Hood College is an independent liberal arts college located on a striking and stunningly picturesque campus in vibrant and historic Downtown Frederick. The College’s well-regarded faculty and caring support staff provide a quality education at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a small-college environment that integrates the liberal arts with professional studies and experiential learning. Hood’s core values and traditions, its commitment to continuous improvement, comparative excellence, and exceeding student expectations have made it a treasured institution to current students and to more than 23,000 graduates living in the United States and around the world.
Hood College is located at 401 Rosemont Ave.
Building a Life in Downtown Frederick
There are many wonderful ways to get involved in Downtown Frederick. Pick up a part-time job with a downtown business, volunteer during community events and take advantage of the amazing shopping, dining and entertainment that’s just outside your door!
Student Volunteer Opportunities:
One of the best ways to connect with your community is to get involved! To stay in the know about event volunteer opportunities in Downtown Frederick, sign up to receive volunteer announcements from Downtown Frederick Partnership, Celebrate Frederick and other community organizations. Popular event volunteer opportunities include:
- Bring a Broom Saturday (April 30, 2022)
- First Saturday (the first Saturday of every month)
Feel at Home in Downtown Frederick
Wondering how you can feel more at home in Downtown Frederick? Get out there and explore! There’s something different going on every day. Whether it’s trying a new exercise class, finding a cozy study nook in a local coffee shop, or bringing your friends downtown for a First Saturday shopping spree — take advantage of your time as a Downtown Frederick resident.
Still stuck for ideas? Here’s our list of some Downtown Frederick must-dos… and this is just the start.
- Get a Downtown Frederick Gift Card, good at more than 190 downtown stores, restaurants, theaters and galleries.
- Experience downtown during First Saturday, featuring live music on the streets, late-night shopping and a free downtown trolley.
- Catch a show at a downtown theater, visit a museum or take an art class.
- Participate in the downtown scavenger hunt as a first-year student to get a sneak peek of some downtown businesses during your Hood Orientation.
- Walk along Carroll Creek, attend an event at the amphitheater or explore Baker Park.
- Make friends with the locals! Work or intern with a downtown business and have fun being part of the community.
Hood College Student Discount Program
Get out there and start exploring! Look for the blue and white window decal to find more than 30 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 below. This list current as of August 2023. Businesses reserve the right to opt out of the program at any time.
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
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
Join Jim Thomas for a guided sound- and- toning meditation focused on opening your heart to your intimate connection with the Earth. He will focus on breath awareness and will include the use of poetry, singing bowls, shruti box, gong, chimes, nature sounds and voice. This heart-centered meditation will assist participants in experiencing a deep, transformational state of awareness and awaken the capacity to feel oneself as a part of a greater whole.
In Unison With The Earth @ The Center • Sound • Mind • Body
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
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!
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
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. Each weekend you’ll find something special happening! 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. December Saturdays are presented with support from AARP Maryland SPECIAL FOR DECEMBER SATURDAYS In December, Downtown Frederick is filled with holiday fun! The tree lights sparkle overhead, storefronts are decked out in greenery and bows, and Santa makes appearances here and there! December First Saturday – Holiday Kids’ Craft @ 30 N Market St (12-4pm) December Second Saturday – FREE Gift Wrapping @ 30 N Market St (12-5pm) Holiday Lights & Light Walk – all […]
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
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
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
The historic building which houses the Delaplaine’s main galleries and classrooms was an important part of the Frederick County community even before being transformed into a community arts center. Built in the 1850s, the building operated as a steam-powered flour mill for much of its early life. Stop by to see art, take a tour and make a creative project.
Museums By Candlelight, Tour the Delaplaine and Make a Craft @ Delaplaine Arts Center
There’s something special about selecting a gift in person and holding it in your hand–even meeting the person that made it! Chain Link jewelry Artist, Sarah Norris, and stained glass artist Rachael Simon will be in the shop greeting shoppers and sharing a bit about their art with visitors. See you soon!
Meet the Artists: Sarah Norris and Donna Quesada @ Art Collective
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
New offerings at Atomic 97! We now sell any of our beer & wine by the glass for $6 – Open to close! And like always, wine tastings are available in the store. Ask for details! We also have some exciting stuff planned for the December Saturdays. Check out the details! December 2 Join us for complimentary wine tastings & watch local artist, Goodloe Byron, create unique abstract watercolor art paintings right before your eyes! 1-4pm – Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Thurmont, MD Wine Tasting 3-8pm – Live Watercolor Paintings Available for Purchase by Local Artist Goodloe Byron! 5-8pm – Mary Taylor Wine Tasting December 16 We’ll be sampling Zilch Non-Alcoholic Brut & Rosé. Skip the hangover… 5-8pm – Stop by to try local wine from Old Westminster Winery & local beer from Cushwa Brewing Co
Free Beer & Wine Tastings, Live Painting, and more @ Atomic 97 Beer & Wine
Sweet Clover’s new downtown location screams HOLIDAY MARKET! With string lights overhead and holiday music in the air, the Kris Kringle Holiday Night Market is both tucked away and easily accessible from the creek walk and Patrick Street. Expect 15+ local makers, artisans + vendors, live music, and festive food + drink. Don’t miss this charming holiday event! BONUS DAY- Friday December 8th to coincide with Frederick’s Kris Kringle Parade. Location: 244 East Patrick Street, Frederick MD 21701
Holiday Night Market! @ Sweet Clover
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
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. 🎄 Over 90 vendors: Handmade, Art, Local businesses, Food and more 🎄 Meet Santa: We are bringing Santa Claus to meet everyone and he will be available for photos at no cost. 🎄 Free parking: All of the downtown garages and meters are free every weekend until New Years. More info here. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Frederick Holiday Market at Carroll Creek Park
