Historic District Guides
Thank you for calling Downtown Frederick home! By choosing to live here, you are a key part of keeping our city’s historic buildings great.
Whether you’re a home owner, renter, business owner or simply someone who loves Downtown Frederick, you understand that this city’s wealth of historic buildings is what sets our community apart. To help answer some of the most common questions about the historic district, the City of Frederick Historic Preservation Commission and Downtown Frederick Partnership have created a series of general guides for residents, merchants and contractors who live and work here.
While these guides tackle many of the basics, we know that each project is unique. If you ever have questions, the City of Frederick Planning staff is always happy to help! The City strives to safeguard its historical and cultural heritage through the preservation of historic sites, structures and districts. We are thankful for the participation of the community in helping us preserve and protect our historic city.
Before starting your next project, take a few minutes to review the Frederick Town Historic District Design Guidelines. Visit bit.ly/freddesign for the complete guidelines, or contact us for more information.
PHONE: 301.600.1499 EMAIL: email@example.com
- Download Downtown Frederick Residents Historic District Guide
- Download Downtown Frederick Contractors Historic District Guide
- Download Downtown Frederick Merchants Historic District Guide
Neighborhood Advisory Council
The Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) is a forum for residents to become involved in identifying and recommending positive changes to improve their neighborhoods by enhancing communications with elected officials. It is the goal of the elected officials to work with residents to understand and address the issues that impact the quality of life in neighborhoods.
- Downtown Frederick residents are represented by NAC 11
- NAC 11 meets the third Tuesday of each month
- For more info contact Gayon Sampson at 301.600.2513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frederick Tree Guide
Looking to plant a tree in Downtown Frederick? The City of Frederick has created a Tree Guide to help you choose your trees, walk you through the planting process and give you tips on how to care for your trees. If you have any further questions, please email them to email@example.com.
Downtown Resident Parking
With a valid residential permit you can park along your street, any day of the week, without further charge for up to 48 hours. However, you must still adhere to the restrictions for sweeping and trash pickup night, as posted for each street. There are two types of Residential Parking Permits: Metered and Non-Metered.
Residential Metered Parking Permits allow you to park along eligible streets (listed on parkfrederick.org). Non-Metered permits allow you to park along only those streets that are not controlled by parking meters. If there are meters on your block, you may apply for either type of permit. Learn more about parking in Downtown Frederick at parkfrederick.org.
Residential Trash Pick-up
All residential trash throughout the City of Frederick is collected through either automated (mechanical arm) or rear load (manual) trash collection.
- If your area is serviced by Rear Load Trash Collection, no special arrangements are necessary. Simply set your trash out to be collected once per week. Trash should be set out after 5pm and before 12 midnight on the evening preceding your collection day. To determine your collection day click here.
- For Automated Trash Collection, City issued trash carts only are accepted. Place carts as close as possible to the public street with metal bar facing toward the street so that the lid opens toward the street. Place no closer than three feet from any obstruction.
Collections are suspended on all holidays the City observes. If your collection day coincides with one of these holidays please put your trash out for collection on the next business day. Each residence may set out up to 180 gallons of refuse per collection, both trash cans and trash bags may be used. For more information about residential trash pick-up, contact the City Sanitation Department at 301.600.1377.
Celebrate Frederick is a private, non-profit corporation working in partnership with the City of Frederick. Its mission: “to plan and implement special events and activities to offer the community a shared cultural experience.” Eleven events are conducted each year over 29 individual dates by well over 400 volunteers who serve on event planning committees or assist the day of the events. The organization is supported by the City of Frederick Office of Special Events’ staff. The events serve to enhance the quality of life experienced in the City of Frederick and have become an integral part of the community. Most of the events conducted by Celebrate Frederick are free to the public. Those that charge admission, like the Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour and Candlelight House Tour, donate funds to a beautification project in the City of Frederick. Annual events include: Garden Tour Summer Concert Series Summerfest Family Theatre Frederick’s 4th Frederick Wine Festival In the Street The Holidays
121 N Bentz St
The Bernard W. Brown Community Center was built as part of the Hope VI project in 2007. The Community center offers event and conference spaces for rent and is home to the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick Development Office, United Way of Frederick County and YMCA Head Start.
629 N Market St
Bernard W. Brown Community Center
About the Frederick Arts Council The Frederick Arts Council is Frederick County’s umbrella arts organization, a resource and advocate for all local artists, creatives, and culturally-minded community members. FAC gives grants to individuals and organizations, provides programming, and serves as a liaison for the arts with all levels of government. FAC Art Center The FAC Art Center is a newly renovated, converted church building at 5 E 2nd St in Downtown Frederick. This historic building not only houses resident organizations, public art projects, exhibitions, and offices, but also serves as an affordable venue for our member artists and organizations to hold events, exhibitions, and performances. The FAC Arts Center is a cultural hub and anchor point for the arts in Frederick County. The FAC Art Center functions as a place for the community to engage in public art both inside and outside the building and complements the gallery program at 11 W Patrick St. About the Building The first floor includes the FAC Shop, information about FAC members, and resident organizations such as Endangered Species (theatre) Project. The first floor also features rotating exhibitions in partnership with local artists and arts organizations. FAC’s second floor gallery houses rotating exhibitions, […]
5 E 2nd St
FAC Art Center
Cowork Frederick is a collaborative working environment for independents, freelancers, entrepreneurs, telecommuters and others interested in the synergy that comes from working with other talented people in the same space. It’s a place you can go to escape the isolation of working at home, to get away from distractions at the office, where you can work all day without glares from cafe patrons looking for a place to sit.
122 E Patrick St
We provide free intentional and inclusive peer-led recovery and wellness services. By creating an accepting, supportive community we educate and empower people to heal, reconnect, and find their own way forward. We strive to passionately serve any adult who is seeking to recover from significant life challenges, mental health issues or substance use disorder.
22 S. Market St
On Our Own of Frederick County
We’re here to help the Frederick County community learn and grow. Check out our free events, discussions, research tools, books, movies and more. Services available at this location: Booksale Business Resource Center Dragon Bags Fax Services Farm City: Crossroads of Knowledge and Discovery Grantseeker’s Resource Center Maryland Room Meeting Rooms Passport Services STEM Lab Study Rooms Wireless Internet Wireless Printing
110 E Patrick St
C. Burr Artz Public Library
The Federated Charities Corporation of Frederick was established in 1911 to help support a growing number of charitable organizations who were providing services in Frederick County. More than 100 years later, our nonprofit center is a capacity builder for local nonprofits where we offer bricks and mortar commercial space, 1:1 and small group coaching, a learning lab for professional development of staff, board members and volunteers as well as advocacy work on behalf of the nonprofit sector. Our fully renovated building consists of two connected 19th century structures and houses as many as 15 charitable organizations at any given time. Our tenant-partners provide a diversity of support to our community in the fields of mental health care, legal assistance, and workforce development services in addition to sharing a love of Frederick’s historic downtown. By offering below-market rents, our nonprofit tenants are able to better leverage their own financial resources, grow, and frequently move on to a larger, dedicated location of their own. Our building is not rented exclusively to nonprofits and is also a perfect opportunity for traditional businesses to make their mark in the heart of downtown Frederick. Our meeting and conference spaces are open to the public by reservation and our green space is […]
22 S Market St
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Visit Downtown Frederick this Memorial Day!
