Downtown Frederick Ambassador Program
The Downtown Frederick Ambassador Program employs 4-6 full-time workers (depending upon the season) to monitor and clean the downtown area. Ambassadors work from 7AM-10PM five days a week (Wednesday through Sunday). The ambassador program covers more than 17 blocks of the downtown area – including Market Street, Patrick Street, Carroll Creek Linear Park and Everedy Square & Shab Row.
Ambassadors help keep Downtown Frederick a safe and beautiful destination by providing essential functions, such as actively engaging pedestrians with friendly greetings and assistance, providing directions and information to visitors, picking up trash and power washing sidewalks, removing graffiti and stickers from light poles and other public infrastructure, collecting leaves and debris from sidewalks and gutters, pulling weeds in public spaces, and so much more! Downtown Frederick Partnership contracts with Block by Block to provide this service.
Contact an Ambassador on duty
Need assistance from a Downtown Ambassador? Look for a bright green shirt on the street, or call the Downtown Frederick Ambassador line, available 7AM-10PM Wednesday through Sunday. If you would like an escort within Downtown Frederick to your car, contact the ambassador on duty to request this service.
Ambassador Work By the Numbers
Downtown Ambassadors do so much to keep our city clean and inviting. See what a positive impact their hard work has made!
Data is updated on a regular basis by Downtown Frederick Partnership. The following numbers are for the period of January-July 2023.
734 block faces weeded
1,128 trash bags filled
9,799 block faces cleaned
764 people used hospitality services
950 rolls of dog waste bags provided
The Downtown Frederick Ambassador Program is operated by Block by Block and made possible with investments from Downtown Frederick Partnership, the City of Frederick, the Ausherman Family Foundation, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Delaplaine Foundation, Keep America Beautiful, Transportation Management Services and Visit Frederick. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Hang out in Downtown Frederick at these upcoming events!
Ease into the day! Each Thursday morning before Alive @ Five, start your day with free Yoga on the Creek led by Sol Yoga. Any level of practice is welcome, even if you’ve never tried yoga before! 7-8AM every Thursday @ Carroll Creek Amphitheater
Yoga on the Creek by Sol Yoga
Info of the Week Music: N2N Food: Firestone’s & La Parada Beer: Brewer’s Alley Wine: Showroom Cocktails: McClintock Distilling Co and Tenth Ward Distilling Co 5-8PM every Thursday Alive @ Five is the outdoor happy hour that you don’t want to miss, featuring great live music, craft beverages and local food! Join us in the Carroll Creek Amphitheater every Thursday evening from 5-8PM, May 11 through September 28. Admission is $6 (cash or credit / paid at the gate) and all events are 21+ only. ID required. Drink tokens are $6 each for beer, wine and cocktails, and food is available for purchase on site. No outside beverages or coolers allowed. Free water is available inside the event. Presented by DARCARS Toyota of Frederick. About Alive @ Five Alive @ Five is a summer-long fundraiser for the Partnership that supports our work in the Downtown Frederick community all year long. These events are made possible by a wonderful team of sponsors and volunteers, and all proceeds from Alive @ Five are reinvested into the Downtown Frederick community. Learn more at downtownfrederick.org/aliveatfive. Location Alive @ Five is held in the Carroll Creek Amphitheater, which is located in Carroll Creek […]
N2N at Alive @ Five
Angels in America, Part II: Perestroika is the second installment of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning magnum opus, which has left an indelible mark on the world of theater. This compelling drama delves deeper into the lives, struggles, and triumphs of its diverse cast of characters against the backdrop of the 1980s AIDS epidemic. With unflinching honesty, the production confronts social and political issues that remain relevant even today.
Angels in America Part II: Perestroika @ Maryland Ensemble Theater
Evangelical Lutheran Church is hosting its annual book sale on Friday, September 29th (9am-7pm); Saturday, September 30th (9am-7pm); and Sunday, October 1st (9am-1pm). All proceeds go to support Operation Second Chance which serves wounded, injured & ill Veterans, and active duty Purple Heart service members.
Annual Book Sale @ Evangelical Lutheran Church
Performance artists, musicians, poets, actors — meet Frederick’s newest performance workshop and open stage: SEE WHAT STICKS at the FAC Art Center. Artists are welcome to workshop emerging projects in our space and see what sticks. Stay after the performances for a brief discussion and debrief as participating artists continue to fine-tune their work. Artists can set up at 7:00 Performances start at 8:00 ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT: Please note that there is a step to enter the first floor of the building.
