick.org/emerging-projects. Since 2013, the Partnership has continued to seek funding to make the envisioned improvements a reality. In the past year, the […]
Seventh Street Fountain Park Community Meeting
April Events Partnership Events
Bernard W. Brown Community Center
Join in the eighth annual Bring a Broom Saturday on Saturday, April 27, 2019! Community members are asked to bring their brooms and help Downtown Frederick get ready for spring. PLEASE REGISTER ON THE EVENTBRITE PAGE FOR VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT. bringabroom2019.eventbrite.com Bring a Broom Saturday is brought to you by Comcast, Tobacco Free Frederick, Hood College, The City of Frederick, Keep Maryland Beautiful, Maryland Environmental Trust, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Maryland Department of Transportation and Downtown Frederick Partnership, with support from Oldetowne Landscape Architects, Grant County Mulch, Brewer’s Alley, Frederick Coffee Co & Cafe, GOOD juju, Wegmans, Common Market, New Spire Arts and the Weinberg Center for the Arts. Bring a broom, a water bottle, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a visor and your friends and neighbors to help Downtown Frederick freshen up! Volunteers will sweep, mulch, clean up and plant flowers. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. On the day of the event, register at the Partnership office (19 E Church St) between 8:30 and 9AM and receive your clean up assignment. Breakfast snacks, coffee and water will be available during registration, courtesy of Frederick Coffee Co & Cafe, Wegmans and Common Market. Clean up continues from 9 – 11:30AM, followed by a free lunch for volunteers, courtesy of Brewer’s Alley and GOOD juju. Disclaimer: […]
Bring a Broom Saturday
April Events Partnership Events
Alive @ Five’s 2019 season will feature 21 rockin’ events, every Thursday (except July 4th) from May 9 through October 3! Enjoy happy hour + live music on Carroll Creek in Downtown Frederick. Admission is $5, all events are 21+ ONLY and take place from 5-8pm. Alive @ Five is a summer-long fundraiser for Downtown Frederick Partnership. All proceeds are reinvested into the Downtown Frederick community. Stay tuned for the 2019 season lineup and volunteer information… see you on the creek next summer! The 2019 Call for Bands is open! If you’re interested in performing, please submit your band’s information at bit.ly/callforbands2019. All information must be received by January 31. No exceptions. The line-up is selected by the end of February.
2019 Alive @ Five Season Kick-off
Alive @ Five May Events Partnership Events
Carroll Creek Amphitheater
Our 2019 Movie Night season kicks off on Friday, June 21! Movie Nights are FREE and open to all ages (and pets). Movies are held the third Friday of each month, June through October, in Carroll Creek Amphitheater. Stay tuned for our season line-up and event details… Get there early to claim your spot! Admission is free and beer, wine & snacks are available for purchase before and during the show. Gates open an hour before dusk, featured presentations begin at dark. Closed Captioning is provided. All ages (and pets!) are welcome. 2019 Movie Night Dates: June 21, 2019 July 19, 2019 August 16, 2019 September 20, 2019 October 18, 2019
2019 Movie Night Season Kick-off
June Events Movie Night Partnership Events
Carroll Creek Amphitheater
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
October Events Partnership Events
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
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Your Guide to Frederick Restaurant Week 2019!
Frederick Restaurant Week is coming up March 4th through the 10th. Time to pick your favorite restaurants and make a reservation! During Restaurant Week, lunches and dinners are offered at various special prices starting at just $15. All costs are exclusive of tax, beverages and gratuity. Reservations are recommended through the individual participating restaurants. Be sure to check out this year’s incredible menu offerings below or visit frederickrestaurantweek.com for more information! On Tuesday, March 5th, participating restaurants will be hosting Restaurant Week Happy Hour from 5-7PM! Come out and enjoy discounted prices on locally crafted beers, wines, and spirits. Visit the Facebook event for a list of participating restaurants. Participating Restaurants 200 Monroe | 200 Monroe Ave. ~ Menu | Reservation Dinner 200 Monroe will surely have you wanting to go back all week long. Make reservations now because you must try their Lemon Curd Tartlet with a fresh blueberry swirl. Ayse Meze Lounge | 6 N East St. ~ Menu | Reservation Lunch & Dinner Go on a vacation to the Eastern Mediterranean this Restaurant Week by visiting Ayse Meze! Their falafel chick pea fritters and gyro pita will transport your taste buds right to Ancient Greece. Barley & Hops | 5473 Urbana Pike ~ Menu | Reservation Lunch & Dinner Come […]
Valentine’s Day in Downtown Frederick!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Love of all kinds are in the air here in Downtown Frederick. We’ve located some shops around downtown that will help you find that perfect gift, in addition to restaurants for your perfect date night! Shopping: First, take your partner out for some shopping! For your friend that loves glitz, stop by shops like Frederick Coin Exchange (offering 14% off jewelry purchase) or Time Bomb Tattoos (offering 20% off solid gold and organic body jewelry). Colonial Jewelers also has some amazing jewelry in romantic styles, and Ec’clectibles just received matching “his and hers” tied bracelets, perfect for new lovebirds. Do you know someone who loves to look good? Help them start off February right by visiting Skin Care Pro Group because they’re offering a 60 Minute Custom Facial Gift Card for $60 until V-Day. Maven Beauty Bar and Indelli•Belle are also offering some great deals on lash extensions. Plus, get a free box of chocolates with a $50 gift card purchase at Artisinal Hair Company ($15 blow-outs and styles all month long, too). A girl can’t have too many clothes, right? Three downtown businesses would love to help you find a cute outfit for […]
Everything You Need to Know for February First Saturday (Fire in Ice!)