This Memorial Day, make your way downtown to visit our many popular retailers and cool restaurants. With FREE PARKING in all of the City’s garages and meters on Monday, May 29, 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. Business NameMonday, May 29Entertainment & InformationNational Museum of Civil War Medicine Pedego FrederickUNESCO Body & Mind WellnessVisit Frederick10am-5pm10am-5pm2pm-6pm9am-5pmFood & BeverageAgave 137Beans and Bagels Brewer’s AlleyBushwaller’s GastropubFirestone’s MarketFrederick Coffee Co. & CafeFrederick Fudge & Ice CreamFrederick SocialIdiomNorth Market Pop Shop Pretzel & Pizza CreationsSabor de CubaShowroomStarbucksSweetiesUp on Market11am-12am8am-1pm11am-11:30pm11:30am-2am10am-4pm6am-6pm12pm-8pm12pm-9pm12pm-10-pm12pm-8pm11am-9pm11:30am-8pm8am-9pm6am-7pm12pm-9pm10am-10pmRetailAlicia LAtomic 97Augusta RoseBrick and Mortar MercantileC&C Rage FactoryCurious IguanaDancing Bear ToysEc’clectiblesEmbark Skate ShopEmporium AntiquesGreat Stuff By Paul Lebherz Oil & Vinegar EmporiumLou Lou BoutiqueMolly’s MeanderingsNorth Market Pop ShopRelish DecorRetro MetroShab Row Tea EmporiumSky’s the LimitTake RootThe KitchenetteThe MuseThe Pasta PaletteThe Trail HouseTreaty General StoreVintage MC11am-4pm10am-10pm11am-5pm11am-6pm12pm-7pm10am-6pm10am-6pm10am-4pm11am-7pm11am-6pm10am-6pm11am-3pm10am-6pm10:30am-6pm12pm-8pm10am-6pm11am-6pm10:30am-6pm10am-6pm11am-6pm11am-4pm11am-4pm11am-5pm10am-4pm10am-6pm11am-6pm
Downtown Frederick’s Top 5, April 28-30
It’s going to be a busy, busy weekend downtown, as we get to work to make our town shine, and have fabulous events as the cherry on our sundae. As a special additional event for this week’s Top 5, this Saturday is the Partnership’s Bring a Broom Saturday, an annual affair where hundreds, and we mean hundreds of folks volunteer to weed, mulch, sweep and make Downtown Frederick sparkle. There’s still time to volunteer, either as a group or solo artist, but don’t delay. We can always use extra hands, and of course, we’ll feed you lunch after you’ve mulched your little heart out. After all of that mulching, you’ll be ready for fun, and boy oh boy are we going to deliver! Get those thrifting skills ready to go at Olde Mother, prepare for a Battle of the Bands at the Amphitheater, and start thinking…PUPPIES! A Puppy Hour adoption event at The Shed at Thacher & Rye and a benefit concert for our furry friends will have the canines well cared for this Sunday. Plus, if you’re interested in letterpress printing at all, a very special and notable letterpress artist from Switzerland, Dafi Kühne, will be joining the folks […]
Downtown Frederick’s Top 5, November 11-13
We’re all about a fun time in Downtown Frederick, with so many interesting things happening! Whether you’re looking for music, dancing or live theater, or even getting your own creative juices flowing with writer’s or printmaking workshops, there’s always lots to do. Treat yourself to a good time before the holiday season hits and come downtown for some fun. Be sure to stop by one of our excellent boutiques for a little pre-holiday shopping and one of our fantastic restaurants for a bite to eat while you’re here. We can’t wait to see you downtown this weekend! The Guess Who @ The Weinberg Center for the Arts Friday, November 11, 7:30pm-9:30pm, $49 20 W Patrick St The Guess Who is a group that’s connected with the masses throughout an exultant hit parade including “These Eyes,” “Clap For the Wolfman,” “Hand Me Down World,” “No Time,” “Star Baby” and “Share the Land.” Add in fellow classics and double sided singles like the rock anthem “American Woman” and “No Sugar Tonight,” plus “Laughing” and “Undun,” and the Canadian-bred stateside conquerors are amongst music’s most indelible treasures who are eternally etched into the very fabric of pop culture history. Founding member and original […]
Downtown Frederick’s Top 5, October 28-30
Wow! Talk about a good time, this weekend is going to be an absolute blast in Downtown Frederick! First, you’ll want to grab the kiddos, pop them into their costumes, then visit downtown for trick or treating at more than 60 walkable locations from 10am-12pm. Grab some lunch, then venture over to the brand new Hoffman Brothers Ice Cream to join them for their grand opening. Of course, there’s always lots to do before you head over to the amphitheater to take in our free family movie night under the stars featuring Coco! Once you and the kids have had your family fun on Saturday, come back and visit the North End for an amazing Beer & Cheese Tasting at Olde Mother Brewing Co. before heading over to Gravel & Grind for a special author’s afternoon featuring winners of the Washington Writers’ Publishing House’s 2022 Poetry and Fiction contest. No matter your age, there’s something fun for everyone this weekend in Downtown Frederick. We can’t wait to see you downtown! Halloween in Downtown Frederick Saturday, October 29, 10am-12pm Downtown Frederick Don’t miss all the Halloween in Downtown Frederick fun! There’s so much to see and do for Halloween in downtown […]
Downtown Frederick’s Top 5 August 12-14
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…Frederick Summer Restaurant Week! And not only that, there’s also phenomenal live music, a fancy-ish beer and beast dinner, and even a combo of the two with BBQ, Blues, and Brews. If you’re feeling hungry or like you need to get your groove on, Downtown Frederick is waiting for you! Frederick Restaurant Week Downtown Frederick, August 8-14 This year’s Frederick Restaurant Week features unique and fine dining options available in Downtown Frederick. Participating restaurants offer diners multi-course meals at tasty prices. Visit an old favorite or try something new; Downtown Frederick is full of delicious dining options! Make your reservations at these popular spots today! For a complete listing of Downtown Frederick Restaurants participating, click here. JJ Grey and Mofro @ Weinberg Center for the Arts Friday, August 12, 8pm-10pm, $35 30 W Patrick St From the days of playing greasy local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is something startling and immediate, at times a funk rave-up, other times sort of a mass-absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and […]
Downtown Frederick’s Top 5 August 5-7
This weekend is August First Saturday in Downtown Frederick, and boy oh boy is there a lot to do! From a colorful and lively festival celebrating the culture of Indonesia to a cocktail-fortified pig roast, downtown will be hopping! You can attend the MET’s Inebriated History special performances (21 and older please) hit up the Soul Street Market for their last market of the summer, and even willingly get brain freeze at the Brain Freeze Ice Cream Social, at The Potter’s Guild of Frederick. Take the kiddos not only to enjoy south Mountain Creamery ice cream, but you’ll take home a one of a kind ice cream bowl too! We can’t wait to see you downtown this weekend! Colorful Indonesia Festival presented by AACF Saturday, August 6, 1pm-7pm, Free Admission Carroll Creek Linear Park Asian American Center of Frederick is hosting the Colorful Indonesia Festival event on Saturday August 6th between 1pm to 7pm. Join us on the Creek as we celebrate at our Colorful Indonesia Festival! There will be performances by acts such as Banjar Bali USA (Balinese Dance), GiGi Dance Company (Archipelago Dance, East to West Indonesia), House of Angklung, (Bamboo Instrument Musicians) and more. Culinary experiences will be brought […]
Ice Cream in Downtown Frederick
Did you hear the scoop? Downtown Frederick is the place to be to for cool treats! With summer heating up, you’ll want to cool down with a cone, sundae, or shake from one of our fantastic scoop shops. Treat yo’ self and be sure to check out one of our local businesses scooping the very best ice cream treats around town! Frederick Fudge and Ice Cream Co. 253 E Church St All of your waffle cone dreams will come true at this sweet shop located in Everedy Square & Shab Row. Whether you’re going big or small, the ice cream here will delight the entire family! Summer Hours Monday-Thursday: 12pm-9pmFriday: 12pm-10pmSaturday: 11:30am-10pmSunday: 11:30am-9pm North Market Pop Shop 241 N Market St The North Market Pop Shop offers locally sourced, fresh from the farm, super premium Trickling Springs Creamery ice cream from Chambersburg, PA. They even have vegan and lactose-free frozen delights for those looking for non-traditional options. Want to get your float on? Pair any ice cream with any soda for the ice cream float of your dreams! Summer Hours: Sunday-Monday: 12:30pm-8:30pmTuesday-Thursday: 12pm-9pmFriday-Saturday: 12pm-10pm Pretzel and Pizza Creations 210 N Market St Looking for a scoop or a shake? Maybe something […]
Downtown Frederick’s Top 5 July 8-10
