Looking for a bit of fun on these cold winter days? Visit Downtown Frederick, MD for a family-friendly outdoor scavenger hunt through our beautiful historic downtown. Downtown Frederick’s 200+ independently-owned businesses are all decked out for the holidays… but can you spy the sparkling lights that are hidden amongst the rest? Count the number of blue and silver light bursts hiding in shop and restaurant windows all over downtown for your chance to win a $50 Downtown Frederick Gift Card! Submit your guess at downtownfrederick.org/sparkle by December 12th for a chance to win! Each guess = 1 chance to win. Entries are limited to 1 per person. The winner will be contacted via email on Monday, December 13. If we can’t confirm our winner within 7 days we’ll select someone new.
Operation Sparkle: Holiday Scavenger Hunt
We’ll be back! The 2022 Alive @ Five season kicks off May 12 with live music, beer and wine on the creek every Thursday through September 29, 2022. Alive @ Five is an outdoor happy hour every Thursday from 5-8pm in the Carroll Creek Amphitheater / 21+ only / $5 entry + $5 drinks / food available for purchase on site / different band every week… lineup coming soon! Alive @ Five is Downtown Frederick Partnership’s largest fundraiser of the year. Every gate fee you pay and drink token you buy helps to support our work in the downtown community. Interested in supporting the event? Sponsorships are available and selling now. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Alive @ Five 2022 Season Kick-off
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.
Ambassador Program Launches in Downtown Frederick
Downtown Frederick Partnership and the City of Frederick are excited to announce the new Downtown Frederick Ambassador Program, which marks a major step toward significantly improving the cleanliness of sidewalks and streets in the Downtown Frederick area and providing for continual proactive engagement with the public. Learn More about the Ambassador Program The Downtown Frederick Ambassador Program establishes a team of 4 to 6 full-time employees who will monitor and clean the downtown area from 7AM-10PM five days a week (Wednesday through Sunday). Ambassadors are paid professionals hired by Block by Block, a company that now serves more than 100 urban districts, parks and transit systems across the United States. Downtown Frederick Partnership contracted with Block by Block to administer the Downtown Frederick Ambassador Program. A soft launch of the program began on Friday, November 26 – Frosty Friday – in Downtown Frederick. As the final ambassador team members are hired and trained, full implementation will begin in December 2021. “We are proud to be launching this program,” says Kara Norman, Executive Director of Downtown Frederick Partnership. “The Partnership has been eager to establish an ambassador program like this, creating a dedicated workforce to keep Downtown Frederick a clean and […]
Downtown Frederick is Open for the Holidays!
With more than 250 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 67 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 Eve. Many shops even extend their hours over the weekends, staying open late ’til 8pm on Fridays & Saturdays (these businesses are marked with an * in the list below). Find a complete list of shopping and dining in Downtown Frederick at downtownfrederick.org/get-it-downtown SHOPPINGBrick and Mortar Mercantile *29 E Patrick StThe Candy Kitchen *52 N Market StChappelle Candle Co.25 E Patrick StCharm […]
TONIQ: A Mercantile Rehab in Downtown Frederick
Chandra & Anitha Soma took over the building at 89 S Market St in July 2020. Now, after nearly a year and a half of top-to-bottom renovations, the couple prepares to celebrate the grand opening of TONIQ: Beer, Wine, Deli & More in the heart of Downtown Frederick. The Somas have completely revitalized the space – combining the previously vacant building at 3 W All Saints St with the Market Street storefront, knocking down walls to create a large open retail area, and replacing every surface of their now modern, code-compliant facility. Their work has included brand new ceilings, floors, lighting, paint, awnings, and a brand new check-out counter, plus updated fixtures to fill the reorganized space. You’ll notice their hard work from the moment you enter the door at the corner of S Market & All Saints Streets, which now boasts an ADA-compliant ramp with safety railings to make the building more accessible. The Somas’ investment in this property has been substantial. They recognized the building’s potential – and, with the support of grant funding from Downtown Frederick Partnership’s Mission: Interior and Façade Grant programs, as well as the City of Frederick’s GROW Grant, they have created a new […]
