POSTPONED: Due to concerns around COVID-19, this event has been postponed until a future date, to be determined. Once we have a new date set, we will notify all interested attendees as soon as possible. We encourage you to continue to support our small businesses during this difficult time. If you need any information about food delivery and takeout, remote shopping options, or how to buy gift cards (spend money now to support local businesses, treat yourself to a prepaid activity later in the year!) — we are constantly updating our website with this information at downtownfrederick.org/covid-19. Thank you for your support! Competitive Edge is free and open to all businesses throughout Frederick County. This month’s session is all about creating special events. About this Event The Here and Now: Maintaining a Work/Life Balance as your Business Grows (POSTPONED) Building a successful business is so much more than a full-time job. Join us as we talk about ways you can create and maintain a work/life balance during critical periods of growth for your company. Arrive early to enjoy a free breakfast provided by Frederick Coffee Co & Cafe and Shab Row Tea Emporium. Doors open at 8am and […]
POSTPONED: The Here and Now: Maintaining a Work/Life Balance as your Business Grows
April Events Partnership Events
IMPORTANT EVENT UPDATE (added March 18, 2020) With Governor Hogan’s executive order prohibiting gatherings of 50+ people (changed to 10+ people on March 19) and the recent announcement from CDC recommending the cancellation of these events over the next 8 weeks, Downtown Frederick Partnership has decided to cancel this year’s Bring a Broom Saturday, which was scheduled for Saturday, April 25. The Partnership considered postponing the event, but with so many individuals and groups involved in the day, as well as the uncertainty surrounding the progression of COVID-19, we feel that it is safer for everyone involved to simply cancel. Thank you for your support of Bring a Broom Saturday and all that it does for our Downtown Frederick community! We encourage you to continue to support our small businesses during this difficult time. If you need any information about food delivery and takeout, remote shopping options, or how to buy gift cards (spend money now to support local businesses, treat yourself to a prepaid activity later in the year!) – we are constantly updating our website with this information at downtownfrederick.org/covid-19. We absolutely plan to host Bring a Broom Saturday in 2021, so go ahead and SAVE THE DATE: […]
CANCELLED: Bring a Broom Saturday
April Events Partnership Events
IMPORTANT EVENT UPDATE (added March 18, 2020) With Governor Hogan’s executive order prohibiting gatherings of 50+ people (changed to 10+ people on March 19) and the recent announcement from CDC recommending the cancellation of these events over the next 8 weeks, Downtown Frederick Partnership has decided to adjust the dates of our 2020 Alive @ Five season. We will still offer 21 events by starting the season on Thursday, May 14 (originally scheduled to begin on May 7) and continuing through Thursday, October 1. Currently, many Downtown Frederick businesses remain open on a daily basis, and are taking extra steps to ensure their spaces are clean and safe for customers. We encourage you to continue to support our small businesses during this difficult time. If you need any information about food delivery and takeout, remote shopping options, or how to buy gift cards (spend money now to support local businesses, treat yourself to a prepaid activity later in the year!) — we are constantly updating our website with this information at downtownfrederick.org/covid-19. Thank you for your support! ——- Event Description Below ——- Thank you for an amazing 2019 season!! Alive @ Five will return on Thursday, May 14, 2020 from […]
Alive @ Five 2020 Season Kick-off
Alive @ Five May Events Partnership Events
Carroll Creek Amphitheater
Competitive Edge is free and open to all businesses throughout Frederick County. This month’s session is all about customers under 30. About this Event Next Gen: Attracting Customers Under 30 (May 19) As the owner of a retail business, you know that a critical part of staying successful means constantly evolving to stay on trend. What does the next generation of customer want? How do you reach them? This month we’ll be joined by AAF-GF to dive into the “Under 30” customer category to see what they’re really thinking. Arrive early to enjoy a free breakfast provided by Frederick Coffee Co & Cafe and Shab Row Tea Emporium. Doors open at 8am and the workshop begins promptly at 8:30. Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Questions? Contact Leeann Crews at email@example.com The Competitive Edge Series provides business owners with the tools they need to improve their business and help grow their success. The Partnership knows that small businesses do not have easy access to training to continually sharpen their competitive edge. This series helps to fill that gap. Sessions are held on the third Tuesday of each month, January through May, with workshops focusing on topics of interest to entrepreneurs. Each Competitive […]