Summer is for strolling, and you’ll want to stroll around Downtown Frederick this weekend to see all that there is to offer, from our great shops to fabulous food to activities for the whole family! Whether you’ve got the courage for an open mic night, feel like some serious jamming, want to get those feet moving, take in stunning artwork, or even take the little ones for for story time, Downtown Frederick is where it’s happening! Open Mic Night hosted by FAME @ FAC’s Sky Stage Friday, July 8, 7pm-9pm, Free Admission 59 S Carroll St FAME (Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprise) hosts an open mic night every 2nd Friday from May-October, 7-9pm. Come to listen, play, or both! Whether you are a pro or a novice, this is a welcoming environment for you collaborate, build your skills, and get to know other local artists. Free to enter. Please sign up with FAME prior to the event to participate as a performer (you don’t have to sign up to watch). Donations appreciated. All-ages, beer/wine may be available for purchase w/ID. Sign up information on FAME’s page here. Salsa Calena Master Class with Brando Perez and Viviana Vargas @ Bernard W. Brown Community Center Saturday, July 9, […]
Downtown Frederick’s Top 5 July 1-3
With Independence Day just around the corner, you know that Downtown Frederick will be hopping this weekend! From Summer Daze with all the games, including cornhole, four square and hopscotch to a world cultures festival and family ice cream social. We’ve even got a historic civil war walking tour and a concert certain to get you movin’ and groovin’. We’ll see you Downtown!! Around the World Cultural Festival Saturday, July 1, 1pm-7pm, Free Admission Carroll Creek Amphitheater The Asian American Center of Frederick is hosting the “Around The World Tour” event! Come dressed in your heritage outfit to represent your culture and have your name written in different languages. There will be live performances, music, dance, arts and crafts, retail, food, interactive activities and more! Join us for a lovely day filled with culture and entertainment by the creek in Downtown Frederick! This event is free, but RSVP here for reminders and updates! If you would like to participate or volunteer, please contact today at firstname.lastname@example.org This event is part of AACF’s new program – “Carroll Creek Culture Series” which is launched in conjunction with the Downtown Frederick Partnership’s First Saturday celebrations. The culture series presents 5 thematic events from May to September. It is […]
Celebrating Black History Month in Downtown Frederick
Celebrate Black History Month in Downtown Frederick! Downtown Frederick is a vibrant, welcoming community that is fortunate to be home to diverse business owners, employees and residents from all over the world. As we head into Black History Month, seek out activities and organizations that celebrate Black history and culture, make an intentional effort to support Black-owned businesses, and engage with history in new and exciting ways. Have something more to add to this post? Email us at email@example.com. Black-Owned Businesses Shop the Directory Support local this month by shopping with these Black-Owned Businesses in Downtown Frederick. Want to find more minority-owned businesses? See our full directory here. This is just a start. For businesses throughout Frederick County, visit discoverfrederickmd.com. African American Sites Walking Tour Take the Tour Take in more than two centuries of African American heritage in our area with Visit Frederick’s African American Sites Walking Tour. This tour takes you to 15 locations throughout Downtown Frederick, from All Saints Street to the Laboring Sons Memorial Ground. Find more information about Black History and Culture in Frederick County at visitfrederick.org. Downtown Events Celebrating Black History & Culture Many downtown businesses and organizations are celebrating Black History Month with their own […]
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 […]
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 […]
Juneteenth in Downtown Frederick
Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating June 19, 1865, when those enslaved in Galveston, Texas were informed that they were free – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Join the Juneteenth celebrations throughout Downtown Frederick to remember the resilience of these ancestors who fought for freedom, and fellowship with those who continue the fight. Juneteenth Freedomfest 12-7:30 PM – Saturday, June 19 Mullinix Park (16 S Bentz St) Join us for a day of celebration and remembrance of the resilience of our ancestors as the fight continues for our liberation and freedom. Live Music, Speakers, Vendors, Food Trucks, Children Activities & African American History Tours. More Info Juneteenth Walking Tour 2-4 PM – Saturday, June 19 Heritage Frederick (24 E Church St) Join us as we highlight the achievements of African Americans throughout Frederick’s history. Additionally, we will be open for anyone to tell their stories to our curator to be recorded. More Info Juneteenth Freedom Day 7-9 PM – Saturday, June 19 Sky Stage (59 S Carroll St) A Freedom Day celebration featuring black artists with music by J-Fuze, Stitch Early & ATK, plus cultural dance, local poets & film! More Info
Alive @ Five is Back!
Alive @ Five is back!! Starting July 1 through September 30, find us at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater every Thursday from 5-8pm. We’ll have 14 weeks of live music, cold beer, good food, great wine and sunshine. $5 Cover // 21+ Only // Beer & Wine // Local FoodJULY 1 — SEPTEMBER 30 Visit Alive @ Five Website See the Lineup Alive @ Five features a different band every week! Check out this year’s lineup at downtownfrederick.org/aliveatfive. Volunteer The Partnership relies on 45 volunteers a week to make Alive @ Five happen. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and be part of the community… plus, you get free admission! Sign up at bity.ly/aliveatfivevolunteer2021. Join the Party Alive @ Five is the Partnership’s largest fundraiser, supporting our work in the Downtown Frederick community all year long. Interested in sponsoring the event or becoming a food / beverage vendor? Email us for more information.
Feel Good Fridays
Celebrating self-care and wellness. Feel Good Fridays is a new health and wellness initiative offering free or low-cost outdoor exercise classes to the Downtown Frederick community. We’ve partnered with local fitness, health and wellness organizations to bring you a variety of classes every Friday this month — all you have to do is show up! All classes take place at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater (across the creek from the C. Burr Artz Public Library, between Carroll Street and Market Street). Masks are required and each class is capped at 40 participants. See the Schedule Downtown Frederick Walking Loops Can’t make it to one of our Feel Good Friday classes? No problem! We’ve mapped out four walking loops through Downtown Frederick so you can get out and exercise at your own pace. See the loops at downtownfrederick.org/feelgoodfridays
The Holidays in Downtown Frederick
Winter is one of the most magical times to visit Downtown Frederick, MD. Our walkable, historic downtown offers more than 200 independently-owned businesses to knock out that holiday shopping list, parking is FREE every weekend from Thanksgiving through News Years, and public health measures are in place to ensure your experience is safe and enjoyable. Learn more at downtownfrederick.org/holidays. Learn more about the Holidays in Downtown Frederick! Find unbeatable shopping in Downtown Frederick, with many shops open 7 Days a Week through Christmas. Take advantage of the abundance of heated outdoor dining options for a quick bite at one of Downtown Frederick’s 50+ restaurants or 9 independent craft breweries and distilleries. Enjoy ambient music wafting through the air most weekends, and — of course — SHOP LOCAL this holiday season! Lights, events & a million more reasons to visit Downtown Frederick this winter. Downtown Frederick is decked out from top to bottom this holiday season! Find Sailing Through the Winter Solstice in Carroll Creek Park through February, enjoy the millions of Holiday Lights twinkling in the trees overhead as you stroll the streets of downtown, and do something the whole family will love with our Operation Sparkle holiday lights scavenger hunt. Don’t […]
Date Night in Downtown Frederick
There is just something about this beautiful, crisp, fall weather that makes us want to embrace the love in the air. Whether you’ve been ringing in fall for numerous seasons with the same person or you’re looking for some new arm candy as we head into this holiday season, Downtown Frederick just so happens to be the perfect place to create a spark AND keep it going. If you spent lockdown wishing for a sweetie to share it with, we have some great ideas for first dates that will break the in-person ice. Since you’ve been getting to know each other via FaceTIme, put your phone down and pick your mask up to head downtown for some safe in-person quality time. We’ve done the hard part for you and planned out everything from an early morning meet up to a night together on the town. All that’s left for you to do is explore our picturesque downtown AND the possibility of bringing your quarantine cutie home for the holidays! We’re rooting for you! On the other end of Cupid’s arrow, maybe you spent lockdown cozied-up to your longtime #1. After over six months under the same roof together, it’s possible […]
A Guide To Your Family Day in Downtown Frederick!