See What Sticks: Open Stage
True Documented Stories of the “Paranormal” with “Maryland’s Oldest Operating Ghost Tour. Take a Remarkable Journey through Frederick’s Gruesome and Bloody Past. Nearly 300 Years of War, Executions and Revenge. Uncover Politically Savvy and Defiant Citizens, Patriots from the Revolutionary War, Beckoning Soldiers from the Civil War, and so much more! Historic Frederick – Where The Dead Come Out To Play! Visit Court House Square – the “Execution Site” of British Sympathizers, learn about their Fate, and the “Curse” that continues to Resonate. Visit the “Spiritual Playground” of Dead Children whose lives were cut short by Unmerciful Disease and Suffering. Unravel the Mystery surrounding a Mysterious Man in Black Executed in 1781 for his Loyalty to King George III. Find out the “Devilish Plan” of a “Spiteful” Owner of an 1814 Mansion and why his “Spiritual Discharge” Remains. Contemplate the Reasons why Frederick’s Famed Barbara Fritchie Continues to Guard her Home from Invading Confederate Soldiers 158 Years After her Death. Discover why Former Stage Hands, Actors, and Members of the Audience Refuse to be Removed from their Prized Seats at Frederick’s Historic Tivoli Theater. Ponder the Events taking place at a Private Residence, Now Home to Two Families – One […]
Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick @ Brewer’s Alley
An enchanting story for all ages with a wonderful dose of humor, the majesty of classical ballet, and the promise of “happily ever after.” A part of the World Ballet Series, Cinderella is performed live by a multinational cast of 40 professional ballet dancers gathered to bring the most celebrated fairy tale to life. A visually stunning production accompanied by Sergei Prokofiev’s passionate celebrated score, over 150 hand-sewn radiant costumes, richly detailed hand-crafted sets, and sparkling choreography by Marina Kesler. And don’t forget – when the clock strikes midnight…
World Ballet Series: CINDERELLA
Join us for an afternoon of spooky Hocus Pocus fun. You have 6 different designs to choose from. Please make sure to sign up before Sept. 7th to ensure you get exactly the one you have fallen in love with. These measure 21” around and are made from high quality wood. No experience necessary and very simple and easy to paint. They all will come out looking like a professional created your new home décor. All tickets include a Pint of Beer or Hard Seltzer. AGES 21+
Hocus Pocus Sign Workshop @ Rockwell Brewery East
Evangelical Lutheran Church is thrilled to host Christian Lane as part of our 2023-2024 Trunk Memorial Organ Concert Series! Mr. Lane will be performing on ELC’s Möller Organ (one of the largest pipe organs in Frederick County) starting at 3pm on Sunday, October 1st. The concert is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow.
Free Organ Concert Featuring Christian Lane @ Evangelical Lutheran Church
Join Curious Iguana in-store for a meet and greet with New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds! Come say hi to Peter, get your books signed, and pick up a copy of his newest picture book, All We Need Is Love and A Really Soft Pillow. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Free and open to the public. This is not an author talk or storytime event. About the book: A tender and timeless tale about what truly matters: LOVE — from creative visionary of The Word Collector, Happy Dreamer, and The Dot, #1 New York Times bestseller Peter H. Reynolds! PETER H. REYNOLDS is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of many books for children, including Happy Dreamer, The Word Collector, Say Something!, Be You!, and Our Table. He is also the illustrator of When Thing Aren’t Going Right, Go Left by Marc Colagiovanni. His books have been translated into over 25 languages around the globe and are celebrated worldwide. In 1996, he founded FableVision with his brother, Paul, as a social change agency to help create “stories that matter, stories that move.” He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, with his family.
Author Meet and Greet: Peter H. Reynolds @ Curious Iguana
Join our Roaring Twenties-Themed Celebration Soiree to support the Women’s Business Network of Frederick and Woman to Woman Mentoring, Inc. We will be putting on the ritz and serving up the hooch at this event intended to celebrate the accomplishments of women. Big or small, we’re celebrating them all, so dust off your glad rags, grab your friends, and make your way to our speakeasy.
Celebration Soiree @ Union Mills Public House
A free, interactive drum circle/music/movement experience hosted by Noteable Progressions Music Therapy Services every 1st Friday. Bring an instrument or pick one up from the selections offered. All ages and abilities welcome! Suggested Donation $5
Interactive Community Drum Circle @ FAC’s Sky Stage
EXHIBITION OPENINGS (3-5pm): Darla Jackson/Sculpture; Amy Browning-Dill/Paintings and sculpture; Heidi Brueckner/Oil and mixed media paintings; John Petro/Photography; Frank DuVal/Works in a variety of media. ART MATTERS ARTIST TALKS (2-3pm): Heidi Brueckner, John Petro and Amy Browning-Dill will be discussing their work in their exhibitions. CREATIVE OUTLET (3-5pm): Create a Halloween mask inspired by the Cubist art movement.
Artful Things Happening @ The Delaplaine Arts Center
It’s almost time to print the next issue of Frederick’s only artist newspaper – The Ephemeral! Join us for October First Saturday and write a short message to a friend or loved one, your favorite book quote, what you are thankful to have in Frederick, you name it (family friendly)! We will teach you how to set type and you will be able to pull your letters directly from our antique type trays. Our Ephemeral Newspaper is an artist paper that is hand set and printed on one of our Vandercook Letterpresses from the 1940s. We will print over 700 copies of the Ephemeral and distribute them to businesses throughout Frederick, and of course you will be able to come back to FBAC once they are printed and pick up a copy or two for yourself for free! We will also have demos from local artists, tours, and our shop will be open for any gifts you may want to give a booklover in your life. This is a free event!
