February First Saturday – Fire in Ice
First Saturday is a day to show your love for local! Where you spend your money matters.
Each February First Saturday, Downtown Frederick is transformed into a winter wonderland! This year, visitors can explore more than 120 unique ice sculptures, which will be on display all over downtown from 11am-9pm.
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.
This year, enjoy our FREE SHUTTLES, featuring three shuttle locations around town!
February First Saturday is presented by Music & Arts. Thank you for supporting local!
Friday, February 3 (6-9PM)
Live Ice Carving Demonstration | 6-9PM at Everedy Square & Shab Row (20 N East St)
Ice Games Center | 6-9PM at 331 N Market St | featuring life-sized versions of your favorite games made out of ice (plus cornhole boards, a putting green, giant checkers and more) with a marshmallow roasting station on the side
Polar Lounge | 6-9PM at 15 E 6th St | take photos in a literal “ice lounge,” featuring life-sized furniture made of ice set next to a roaring fire tower, plus an interactive ice grafitti wall, games and raffle prizes, and three different ice luges
Pyrophoric Fire Performances | 7 & 8PM (two 30-minute performances) at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater
Saturday, February 4 (11AM-9PM)
Ice Walk / Ice Sculptures | 11AM-9PM | sculptures are placed throughout Downtown Frederick (see map for all locations)
Ice Games Center | 11AM-9PM at 331 N Market St | featuring life-sized versions of your favorite games made out of ice (plus cornhole boards, a putting green, giant checkers and more) with a marshmallow roasting station on the side and music by DJ Genius from 2-6PM
Polar Lounge | 11AM-9PM at 15 E 6th St | take photos in a literal “ice lounge,” featuring life-sized furniture made of ice set next to a roaring fire tower, plus an interactive ice grafitti wall, games and raffle prizes, and three different ice luges
Food Truck Court | 11AM-7PM at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater
Food Trucks at Shuttle Stops | 11AM-7PM at the NYMEO Field at Harry Grove Stadium & Frederick County Fairgrounds shuttle stops
Ice Sculpture Scavenger Hunt | 12-6PM at 5 N Market St
To get here, take advantage of the free shuttle. The shuttle runs on Saturday every 15 minutes from 11AM-10PM and has three convenient stops throughout downtown. Did we mention that it’s completely free? Just hop on and ride!
Thomas Johnson High School Stop, 1501 N Market St, drop offs at The Polar Lounge, 15 E 6th St
The Frederick Fairgrounds Stop, Parking Lots B & C (861 Highland St), drops off at Everedy Square, 20 N East St
NYMEO Field at Harry Grove Stadium Stop, 21 Stadium Dr, drops off at The Frederick County Visitor’s Center, 151 S East St
TRAFFIC FLOW CHANGES
To keep everyone safe and traffic moving, NO TURNS will be permitted at the Patrick & Market St or Market & Church St intersections from 11AM-7PM on Saturday, February 4.
The Carroll Creek Garage will also have traffic flow changes:
❗️Patrick St will be ENTRANCE only
❗️Carroll Creek Way will be EXIT only
❗️Maxwell Ave will be reversed for exiting garage traffic only
All intersections will be staffed by Police & professional flaggers. Drivers should expect some delays if traveling through downtown on Saturday February 4.
Transit Services of Frederick County 51 Connector will detour on East Street.🚌 All downtown garages will have a $10 flat-rate fee from 11AM-9PM. For details and an interactive map visit: downtownfrederick.org/february-first-saturday
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 our events calendar to see what’s happening today.