Next Gen: Attracting Customers Under 30
May Events Partnership Events
Love movies? So do we! This summer, enjoy five FREE movie nights – outdoor theater style! Grab a blanket and a lawn chair and get ready to enjoy some of the best movies right here in Downtown Frederick! Make it a date night or bring the whole family, just be sure you get there early to claim your spot. Gates open an hour before dusk and the show starts at dark. Admission is FREE; beer, wine & snacks are available for purchase before and during the show. Pets and friends of all ages are welcome, and Closed Captioning is provided. Our upcoming Movie Night lineup will be announced in the Spring of 2020. Save the Date! Friday, June 19 from 8-11PM Friday, July 17 from 8-11PM Friday, August 21 from 8-11PM Friday, September 18 from 7-10PM Friday, October 16 from 6-9PM
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Carroll Creek Amphitheater
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Spring Event Changes in Downtown Frederick
With Governor Hogan’s executive order prohibiting gatherings of 50+ people (changed to 10+ people on March 19) and the recent announcement from CDC recommending the cancellation of these events over the next 8 weeks, Downtown Frederick Partnership has made the following changes to our upcoming spring events. These decisions are not taken lightly as we understand the impact on our downtown community.The safety of Downtown Frederick’s residents, workers and visitors is of the utmost importance to Downtown Frederick Partnership. The first priority for everyone is to take appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our entire community remains healthy.As an organization that is grounded in a love for our local community, we encourage you all to look for ways where you can help to safely support each other in these troubling times. Photo used in this post taken by Bill Adkins. April First Saturday & May First Saturday (Mayfest)EVENTS CANCELLED — originally scheduled for April 4 & May 2. Currently, many Downtown Frederick businesses remain open daily, and are taking extra steps to ensure their spaces are clean and safe for customers. Support small businesses remotely, even if you cannot visit them physically. Visit downtownfrederick.org/covid-19 to learn how.Bring a Broom SaturdayEVENT CANCELLED — originally scheduled for April 25. The Partnership […]
All you need to know about Frederick Restaurant Week 2020!
Frederick Restaurant Week is coming March 2nd through the 8th. Time to look through the amazing 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 strongly 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! Make sure to keep an eye out on all the amazing drink deals that will be going on downtown as well! Come out and enjoy discounted prices on locally crafted beers, wines, and spirits. Participating Restaurants 200 Monroe | 200 Monroe Ave. ~ Menu | ReservationDinner200 Monroe will have you wishing for just one more bite. Make reservations now because you must try their Yukon Gold potato gnocchi with garlic shrimp. Bella Trattoria | 129 N Market St. ~ Menu | ReservationLunch & DinnerGive the boxed spaghetti night a rest this week and try Bella Trattoria in the heart of Downtown Frederick. Their delicious butternut squash ravioli will leave you with just enough room for a cannoli that taste just like the ones in Northern Italy. Black Hog| 118 S Market St ~ Menu | Reservation […]
Redevelopment of Historic Whitehill’s Row in Downtown Frederick
What appears to be an inconspicuous row of three-story homes nestled along B&O Ave, is actually an exciting redevelopment project for the southeast corner of Downtown Frederick, Maryland. Originally built by Frederick businessman James Whitehill in 1858, the block of homes sit adjacent to the MARC train Brunswick Line, which offers weekday commuter service between Frederick and Washington D.C. For many years, the buildings were left largely unmodernized and, most recently, served as residentail rental units. However, in 2018, Frederick County natives Michael Gordon and David Bauer purchased the properties and have been busy rehabilitating the units into modernized four-bedroom, three-bathroom homes. After more than a year of painstaking renovations, the rewards of Bauer and Gordon’s investment are obvious. Each home features four levels of living space – from a fully renovated walkout basement level all the way to the third floor bedrooms – they left no detail unfinished. During a property tour with Bauer, he pointed out the many historic features they were careful to retain in the finished design, including the 34 windows across the front façade, which are all original to the building. The Partnership is featuring this project as an example of the exciting redevelopment projects […]
Dining Guide for February First Saturday (Fire in Ice)
