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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Federated Chartities provides strategic and “bricks and mortar” support to non-profit organizations in Frederick, Maryland. The Federated Charities Corporation of Frederick was established in 1911 to help support a growing number of charitable organizations being established in Frederick County. More than 100 years later, we continue to do so by offering affordable operational space to emerging and established non-profit organizations. Our fully renovated building consists of two connected 19th century structures and houses 7-10 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 non-profit tenants are able to better leverage their own financial resources, grow, and frequently move on to a larger, dedicated location of their own. Federated Charities also operates the Beverly A. Sharrer Medical Equipment Loan Closet, which loans home health care medical equipment to Frederick County residents on a temporary basis – thereby eliminating the additional costs associated with an injury or illness. Walkers, canes, crutches and other equipment can be borrowed by any Frederick County resident, regardless of their financial circumstances.
22 S Market St
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We advance and invest in a vibrant and cohesive arts community for the people of Frederick County and for our visitors. The Frederick Arts Council manages a contemporary art gallery at 5 E 2nd St alongside its offices at 11 West Patrick Street. The Arts are vital to the quality of life that all of us enjoy in Frederick County. Whether you’re engaged in the arts as an audience member, patron, educator, or artist, the Frederick Arts Council (FAC) is your arts ally. Our purpose is to foster an environment where the arts may flourish in our community through grants and scholarships, arts advocacy, and links to essential resources. The Frederick Arts Council serves as the umbrella arts organization for Frederick County, Maryland. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds a better community through arts programs, services, activities, and events. The Frederick Arts Council does not discriminate against any person on the basis of any characteristic described in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act or on the basis of political opinion or affiliation in any of its policies, procedures or practices and prides itself on maintaining a facility that is accessible to all. From time to time, FAC may host […]
5 E 2nd St
Frederick Arts Council
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Can you feel it?! The weather is getting chillier, the leaves are starting to fall, and pumpkin spice has officially made its seasonal debut. After a summer spent inside, we have some great ideas for safely spending this fall season out and about with your family. 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 […]
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
Sailing Through the Winter Solstice by Color on the Creek Annually, Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins in November, when a number of boats, transformed through the creative minds of many Frederick friends, set sail on the Creek. The fleet has grown from one boat the first year to about 25 boats in 2020. Learn more at coloronthecreek.com. The fleet includes gaff-rigged ketches, yawls, three-masted schooners and pirate ships, moored with their sail outlines, rigging and decks lit up from dusk till dawn. If you can’t imagine it make sure to come by and take a look at the amazing flotilla! It’s not just fun. We vote for our favorites – $1 per vote. All proceeds raised will flow to Color On The Creek and other participating Frederick County based charities. The event runs from launch week in November through the first weekend in February, when Downtown Frederick celebrates February First Saturday: Fire in Ice. * 2021 update: The fleet will remain sailing an extra month this year! Boats will remain on display through Saturday, March 13.