Happy Stripe in Downtown Frederick
Over the past year, a bright red structure has snaked its way down the alleyway between JoJo’s and Vintage MC. Happy Stripe – with its curving lines, soaring heights and vivid color palette, has certainly made a statement on Patrick Street – bringing the alleyway to life and piquing the curiosity of those who wander by. Designed by artist Kiki Goti of SomePeople studio, Happy Stripe is a playful linear structure that aims to intrigue pedestrians and encourage them to pass through it. In addition to its strong visual presence, it also offers people the chance to interact with the structure through an augmented reality app that lets viewers challenge one another from their phones, tossing virtual balls into the nylon ropes that hang from the top of Happy Stripe’s steel frame. Happy Stripe is one of two projects installed through the Partnership’s unchARTed initiative – a project that increases connectivity between some of Downtown Frederick’s forgotten “between” spaces by activating alleyways with temporary public art installations. Happy Stripe was installed in November 2020 and will be removed in mid-November 2021. More about unchARTed
Open on Labor Day just for you…
Take advantage of the long weekend and leisurely stroll the streets. Stock up on fall décor, snag a few long-sleeve shirts, get some season-appropriate outdoor gear – classic Labor Day weekend. And don’t forget to try all the pumpkin spice everything! Plus, with all the fun breweries and delicious restaurants downtown, it’s easy to plan an entire weekend in Downtown Frederick! Don’t see your favorite place on our list? This is only a start. Be sure to check with individual businesses for their most up-to-date hours. For more great things to see and do in Downtown Frederick, visit downtownfrederick.org/events. Spend your Labor Day weekend with us! Business NameMonday, Sept. 6thAddressArt GalleriesDISTRICT Arts11am-4pm15 N Market StServicesArtisinal Hair CompanyClosed342 N Market StEntertainment & InformationClue IQ: An Escape Room ExperienceNational Museum of Civil War Medicine IncSurelocked In Escape Games10am-10pm10am-4pmBy appointment only 103 S Carroll St48 E Patrick St5 N Market StFood & BeverageBeans and BagelsBrewer’s AlleyBushwaller’sFrederick Coffee Co & CafeFrederick Fudge & Ice Cream CoIbiza CafeNorth Market Pop ShopOlde TownePretzel and Pizza CreationsShab Row Tea EmporiumSmoketown CreeksideClosed11am-11:30pm11:30am-2am6am-6pm12pm-6pmClosed12pm-8pm11:30am-1:30am11am-9pm11am-5pm12pm-9pm49 E Patrick St124 N Market St209 N Market St100 N East St253 E Church St8 W 4th St241 N Market St325 N Market St210 N market St112 […]
Maxwell Ave Fence in Downtown Frederick
Maxwell Ave is a highly-trafficked alleyway in the heart of Downtown Frederick. Providing a connection between the Carroll Creek Parking Garage, C. Burr Artz Public Library, Carroll Creek and Patrick Street – there are easily hundreds of people a day who traverse through this small piece of the city. To help brighten things up a bit, the Partnership and Hood College partnered together to repaint a fence… adding a bit of cheer along the way! Thank you to everyone involved! Especially to Dream House for helping us pick the color palette, The City of Frederick and National Museum of Civil War Medicine for letting us try something new with their fence, and to Hood College and members of our board for volunteering their time and labor! Step 1: Prep + Prime Before the new colorful motif could go into place, we first had to prep our canvas. This meant pulling weeds, sweeping around the base of the fence, scraping off old paint and adding a fresh coat of primer. Thank you to our hardworking board members for volunteering an evening to help get everything prepped and ready! Step 2: Bring on the Colors A group of about 15 Hood College […]
Hood Student Discount Program
As Hood students make their return to campus, Downtown Frederick businesses are ready to welcome them back with open arms and 10% off! Look for the blue and white window decals to find more than 50 downtown businesses who proudly offer a 10% discount to Hood students. Just show your valid Student ID at the time of purchase and be sure to ask the business about any restrictions that may apply. Participating businesses are listed at downtownfrederick.org/student. Restrictions may apply, and businesses reserve the right to opt out of the program at any time. See a List of Participating Businesses