Your Family Itinerary Time spent with family is time well spent! From our residents to our businesses and visitors, Downtown Frederick is a destination for all kinds of families and we couldn’t be more proud. This guide provides a full list of ways to explore and enjoy Downtown Frederick as a family. As you venture downtown, please be sure to wear your mask and stay at least six feet away from those not in your direct household. For families with younger kids: Take a walk down Carroll Creek Fish, and flowers, and water, oh my! Take a relaxing walk down this beautiful and functional creek to observe the different animals and flowers that call it home. Depending on the time of year you are exploring, you will also be able to admire incredible sculptures or illuminated boats to make this mile and a half long stretch that much more magical. Grab a scoop (or two!) of ice cream Who screams for ice cream? We certainly do! As you’re exploring downtown, it’s always a good idea to drop in somewhere for a frozen treat. We’ve had our ice cream taste testers working hard to inform you on the happenin’ places to […]
About the Artists – Downtown Gallery Tour
We have spent the last couple of weeks exploring the galleries downtown and the unmatched art displayed on their walls. We hope you’ve enjoyed the expressive art on the walls of Downtown Frederick as much as we have. We’re excited to take you even further into the lives of the artists that generously share their talent with our community. This week, we are introducing the artists that dedicate their lives to creating a world for people like me and you to escape to. Each day, we will highlight artists from a different gallery on the tour so check in daily to discover the artists found on our Downtown Gallery Tour. Eastside Artists’ Gallery 313 E Patrick St To highlight the artists that can be found on this tour, we have started at Eastside Artists’ Gallery. This gallery is a co-op of local artists to Frederick. The artists here come from all different artistry backgrounds that join together for a beautiful display of talent and passion for their work. Mary Paul Barnaby Mary Paul Barnaby is a photographer and a painter. Retiring from the Air Force, she finally settled down in Frederick, Maryland after a lifetime of travel and adventure. She […]
Living in Downtown Frederick
The friendly faces, lively spaces and sense of community in Downtown Frederick make it much more than a destination – it’s our home. We’re fortunate to live in a community full of great people, focused on making each day better than the last. Downtown Frederick Partnership is focused on improving quality of life downtown. Each year, the Partnership tackles strategic initiatives to make living downtown easier and better. By choosing to live here, our residents are a key part of keeping our city’s historic buildings great. Whether you’re a home owner, renter, business owner or simply someone who loves Downtown Frederick, you understand that this city’s wealth of historic buildings is what sets our community apart. To help answer some of the most common questions about making building changes in the historic district, the City of Frederick Historic Preservation staff planners and Downtown Frederick Partnership created a series of general guides for residents, merchants and contractors who live and work here to help guide these groups through the process of improving our historic buildings. The Partnership is committed to reimagining and advancing our community to welcome more residents to our downtown. Over the course of the last 30 years, the […]
Cultivating Community in Downtown Frederick
The Partnership cultivates community – through events, experiences, and the work we do each day, to bring an opportunity for all to connect, engage, make memories and celebrate what makes us each unique. Community engagement and the momentum generated by placemaking is essential in generating longer-term positive economic outcomes and the Partnership is committed to making Downtown Frederick a continually successful place. Downtown Frederick Partnership’s Alive @ Five event is not only our organization’s largest fundraising event, it also provides an opportunity for our business and resident communities to intermingle, while listening to bands they may have never heard before. Music brings the community together and, with 21 events each year, the Partnership is able to offer a variety of bands from different genres and backgrounds. Bands are selected by an Alive @ Five selection committee, representing a wide variety of backgrounds and people who all love music. Continuing to activate the creek, Movie Night on Carroll Creek is a free, family-friendly event the Partnership launched in 2014. Keeping this event free and open to the public was a priority of the organization, and each year the event has been supported by great community partners who believe in offering programming […]
Have you heard of the term “third place?” For most, a third place is the place between home (first) and work (second). In his influential book The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg argues that third places are important for civil society, democracy, civic engagement and establishing feelings of a sense of place. According to Project for Public Spaces, there will never be a time when the work of establishing a third place is done. “Real-world communities are incredibly dynamic, ever-changing things. A public space cannot be finished any more than the city in which it resides can be. At their best, public spaces are the most tangible reflections of cities and neighborhoods and the people who make them special. They are stages for public life, and should reflect the people who live, work, and play nearby.” The Partnership recognizes that Downtown Frederick is a third place for many. For some, it’s our first, second and third places and we strive each day to make Downtown Frederick a destination and home for all in our community. Over the last 30 years, the Partnership has been continually striving to make Downtown Frederick not only a third place but your favorite third place. […]
Art on Main: Virtual Tile Project
Art on Main We have a virtual art project for our community… all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate! Download your flower template from downtownfrederick.org/artonmain and get creative. More about the Art on Main project: This fall, the five Main Street communities of Frederick County — Brunswick Main Street, Main Street Thurmont, Middletown Main Street, Town of New Market and Downtown Frederick Partnership — will be installing temporary public art sculptures in each of our downtowns. The sculptures will be composed of brightly glazed mosaic tile designs and will be in place for one year. To help decorate our sculpture, we’re looking for 60 community members to draw their own unique flower designs between now and June 27. Sculpture artist Parran Collery will then translate these designs into tiles and incorporate them in the final piece. Learn more at downtownfrederick.org/artonmain
Unprecedented Times Mean You Have an Opportunity for Impact
Unprecedented Times Mean You Have an Opportunity for Impact Unprecedented times call on each and every one of us to support our local community. By following social distancing guidance, we can each do our part in flattening the curve, keeping others safe and preventing our critical healthcare facilities from being overwhelmed. While we’re all in this together, at times of crisis, those things we hold dear are always first in our thoughts. Friends and family. Places we love. I have had the good fortune to work for Downtown Frederick Partnership for more than 15 years. For those less familiar with the organization, the Partnership works year-round to enhance, promote and preserve the vitality and livability of Downtown Frederick. I am personally and professionally vested in this community. When I think about what I hold dear, Downtown Frederick is at the top of my list. I value Downtown Frederick as the place I go to mark life’s milestones, the place where the downtown businesses are made up of not only people I work with but also my friends, the place where I can find things that exist nowhere else in this world and the place where I feel at home. This past […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Five Hashtags You Should Be Following in #DowntownFrederick
1. #getitdowntown Businesses and restaurants all over Downtown Frederick want YOU to come and #getitdowntown. This hashtag is overflowing with the most amazing photos of buildings, food, and specialties at almost anywhere you can think of. That’s why we love this hashtag for when we’re looking for something to do, buy, or eat. One photo we enjoy is this cheery display located inside of The Muse. 2. #frederickfoodie Hungry in Frederick? You won’t be after checking out the hashtag #frederickfoodie. Instagram food bloggers have taken over this hashtag with photos of everything to fancy cocktails to juicy steaks and everything in between. And the best part? You can find all these foods in Downtown Frederick. Some of our favorites include this avocado toast from White Rabbit Gastro Pub. 3. #fredlandia Portlandia, starring SNL’s Fred Armison, is a witty comedy that takes viewers through the streets of one of the most hipster cities in America: Portland, Oregon. However, Instagram user @fredlandia_1 transformed our own Downtown Frederick into what she likes to call “Fredlandia.” On this hashtag, you can find some of the most intimate, yet routine views of Downtown Frederick that many of us take for granted. We particularly love this […]
Loft Style Living in Downtown Frederick
Ever wanted to live in the heart of Downtown Frederick? You could grab a cup of coffee at Beans and Bagels before heading to work. Enjoy happy hour at the Tasting Room after a long day at the office. Walk your dog along Carroll Creek anytime you wanted. Ahhh… now that’s livin’. For anyone who has been longing for that downtown lifestyle, construction on the Kemp Hall Lofts & Studios is rounding the finish line at the intersection of Church & Market Streets. We were recently given a chance to poke around these amazing rentals and all we can say is, “Wow!” Whether you’re looking for a small studio, a loft, or even something with a private balcony for those amazing sunsets overlooking the place we like to call home. Does the history of Frederick also interest you? By living in these new apartments, you’ll get to be a part of history yourself. Kemp Hall was a key site during the Civil War, where Maryland legislators met on an April morning to decide whether or not secession from the Union would be necessary. In Kemp Hall, the City of Frederick was also named the capital of the Maryland for one […]
Downtown Frederick Businesses Helping Those Affected by the Government Shutdown