Sailing Through the Winter Solstice
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Carroll Creek Park
This winter, the Frederick Arts Council will present a print exhibition entitled “A Mutual Interest,” including recent works by artists Johnny Carrera, Terrence Hannum, Suzy Kopf, Priyanka Kumar, Rebecca Marimutu, Lisa Sheirer, Rhonda Smith and Corrine Wilson. The exhibition’s title and environmental theme are inspired by Lady Bird Johnson’s words: “The environment is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become.” The show will run from December 5th, 2020, until February 27th, 2021, on the first floor of the Arts Council’s 5 E. 2nd Street art center. “A Mutual Interest” will open with a reception on December 5th from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Visitors will be required to wear masks and abide by social distancing regulations, and coffee & breakfast refreshments will be served outdoors. “Even in the midst of COVID-19, we are grateful to have these talented artists reminding us of the beauty of our environment, and the importance of preserving it,” said Louise Kennelly, Executive Director of the Frederick Arts Council. “This inaugural print show will be the first of many exhibits showcasing local and regional artists at our […]
“A Mutual Interest” Print Show
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Love Local this February We’re declaring February “LOVE LOCAL” month for Downtown Frederick! Join us in this month-long celebration by showing your love for small businesses, your love for local and your love for our community. You could even find yourself celebrating with an extra $250 in your pocket to spend at your favorite downtown business! Love Letters for Local (February 1-28, 2021) This February, let our businesses know how much you love them! Write a simple love letter to a Downtown Frederick business (or two) that you love… and you could find yourself walking home with a $250 gift card to spend at your favorite business. How it works: • Write a love letter for a Downtown Frederick business during the month of February (Not sure which businesses are eligible? Just make sure they’re listed in our directory: downtownfrederick.org/get-it-downtown) • Make sure to include the BUSINESS NAME and YOUR EMAIL OR PHONE NUMBER on the outside of your letter or envelope (We’ll need your contact info to reach you if you’re our lucky gift card winner!) • Drop it in one of our special “Love Letters for Local” mailboxes at 30 N Market St or 12 N East St (No postage […]
Love Letters for Local
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Celebrate love at the Pop Shop with February’s Brownies for Etta and Brownie. Learn more here. ALL of the proceeds from our brownie creations will go to The Frederick Rescue Mission during the month of February. Be sure to try a Brownie Stuffed Shake, a Brownie Freddy, or any brownie sweet treat combination! Not into brownies…? Stay tuned we will be doing a Teddy Bear Drive in Etta and Brownies Honor for the local Pediatric and NICU at Frederick Health Hospital, their bears are in short supply since the pandemic started!
Brownies for Etta & Brownie
North Market Pop Shop
DISTRICT Arts Presents “A Symphony in Pastel”, soft pastel paintings by Jean Hirons. For Jean, painting with soft pastels is a means of connecting to the things she loves—the natural world, architecture that delights her, and harmonious color. The pure pigment colors of pastel really sing! She describes herself as a “painterly realist” because her subjects are grounded in reality but her color palettes are often of her choosing. An avid amateur pianist, Jean sees the similarities between art and music. Both begin with solid compositions, then take wing with color, harmony, texture and surprise. In this featured show at DISTRICT Arts, Jean includes paintings from Washington, DC, Frederick, MD and the C&O Canal. Jean is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Artists. This exhibition runs from February 3 through February 28 and is free and open to the public. Visit DistrictArts.com for gallery hours. To maintain the safety, health, and wellness of our visitors, we require that masks be worn at all times within the gallery. In addition, occupancy will be limited to 10 visitors at a time with social distancing observed during the visits.
DISTRICT Arts Presents “A Symphony in Pastel”
Travel with us to some of the nation’s best art museums without having to put on your snow boots or face mask! Just hop online the third and fourth Fridays in January and February for a one-hour live tour of museums around the country and their collections. Space for each tour is limited and registration is required. Information on how to access the tours will be provided to registered participants about one week before each tour. COST: $12 per tour ($10 for members). The Metropolitan Museum of Art Friday, January 15 • 11 am–12 pm Enjoy highlights of the Met’s collection of more than 5,000 years of art from around the world! Register The National Museum of Women in the Arts Friday, January 22 • 11 am–12 pm Explore featured works from the only major museum in the world dedicated solely to women in the arts. Register The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Friday, February 19 • 11 am–12 pm See highlights of the internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century. Register The Grand Rapids Art Museum Friday, February 26 • 11 am–12 pm Tour the showcase exhibition on impressionist and Grand Rapids artist, Mathias J. Alten: An Enduring Legacy. […]
