Mission: Interior Grant
Through its Mission: Interior program, the Partnership offers up to $5,000 in matching grants to improve the interior of your retail business. The 2023 grant cycle has a total of $20,000 in grant funding available. Applications close at 12PM (noon) on Monday, March 20, 2023.
Applicants are encouraged to type their answers directly into the PDF application. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have issues with the digital form.
Who can apply for funding?
Mission: Interior is focused on improving retail spaces. Locations that house retailers, restaurants, service businesses with a retail component or entertainment focused
businesses are eligible for funding. Either building owners or store owners with approval from the property owner can apply for funding.
Businesses housed in a building actively for sale are not eligible for funding. Certain businesses are not eligible for this grant source including automotive businesses, banks, discount retailers (does not include resale), phone service retailers, offices and fast food restaurants. According to the State of Maryland’s requirements for funding, the Partnership cannot provide assistance to certain uses/businesses including pawn shops, gun shops, tanning salons, massage parlors, adult video/book shops, adult entertainment facilities, check cashing facilities, gambling facilities, tattoo parlors and liquor stores. The State also prohibits the use of funds for residential properties.
The project must be located within the Partnership’s boundaries. The primary focus of the project area is Market Street between South and Ninth Streets, Patrick Street between Bentz and Wisner Streets and Everedy Square/Shab Row. Additional locations on commercially oriented downtown blocks will be considered. Contact the Partnership at 301.698.8118 to learn if your property is eligible.
A grant under this program for the same physical space may be awarded no more than once every three fiscal years, unless a compelling justification is established and approved by the Business Development Committee.
What types of improvements are eligible for funding?
The program is intended to fund improvements that are affixed to the property and therefore will not cover the cost of purchasing or installing non-fixed equipment or
inventory. The State of Maryland requires that grant funds only be used for capital improvements.
Eligible improvement projects include, but are not limited to, the following list of repairs/replacements/upgrades:
Barrier-Free Access Interior demolition Dry wall/Plaster Lighting Electrical Painting Flooring/Floor repair Plumbing
1. Applicants submit a completed application form by Noon on Monday, March 20, 2023. In order for the application to be considered complete, the applicant must submit:
a. Two color photos showing at least two different views of the existing building interior
b. One color photo showing the building exterior (include the full height of the building from sidewalk to rooftop)
c. Detailed sketches or drawings of the proposed improvements (as needed to show the proposed work)
d. If the applicant is seeking a project grant of $3,000 or more (a total project cost of $6,000 or more), two bids for each component of the proposed work on contractor letterhead must be submitted (one contractor may be able to complete the entire project). For projects seeking less than $3,000 in grant funding (a total project cost less than $6,000), only one bid is required. If desired, ask the Partnership for a list of contractors provided by the Frederick County Building Industry Association.
e. According to State regulations, costs associated with detailed construction drawings, conceptual design, renderings and cost estimates are not eligible for reimbursement. All construction-related permit fees required for the improvements are ineligible costs.
f. Incomplete applications will not eligible for funding.
2. The Partnership’s Business Development Committee will review the completed applications received by the deadline and rank them by the criteria listed below. The
applications will be funded beginning with the highest ranked application first until the $20,000 in available funds is completely expended. If the applications received by March 20, 2023 total less than $20,000, the Partnership may hold a second application round later in the year. The Partnership reserves the right to not fund an application even if grant dollars remain available.
3. The Partnership will notify applicants of the Business Development Committee’s decisions.
4. The Partnership will forward the applications selected for funding to the Maryland Historic Trust (MHT) as required by the State of Maryland. MHT has 30 days to review the project.
5. The Partnership will issue a letter of commitment when MHT approval is granted. The letter will include the specific amount granted and any conditions of approval. The amount of the grant award is set out in the letter of commitment and will not be changed after project initiation. Work completed prior to a letter of commitment is not eligible for funding.
Contact the Partnership at 301.698.8118 with any questions.