With the federal government being shut down for over a month now, small businesses around Downtown Frederick are offering certain promotions to those government workers who have been affected. See the list of offerings by businesses below! Community Produce Market The community produce market supported by Hungry Harvest is available all year long (not just during the shutdown) but we wanted to make sure to include it here since it’s such a great deal! Produce in a SNAP offers $7 bags of produce from 3-6PM every Wednesday at the Y Teaching Kitchen (629 N Market St). No special ID required. Just show up and claim your bag. Frederick Coin Exchange Beginning on January 16, The Frederick Coin Exchange is offering to buy your old, broken or unwanted gold jewelry at special dealer rates! Just show your government ID before the furlough ends to secure your rate. The Temple The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School is offering special deals on hair care and cuts until January 26th. All federal government employees with a valid I.D. can receive a $5 blow-dry or haircut, 25% off all take-home products, and 50% off color and highlighting services. McClintock Distilling […]
Addressing Fire Risks in Downtown Frederick
In January 2019, Downtown Frederick Partnership announced two new grant programs to address the risk of fire in historic buildings – the Downtown Frederick Fire Suppression Incentive Program and the Attic Fire Separation Program. As an outgrowth of the Partnership’s 2020 Strategic Plan and the Live Downtown Frederick goal of welcoming 335 new residents to Downtown Frederick by 2020, these programs are some of the first of their kind to address the known risk of fire damage in historic downtown environments. * 2020 Update: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, untapped funds from the Attic Fire Separation Program were transitioned to support increased demand for the Partnership’s Mission: Interior grant program, funding interior building improvements for downtown businesses. Learn more about the 2020 Mission: Interior awards here. The Downtown Frederick Fire Suppression Incentive Program addresses the high costs of installing sprinklers in smaller commercial/multi-family/mixed use buildings. These smaller buildings are disproportionately impacted by the cost of sprinkler installation, which may make it financially infeasible. Since properly sprinklered buildings increase personal safety and protect our historic and cultural heritage, the Partnership seeks to lessen this financial burden and increase the number of fire-protected buildings in Downtown Frederick. • This grant program is for […]
Historic District Guides
Thank you for calling Downtown Frederick home! By choosing to live here, you are a key part of keeping our city’s historic buildings great. Whether you’re a home owner, renter, business owner or simply someone who loves Downtown Frederick, you understand that this city’s wealth of historic buildings is what sets our community apart. To help answer some of the most common questions about the historic district, the City of Frederick Historic Preservation Commission and Downtown Frederick Partnership have created a series of general guides for residents, merchants and contractors who live and work here. While these guides tackle many of the basics, we know that each project is unique. If you ever have questions, the City of Frederick Planning staff is always happy to help! The City strives to safeguard its historical and cultural heritage through the preservation of historic sites, structures and districts. We are thankful for the participation of the community in helping us preserve and protect our historic city. Before starting your next project, take a few minutes to review the Frederick Town Historic District Design Guidelines. Visit bit.ly/freddesign for the complete guidelines, or contact us for more information. downtownfrederick.org/LIVE PHONE: 301.600.1499 EMAIL: email@example.com Download Downtown Frederick Residents Historic District Guide Download Downtown […]
Kids in the City: Susan and Jeremy Kelley
Like a lot of new parents, the birth of their first child meant it was time for Susan and Jeremy Kelley to trade their small starter home in on a bigger house. But the couple, who’d spent the past decade living in a turn of the century row house across Patrick Street from the fairgrounds and a few doors down from the house Patsy Cline once called home, didn’t head to the suburbs. Instead, they bought a three-story detached townhouse on E. Second Street. “We’d always wanted to be closer into downtown,” says Susan. And the fact that they had a toddler didn’t discourage them. “So many people feel like they need to disengage when they have kids and I felt like we need to engage more,” says Jeremy. Once a boarding house, the home is currently divided into three units. The largest apartment, which meanders over all three levels, is home to the couple and their two children – Jack and his little sister Jane, who was born after the move. “What I like about this house is that it’s a house we can grow into,” says Jeremy. But in the meantime, the home’s other two units house rental tenants and provide a welcome income […]
Downtown’s Millennial Migration: Erik Moore
After attending college in Pittsburg and working in financial services there, Frederick native Erik Moore didn’t immediately leap at the chance to return home and join the family business. “Pittsburg’s just bigger, so there was a little hesitation,” says Erik, the Financial Planning Services & Analysis Manager with Moore Wealth, Inc., a concierge wealth management firm with offices in Downtown Frederick. But Erik, who grew up in Spring Ridge, didn’t immediately rule out a homecoming, either. “I’ve never lived in Frederick as an adult and so there was a lot I hadn’t experienced before,” he says. A lot of those experiences are brand new, too. Frederick – especially downtown – isn’t quite the same place he knew as a teen. “There’s a lot of stuff coming to Frederick that’s appealing to people my age,” says Erik, “the new rooftop bar at Brewer’s Alley has been a real hit.” So, after a few trips home to sample the scene, Erik and his fiancé made the move from Pittsburgh to Frederick in November of 2016. And while he grew up in the suburbs, they decided to make downtown their new home. “The office is here, so that made it easy. Plus, for someone my age, the other areas aren’t as […]
This Weekend in Downtown | First Saturday
It’s the first of August and that means Downtown Frederick is awake and ready for a fabulous First Saturday. While we’re sure your summer has been filled with explorations and vacations, take a breath from all the travel and unwind with a day trip through downtown. There is no better place to be than within the heart of downtown shopping local, eating fresh, and exploring on foot or on the free trolley. August First Saturday is made possible by The Daley. August is all about ART in Downtown Frederick! Visit our many galleries and entertainment venues and find art-themed events in businesses throughout downtown. NOMA Gallery on behalf of Downtown Frederick Partnership is unveiling “A Year of First Saturdays – Plein Air in Downtown Frederick,” a showcase of the Plein Air art created during each First Saturday from June 2016 to July 2017. These art pieces are beautiful representations of the vibrancy downtown holds, so start your evening off at the NOMA gallery, and purchase art that will go directly into the artists hands and our glorious downtown. Inspired to create your own art after seeing what artists have created with downtown as their canvas? Allow your creativity to soar and look out […]
Upcoming Downtown Events
The Downtown Frederick Light Walk features five creative lighting installations that will be on display every day through March 2024. DISCO GARAGE Taking the stairs has never been more fun. Boogie your way to the top in our stairwell full of mirror balls and multicolored lights. Location: in the southwest stairwell of the Carroll Creek Public Parking Garage (Carroll Creek Way) STARLITE Modern starbursts dot the front of the Carroll Creek Public Parking Garage, creating an eye-catching centerpiece along E Patrick St. Location: on the Patrick Street side of the Carroll Creek Public Parking Garage (44 E Patrick St) LIGHT DROPS Always remember to look up. Curtains of light sway overhead, for your very own starry night in Downtown Frederick. Location: above the sidewalk that connects the Carroll Creek Public Parking Garage to Maxwell Ave (near the rainbow fence) KALEIDOSCOPE A shimmering, color-changing tunnel of light creates the perfect photo op in Everedy Square & Shab Row. Location: Everedy Square & Shab Row, in the alleyway between The Frederick Basket Co (12 N East St) and Talbots (18 N East St) SNOWFALL Standing 16-feet-tall, the Snowfall tree casts a dazzling light across the main plaza of Everedy Square & Shab Row. […]
Downtown Frederick Light Walk
It’s almost that time of the year! Starting a bit earlier this year on November 17 you can drop off your letters to Santa during store hours. Don’t forget to include a return address so Santa can write back! The last day to drop off your letters to Santa will be December 17 so Santa can have enough time to respond to everyone.
Letters to Santa
Every 2nd, 3rd & 4th Tuesday Night doors at 7:00 film starts at 7:30 Presented by Falling Squares The Art Center Bijou is a weekly film screening. Each month we present films that fall under one general theme in order to cultivate discussion about film as a mode of artistic expression. After the film ends we hold a brief discussion.
Art Center Bijou @ FAC
The Writers’ Block are a local community of writers, committed to connecting, critiquing, and producing writing in a rotational bi-weekly workshop setting. Our hope is that by supporting writing enthusiasts in our area we can hone our craft and share some of the poetry, stories, and any other creative written work we produce as well as work toward publication. This group is open to all writers of any genre living in the Frederick area who are interested in growing as writers and engaging in meaningful discourse about their craft. Come out and join us every last Tuesday of the month on the third floor of the FAC Arts Center. No reservation required!
Creative Writing Workshop @ FAC Art Center
Join us for a funny Open Mic Tuesday Night where local, returning comedians or new comedians test out their hilarious (or not) jokes. Check our website and social media for updates on our weekly Open Mic Night every Tuesday at 8PM! There is no cover charge for this night. We look forward to laughing with you!
Open Mic Comedy Night @ Cellar Door
Laugh your way through the holidays in this original show from the team who brought you Inebriated History. Some of your favorite holiday stories are told on screen by actors imbibing in holiday cheer, while a team of actors acts out the antics live on stage. A MET ORIGINAL DIRECTED BY LAURA STARK DECEMBER 1 – 23, Preview November 30
Inebriated Holiday at MET’s MainStage @ Maryland Ensemble Theatre
Need to shop without little eyes watching? All Grown Up Night is back at Dancing Bear Toys and Games – and it’s for adults only! Toy experts will be on hand with lots of recommendations and free gift wrapping.