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Located at 331 N Market St. A weekly outdoor bazaar featuring a variety of vendors and products, each Saturday through February 27. More information: instagram.com/downtownsaturdaybazaar
Downtown Saturday Bazaar
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Frederick Restaurant Week features unique and fine dining options available in Downtown Frederick and the surrounding area. From March 1-7, participating restaurants throughout the county will be serving up unique multi-course meals at appetizing prices. Restaurants will offer a variety of menus for indoor, outdoor and to-go dining. Visit an old favorite or try something new… Frederick County is full of delicious dining options! All costs are exclusive of tax, beverages and gratuity. Reservations strongly recommended. For more information, visit www.frederickrestaurantweek.com. Restaurant Week pricing key (menus coming soon…) $: $15 – $19 $$: $20 – $29 $$$: $30 – $39 $$$$: $40+ Participating Restaurants: 200 Monroe (200 Monroe Ave) / reservations: online / offering: to-go Brewer’s Alley (124 N Market St) / reservations: call (301) 631-0089 / offering: to-go | outdoor | indoor Bushwaller’s GastroPub (209 N Market St) / offering: to-go | outdoor | indoor Carriage House Inn (200 S Seton Ave, Emmitsburg) / reservations: online / offering: to-go | indoor Cellar Door (5 E Church St) / reservations: online / offering: to-go | outdoor | indoor Dempsey’s Grille (116 W Main St, Middletown) / offering: to-go | indoor Firestone’s Culinary Tavern (105 N Market St) / […]
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ORDER IN • HELP OUT We’re challenging the Frederick community to order takeout from a local restaurant at least once a week. Whether it’s a Takeout Tuesday, or any other day of the week! It’s no secret that many local eateries are struggling right now. Ordering in or picking up a good meal is a satisfying way to show support — there’s gratitude in every bite. Visit the Facebook event to see everyone’s favorite meals, specials and to-go experiences.
Frederick’s Takeout Tuesday
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Emerging artist Nevada Tribble, from Elkins, WV, creates thread drawings and paper sculptures to reimagine hope and familiarity. She is a recent graduate of Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, WV. Nevada says “My work is about hope, and how it is manifested in the past and present of my surroundings. I like to imagine memory as a residue that sticks to things, giving them a tangible and subjective history. In my work I capture the things that remind me to hope, the things with layered memories of what is good, and the moments that make up those memories. “I use a sewing machine as a drawing tool, moving my paper under the needle as I stitch to make marks with the thread. Sewing has been a part of my life for a long time as a practical skill. I like that it references that practicality as a drawing medium, alluding to the power to mend and alter.” This exhibition runs from March 3 through March 28 and is free and open to the public. Visit DistrictArts.com for gallery hours.
DISTRICT Arts Presents “Around the Block”
Thacher & Rye is partnering with local wine makers, brewers, and distillers every Wednesday for special 3-course dinners and pairings. Visit exploretock.com/thacherrye for tickets. Dinner Schedule February 3 • Catoctin Creek Distilling Company February 10 • Big Cork Vineyards February 17 • Attaboy Brewery February 24 • Denizens Brewing March 3 • Frederick Restaurant Week March 10 • McClintock Distilling March 17 • Flying Dog Brewery for St. Patrick’s Day April 7 • Monocacy Brewing
Love Local Wednesdays at Thacher & Rye
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The artists of Gallery 322 are inspired by spring, and the energy it brings — a New Leaf of creativity, and reawakening of color in the world, and in the work we do. This spring group show features artists Michael Douglas Jones, Jan Kaufman, Linda Kirvan, Ann Schaefer, Anne Gibson Snyder, Russell Schofield, and Homer Yost, along with associate artists Roberta Staat, Tom Ritchie, Leo Ramos, Lissa Abrams, and Karen Winston-Levin. Gallery 322 is operating with adjusted hours during COVID-19: Friday 5-7PM, Saturday and Sunday 1-5PM, and of course, open by appointment. More info gallery322.com.
“A New Leaf” the Spring Show
Celebrate National Craft Month by joining us every Saturday in March for free demonstrations from local artists and makers! Enjoy 10% off the artist’s work while they are in the shop doing their demo. On Saturday, March 6, we welcome March Featured Artist Courtney Prahl, who will be doing a live painting demo!