Get ready for the biggest First Saturday of the year with “Fire in Ice” on Saturday, February 2! Bring the whole family out to admire more than 110 dazzling ice sculptures that will be lining the streets of Downtown Frederick, warm yourself over the flames of outdoor fire pits, hit up the amphitheater for a family-friendly Ice Bar by day, and to see jaw-dropping fire performers later in the night, and so much more! Find a complete lineup of events at downtownfrederick.org/february-first-saturday. GETTING HERE / PARKING Beginning at 12PM (noon) on Saturday, February 2 all parking garages will be available for a $5 flat rate. Bring $5 cash for quick and easy service, though credit cards are also accepted. Take note of the road closure from 2-9PM, which will block S Market St from All Saints St to Patrick St, and from Patrick St to Church St to vehicular traffic. The Carroll Creek Public Parking Garage will be still be fully accessible by entering and exiting from Patrick Street and the Church Street Public Parking Garage will still be fully accessible from Church St. Download a copy of our February First Saturday Parking & Road Closure Map here or visit www.parkfrederick.org for more info on […]
Downtown Frederick Businesses Helping Those Affected by the Government Shutdown
With the federal government being shut down for over a month now, small businesses around Downtown Frederick are offering certain promotions to those government workers who have been affected. See the list of offerings by businesses below! Community Produce Market The community produce market supported by Hungry Harvest is available all year long (not just during the shutdown) but we wanted to make sure to include it here since it’s such a great deal! Produce in a SNAP offers $7 bags of produce from 3-6PM every Wednesday at the Y Teaching Kitchen (629 N Market St). No special ID required. Just show up and claim your bag. Frederick Coin Exchange Beginning on January 16, The Frederick Coin Exchange is offering to buy your old, broken or unwanted gold jewelry at special dealer rates! Just show your government ID before the furlough ends to secure your rate. The Temple The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School is offering special deals on hair care and cuts until January 26th. All federal government employees with a valid I.D. can receive a $5 blow-dry or haircut, 25% off all take-home products, and 50% off color and highlighting services. McClintock Distilling […]
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 […]
Holiday Cocktail Competition
Get ready for the Holiday Cocktail Competition! Stop by participating locations from 4-7pm this Frosty Friday (November 23) to try out their special $5 Holiday Cocktail, or non-alcoholic Mocktail! Take a sip, try a few, and vote for your favorite by liking its photo in our Holiday Cocktail Competition photo album on Facebook. Find more Frosty Friday fun at downtownfrederick.org/frosty-friday
Shop Local for the Holidays
Downtown Frederick is open 7 Days a Week this holiday season! With more than 200 independent retailers, restaurants, galleries and services – shopping local is a no brainer for our community. Frederick, MD is also just an hour drive from D.C. and Baltimore, making it the perfect weekender’s excursion. Downtown Frederick boasts a walkable shopping district filled with fashion, home decor, outdoor gear, toys and antiques – hand-picked by store owners to suit customers just like you. The local food scene features American and International specialties, casual and fine dining, indoor and outdoor dining spaces and everything from comfort food to cutting-edge cuisine. Feeling a yen for culture? Then you’ll definitely want to check out the many arts and entertainment venues in Downtown Frederick, from fine art galleries to museums and activities that entertain the whole family. Pick up a copy of our downtown map to help guide your trip or flip through the 2018 Get it Downtown magazine to see what all Downtown Frederick has in store for you. Shop Local, Shop Late! The following businesses will be open 7 days a week from Frosty Friday (November 23) through the last weekend in December. Hours may vary, but feel free to shop late ’til 8pm on Thursdays […]
Pitchcraft: Downtown Frederick’s First Placemaking Competition
Introducing Pitchcraft: a placemaking competition for Downtown Frederick YOU COULD WIN $2,500 TO MAKE YOUR CREATIVE DREAMS A REALITY! Pitchcraft, Downtown Frederick’s first-ever placemaking competition, invites creative people from every background, profession and city to pitch an idea that, if physically implemented in Downtown Frederick, will better connect the people and places of our community. Pitches must be received by September 21, 2018. 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 25. 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. In addition to an award of funds, the winning person will receive guidance from Downtown Frederick Partnership and volunteer advisers to help implement their idea. THINK YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES? Learn more about placemaking, buy tickets to watch the pitches live, or submit your idea at downtownfrederick.org/pitchcraft.