All Grown Up Night @ Dancing Bear Toys and Games
The Comedy Pigs are the region’s longest-running improv troupe. You can see them on the first Friday & Saturday of every month for hilarious shows filled with a series of fun short-form improv games.
The Comedy Pigs at MET Comedy Night @ Maryland Ensemble Theatre
Show your love for local this holiday season! 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 Saturday (and every Saturday in December) is a great time to discover something new about our beautiful downtown. December Saturdays are presented with support from AARP Maryland EVENT SCHEDULE Each weekend you’ll find something special happening in Downtown Frederick. Streets are filled with musicians and carolers performing your favorite holiday classics, fire pits are set up all around town so you can warm up and roast a marshmallow as you stroll between shops, and your eyes will be dazzled by a spectacular display of holiday lights and decorations. Stay tuned for a complete list of holiday-themed activities for each event! DECEMBER FIRST SATURDAY, 12/2 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. From in-store tastings and gallery openings, to artist and vendor exhibitions… there’s always something new to explore! Check […]
Lorrie’s world is turned upside down after she discovers that her dad is moonlighting as an elf at the North Pole. But when the ‘up to no good’ Kris Kringle kidnaps Santa Claus, it’s up to Lorrie and her dad to save the holidays! BY MATT LEE DIRECTED BY JULIE HERBER NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 17- Saturdays 10:30AM & 1:30PM; Sundays 1:30PM
My Father the Elf: A Holiday Family Show @ Maryland Ensemble Theatre
National Bartender Celebration Day: Are you a server who is not looking forward to the holiday season and all those specialist cocktails? Have you been a Bartender in a previous life and you still hear “Where is my order” in your dreams? Today is your day. Come down to Crash and Catharsis Rage Factory and get some of that pent up aggression out in a safe and healthy way. If you use promo code VIRGINSANGRIA, you’ll get $10 off your booking.
National Bartender Celebration Day @ Crash & Catharsis Rage Factory
Express yourself through creative movement. Join Amanda 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 beginning Modern Dance @ The Center • Sound • Mind • Body
Join us in celebrating seven years of McClintock Distilling in downtown Frederick with Frederick’s first Bottled in Bond Rye, Old Etzler. We will have tastings of this five year Rye Whiskey all day and the first 100 people to come pick up a bottle also get a numbered and engraved stave from the barrel! We will also have bottle engraving and Old Etzler limited edition merch available on site as well as cocktail specials, music and food!
Bottled in Bond Rye Release and Seven Year Anniversary
Hosted by Rockwell Brewery and Showroom Join us for a day of shopping, great food, Rockwell Beer and Showroom Cocktails! We are teaming up to bring you the East Street Holiday Market again this year, and hope you can make it out! We’ll have the firepits out so you can sip you drinks by the fire with friends, when taking a break from shopping the vendors in the open air market. We’ve got a great lineup of vendors with items perfect for everyone on your shopping list! Free to attend!
Holiday Market w/ Rockwell Brewery & Showroom @ Rockwell Brewery
Frederick MADE is hosting our second annual Holiday Market series. Join us every Saturday in December to shop from our line-up of local vendors. Feel good about where you shop. At Frederick MADE, not only are you supporting an all-women artist’s-owned small business, you also support the 40+ small business maker’s that sell their products out of our shop. Located in Downtown Frederick’s Theatre District, at 31 W Patrick St (inside the old Francis Scott Key Hotel).
Frederick MADE Holiday Market @ Frederick MADE
Join us in celebrating seven years of McClintock Distilling in Downtown Frederick with Frederick’s first Bottled in Bond Rye, Old Etzler. We will have tastings of this five-year Rye Whiskey all day and the first 100 people to come pick up a bottle also get a numbered and engraved stave from the barrel! We will also have bottle engraving and Old Etzler limited edition merch available on-site as well as cocktail specials, music and food!
McClintock’s Seven Year Anniversary Party and Bottled in Bond Whiskey Release @ McClintock Distilling
ELF WORKSHOPS: Saturday, December 2 Session 1: 1pm-2:30pm Session 2: 3:15pm-4:45pm Calling all elves! The best gifts are the ones you make, so join us at the North Pole Workshop, known better as our third-floor studio, to create craft projects you can give as holiday gifts! Register now! ART AT NOON: Friday, November 10 12pm–1pm Dr. Pamela Harris Lawton’s artwork is grounded in social liberation, cultural traditions, and the stories of people impacted by them. EXHIBITION OPENINGS: November 4—December 31 3pm-5pm Veterans Show, featuring a variety of media; Chasing Flies: The Satirical Art of Christopher Madden; Cynthia Scott-Johnson, BUBBLES: Awareness is the First Step; Michael Douglas Jones; The Weathered Inch.
Artful Things Happening @ The Delaplaine Arts Center
Join us from 2-4 pm on Saturday, December 2 for an opening reception with our December Featured Artist, Callie Badorrek! Callie will be on hand to chat, answer questions, and show off her latest collection of one-of-a-kind ceramic wall hangings!
Artist Reception with Callie Badorrek @ The Muse
Sweet Clover’s new location in the heart of Downtown Frederick screams HOLIDAY MARKET! Our large grass lot is both tucked away and easily accessible from the creek walk and Patrick Street. With string lights overhead and holiday music in the air, the Kris Kringle Holiday Night Market kicks off Saturday November 4th and continues every Saturday evening through December 16th. Expect 25+ local makers, artisans + vendors, live music, and festive food + drink. Don’t miss this charming holiday event! Dates + Hours: Saturdays November 4 through December 16, 2pm to 8pm. BONUS DAY- Friday December 8th to coincide with Frederick’s Kris Kringle Parade. Location: 244 East Patrick Street, Frederick MD 21701
Kris Kringle Holiday Night Market!
You can’t go wrong with crafts and creativity. Even better? Crafting with community. There are a few different ways to enjoy our time together. ALL AGES ENCOURAGED!!! *Free Card making – Dive into our materials and mark makers to create cards for loved ones *Purchase craft kits as gifts or make them during the event. *Gift wrapping available. *Bring your own projects – gift making and sit at our communal table. *Add to our community paint project RSVP’s are nice but not required. When it comes to creative events, sometimes we can get in our own way of needing to know exactly what to expect or that we aren’t crafty enough – this community event is fueled by you in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. There is something for everyone – and I’ll be there to guide your way. Wine, light refreshments and snacks provided.
Craft Party and Craft Kit Sale @ Give Rise Studio
Join us for a musical tribute to the life and music of the late Jim Croce. Mike Schirf and Chris Masheck are the premier Jim Croce tribute duo on the East Coast. Mike, as the lead has a deep understanding of the ballads such as Time in a Bottle, I’ve Got a Name and Operator, and Chris knows how to play back up to the Croce material like no other musician around. You’ll not only hear the music of Jim Croce’s songs, but just as interesting, the stories behind the songs.
“50 Years Gone” A Tribute to Jim Croce
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. Jennifer Boyer uses macro photography and dyed ice to create abstract works of art. She freezes the ice then dyes it to create magical worlds of cracks, bubbles, and fissures. Of her work, Jennifer says “look closely: you can see an entire teeming universe in the bubbles, cracks, and fissures that appear in ice.” She loves to hear what people find in her photos, whether it be a face or an angiogram
Frederick Artists Night Featuring Jennifer Boyer @ Cowork Frederick
Please join us for an evening of light appetizers, sparkling beverages, and great conversation! From time-to-time, DISTRICT Arts invites our gallery artists to come together and make themselves available to chat with you about their current bodies of work, their motivations and techniques. Your next opportunity to meet them is Saturday, December 2, 2023 starting at 5pm.
Meet the Artists! @ DISTRICT Arts
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
Ready to party like it’s 1933? We’re celebrating the Repeal of Prohibition (a few days early) along with The Frederick News-Post’s Uncapped Podcast here at The X with a Holiday Speakeasy Market! Join us for music from The Dapper DJs, speakeasy-themed shopping from local vendors, and of course spirit tastings and festive, specialty cocktails Sunday, December 3 from 1pm-4pm.