October First Saturday @ Frederick Book Arts Center
You know what Dragons really love? Tacos of course! A boy and his dog are watching a TV show about dragons when they unexpectedly get caught up in the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ of what to serve dragons to eat. Dragons love tacos, but if they accidentally eat spicy salsa…watch out! ASL Interpretation and audio description services are available upon request. To request these services, please email Audience Services Manager, Zack Callis, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Written by Ernie Nolan Based on the book by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri With music by Chris LaPorte Directed by Lauren Johnson. MEET THE TEAM PRODUCTION TEAM Directed by Lauren Johnson* Stage Managed by Sam White* Properties by Olivia Pietanza* Costume Design by Cody Gilliam Lighting Design by Ashley Federico Sound Design by Doug Grove * Artistic Director of the FUNCompany Julie Herber* Production Manager Melynda Burdette Wintrol* Technical Direction by Cody James* *Denotes MET Ensemble Member CAST Bill Dennison* as Man in Suit Grant Scherini as Boy Maurlea Long as Dog Bryant Gutknecht as Blue Dragon Joe Waeyaert* as White Dragon/Man in Suit understudy Alex Ramos as Yellow Dragon Courtney McLaughlin* as Red Dragon/Voice of Mom Searlait Hoyt as Red and Yellow Dragon […]
Dragons Love Tacos @ Maryland Ensemble Theatre
First Saturday is a day to show your love for local! Support local businesses by shopping with an independent retailer, eating at a local restaurant, supporting local artists and exploring Downtown Frederick. Where you spend your money matters. Whether you’ve lived here for years, or you’re a first time visitor, First Saturdays are a great time to discover something new about our beautiful downtown. LOCAL SHOPPING & EVENTS Downtown businesses celebrate First Saturday with their own unique events. From in-store tastings and gallery openings, to artist and vendor exhibitions… there’s always something new to explore! Most of these events are rain or shine, so don’t let a little sprinkle stop you from all the downtown fun! Artful Things Happening @ The Delaplaine Arts Center, 9am-5pm October First Saturday @ Frederick Book Arts Center, 10am-3pm Dragons Love Tacos @ Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 10:30am-11:30am Breast Cancer Survivor Weekend- Beat the Bra off BoB @ Crash and Catharsis Rage Factory, 11am-9pm AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit @ DISTRICT Arts, 11am-6pm I Like You ELOTE! Our Mexican Street Corn Pizza @ Pretzel and Pizza Creations, 11am-10pm Adult Modern Dance Class @ The Center ∙ Sound ∙ Mind ∙ Body, 11am-12:30pm Celebrate Autumn’s Arrival with Our Fall Chocolate @ […]
October First Saturday
Our Fall Chocolate Collection is a culinary journey through autumn’s bounty. Indulge in the warmth of cinnamon spice, the sweetness of caramel apple, and the coziness of ultra delicious hot chocolate.
Celebrate Autumn’s Arrival with Our Fall Chocolate @ Zoe’s Chocolate Co.
Introducing “I like you Elote!” Our Mexican street corn inspired pizza starts out on our signature pretzel crust with a crema sauce as the base. It’s topped with corn, pickled red onions, Tajin and cotija and mozzarella cheeses.
I Like You ELOTE! Our Mexican Street Corn Pizza @ Pretzel and Pizza Creations
Express yourself through creative movement. Join Amanda of Revolution Modern Dance for a dance class custom-built for adults. She will focus on understanding our bodies, increasing our capacity for self-expression, and learning how to make movement interesting without relying on tricks, gimmicks, filters, or trends. Introductory level, perfect for beginners and retired dancers who feel like beginners.
Adult Modern Dance Class @ The Center ∙ Sound ∙ Mind ∙ Body
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET), the National AIDS Memorial, The Frederick Center, DISTRICT Arts, and Parlights, Inc. partnered together to bring 8 panels (1 12’x12′ block) of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Frederick as part of MET’s dramaturgy exhibit for Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approachs Remount & Part 2: Perestroika by award-winning Tony Kushner to provide historical context to their shows and in remembrance of the 700,000 U.S. lives lost to AIDS since the first cases were reported over 40 years ago. The quilt exhibit is free and on display at DISTRICT Arts during gallery hours. See the quilt and then head to Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) to see the shows!
AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit @ DISTRICT Arts
October 6th-8th Beat the Bra off BoB Hey there, warriors and survivors of the fiercest battle – Breast Cancer Survivors Weekend! 🌸The Journey was horrible, the after effects still are there, now is time to allow yourself to let those feelings out. Promo Code FBreastCancer23 gives Breast Cancer Survivors 25% off. Get ready to release your inner beast and let loose in the ultimate rage room extravaganza! It’s time to channel your inner Hulk, release your frustrations, and have an absolute blast while doing it. Our rage room is packed with all the tools you need to demolish stress, and what’s more. Every Room will have our infamous BOB dummies wearing a bra with balloons. Each Balloon popped Crash and Catharsis Rage factory will donate $5 to Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Dress code: Wear your favorite pink or superhero attire to show your solidarity and strength! Don’t miss out on this incredible evening of therapeutic mayhem and camaraderie! Let’s SMASH Cancer together, one swing at a time! 💖 See less
Breast Cancer Survivor Weekend- Beat the Bra off BoB @ Crash and Catharsis Rage Factory
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month each year, Centro Hispano turns Carroll Creek in downtown Frederick into a lively, colorful celebration of Hispanic art, culture and music. The festival, which takes place annually on the first Saturday of October, features live music, dancing and food from a variety of Latin American countries. It’s a great way to showcase the richness and diversity of Hispanic culture and to shine a spotlight on the contributions our Hispanic neighbors have made and continue to make to our community.
Frederick Hispanic Heritage Festival
“Point of View,” an exhibit of paintings by Jan Kaufman, features a diverse collection of artworks offering a distinct perspective on the world around us. Each brush stroke serves to reveal a fresh vantage point. The paintings range in style from realistic to impressionist to abstract, and transports viewers to far off landscapes and intimate moments in everyday life.