Facade Improvement Grant
The Partnership can offer you up to $10,000 to upgrade your Downtown Frederick building facade. Interested?
The process is easy! Fill out the one page application and you are on your way to a matching grant for your facade improvement. The Partnership will provide 50 percent of the facade improvement costs up to a maximum grant amount of $10,000. Grants can be provided to either the property owner or the tenant/business owner.
The project must be approved prior to beginning work. Painting, awnings, lighting, signage and other projects are eligible for funding.The grants are available to commercial building facades in Downtown Frederick: including, but not limited to, Market Street between South and Seventh Streets, Patrick Street between Bentz and Wisner Streets and in Everedy Square/Shab Row. See application for project details or call the Partnership office at 301.698.8118 for more information.
Offered by the City of Frederick’s Department of Economic Development, the Grow Small Business Assistance Fund supports businesses moving to or expanding within the City by providing micro grants.
Main Street Small Business Relief Grant
Opened in the Spring of 2021, Downtown Frederick Partnership’s Main Street Small Business Relief Grant Program provided working capital and COVID-19 adaptation support grants to Downtown Frederick retail, restaurant, craft beverage and personal service businesses. The program was created with funding provided by the State of Maryland under Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative.
The application period has closed and all grant awards have been made. All grant dollars received by eligible businesses must be spent by June 30, 2021. For more information about this program, visit downtownfrederick.org/mainstreetgrant.
Fire Suppression Incentive Program
Fire safety is of particular concern in the Frederick Town Historic District given the construction methods, materials and density found downtown. The high costs of installing sprinklers are a deterrent to improving personal safety and protecting the historic buildings in Downtown Frederick.
Costs impact smaller commercial/multi-family/mixed use buildings disproportionally and may make sprinklers not financially feasible. Building owners are incentivized under this program to install sprinklers in order to improve personal safety while helping to preserve the historic fabric of Downtown Frederick. The program also will have an economic benefit by increasing utilization of buildings as well as stabilizing or improving property values.
The parameters of the Partnership’s Fire Suppression Incentive Program are described below. Please call the Partnership at 301.698.8118 or email mainstreet@downtownfrederick.
- Existing building located in the Frederick Town Historic District that is > 50 years old
- Building must include no more than 10,000 square feet based on assessed square footage as defined by SDAT
- Commercial, multi-family residential or mixed use buildings
- Utilizes a water connection not to exceed 6” to City water main
- Building is to be sprinklered in accordance with City requirements and the appropriate NFPA sprinkler standard
- Provides a grant of up to $25,000 for a new sprinkler system
- Requires 50/50 grant match by the owner
Historic Preservation Property Tax Credit (City)
Property owners can apply for a property tax credit for 25 percent of the cost, up to a maximum of $7,500, to rehabilitate the exterior of a building located within the historic district overlay. More info.
Small Business Tax Credit (County)
Businesses who obtain at least 2,500 square feet of new or expanded premises and employ at least five people in full-time jobs during a 24-month period in the same time period, may be eligible for a Small Business Tax Credit. More info.
Competitive Commercial Tax Credit (State)
The Maryland Historical Trust offers a small commercial tax credit for rehabilitation projects under $500,000. Eligible projects may earn a state income tax credit equal to 20 percent of qualified rehabilitation expenditures. More info.
Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits (Federal)
The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings. A 20 percent tax credit is available for historic, income producing buildings and a ten percent tax credit is available for non-historic buildings placed in use before 1936. More info.
Downtown Frederick Arts & Entertainment District Tax Credit (City & County)
In 2003, Downtown Frederick became a state designated Arts & Entertainment District, a program administered by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) and overseen by the Maryland Comptroller’s Office. The designation provides a great opportunity to highlight the many attractions that make Downtown Frederick an arts destination. In addition to the marketing benefits, the designation also offers a tax deduction for eligible artists, an exemption from state admission, an amusement tax for certified arts activities and a property tax credit for buildings renovated or constructed for an arts related use.