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Community Outreach Summary
In 2020, the Partnership began a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion outreach effort guided by Dr. Denise Rollins with The Whole Heart Center. This effort started with 9 focus groups and included a community survey conducted in July 2021, which received 295 responses. As the Partnership works to make Downtown Frederick a welcoming place for everyone, we are very encouraged by the number of people who participated in the focus groups and survey, offering honest feedback about their experiences in Downtown Frederick. The input received to date provides a road map for the Partnership, both as we take on new projects and as we continue to learn more. The results of this initial outreach effort are summarized in the document linked here. Moving forward, we look forward to hearing from and partnering with community members – both new and old to the organization. If you are interested in getting involved in these efforts, please reach out to the Partnership at email@example.com or call the office at 301.698.8118. Download 2021 DEI Community Outreach Summary
Downtown Living: Historic Charm + Modern Amenities
Tucked just off the hustle and bustle of Market Street, you’ll find this gorgeous, newly-renovated apartment building sitting in Market Space – one of the many hidden gems in Downtown Frederick. Owners Ingrid Smith and Gerardo Lapetina bought the building earlier this year and have been busy renovating and restoring what is actually one of the oldest buildings in Downtown Frederick. Now home to two completely new, luxury 1-bedroom apartments in the heart of Downtown Frederick, 20 Market Space is full of historic charm and character blended with modern convenience and aesthetics. These apartments epitomize the appeal of Downtown Frederick living – just walk out your front door and into your new neighbor, White Rabbit Gastropub, which is one of Frederick’s most popular restaurants and bars – or continue around the corner and you’re right in the middle of Market Street, with hundreds of shops, restaurants, coffee shops and craft beverage purveyors right in your front yard. The first-floor unit includes exclusive access to the private courtyard garden, with stunning views of the Evangelical Lutheran Church spires soaring overhead. It also includes a finished basement space with storage and a full laundry. The second-floor unit boasts vaulted ceilings with a […]
4th of July in Downtown Frederick
Frederick’s Fourth of July celebrations are nothing short of incredible, and Downtown Frederick is ready for your visit! Many shops, restaurants, and businesses will be open Sunday, July 4th, and Monday, July 5th, so there will be plenty to do. With FREE PARKING in all of the City’s garages and meters on both Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5… there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make a weekend of it in Downtown Frederick! Don’t see your favorite place on our list? This is only a start. Be sure to check with individual businesses for their most up-to-date hours.* For more great things to see and do in Downtown Frederick, visit downtownfrederick.org/events. Spend your 4th of July weekend with us! Business NameSunday, July 4thMonday, July 5thArt GalleriesDISTRICT ArtsGallery 322The Artists GalleryNOMA Gallery12pm-4pm12pm-5pm12pm-4pm12pm-4pmClosed***Entertainment & InformationRoads and Rails MuseumSurelocked In Escape GamesVisit Frederick12pm-5pm1pm-7:30pm9am-5:30pm10am-5pm*9am-5:30pmFood & BeverageBeans and BagelsBrewer’s AlleyFrederick Coffee Co & CafeIdiom Brewing CoNorth Market Pop ShopOlde TowneRockwell Brewery LLCSmoketown CreeksideSouth Mountain Ice Cream ShopSweeties8am-3pm11am-1am6am-6pm12pm-8pm11am-8pm11:30am-1am12pm-9pm12pm-9pm12pm-9:30pm12pm-11pm8am-1pm11am-11:30pm*Closed11am-8pm11:30-1am**Closed12pm-10pmRetailCreme de la CremeDancing Bear ToysEc’clectiblesEdgeworks Knife & SupplyEmporium AntiquesLebherz Oil & Vinegar EmporiumPeaceThe Candy KitchenTHE KITCHENETTEThe MuseThe Pasta PaletteVelvet LoungeVintage MCWheel Base, Inc.YANETH REYES LLCZebop11am-5pm10am-4pm11am-4pmClosedClosed12pm-3pmClosed12pm-5pm12pm-4pm12pm-4pmClosed11pm-4pm12pm-5pm12pm-4pmClosed12pm-5pm*10am-4pm10am-6pm10am-6pmClosed**12pm-5pm*12pm-4pm11am-5pm10am-8pm12pm-5pm*Closed11am-6pm