Point of View @ Gallery 322
Hon’s Honey is a social enterprise dedicated to giving dignity to women survivors. This Baltimore based organization produces handcrafted honey and body products made with high quality natural ingredients. Stop in to taste their new collection of flavored honey… the perfect addition to any cheese tray, and a thoughtful gift this holiday season!
Local Honey Tasting with Hon’s Honey @ Firestone’s Market
Join your friends at the Bear for a free craft on First Saturday! From 2 pm – 4 pm, make your own monster hands! We will have colorful construction paper, googly eyes, and fun supplies to help you create a fabulous monster out of a tracing of your hand.
Make Your Own Monster Hands! @ Dancing Bear Toys and Games
ART EXHIBIT & RECEPTION One night only! Come see this local art exhibit at Cowork Frederick (122 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701). All work is for sale. All sale proceeds go to the artist. Open to the public (entrance is free). Light refreshments will be served. Please show your support for local artists and musicians by stopping by.
Frederick Artists Night Featuring Lindsay Anderson @ Cowork Frederick
Join us on Saturday, October 7, from 5-7 pm for the closing party of our Lend a Hand charity art auction! Swing by to view the artwork, place your final bids, and chat with Lend a Hand founders Courtney Prahl and Whitney Dahlberg, and representatives from this year’s beneficiary, The Frederick Center! Participating artists are encouraged to come!
Lend a Hand Charity Art Auction Closing Party @ The Muse
Explore scandalous, nefarious, and unbelievable moments from Frederick’s past. Stories include bootlegging, bank robberies, and the case of Granville Smeltzer and Mary Nussbaum. *Tour starts at the Museum of Frederick County History, 24 East Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701 October 7 *7pm October 14 *7pm October 21 *7pm October 28 *7pm Reserve your spot soon! https://frederickhistory.org/programs/adults/walking-tours/ Tour Length: 90 minutes
Murder & Mayhem Walking Tour with Heritage Frederick
Set in the 1980s, the Reagan years, Prior Walter, a gay New Yorker is visited by an angel. We are reintroduced to the characters from part one of Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize winning play as they grabble with heaven and hell, love and sex and death. Both tragic and brilliantly funny, it raises the question: Who are the real angels in a disparate world? Run time: 3 hours 30 minutes with two 10-minute intermissions. This play contains mature themes, full frontal nudity and is intended for mature audiences. Written by Tony Kushner Directed by Tad Janes. We will be offering ASL Interpretation Services on Friday, October 6 by request only. Please make requests no later than Friday, September 22. To request these services please email Audience Services Manager, Zack Callis, at email@example.com. Please note, if no requests are made we will not offer an ASL Interpreted performance. Audio description services are available upon request. To request these services, please email Audience Services Manager, Zack Callis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award-Winning Play Angels in America Part 2: Perestroika Produced in Frederick @ Maryland Ensemble Theatre
With 30 years under their belt, The Comedy Pigs are the region’s longest-running improv troupe, and they’re ready for another great season. Join them on the first Friday and Saturday of every month for hilarious shows filled with a series of fun short-form improv games. No two shows are ever the same, so be sure to join them each and every month! The Pigs also have a special sketch show with all original sketches coming in January.
Laugh with the Comedy Pigs at the Next MET Comedy Night @ Maryland Ensemble Theatre
Since you’ll already be in town for First Saturday… The art galleries encourage you to stay for a special Downtown Frederick Sunday Artwalk following each First Saturday. There will be special events, art talks, live demos, and DIY projects from 12-4pm. More gallery info and an interactive walking map here: September 2nd events: All events are from 12-4pm unless otherwise noted. Quilted Art! Pop-up Market by the Clustered Spires Quilt Guild @ Delaplaine Arts Center The Clustered Spires Quilt Guild will sell their wallhangings, wearable art & accessories. Shoppers will find affordable and unique gift ideas that are handmade by local artisans! The guild was founded in 2001 and members include beginners through experts, with interests from art quilts to traditional quilts in an array of materials. Members share a love of quilts and quilt making. They sponsor seminars, exhibitions, workshops, and community service projects. Come learn about them! “Daily Life” – A Featured Artist Exhibition by Award-Winning Artist Patricia Weise @ DISTRICT Arts (11am-5pm) Patricia Weise paints in gouache and watercolor on paper and on cradled clayboard, creating intimate still lifes and interior spaces dealing with daily routine and memory. The paintings in this exhibition are […]
Join your friends at the Bear for a festive autumnal craft! This event is intended for ages 10-14. Create your choice of a bracelet, necklace, keychain, or charm using fun autumn and Halloween-themed gems and beads! Toy experts Sacha and Emelia will be there to help you create a beautiful piece with an assortment of materials to choose from. This workshop will run from 5 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, October 8, at Dancing Bear Toys and Games. (1) Ticket for this event is equal to the admission of one participant and one piece to take home. Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay and help their child craft and do not need to purchase a ticket for themselves, only their participating child/children.
Autumn Gems: Fall Workshop Series @ Dancing Bear Toys
Bear Cubs is returning for four weeks in October starting Monday, October 9! Enjoy a morning of engaging activities and wonder at Dancing Bear Toys and Games at 11 am each Monday in October starting October 9 (there will not be Bear Cubs on Monday, October 2), with new adventures each week! Activities include story times, interactive songs, baby sign language, and more. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Intended for children under the age of two.