Holiday Speakeasy Market @ Tenth Ward Distilling Company
Remember what it was like to dance as a child? Wild and free and without any restrictions. Meditative dance is an inclusive healing space to move freely while tapping into your divine bliss, hosted by Transformative Arts Project. Every Monday from 6-7pm.
Meditative Dance Movement @ FAC After Hours
Join your friends at Dancing Bear Toys and Games as Santa makes a very special visit! Share your holiday wishes with Santa and take your own photos! Intended for children of all ages. No registration required.
Santa Celebration @ Dancing Bear Toys and Games
Equal parts frontman, poet, and conductor, Joe Keyes leads his nine-piece Late Bloomer Band through a fresh concoction of funk, R&B, soul, rock, and jazz while drawing on the musical auras of Miles Davis, Gil Scott-Heron, Sun Ra, and early Parliament-Funkadelic. Keyes captivates audiences with his deep, commanding vocals, punctuated by tales of love, family, and addiction from his six decades on earth. The band’s vibe and sound – honed over years of theatrical, improvisational shows – journeys from gentle grooves to tight funk and epic crescendos. First and third Wednesdays of the month.
Improv Jazz with Joe Keyes @ FAC Art Center
Learn the beautiful art of bundle dyeing and eco-printing with plants! In this class, you will gain an understanding of how to work with natural dyes as you work with whole plants to create colors and patterns on fiber. Kristen Arzt will cover an introduction to natural dye plants and different types of fabric. Participants will work with natural dyestuffs including food scraps, fresh and dried flowers, locally foraged leaves, and more. Participants will also learn how to bundle dye on silk and cotton, including how to prepare the fabric, place the dyestuffs, create organic patterns, both improvisational and intentional printmaking on cloth, wrap the fabric, and steam the fabric on a stovetop. At the end of the class attendees will leave with three dyed projects, including a cotton bandana and silk scarf. Please note: a $15 materials fee is due to the instructor at the start of class to cover all class materials.
Bundle Dyeing with Kristin Arzt @ FAC Art Center
The Barefoot Movement creates gloriously addictive, instantly memorable tunes shored up by silky-smooth bluegrass and Americana harmonies. Invigorating and infused with a captivating honesty, the group transports audiences to a place of complete joy and total enthrallment. As the News & Observer reported, “They perform barefoot, yes, but what you’ll remember is how the music moved you.” Their most recent release, 2021’s Pressing Onward, (co-produced by Chuck Plotkin who also produced Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. album), finds them exploring new musical territory while still standing firmly on their barefoot foundation: lush harmonies, thoughtful instrumentation, and memorable melodies.
The Barefoot Movement
Celebrate the repeal of the Prohibition with us and Old Forester on December 8th from 6-9pm! Old Forester Tastings & Swag Bags, Costumes Encouraged, 1920s Food & Drink Specials! To purchase tickets, you may give us a call at 301-695-8460 or come in person. Hope to see you there!
Prohibition Party @ Cellar Door
Celebrate Frederick’s Kris Kringle Procession, sponsored by Wawa Join Celebrate Frederick for the annual Kris Kringle Procession sponsored by Wawa and presented in partnership with Key 103 through the streets of Downtown Frederick! The parade begins at the corner of South Carroll and East Patrick Streets and ends in Baker Park with the lighting of the City Tree. The procession mirrors the small town charm that makes Frederick so special during the holidays. Local organizations, youth clubs, and musical groups accompany costumed characters (some modern, some traditional) through Frederick’s downtown streets. Frederick’s German Heritage Highlighted Several of the procession’s characters reflect Frederick’s German heritage, including Pelsnickle and Weinacht Man, who help Kris Kringle judge whether children have been bad or good. Krist Kindle is an angel-like messenger who leaves gifts for good children in small baskets. The procession also includes several modern characters, such as Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Follow the Procession Downtown The procession route goes from the corner of South Carroll Street to East Patrick Street, turns right onto N. Market Street, and then turns left onto West Second Street, ending at Baker Park. Nearly all of the streets are illuminated by […]
Kris Kringle Procession
The stunning artistry of Maryland Regional Ballet and the beloved Tchaikovsky score combine to transport audiences to the Kingdom of Sweets. Under the direction of Joyce Morrison and featuring guest artists from the New York City Ballet and students from the Frederick School of Classic Ballet, it’s a holiday tradition at its finest.
Maryland Regional Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Here for just a limited time, come taste our Black Currant Dark Balsamic. Thick, sweet and dreamy for your holiday salads. We haven’t been able to get this in years- come get some before it’s gone!
Fusti Tap: Black Currant Dark Balsamic @ Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium
Drop in to the library to visit with a variety of regional writers and learn more about their work. Books will be available for purchase. An event in conjuction with Museums by Candlelight – the yearly holiday celebration of the Frederick Historic Sites Consortium.
Museums by Candlelight: Local Author Showcase @ C. Burr Artz Public Library
Celebrate Frederick County’s 275th anniversary during this year’s celebration of Museums by Candlelight in Downtown Frederick and throughout the region! Once a year, Frederick County’s numerous historic sites and museums provide visitors with a living reminder of this area’s remarkable past. During Museums by Candlelight, special programming and hands-on fun will delight visitors of all ages, and special children’s activities are featured at most locations. This is a FREE self-guided event. Visit many locations, or just a few, in any order. Enjoy period demonstrations, living history vignettes, hands-on crafts, refreshments, tours, music, holiday decorations and historic settings by candlelight as night falls.
Museums by Candlelight @ Frederick Historic Sites Consortium and Visit Frederick
Join AARCH Society during the Frederick Museums by Candlelight event at Lincoln Elementary School. “Back to Our Bygone Days,” a documentary featuring interviews with attendees of Frederick County’s only secondary school for African Americans, will be shown on the hour at 1, 2, 3, and 4 PM. A children’s book reading and activity will follow each viewing of the documentary. Donations are welcome!
Museums by Candlelight 2023: Lincoln School Film @ Lincoln Elementary School
Get ready for a wild night of mischievous fun as we celebrate the holiday season with our Bad Santa Party on December 9, 2023! Bad Santa Party Join us for the most epic holiday bash of the year – the Bad Santa Party! Get ready to unleash your inner mischief and embrace the festive spirit like never before. This in-person event will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Put on your wildest Christmas attire and come prepared for a night of unruly fun. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, everyone is welcome to enjoy the festivities. Expect a night filled with music, dancing, and laughter as we celebrate the holiday season in style. Our team has put together an exciting lineup of activities, including a Bad Santa costume contest where the most outrageous outfit will be crowned the winner. Don’t forget to bring your best moves for the dance floor, as our DJs will be spinning the hottest tracks all night long. Indulge in delicious holiday treats and sip on festive cocktails at our fully stocked bar. This is the perfect opportunity to let loose and make unforgettable memories with friends and loved […]
Rockwell Brewery’s Annual BAD SANTA PARTY! @ Rockwell Brewery
Join us for a festive and fun-filled event at Carroll Creek Park in Frederick, Maryland. The Frederick Holiday Market is the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit. With a wide variety of vendors and artisans, you’ll find unique gifts, delicious treats, and so much more! Explore the beautiful Carroll Creek Linear Park as you browse through the market. From handmade crafts, vintage finds to local food vendors, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re shopping for loved ones or treating yourself, you won’t be disappointed. Don’t miss out on this exciting in-person event! Mark your calendars and gather your friends and family for a day of holiday shopping and enjoyment at the Frederick Holiday Market at Carroll Creek Park. More info here. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Frederick Holiday Market at Carroll Creek Park
Join Jenny Masur, author of “Maryland Freedom Seekers on the Underground Railroad,” to hear stories of enslaved people navigating perilous journeys helped along by members of the Underground Railroad. Jenny holds a Ph.D. in anthropology and worked for 17 years for the National Park Service as national capital region manager for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. This event will be held at the C. Burr Artz Library in the Community Room. We are grateful to partner with Frederick County Public Libraries for this African American history event.
Author Event: Maryland Underground Railroad @ C. Burr Artz Public Library
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
The holiday party for Frederick freelancers, solopreneurs, and remote workers! Tired of missing out on a “proper” holiday party because your company office is miles away? Work for yourself and want to meet others who do the same? This is the party for you! Tickets include: Heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, beer, wine, seltzer (first one on use, then cash bar), DJ, dance floor, and best of all, some of the coolest people in town. When: December 14 | 6pm – 9pm Where: Attaboy Barrel House Food. Drink. Music. Fun. Party Favors. All for a good cause. This party benefits SOS Safe Ride. This event is brought to you by the Cowork Frederick Foundation in partnership with Cowork Frederick, Squadstyle Work & Wellness, and SHIFT Work + Play, Frederick’s three independent, woman-owned coworking spaces.