Demo Days: Live Painting Demo with Courtney Prahl
Celebrate International Women’s Day with expert speakers, violin and piano performances, fabric design, doll making, theatrical dance, yoga instruction, and inner peace meditation via Sahaja Yoga. More than ever, we need your solidarity in these humanitarian programs to help us move forward for our planet and ALL people! What better day than Women’s Day to find the best of humanity in each one of us?! Hosted by UNESCO Body & Mind Wellness Club. Please sign up at unescobmw.org or simply click on this Zoom link at 12 noon EST on March 7th to join. Join us on Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5088630557?pwd=ckdBQVFieVdxMUFtd3g0VExsN00vUT09
International Women’s Day
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Join us on Sunday, March 7 at 5pm for our virtual event with Kate Albus. Kate will be in conversation with Melinda Beatty to discuss her first middle-grade novel, A Place to Hang the Moon. This event is free but registration is required. Click the tickets link below to reserve your spot. About the book: For fans of The War That Saved My Life and other World War II fiction, A Place to Hang the Moon is the tale of three orphaned siblings who are evacuated from London to live in the countryside with the secret hope of finding a permanent family. Book is recommended for ages 8-12.
Kate Albus: A Place to Hang the Moon
Celebrate National Craft Month by joining us every Saturday in March for free demonstrations from local artists and makers! Enjoy 10% off the artist’s work while they are in the shop doing their demo. On March 13, Kellie Ketron of Sally Forth Supply Co. will be doing a live demonstration showing how she waxes her handmade aprons!
Demo Days: Live demo with Kellie Ketron
Celebrate National Craft Month by joining us every Saturday in March for free demonstrations from local artists and makers! Enjoy 10% off the artist’s work while they are in the shop doing their demo. On March 20th, Michelle Quader of Elemental Findings will be joining us for a live jewelry-making demo!
Demo Days: Live Jewelry-Making demo with Michelle Quader
With a cast consisting of both stars from Broadway’s greatest rock musicals, as well as incredible Rock & Roll singers, Neil Berg shares the often unknown stories from the fifty-year history of the music that changed the world forever! From the progenitors of Rock and Roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, up until MTV in the early ’80s, Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll uses fascinating stories and groundbreaking music, with tributes to such important and iconic rock stars/groups/genres as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown, Aretha Franklin, The Who, Janis Joplin, Woodstock, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Disco, New Wave, Journey, and others!
Neil Berg’s 50 YEARS OF ROCK N’ ROLL 2
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Celebrate National Craft Month by joining us every Saturday in March for free demonstrations from local artists and makers! Enjoy 10% off the artist’s work while they are in the shop doing their demo. On March 27th, local stop-motion animator Courntey Johnson will be on hand to show us how she creates the puppets she uses in her films!
Demo Days: Live Puppet-Making demo with Courtney Johnson
Celebrate International World Book and Copyright Day with our program “Farshchian, an artist or a philosopher?” Dedicated to the prominent artist painter of Persian miniature. Hosted by UNESCO Body & Mind Wellness Club. Learn more at unescobmw.org. Our monthly Programs are always at 12PM/Noon EST (Washington DC) Join us on Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5088630557?pwd=ckdBQVFieVdxMUFtd3g0VExsN00vUT09
International World Book and Copyright Day
UNESCO Body & Mind Wellness Club
Frederick is honored to welcome Vu Le, nationally recognized blogger of NonprofitAF. Vu is a writer, speaker, and former executive director of a Seattle nonprofit that promotes social justice. NonprofitAF candidly examines the joys and frustrations of the nonprofit sector, challenges established norms, and provokes discussions. He will stretch your current thinking and bring a different perspective to nonprofit management. The speaking engagement with Vu Le will now be hosted as a VIRTUAL Event.