Bear Cubs Group @ Dancing Bear
Like having a workout partner, joining others to tackle tasks you’ve been putting off makes the tasks feel less daunting. Sharing your goal(s) and knowing we’ll be checking each other’s progress creates just the right amount of peer pressure. We’ll use a proven method (work sprints, aka Pomodoro technique) to increase focus and help each other have a successful day. Join for half a day or a full day.
Cotivation Sprints @ Cowork Frederick
Dance, sing, and learn with Blippi and special guest Meekah as they discover what makes different cities unique and special. Will there be monster trucks, excavators, and garbage trucks galore? You bet! So get ready to shake those wiggles out and OJ Twist your way through this brand-new musical party! Sensory Notice: This show contains Flashing Lights, Haze (Fog), and Confetti.
BLIPPI: The Wonderful World Tour
Join Curious Iguana at C. Burr Artz Library as they welcome three phenomenal picture book creators to Frederick! They will be celebrating New York Times bestselling author Joanna Ho’s new picture book, Say My Name, and Gary Gray Jr and Oge Mora’s new picture book, I’m From. Joanna, Gary, and Oge will discuss their books, answer questions, and sign books. This is an event you don’t want to miss! This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Please email accessibility requests to email@example.com. Presented in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries. Picture books recommended for ages 4-8.
Three Phenomenal Picture Book Creators Are Coming to Frederick!
Dancing Bear Toys and Games is partnering with Frederick Social for our very first Game Night for Parents! Pop in and enjoy a night out while learning some new games from our toy experts! This event is intended for parents who would like to learn the ins and outs of various games and take that knowledge home to have a fun-filled family game night of their very own! All demonstrated games will be available for purchase at the event and are appropriate for kids ages eight and up. This event is free and open to the public.
Game Night for Parents @ Frederick Social!
72 Film Fest returns for Year 18! In this exhilarating challenge, teams are tasked with crafting a short film within a mere 72 hours. From the rush of brainstorming to the tireless days of shooting and editing, participants will navigate a multitude of movie-making obstacles. This two-day event features the world premieres on Friday, followed by an unforgettable Saturday that brings together the finalists, award winners, and an exclusive short film starring your hosts.
72 Film Fest
Yes And is the best way to catch our newest improv teams performing. Each show features two up-and-coming groups. From hilarious late-night talk show comedy to mockumentary-style improv to Bananas doing improv for the first time.
Yes And at Maryland Ensemble Theatre Comedy Night
Join your friends at the Bear as we learn how to crochet a cozy sweater for a plush pal! This event is intended for ages 10-14. Our very talented toy expert, Sophie, will teach you how to make the most fabulous fall sweater for your favorite plush friend! Bring your own plushie, or pick a new plush pal at the Bear for this cozy adventure! This workshop will run from 5 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, October 15, at Dancing Bear Toys and Games. (1) Ticket for this event is equal to the admission of one participant and one crocheted sweater to take home. A plush toy is not included in the ticket price. Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay and help their child as they craft and do not need to purchase a ticket for themselves, only their participating child/children.
Crochet a Sweater for Your Plush Pals: Fall Workshop Series @ Dancing Bear Toys
PABLO CRUISE: From 1975 to 1985 the band toured the United States, Canada and Japan extensively, welcoming fans to “Climb Aboard The Good Ship Pablo Cruise.” Reaching the top 10 with mega hits like “Whatcha Gonna Do When She Says Goodbye?” and “Love Will Find A Way,”and several other top 20’s, the band went on to sell several million albums and singles collectively and established themselves as well respected writers and performers within the industry. They appeared on numerous TV shows, including Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, The Merv Griffin Show, The Dinah Shore Hour and in 1979 they broke Elvis Presley’s attendance record at the Sahara Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, becoming the first rock band to play a casino showroom. They also became the first rock band to grace the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, but by 1985 after completing several national tours and releasing 7 studio albums in all, the band decided to take a hiatus. Today Pablo Cruise is bringing more energy and excitement to the stage than ever before and with the addition of Larry Antonino and Robbie Wyckoff, the band has never sounded better. JIM MESSINA: Few musical artists résumés list membership in […]
Oasis in the Sun Tour feat. Pablo Cruise and Jim Messina
Frederick County Public Libraries, (FCPL) is pleased to announce that popular musician and author Michelle Zauner will be the speaker for the annual Frederick Reads event to discuss her New York Times Bestselling memoir “Crying in H-Mart.” This program is a collaborative effort between FCPL, Frederick Community College, and the Weinberg Center for the Arts. Michelle Zauner is best known as a singer and guitarist who creates dreamy, shoegaze-inspired indie pop under the name Japanese Breakfast. She has won acclaim from major music outlets around the world for releases like “Psychopomp,” (2016) and “Soft Sounds from Another Planet,” (2017). Her most recent album, “Jubilee” (2021), earned two Grammy award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album. Her first book, “Crying in H-Mart,” has been described as an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. She’s currently adapting the memoir for the screen for MGM’s Orion Pictures. Zauner will make two appearances. The first, is on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 12:30 p.m. at the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater at Frederick Community College (FCC), and the second, is later that evening at 7 p.m. at the Weinberg Center for the […]
Frederick Reads Returns this Fall with Acclaimed Musician & Author Michelle Zauner
Bestselling author and popular musician Michelle Zauner will be the speaker for the annual Frederick Reads event. Join Michelle as she discusses her New York Times bestselling memoir, Crying in H Mart, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean-American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. She is currently adapting the memoir for the screen for MGM’s Orion Pictures. In this in-conversation event, Zauner shares how she connected with her mother and her heritage through food, and the profound healing that can be unlocked through stories that show communities in all their complexity.