Maryland’s Arts & Entertainment Districts provide a structure for creative placemaking, helping to develop and promote community involvement, tourism and revitalization through tax-related incentives that attract artists, arts organizations and other creative enterprises to towns and cities across the state of Maryland. Find more information about the statewide program through the Maryland State Arts Council.
The Downtown Frederick A&E District is co-managed by Downtown Frederick Partnership and the Frederick Arts Council. Both organizations are involved in marketing the district and publicizing the available tax credits. However, neither organization plays a formal role in reviewing or administering the tax credits that are a part of this program. Both organizations want to ensure that as many businesses as possible benefit from the Downtown Frederick A&E District. If you need additional information, please contact either organization as listed below.
Kara Norman, Downtown Frederick Partnership | 301.698.8118 | email@example.com
Louise Kennelly, Frederick Arts Council | 301.662.4190 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tax Deduction: The tax deduction – or income tax subtraction modification – is not a tax credit. Instead, artists who create and sell work within the district are not taxed on the income derived from art and art enterprises. This tax benefit only applies at the state level. Artists continue to pay the full amount of federal income tax. Artists who would like to take advantage of the program must submit Maryland State Tax Form 502AE when you file your state income tax returns. The instructions for this form include the state’s definition of art-derived income. Questions regarding how the artist income tax benefit works should be addressed to the Comptroller of Maryland at email@example.com.
- Admission & Amusement Tax Exemption: The City of Frederick has adopted a ten-year exemption from the Admissions and Amusement Tax for those certified arts and entertainment activities occurring within the Downtown Frederick Arts & Entertainment District boundaries.
- Property Tax Credits: Both the City of Frederick and Frederick County have enacted property tax credits for the renovation or construction of arts related spaces with the Downtown Frederick Arts & Entertainment District boundaries. Only the increase in assessed valuation of the portion of the property renovated or constructed for a certified arts use is eligible for the property tax credit. The property tax credit is available for seven years and follows a schedule of YEARS 1-4: 100% Exempt, YEAR 5: 75% Exempt, YEAR 6: 50% Exempt, YEAR 7: 25% Exempt, YEAR 8+: 0% Exempt.
- Artist Income Tax Benefit: To qualify for the artist income tax benefit, you must at least meet three minimum criteria. (1) Own or rent residential property within Maryland. (2) Create artistic work in any A&E District. (3) Have generated income from the sale or performance of art within any A&E District. If you can meet all three of the above criteria, then you may be eligible for a tax deduction on your state income tax.
Finance and Incentive Programs
Neighborhood Business Works (DHCD)
Small businesses and startups in Maryland can get help to grow through a range of financing programs available from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. These programs are designed to support lending and financing through traditional lenders, and can make the difference between a project launching or not. More info.
State of Maryland Finance Programs (Commerce)
The Maryland Department of Commerce offers numerous finance programs and tax credits for businesses. For specific questions, contact Tamar Osterman, Senior Business Development Representative, at 443.902.4487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Laugh your way through the holidays in this original show from the team who brought you Inebriated History. Some of your favorite holiday stories are told on screen by actors imbibing in holiday cheer, while a team of actors acts out the antics live on stage. A MET ORIGINAL DIRECTED BY LAURA STARK DECEMBER 1 – 23, Preview November 30
Inebriated Holiday at MET’s MainStage @ Maryland Ensemble Theatre
Need to shop without little eyes watching? All Grown Up Night is back at Dancing Bear Toys and Games – and it’s for adults only! Toy experts will be on hand with lots of recommendations and free gift wrapping.
All Grown Up Night @ Dancing Bear Toys and Games
The Comedy Pigs are the region’s longest-running improv troupe. You can see them on the first Friday & Saturday of every month for hilarious shows filled with a series of fun short-form improv games.
