Upcoming Downtown Events
WHIMSY, an installation art exhibition at Gallery 115 at The Y Arts Center in Downtown, Frederick will run Sunday, September 26th through Sunday, January 9th, 2022. Opening Reception: Saturday, November 6th, 7pm-9pm – the first open studios and micro gallery will also be open on First Saturday, and our artist-in-residence program officially launches on October 1st with two artists, Karin Birch and Lisa Sheirer. Whimsy presents the whimsical yet poignant works of Heather Harvey and Shana Kohnstamm, two Maryland based artists. Each artist created a semi-immersive installation in the gallery. Additionally, Harvey will be showing a collection of new paintings in the Foyer Gallery. Harvey utilizes an eclectic range of litter she finds on her walks and transforms it into an intriguing, surprising cascading chandelier of objects. Her work transforms the discarded into treasure while evoking the specter of stranger’s pasts. Kohnstamm’s work utilizes the ancient medium of hand dyed wool, an ecologically sustainable choice to create a variety of colorful biomorphic forms, at once playful, comedic and eerie. Sculptures are placed on unevenly placed platforms protruding from the wall or suspended from the ceiling evoking a theatrical and other-worldly communion. Harvey’s collection of new paintings in the Foyer […]
WHIMSY at Gallery 115
The Literacy Council’s Annual Holiday Book Drive begins Monday, November 15, 2021. The Literacy Council of Frederick County is partnering with Curious Iguana for our Annual Holiday Book Drive to provide new books for elementary school aged children (PreK through 5th grade). Last year, over 3,000 books were donated! While the Literacy Council serves adult literacy needs, providing appealing, age-appropriate books to children fosters literacy at a young age and helps to break the cycle of low literacy in families. The books will be given to parents of children in elementary school who are participating in the Literacy Council’s tutoring, parent literacy, workplace, or class instruction programs. The Literacy Council works directly with the Judy Center and Butterfly Ridge, Hillcrest, Lincoln, and Waverley Elementary Schools to provide tutoring at the schools for parents whose children attend these schools, and many of our other students also have young children with whom to share the books. Suggestions for younger grades include: board books, picture books (fiction and nonfiction), early chapter books; and for older grades: mid-grade chapter books, paperback series, graphic novels, and STEM titles. To participate in the Holiday Book Drive, you may purchase and donate books between November 15 and December 13 at […]
Holiday Book Drive
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 22 sailing boats and 3 land-locked boats in the 2021-22 season. 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 every day 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. Vote for your favorites at just $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 early March 2022.
Sailing Through the Winter Solstice
Looking for a bit of fun on these cold winter days? Visit Downtown Frederick, MD for a family-friendly outdoor scavenger hunt through our beautiful historic downtown. Downtown Frederick’s 200+ independently-owned businesses are all decked out for the holidays… but can you spy the sparkling lights that are hidden amongst the rest? Count the number of blue and silver light bursts hiding in shop and restaurant windows all over downtown for your chance to win a $50 Downtown Frederick Gift Card! Submit your guess at downtownfrederick.org/sparkle by December 12th for a chance to win! Each guess = 1 chance to win. Entries are limited to 1 per person. The winner will be contacted via email on Monday, December 13. If we can’t confirm our winner within 7 days we’ll select someone new.
Operation Sparkle: Holiday Scavenger Hunt
DISTRICT Arts is excited to display many new creations from our talented group of 35 artists that are perfect for holiday gift giving. We are also offering a $100 gift card for only $75 (one per household) until 12/24/21. DISTRICT Arts will be open every day between November 26 and December 24. Visit our website for gallery hours: https://www.districtarts.com/
Give the Gift of Art this Holiday Season! @ DISTRICT Arts
Give the Gift of Local With more than 200 locally-owned businesses, Downtown Frederick is the perfect shopping destination this holiday season. Get started on your list with our ultimate Holiday Gift Guide, curated just for you by the businesses of Downtown Frederick. Each picture is clickable & links to the business where you can find that product! Happy shopping!!! Downtown Frederick’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide by Downtown Frederick Partnership
2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Frederick Presbyterian Church, 115 W. Second Street, is offering free mid-day concerts of holiday music, Wednesdays, 12:15 to 1 pm. A quiet time with no expectations but the enjoyment of music. All are welcome. Come and go as you wish. Please wear a mask. December 1 The Rev. Dr. Eric Myers, Pastor, and Brian Bartoldus, Director of Music, piano and organ December 8 Nancy Beith, piano December 15 Amy Coldren, flute Meghan Michaels, handbells Ashley Simms, trombone Lisa Allen, piano December 22 Janice Jackson, soprano Nancy Beith, piano
Songs of the Season
The Greenwood Project has partnered with Shungu to organize a coat and food drive. Items will be accepted from November 27 through December 11, and all donated items will be distributed on December 18, 12-3PM at the Lincoln Elementary Parking Lot (200 Madison St, Frederick). Join in helping those in need receive a coat and food this winter! Accepting coats, gloves, hats, sleeping bags and non-perishable food. Please wash and dry clothes prior to donating. Drop off items Thursdays through Saturdays from 10am-6pm at Shungu Gallery (125 S Carroll St).