Frederick Reads- Michelle Zauner
Join Curious Iguana at C. Burr Artz Library as they welcome Richard Chizmar to Frederick to celebrate the release of Becoming the Boogeyman, the haunting sequel to the New York Times bestselling thriller Chasing the Boogeyman. This event is presented in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event. All accessibility requests must be made at least 2 weeks prior to the event (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Author Talk and Signing with Richard Chizmar @ C. Burr Artz Library
Join us in the secret Kid’s Corner of the Heritage Garden each month for Story Time! First there will be a story, followed by garden activities. Space is limited; please reserve your spot here. If your plans change please email email@example.com. Thank you! Important TIP: To enter the secret garden, please walk to the back of the big white house and enter through the iron gates by the curved brick wall. (It’s a little adventure!!)
Storytime in the Heritage Garden @ Heritage Frederick
Join Attaboy Beer and Curious Iguana for a witchy book fair for adults! Featuring magical and spooky books, tarot decks, bookish pins, tote bags, drinks on tap, a super scary selfie station, and more! Location: Attaboy Barrel House 24 S Wisner Street, Suite 110, Frederick, MD, United States, Maryland This event is free and open to the public.
The Reader: A Witchy Book Fair for Adults @ Attaboy Barrel House
Podcasts are one of the fastest-growing modes of content creation and are a great way to develop a more personal connection with your audience. In this session we will discuss how to start a podcast, how to support your brand and reputation through your podcast, and how podcasts can become part of your overall communications strategy. Then we’ll open up the discussion: Have you ever had a podcast? Any lessons to share?
Brain Boost: How to Create a Podcast to Elevate Your Business @ Cowork Frederick
We will gather to decorate Fall + Halloween themed Sugar Cookies + Cakesicles! No prior experience is necessary! Fun for all ages! Cookies will be decorated together as a group with live video instructions with Baker + Chef Katrice Scott! You will have free time to decorate your own Cakesicles using edible decorations and supplies! Supplies include Bagged Royal Icing Colors, Sprinkle Mixes, Fondant, Edible Color Mists, Candy, Small Cookie Cutters, Fondant Molds etc. Cakesicle flavors: 1 Vanilla, White Chocolate Dipped 1 Chocolate, Black Colored Chocolate Dipped We will have Cheese + Pepperoni Pizzas and Light Refreshments available! Let’s Party!
Halloween Cakesicle and Cookie Decorating Party @ Give Rise Studio
In the mid-1980s, amid the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play. “Angels in America is a truly American epic created by one of the most gifted storytellers of our age, Tony Kushner. Kushner wrote the script for Stephen Speilberg’s autobiographical film The Fablemans and wrote the book for the most recent film version of West Side Story. Angels covers SO MUCH territory; with honesty, fantasy, impact, and a lot of humor. It is frequently mentioned in the top 10 American plays ever written, and MET is very excited and proud to be bringing this amazing piece to the Frederick stage.” – Tad Janes, Producing Artistic Director *************************************** Contains strong language and sexual themes, recommended for ages 18+
Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches @ Maryland Ensemble Theater
Thirty years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Southern rock-influenced artist continues to sell-out shows by staying relevant and true to his country music fans across the globe. His 1990 debut album, Country Club including the title track, and hits Help Me Hold On, I’m Gonna Be Somebody, and Drift Off to Dream peaked at numbers two and three on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, all of which led Tritt to win the Top New Male Artist award from Billboard and the CMA Horizon Award. The multi-faceted singer, songwriter, musician, and recording artist has won two GRAMMYs and three CMA Awards. In 2021, Tritt released a new album, Set In Stone, which marked Tritt’s first original album release in over thirteen years.
Travis Tritt 2023
Improv comedy fused with Dungeons & Dragons! Join us as we embark on an adventure of twists and turns, bizarre characters, and occasional epic failure… All with the help from YOU and the whim of an unforgiving 20-sided die!
Oh, Crit! Dungeons & Dragons Inspired Improv @ Maryland Ensemble Theater
Join Curious Iguana for an in-store signing with author Edie Hemingway as we celebrate the release of her new middle-grade novel, That Smudge of Smoke. This event is free and open to the public. About the author: Edith (Edie) Hemingway is co-author of two Civil War novels, both licensed by ScholasticBook Fairs and optioned for films. Her middle grade novel, Road to Tater Hill (DelacortePress), won a Parents’ Choice Gold Award and was listed on Bank Street College’s Best Books List and several state lists. That Smudge of Smoke (BeaLu Books), her newest MG novel is set in two timeframes and told from different points of view. An MFA graduate of Spalding University’s Naslund-Mann School of Writing, Edie taught writing for children and young adults as a member of their faculty for nine years. Formerly of Braddock Heights, she and her husband now live in a house overlooking the Great Wicomico River on the northern neck of Virginia. Visit her website at https://ediehemingway.com. About the book: That Smudge of Smoke spans the years from 1929 to 2015 in a middle grade novel about two 12-year-olds navigating crucial changes in their lives. The vital link between the characters and the time […]
Book Signing With Edie Hemingway @ Curious Iguana
Oscar Wilde’s bittersweet ghost story about an ancient British manor, the modern-American family that moves in, and the legendary ghost they displace. A comedic tale from beyond the grave where it’s hard to know who’s haunting whom! Performances at Sky Stage 59 S. Carroll St. Frederick, MD
The Canterville Ghost with Endangered Species Project @ FAC’s Sky Stage
Join your friends at the Bear for loopdedoo bracelet making! This event is intended for ages 10-14. We will be using one of our favorite products, the Loopdedoo Spinning Loom Kit! Our fabulous toy expert, Judy, will demonstrate how easy it is to create bracelets for yourself and your friends! This workshop will run from 5 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, October 22, at Dancing Bear Toys and Games. (1) Ticket for this event is equal to the admission of one participant and one loopdedoo bracelet to take home. Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay and help their child as they craft and do not need to purchase a ticket for themselves, only their participating child/children.