Artful Things Happening @ The Delaplaine, 9am-5pm
Fire and Ice Open House @ FBAC, 10am-2:30pm
Candlemas Festival @ All Saints Episcopal Church, 10am-6pm
Self Care @ Peace, 10am-8pm
Win your very own FLIKR Fire @ Ec’clectibles, 10am-9pm
Hot & Ready Special with 100% Certified Gluten-Free Food @ Sanctuary: Modern Kitchen, 11am-5pm
Raku Firing on the Creek @ Carroll Creek, 11am-5pm
Fusti Tap: Plum White Balsamic @ Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium, 11am-7pm
Come Witness the Rise of the Snallygaster @ South Mountain Creamery Ice Cream Shop, 11am-9pm
The Key to Happiness @ The Agency, 11am-9pm
REAL Good Time @ Allwein Team at Real Brokerage, 11am-9pm
Makers Mark at the Shed @ Thacher & Rye, 11am-9pm
Fire, Ice & Oysters @ Brewer’s Alley, 11am-1am
Spa Meet & Greet @ Structures Salon & Spa, 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm
Valentine Maker’s Market @ Idiom Brewing Co., 12pm-4pm
Write your “Love Story” Wine Tasting @ Frederick Basket Company, 12pm-4pm
Fire In Ice @ COAST Designs, 12pm-5pm
Hot & Chilled Tastings @ TONIQ, 12pm-5pm
The Boutique Experience @ Frederick MADE, 12pm-6pm
Price Melting Specials @ Bailey’s Treasures, 12pm-6pm
Ice Sculpture Scavenger Hunt @ Surelocked In Escape Games, 12pm-6pm
Winter Whiskey Market @ McClintock Distilling Co., 12pm-8pm
LARGER Than Life @ Gallery 322, 12pm-9pm
Together We Rise @ Eastside Artists’ Gallery, 1pm-7pm
Prosecco and Flying Dog Beer Luge @ District East, 1pm-7pm
African Americans of Excellence @ Gaslight Gallery, 1pm-8pm
Blank Space Campfire Party @ Showroom, 1pm-9pm
The story of Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Thomas Augusta M.D @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 2pm-3pm
Painting with Watercolor Ice Cubes @ Dancing Bear Toys, 2pm-4pm
Artist Demo and opening reception with Lauren Muse @ The Muse, 2pm-4pm
Fire & Ice Cream @ Hoffman Brothers Ice Cream, 2pm-8pm
S’mores/Hot Chocolate & Ice Sculpture @ United Steam Fire Engine Co #3, 2:30pm-9pm
Fire in Ice Absinthe Tasting @ Tenth Ward Distilling Co., 3pm-6pm
Frederick Artist’s Night featuring Rebecca Hargreaves @ Cowork Frederick, 4pm-8pm
Double Track Margarita Ice Luge @ La Paz Mexican Restaurant, 4pm-8:30pm
Opening Reception: Sharon Fishel and special Fire in Ice performance art by MAD dance company @ Y Arts Center, 5pm-7pm
Reflections: Associates Exhibit @ TAG, 5pm-8pm
First Saturday Funnies @ FAC Arts Center, 7:30pm-9pm
The Comedy Pigs @ Maryland Ensemble Theater, 8:30pm-9:30pm
LIVE MUSIC! Fire & Ice with Ted Garber @ Agave 137, 9pm-12am
FIRST SATURDAY DINING GUIDE
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, we’ve broken out a few popular dining categories to make group dining easier to navigate.Fire in Ice Dining Guide 2023
Text FIREINICE to 888777 to sign up for text alerts and receive important updates during the event.
PARKING & TRAVEL
Parking in all five public parking garages will be a $10 flat rate for all day parking from 11am-9pm.
Public Restrooms can be found in the Church Street (17 E Church St) and Carroll Creek (44 E Patrick St) Public Parking Garages. Restrooms are open daily from 9AM-10PM and cleaned regularly by the City of Frederick following all relevant guidelines.
Staying the whole weekend? TownePlace Suites by Marriott Frederick offers a special package rate of $79/room/night and welcomes guests with a warm and rich complimentary hot chocolate bar in the lobby and gift bag full of items just for Fire in Ice. Book your room for Fire in Ice today!