Frederick Nonprofit Summit presents Vu Le
Weinberg Center for the Arts
Volunteer clean-up day in Downtown Frederick! Join in the tenth annual Bring a Broom Saturday on Saturday, April 24, 2021! Community members are asked to bring their brooms and help Downtown Frederick get ready for spring. ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST REGISTER ON THE EVENTBRITE PAGE FOR VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT. Registration deadline is 10AM on Monday, April 19. Register at bringabroom2021.eventbrite.com Bring a Broom Saturday is made possible with support from Tobacco Free Frederick, Oldetowne Landscape Architects, Grant County Mulch and the City of Frederick. GENERAL INFO: Volunteer a few hours of your time with friends and neighbors to help make downtown shine! Volunteers will sweep sidewalks, mulch tree wells, pick up trash and plant flowers. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. WHAT TO BRING: Bring your own broom, dustpan, work gloves, light gardening tools (trowel, small shovel, etc.), water bottle and face mask — trash bags will be provided. NEW THIS YEAR: Volunteers should report directly to their assigned clean-up locations at 8:30AM. Your clean-up location will be assigned to you in advance by the event organizers. There will not be a centralized volunteer check-in at the Partnership office. Event organizers will be circulating around downtown to assist volunteers. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: All volunteers must register in advance this year. The deadline to register is 10AM on […]
Bring a Broom Saturday
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Best known for his soulful voice and unsurpassed guitar playing, Dave Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the group Traffic, and continues performing as a solo artist with sold-out shows. His career spans several important rock eras, and encompasses his work as a producer, performer, songwriter and consummate guitarist.
Dave Mason – The Feelin’ Alright Tour
Weinberg Center for the Arts
The 2021 Frederick Festival of the Arts is currently scheduled for June 11th-13th. FAC will be monitoring COVID-19 restrictions and conditions into the new year and this date may be subject to change. Meanwhile, feel free to mark your calendars and get ready to welcome back one of Frederick’s favorite events. Find the most up-to-date information at frederickartscouncil.org.
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Carroll Creek Amphitheater
Bestselling author and journalist Michael Pollan has spent 30 years writing about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the environment. He’s been a New York Times bestselling author and a contributing writer to many publications. Chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world (2010), Pollan is also a professor and lectures widely on food, agriculture, and health. A separately ticketed meet-and-greet reception will take place immediately following the event. For an additional $75 you can meet the speaker for a photo opportunity, a signing opportunity (whenever possible), and light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. All proceeds from the meet-and-greet reception will benefit children’s programs at Frederick County Public Libraries.
Frederick Speaker Series presents Michael Pollan
Weinberg Center for the Arts
When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are earth-shatteringly hysterical. This show is a great recipe for a date night out: a little storytelling blended with some comedy and a dash of sage wisdom from the book. Sexy and fast paced, it covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. While definitely for adults, this show will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids!
Men Are From Mars—Women Are From Venus LIVE!
Weinberg Center for the Arts
Combining the skill and discipline of an investigative reporter with a comedian’s sense of the absurd and the stupid, political humorist P.J. O’Rourke covers current events like no other. Known as a hard-bitten, cigar-smoking conservative, he in fact bashes all political persuasions. O’Rourke proves himself a savvy guide to national and global affairs. His razor sharp insights never fail to inform and entertain audiences. A separately ticketed meet-and-greet reception will take place immediately following the event. For an additional $75 you can meet the speaker for a photo opportunity, a signing opportunity (whenever possible), and light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. All proceeds from the meet-and-greet reception will benefit children’s programs at Frederick County Public Libraries. Tickets can be purchased by members starting August 8th and by the general public August 15th.
Frederick Speaker Series presents PJ O’Rourke
Weinberg Center for the Arts
Symphonic music returns to the Weinberg Center when the acclaimed Frederick Symphony Orchestra performs a magical evening of “Strings and Things” Be mesmerized by the music of Brahms, Bach, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Bizet. Peabody trained Maestro Glenn Quader will conduct the FSO in their long awaited return to the Weinberg.
The Frederick Symphony Orchestra presents “Strings and Things”
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