Make Your Own Loopdedoo Bracelet: Fall Workshop Series @ Dancing Bear
The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back! The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! is based on the #1 PBS Kids television and Emmy award-winning series. The theatrical production has delighted live audiences on stages across the country, and now returns to the Weinberg stage. Daniel Tiger and all of his friends are hopping back on board Trolley and invite you to come along on a royally-fun adventure filled with music, dancing, and wonderful surprises that will warm the hearts of preschoolers, parents, and grandparents alike.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King For A Day!
Trevor Watts is a globally recognized jazz and world music pioneer. In the 1960s, the English saxophonist permanently expanded the parameters of jazz, co-founding Spontaneous Music Ensemble and leading the equally groundbreaking Amalgam. In the early 1980s, Watts formed the first of several ensembles under the Moire Music banner, blending rhythms from Africa and Asia with jazz-steeped virtuosity, and performing on six continents. Now in its third decade, Watts’ duo with percussionist Jamie Harris distills 60 years of Watts’ immersion in diverse music traditions with ear-grabbing themes, infectious grooves, and an uplifting vibe. A rare opportunity not to be missed.
Trevor Watts and Jamie Harris
Formed in 2000 by twins Adriano and Caterina Sangineto, the Ensemble Sangineto has a deep connection to ancient music and a passion for Irish, Breton, and French traditions. With the addition of guitarist and bouzouki player Jacopo Ventura, the band skillfully blends ancient harmonies with modern rhythms, creating fresh arrangements of traditional tunes and original compositions. Their enchanting sound, combining harp, bowed psaltery, and polyphonic vocals, evokes dreamlike and joyful atmospheres.
Do you yourself tend to get yourself in situations where you lose your memory or end up in a small town or fall in love with the hot farmhand? Take a break from your Hallmark life and come enjoy a completely improvised tale. This month’s show offers a spooky twist!
A Hallmark Inspired Improv Performance @ Maryland Ensemble Theater
Explore the History of the Southern Section of Frederick City From the African-American Perspective! Join us for our 60-90 minute unique walking tour as AARCH tour guides take you on an informative exploration of local history on All Saints Street and the surrounding area. Learn about the cultural and historical importance of the neighborhood that was the center of the African American community up until the early 1960s. Tours start at the AARCH Heritage Center, 125 East All Saints St, beginning at 11 AM. Tours run from 60 to 90 minutes.
AARCH Society African American History Walking Tours
After you’ve gone trick-or-treating in Downtown Frederick, pop into Dancing Bear for their Monster Mash after-party at 12 pm! They’ll have games, Halloween music, and tons of fun! All ages are welcome. This event is free and open to the public.
Monster Mash! @ Dancing Bear Toys and Games
The 4th Annual Canines on the Creek: doggy parade and Halloween-themed costume contest!! Presented by the FSK Lions Club Dress up you and your pooch in your best Halloween get up for the opportunity to win prizes and giveaways! RAIN or SHINE Saturday, October 28 from 2-5PM at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater. The Costume Contest and Parade kick off at 3PM. There will be exhibitors, demonstrations, food, and prizes. Costume Contest Registration: $25 per dog – Dogs must be well behaved, on leash and up to date on vaccinations, at time of registration. All proceeds benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind. Donations welcome! To register, call Gary Bennett at 301-606-3012 or email a complete Canines on the Creek Registration 2023 form to firstname.lastname@example.org Pay online via Square or mail a check to: FSK Lions Club ATTN: Canines on the Creek PO Box 3932 Frederick, MD, 21705 Judging Categories: Best small breed costume (under 25lbs) Best medium breed costume (25-50lbs) Best large breed costume (over 50lbs) Learn more at fsklions.org/canines.
Canines on the Creek: Doggy Parade & Costume Contest
Join the African American Resources Cultural and Heritage (AARCH) Society and Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Western Maryland Chapter for a very special night of celebration. We are honoring our past by supporting the creation of the AARCH Society’s Heritage Center, the very first museum dedicated to elevating the history, rich heritage, culture, and contributions of African Americans in Frederick County – past and present. We are investing in our future by supporting the Jack and Jill of America Foundation’s Historically Black College or University (HBCU) College Gap Fund, which provides financial assistance to seniors at HBCUs in our area and beyond to help them complete their college education.