Coat + Food Drive
Join Gallery 322, for the opening of their new show, Deck the Walls. Any time of the year is a great time for new art, but especially this time of year when you want your home to look its best with holidays and company just around the corner! Gallery 322 artists, Michael Douglas Jones, Anne Gibson Snyder, Jan Kaufman, Russell Schofield, Linda Kirvan, Tom Ritchie, Ann Schaefer, and Homer Yost invite you to visit the gallery to see a festive display of new work. Including both large and small artworks to select from, Deck the Walls, will include paintings, assemblages, and sculptures to enhance your home and surroundings. Gallery 322 has been a destination for collectors, enthusiasts, and art lovers in the heART of Frederick’s historic district for 12 years.
Deck the Walls @ Gallery 322
Holiday Gift Mart at Eastside Gallery ft. Guest Artists For the Holidays, we try to fill the Gallery with great art, showing paintings of various medias like Ceramics, Photography, Forged Steel Sculpture, Jewelry, and Pottery. Alongside the artworks of our 13 talented members, we have invited 4 guests to join us with their unique artistry. Joining us is Yvette Cousary – Uniquely Vetty Artistry (jewelry), Kirke Martin – M4 Studios (wood fired ceramics), Steven Gibson – Gibson Glassworks (handmade fused glass), and Bethany Dell’Agnello – Bethany D Jewelry. Visit their website to learn more
Holiday Gift Mart @ Eastside Artists’ Gallery
Join us for the Annual Kris Kringle Procession through the streets of Downtown Frederick! The event begins at the corner of South Carroll and East Patrick Streets in Frederick 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 children dressed as reindeer, snowflakes, angels, elves, and gifts will accompany costumed characters, some modern, some traditional, through Frederick’s downtown streets.
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. Shows of The Nutcracker run from Fri December 10, 2021 | 8:00 PM — Sun December 12, 2021 | 2:00 PM 12/10 @ 8:00 PM 12/11 @ 2:00 PM 12/11 @ 7:00 PM 12/12 @ 2:00 PM Check out our website to see complete details.
The Frederick Arts Council (FAC) is excited to host the 2021 Holiday Art Showcase! 11AM-2PM every weekend, Nov 26 – Dec 19. Stop by the FAC Art Center located on 5 E 2nd St and experience three floors of artist craftsmanship, community activities, and programs. Local and regional artists will be on display throughout the Holiday Art Showcase via an exhibition of affordable works and pop-up maker booths located on the first floor of the FAC Art Center. This display of original fine art will be available to the public during regular business hours. In addition, pop-up craft-maker booths will be on weekends. Visitors are invited to view and purchase from the maker pop-up booths as well as from the two-dimensional works exhibit that includes prints, paintings, photographs, and wall hangings. Additionally, FAC will be hosting a series of programs and community activities at the newly opened Creative Lab, located on the third floor of the Art Center. The Creative Lab will be open during regular business hours and offer hands-on maker activities every day. FAC Art Center is open Monday thru Thursday from 10am to 5pm, Friday from 11am to 4pm, and on the weekends from 11am to 5pm. […]
Holiday Art Showcase
Find the perfect holiday décor – straight from Ireland! Featuring holiday ornaments from Belleek Pottery and Wool Knit sweaters from Ireland! 10% off all Christmas décor and traditional Irish sweaters at A Lit’le Irish, Too! Find more on their Facebook.
Holiday Ornaments & Cozy Wool Sweaters @ A Lit’le Irish, Too
Come visit Frederick MADE for holiday shopping Make some Christmas ornaments, check out new artists popping up & do some shopping at Frederick MADE! We will have our gift wrap station open all day as well. Visit the Facebook event for more information
Holiday shopping & more @ Frederick MADE
Located at 331 N Market St. A weekly outdoor bazaar featuring a variety of vendors and products, every Saturday throughout the year. More information: instagram.com/downtownsaturdaybazaar
Downtown Saturday Bazaar
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Come to Rockwell Brewery to shop small with 10 local vendors, delicious food, and live music! Get all of your holiday shopping done and have the best beer in Frederick while you’re at it! Shopping, Food, and BEER: The best combo to spread holiday cheer!