Since you’ll already be in town for First Saturday… The art galleries encourage you to stay for a special Downtown Frederick Sunday Artwalk following each First Saturday. There will be special events, art talks, live demos, and DIY projects from 12-4pm. More gallery info and an interactive walking map here: For the holidays, the art galleries have exciting new things to see and do every Sunday in December. Talk to the artists behind the work, and give the gift of beautiful art this year! December 3rd events: All events are from 12-4pm unless otherwise noted. Tree-Inspired Trays, Plates and Bowls! @ The Delaplaine Arts Center (11am-5pm) Tree-inspired trays, plates and bowls! Our guest artist is Ron Roos. His ceramic plates and bowls celebrate nature and our surrounding trees! He will be selling as well as discussing the process for his creations. Give the Gift of Original Art this Holiday Season! @ DISTRICT Arts (11am-5pm) DISTRICT Arts is featuring many new creations by our 35 gallery artists. Browse the walls and pedestals and find the perfect piece to give a loved one this holiday season. Holiday Gift Mart @ Eastside Artists’ Gallery Eastside Artists’ Gallery is holding […]
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
While we begin our move to the new building, join us on December 10th from 4 to 8 PM at the Silkscreen Studio to ring in the holiday season with upcycling, eggnog, and hot cocoa! Similar to our upcycling events in the past, bring your thrift store treasures and “back of the closet” clothing to transform into a holiday sweater made out of various dingbats from our very own type drawers. Perfect for gifting, attending holiday parties, and celebrating with your family, we will have the design ready for you to print in red, navy, or white. Keep this in mind when choosing what color garment to bring along with you. We recommend a light color garment for the red and navy, or a darker color for the white. Our team can’t wait to see what combinations you come up with! Printing costs $10 per article of fabric, $5 for members. All ink is heat-set and machine washable; natural fibers will work best and handle the heat setting at 330 degrees. While we ask that attendees bring clothes of their own they would like to print, don’t worry, we’ll supply the sweets! We are located in the garage studio behind […]
Introducing the FBAC Silkscreen Studio: Our First Upcycling Holiday Party @ Frederick Book Arts Center
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
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
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 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
Take a break from frantic to-do lists and enjoy art in our galleries. Shop for unique gifts hand-made by local artisans in our Gift Gallery.
Shop for Mugs to Sip Your Favorite Beverage: Wheel-Thrown Ceramic Mugs – Or Mugs With Frederick Scenes! @ Delaplaine Arts Center
Join us this weekend for our annual Ugly Sweater Party! There will be cocktail tastings, food samples and holiday music in the air. Wear your ugliest sweater and you get to pick from the punchbowl! Prizes include discounts and item giveaways! We’ll have complimentary coffee and hot chocolate, photo ops and live music too!
Ugly Sweater Party! @ Sweet Clover
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
There’s something special about selecting a gift in person and holding it in your hand–even meeting the person that made it! Local landscape and ceramics artist Donna Quesada, and mixed media artist Bette Brody will be in the shop greeting shoppers and sharing a bit about their art with visitors. See you soon!
Meet the Artists: Donna Quesada and Better Brody @ Art Collective
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
We will be providing fire prevention material, and allowing people to take a look at the equipment we have in our bays! We may even have a special visit from SANTA!!! Weather permitting, we will have a fire pit and s’mores!!! Come by and visit us!!!
Santa, S’mores & Hot Chocolate @ United Steam Fire Engine Co #3
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
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
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
Whether you are browsing and enjoying fine art in our galleries or checking off those last few people on your gift list, the Delaplaine has a lot to offer! Our gift shop has hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, textiles, prints and more! All by local artisans!
Saving the Best for Last! @ Delaplaine Arts Center
Still looking for the perfect gift? Santa made his list and he’s checked it twice, he knows exactly what they want and he’ll be in our showroom to shop with you and your little ones! Be sure to stop by and get a photo with Santa!
Shop with Santa! @ Colonial Jewelers
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
Come see us as we wrap up the holiday retail season! Sample cocktail mixers, dips and treats all weekend. Enjoy discounts on holiday decor, gifts, stocking stuffers, wrap and ribbon. We’ll have complimentary coffee and hot chocolate, a fire pit and seating in our parking lot, fun holiday photo ops indoors and out and live music on Saturday. See you there!
Holiday Wrap Party! @ Sweet Clover
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!
There’s something special about selecting a gift in person and holding it in your hand–even meeting the person that made it! Silversmith and jewelry artist Malika Green will be in the shop greeting shoppers and sharing a bit about her art with visitors. See you soon!
Meet the Artist: Malika Green @ Art Collective
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
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
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
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
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
February First Saturday – Fire in Ice First Saturday is a day to show your love for local! Where you spend your money matters. Each February, Downtown Frederick is transformed into a winter wonderland! The event kicks off on Friday evening with Fire Performances and a Live Ice Carving Demo, plus the opening of our Polar Lounge and Ice Games Center. Then, all day Saturday, visitors can view 100+ ice sculptures displayed all over downtown, catch Live Ice Carvings during the day, challenge a friend at our first-ever Ice Putt-Putt Course, be dazzled by a roaring fire tower at the Polar Lounge, and explore all that Downtown Frederick has to offer. Make your trip a breeze by taking advantage of our FREE SHUTTLES! Shuttle stops offer free parking at three locations Saturday, with all-day bus service into downtown. See below for more info. SPONSORING AN ICE SCULPTURE Interested in sponsoring an ice sculpture for this year’s event? Contact email@example.com MAIN EVENTS Friday, February 2 (6-9PM) Live Ice Carving Demonstration | 6-9PM at Everedy Square & Shab Row (20 N East St) Ice Games Center | 6-9PM at 331 N Market St | featuring our […]
February First Saturday (Fire In Ice)
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.