AARCH Society 2023 Unity Ball
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band began as a widely popular, yet unsigned act in the ‘70s. Then Cafferty’s musical score for Eddie and The Cruisers earned international recognition. A Columbia Records contract followed, as did countless sales and awards for On The Dark Side, Tough All Over, and more. John Cafferty’s solo track Hearts on Fire was featured in the film Rocky IV and he received his second double Platinum soundtrack award. Over the years John has placed 35 songs in major motion pictures. In 2012 they were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame. Kick back as the East Coast rock ‘n’ rollers bring back their memorable music hits and famous film scores.
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
Join Curious Iguana at C. Burr Artz Library as we celebrate local author Kate Albus’ new middle-grade novel, Nothing Else But Miracles. Kate will talk about her hopeful World War II novel, answer questions, and sign books. This event is presented in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event. About the book: Based on a very real place in old New York and steeped in the history of World War II, Nothing Else but Miracles is a warm and inviting story of resilience, the tight-knit community of the Lower East Side, and the miracles that await in unexpected places. About the author: Kate Albus is the award-winning author of A Place to Hang the Moon, a JLG Gold Standard Selection, a Kids Indie Pick, an ALSC Notable Children’s Book, a CCBC Choice book, and an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Winner. She grew up in New York and now lives with her family in rural Maryland, where an already-dangerous pile of reading material on her nightstand grows daily. Visit her at KateAlbus.com. Twitter: @katealbus, @holidayhousebks.
Author Event: Kate Albus @ Curious Iguana
Join your friends at the Bear to learn how to draw spooky characters! This event is intended for ages 10-14. This workshop is perfect for our friends who want to learn drawing techniques and perfect their skills! Our talented toy expert, Emerson, will guide and teach you how to draw some of their favorite spooky characters. Then, you will have time to practice and sketch some of your own before creating a boo-tiful final product! This workshop will run from 5 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, October 29, at Dancing Bear Toys and Games. (1) Ticket for this event is equal to the admission of one participant and their creation to take home. Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay and help their child as they craft and do not need to purchase a ticket for themselves, only their participating child/children.
How to Draw Spooky Friends: Fall Workshop Series @ Dancing Bear
Save the date! The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area’s Year-in-Review will be Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30 PM at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. Join bestselling author Clint Smith as he considers “The Power of Milestone Anniversaries: Celebrating and Reckoning.” The fireside chat-style presentation will take place on the 159th anniversary of Emancipation in Maryland, as Frederick County’s 275th anniversary year draws to a close and looks ahead to the nation’s 250th anniversary. Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of the bestselling books, “How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America,” which was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and a 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner for Nonfiction, and the NYT bestselling poetry collection “Above Ground,” 2023. Smith is also the author of the award-winning poetry book, “Counting Descent,” 2017. His work challenges us to listen to the legacies and memories that “remain in the marrow of our bones,” that travel through time and generations. Moderating the discussion will be Chris Haley, Maryland State Archives Director of the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland. A supporter of public history, Dr. Smith […]
Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Year-in-Review
First Saturday is a day to show your love for local! Support local businesses by shopping with an independent retailer, eating at a local restaurant, supporting local artists and exploring Downtown Frederick. Where you spend your money matters. Whether you’ve lived here for years, or you’re a first time visitor, First Saturdays are a great time to discover something new about our beautiful downtown. LOCAL SHOPPING & EVENTS Downtown businesses celebrate First Saturday with their own unique events. From in-store tastings and gallery openings, to artist and vendor exhibitions… there’s always something new to explore! Check back as the date gets closer for a list of specific activities, or visit downtownfrederick.org/upcoming-events/events/ to see what’s happening today. LIVE MUSICIANS Every First Saturday, the streets are filled with live music and entertainment. Here’s a list of this month’s musicians and other entertainment: SPENDING THE NIGHT? The downtown art galleries have a treat for you! On the Sunday following First Saturdays, do the Sunday Artwalk to see live art demos, participate in community art, learn about specific techniques and materials, and much more. Check out the Sunday Artwalk event! PARKING & TRAVEL Access travel and parking information for Downtown Frederick at www.parkfrederick.org and […]
November First Saturday
Observe the opportunity for children to launch their very own startup business! Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace. We will host up to 100 businesses at the 3rd annual event in Downtown Frederick, MD on Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 12:00-3:00 pm. We will be setting up along Carroll Creek, across from the C. Burr Artz Library located at 110 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701.
Acton Children’s Business Fair
Join Sass Magazine for a Holiday Market at Union Mills Public House! We’ll be celebrating our newest issue while mixing and mingling with other smart and savvy people! You’ll get a chance to meet the ladies who bring you Sass Magazine, win door prizes, shop some awesome vendors, check out our merch table, and more! This is our HOLIDAY Issue GNO, which means it’s a holiday event! We will have incredible local vendors and makers for your to shop from. Don’t miss it! Light fare included. Cash bar. Let’s celebrate together!
Sass Magazine Holiday Market @ Union Mills Public House
Ring in the holiday season at this benefit featuring vendors, crafters, baked goods, a silent auction, white elephant items, and Calvary’s famous homemade cheese balls. Enjoy live music, lunch and more. More information at calvaryumc.org or call 301-662-1464.
Holiday Bazaar at Calvary United Methodist Church
Concerned about the impacts of climate change on Frederick but unsure what to do about it? Join us for our November Brain Boost to learn about what we can do here in Frederick to mitigate the effects of climate change! Climate change is a global crisis. and our changing climate will affect everyone and everything, everywhere, which means everyone, everything and everywhere has to be part of the solution. We will start with a 30-40 minute talk from our speaker, then open up the floor to hear from members of the audience.