Winter Wonderland Holiday Gala @ Cowork Frederick
A live theatrical play for both the young and young-at-heart, experience the beloved holiday story with a message that never grows old. Produced by Maryland Ensemble Theatre and presented at the Weinberg Center for the Arts.
A Christmas Carol, by Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s Fun Company
The Bar Room Blitz charity cocktail competition is back! Six of Frederick’s best bartenders will be going head to head to raise money for their charities and you are the judge. Our past year champions are back to defend their title and you can be there to choose your favorite . The competition is comprised of two rounds; peoples choice and head to head. You will get to try six cockails that each bartender has created and vote for your favorites. The two bartenders with the most votes at the end of round one will be captains of the head to head round. Each team of bartenders will then get a secret ingredient in the final round and will have to come up with a brand new cocktail on the fly. The most votes at the final round wins the championship, bragging rights for the year and the most money for their charity. Ticket includes access to up to 8 cocktails, light food options, McClintock signature rocks glass and three voting tickets. 100 percent of the profits of this event are donated to charity.
Bar Room Blitz: Round Three
He’s baaacckkk! Come find the grinch this year for photo ops and surly attitudes. As always, he will have gifts for the kids & maybe a few for the BIG kids! Hope you can make it out. The search grid will be posted here as the day approaches. Hope to see you out for the 4th year in a row! Presented by Pretty Awesome Homes.
Grinch in Downtown Frederick
Shop from 10 Local Makers at Give Rise Studio during our Winter Solstice Maker’s Market. We have parking in our lot, in the street and a garage a block away – perfect spot to start and end your First Saturday experience in Downtown Frederick.
Winter Solstice Holiday Market @ Give Rise Studio
Michael Harris & Friends bring the fully improvised version of A Christmas Carol to Frederick! Yes, you get to Choose Your Own Scrooge as four brilliant improvisers turn your suggestions into a never seen before, never to be seen again reboot of the Dickens’ classic. Hilarious, unpredictable, and full of audience participation, Bah Humbug is everything you never knew was in the story of Scrooge. If you love A Christmas Carol, if you hate A Christmas Carol, then Bah Humbug is for you.
ESP Theatre Company present Bah Humbug
If you missed it live or want to enjoy it again, please join us for the film premiere of “South and Saints,” the Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s staging of the rich stories Frederick’s African American community that contributed so much to Frederick’s current landscape. This film captures the final stage performance of this critically acclaimed show. Don’t miss it! The film will be shown in the C. Burr Artz Community Room. We are grateful for the partnership of Frederick County Public Libraries.
‘South & Saints’ @ C. Burr Artz Public Library
A Frederick community holiday tradition since 1994, director Judith DuBose will conduct a forty voice chorus, twenty-piece orchestra, and four soloists through select choruses and arias of the Messiah by G. F. Handel. The audience is invited to join the chorus for select numbers such as the Hallelujah Chorus and For Unto Us a Child is Born. Copies of the full vocal score will be for sale in the lobby.
Frederick Children’s Chorus presents Messiah Sing Along
Step into the magical world of The Nutcracker, a mesmerizing edition of the World Ballet Series, that showcases a diverse cast of 50 professional ballet dancers, who come together to breathe new life into this classic holiday tradition. Join Clara and the Nutcracker on a thrilling Christmas night adventure to the Land of Sweets, and experience the excitement of the World Ballet in this family-friendly performance, featuring Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable music, over 150 radiant hand-crafted costumes, lavish hand-painted sets, and the iconic Lev Ivanov choreography.
World Ballet Series: NUTCRACKER
This family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp, along with thrilling Irish old-style dancing. In addition, evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions of Ireland. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland, bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2023.
Irish Christmas in America
Come to L.O.V.E. and find something for everyone on your list this year! As always, we offer beautiful gift wrapping, free of charge. Come get your gifts at L.O.V.E- wrapped and ready to give!
One Stop Shop – We Gift Wrap! @ Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium
December 21st-23rd Are the Holidays not your thing, that’s cool. This weekend we will be smashing ornaments. We also will be having a special Anti-Holiday Group Event Special where with the code BAHHUMBUG your group Event will be 15% off. Get that final Pre-Holiday Rage out!
Humbug Weekend @ Crash & Catharsis Rage Factory
Moon Market Frederick is a monthly market held by Jacqui Smith, owner of Your Cosmic Bestie and Mary Adelle Walters, owner of Hail Mary Studios. Each monthly market is held around the time of the full moon and features local vendors offering handmade, vintage and/or thrifted goods, as well as local service-based vendors.
Moon Market Frederick: Frederick’s First Monthly Market for Mystical Wares!
What has become an annual tradition in the DMV returns to the Weinberg Center again this holiday season. For years now, Washington-native Eric Byrd has been performing the iconic soundtrack from A Charlie Brown Christmas with his trio at venues across DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The show begins with a screening of the Peanuts holiday classic followed by a live performance of the Vince Guaraldi masterpiece score. Enjoy a wonderful evening with a holiday classic and the extremely talented, and accomplished jazz musicians that make up the Eric Byrd Trio.
Eric Byrd Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas
The beloved Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship returns this holiday season in Downtown Frederick. This special open house celebrates Frederick’s tradition of religious diversity, local history, and the holiday season on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 from 4PM-9PM. This is Frederick’s most popular church tour and is a great opportunity to step inside some of its most beautiful buildings. As the sun begins to set, visitors can tour many of Frederick’s famous clustered spires and other historic houses of worship by candlelight. Guests will be welcomed with special programs, angelic choirs, and nativity scenes. Stop by the Information Center at 19 E Church Street to pick up a printed map of participating sites and other information about Frederick including dining, shopping, and lodging guides.
Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship @ Visit Frederick
Performance artists, musicians, poets, actors — meet Frederick’s newest performance workshop and open stage: SEE WHAT STICKS at the FAC Art Center. The last Friday of each month. 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: Performance Art Workshop
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! Stay tuned for details about this First Saturday, and visit downtownfrederick.org/events for more. PARKING & TRAVEL Parking is FREE in Downtown Frederick every weekend from Thanksgiving through New Years! Enjoy free parking in each of downtown’s five public parking garages every weekend from November 28 through the end of the year (8AM Saturdays through 6AM Mondays). Access travel and parking information for Downtown Frederick at www.parkfrederick.org and download a map of downtown businesses here. 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 […]
January First Saturday
Many freelancers and micro-biz owners don’t have a mission statement. Why would you? You know what you do, right? Only big companies need one, right? Wrong. YOU, tiny biz owners, you need a mission statement. Join us for our January Brain Boost to learn why you need a mission statement and how to write one. We will start out with a 30-40 minute introduction to mission statements from our speaker, then open up for discussion. We can workshop your mission statements, discuss struggles in writing your mission statement, and more!
Brain Boost: Why You Need a Mission Statement @ Cowork Frederick
The Candlemas Festival at All Saints’ is a celebration of the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ at the Temple (Luke 2:22-39). It commemorates the coming of the Light of the World forty days after Christmas. This ancient feast day will be observed with a liturgy of readings, prayers, and music. All are welcome to attend this free event.
Candlemas Festival @ All Saints Episcopal Church
Did you know that having a values statement is just as important for freelancers and micro-biz owners as it is for large companies? If your small biz doesn’t have a values statement, or if you think yours needs some work, this Brain Boost is for you! A values statement names the core principles that guide all that you do. It’s your moral compass. It guides decision-making and establishes a standard against which actions are assessed. Julia will take us through the things you should consider when writing your values statement, then we will open the floor to discussion.
Brain Boost: Values Matter (You Should Define Yours) @ Cowork Frederick
The 2024 “Seed to Roots Youth Arts Performance” is produced as a 𝗟𝗜𝗩𝗘 show at the Weinberg Center for the Arts on Monday, February 19 at 6PM. Performances consist of live and pre-recorded student performances, each inspired by or in celebration of Black History and Culture, past and present. The opportunity to perform is open all K-12 students in Frederick County. Students do not need to be enrolled in Frederick County Public Schools to participate. Any students interested in submitting a performance should apply here by December 8, 2023.