Downtown Frederick is full of amazing dining options, so you’ll never have to go far to find a great meal! For a complete list of downtown eateries, click here. To help narrow down your choices during February First Saturday (Fire in Ice), we’ve broken out a few popular dining categories for the restaurants listed below. Keep scrolling all the way to the bottom… and happy eating! Black Hog BBQ & Bar118 S Market St11am – 10pmBrewer’s Alley124 N Market St11:30am – MidnightBushwaller’s Gastro Pub209 N Market St11am – 2amCafe Nola4 E Patrick St9am – 2amCakes To Die For154 N Market St9am – 9pmCellar Door5 E Church St11am – 2amDöner Bistro50 Carroll Creek Way #110 11:30am – 11pmFamily Meal882 N East St7am – 10pmFirestone’s Culinary Tavern & Raw Bar105 N Market St11am – 9:45pm (Kitchen) 11am – 1:30am (Bar)Firestone’s Market113 N Market St10am – 9pmFrederick Coffee Co & Cafe100 N East St6am – 10:30pmFrederick Fudge & Ice Cream253 E Church St11:30am – 9:00pmHippy Chick Hummus237 N Market St10am – 6pm Hometown Harvest Kitchen50 Citizen’s Way11am – 9pmJoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House16-18 E Patrick St11am – 2amLa Paz Mexican Restaurant51 S Market St11am – 10pmLazy Fish10 E Patrick St12pm – 10pmLe Parc […]
Everything You Need to Know about February First Saturday in Downtown Frederick
Downtown Frederick is gearing up for its largest First Saturday of the year, with Downtown Frederick Partnership’s Fire in Ice event on Saturday, February 1! Featuring more than 115 ice sculptures, fire performers and activities geared toward all ages, February First Saturday is sure to be fun for the whole family. For the most up-to-date event information and an interactive event map, visit downtownfrederick.org/february-first-saturday. Ice sculptures will be on display earlier and longer this year, with the Ice Walk open from 1-9PM – that’s 8 hours of viewing time for the 100+ local businesses who will display their dazzling ice sculptures throughout Downtown Frederick. Sculptures include designs in every shape and size and will be displayed along Carroll Creek, Patrick Street, Market Street and in Everedy Square & Shab Row. Downtown shops also will stay open late until 9PM and reservations are recommended in advance at most downtown restaurants. February First Saturday is presented by Downtown Frederick Partnership with support from FCB Bank, Paul Davis Restoration, Common Market Co-op and the Frederick County Office of Economic Development. TRAVEL INFORMATION: New this year, free parking will be available at the Frederick Keys Stadium (21 Stadium Drive) with a free shuttle that will transport […]
Historic Charm and Modern Convenience in Downtown Frederick
In August 2017, a fire tore through the seven apartment units that occupied 126 S Market St, leaving the building uninhabitable and with hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. After a painstaking rehabilitation by new owners Ingrid Smith and Gerardo Lapetina, the building is set to welcome new occupants as early as January 1, 2020. Now home to five completely new, luxury 1-bedroom apartments in the heart of Downtown Frederick, 126 S Market St is full of historic charm and character blended with modern convenience and aesthetics. The apartments have been thoughtfully designed, featuring beautiful custom kitchens with European appliances and granite countertops, sleek and spacious bathrooms with rainfall showers, new hardwood floors throughout, in-unit washer and dryers, digital thermostats and new HVAC, tank-less water heaters, keyless entry and ample storage. Each unit has its own unique layout and highlights many of the building’s original architectural features. The builders were careful to reuse elements from the the fire-ravaged building whenever possible — such as the reclaimed wood that makes up banisters, countertops and shelving throughout each unit. All five units are available for rent beginning January 1 or earlier, with rates from $1500-$2000 per month. Pets are negotiable […]
Downtown Frederick is Open for the Holidays!
With 285 unique stores and restaurants, Downtown Frederick, Maryland is a shopping destination unlike any other. In an era of increasing online shopping, it’s important to remember that shopping small makes a big difference. An impressive 99% percent of our downtown retailers are independently owned — which means you can enjoy a guilt-free shopping experience, knowing that 48 cents of every dollar spent at a small business stays in the local economy. So before you turn to the internet or head to the mall, take a spin through Downtown Frederick and visit the amazing independent retailers that you won’t find anywhere else. Many of our shops even stay open 7 days a week during the holiday season! Keep reading for a list of those shopping locations, which will be open every day from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Many shops even extend their hours over the weekends, staying open late ’til 8pm Thursdays & Fridays and ’til 9pm Saturdays. Find a complete list of shopping and dining in Downtown Frederick at downtownfrederick.org/get-it-downtown SHOPPINGA Lit’le Irish Too143 N Market StAlchemy No. 119 119 E Patrick StAlicia L149 N Market StArtifacts Glass Gallery43 S Market StBrick and Mortar Mercantile29 E Patrick StCreme de la Creme 207 […]
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 […]