The Comedy Pigs at MET Comedy Night @ Maryland Ensemble Theatre
Show your love for local this holiday season! Support local businesses by shopping with an independent retailer, eating at a local restaurant, supporting local artists and exploring Downtown Frederick. Where you spend your money matters. Whether you’ve lived here for years, or you’re a first time visitor, First Saturday (and every Saturday in December) is a great time to discover something new about our beautiful downtown. December Saturdays are presented with support from AARP Maryland EVENT SCHEDULE Each weekend you’ll find something special happening in Downtown Frederick. Streets are filled with musicians and carolers performing your favorite holiday classics, fire pits are set up all around town so you can warm up and roast a marshmallow as you stroll between shops, and your eyes will be dazzled by a spectacular display of holiday lights and decorations. Stay tuned for a complete list of holiday-themed activities for each event! DECEMBER FIRST SATURDAY, 12/2 Support local businesses by shopping with an independent retailer, eating at a local restaurant, supporting local artists and exploring Downtown Frederick. Where you spend your money matters. From in-store tastings and gallery openings, to artist and vendor exhibitions… there’s always something new to explore! Check […]
Check off your holiday gift list with one-of-a-kind artworks from our annual Arts Expo – Holiday Artists Market. Over 20 vendors will showcase a diverse array of fine art, jewelry, pottery, textile art, hand-carved wood, holiday items, and more – all crafted by local artists and artisans. Admission is FREE! Vendors: Olga Baranova Alla & Milana Borovskaia Jessie Bunk Francis Byrne Gary Carver Linda Daniels Cermak Celia Clark Co Larisa Dittman Charlotte Dutton Noelani Jones Marina Johnson Denise Joyal Gail Kaplan-Wassell Noralie Katsu Melissa Meman Laura Nalven Charles Paul Amy Porter Ron Roos Kathryn Toothman Eunice Turner
Arts Expo – Holiday Artists Market @ Delaplaine Arts Center
Lorrie’s world is turned upside down after she discovers that her dad is moonlighting as an elf at the North Pole. But when the ‘up to no good’ Kris Kringle kidnaps Santa Claus, it’s up to Lorrie and her dad to save the holidays! BY MATT LEE DIRECTED BY JULIE HERBER NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 17- Saturdays 10:30AM & 1:30PM; Sundays 1:30PM
My Father the Elf: A Holiday Family Show @ Maryland Ensemble Theatre
National Bartender Celebration Day: Are you a server who is not looking forward to the holiday season and all those specialist cocktails? Have you been a Bartender in a previous life and you still hear “Where is my order” in your dreams? Today is your day. Come down to Crash and Catharsis Rage Factory and get some of that pent up aggression out in a safe and healthy way. If you use promo code VIRGINSANGRIA, you’ll get $10 off your booking.
National Bartender Celebration Day @ Crash & Catharsis Rage Factory
Express yourself through creative movement. Join Amanda for a dance class custom-built for adults; she will focus on understanding our bodies, increasing our capacity for self-expression, and learning how to make movement interesting without relying on tricks, gimmicks, filters, or trends. Introductory level, perfect for beginners and retired dancers who feel like beginners.
Adult beginning Modern Dance @ The Center • Sound • Mind • Body
Stop by for a free sample & chat with representatives from a local winery, Catoctin Breeze Vineyard from 1-4PM & Mary Taylor Wine from 5-8PM. Free tastings & beer & wine by the glass available 11am to midnight!
Free Beer & Wine Tastings 11am to Midnight! @ Atomic 97 Beer & Wine
Join us in celebrating seven years of McClintock Distilling in downtown Frederick with Frederick’s first Bottled in Bond Rye, Old Etzler. We will have tastings of this five year Rye Whiskey all day and the first 100 people to come pick up a bottle also get a numbered and engraved stave from the barrel! We will also have bottle engraving and Old Etzler limited edition merch available on site as well as cocktail specials, music and food!
Bottled in Bond Rye Release and Seven Year Anniversary
Hosted by Rockwell Brewery and Showroom Join us for a day of shopping, great food, Rockwell Beer and Showroom Cocktails! We are teaming up to bring you the East Street Holiday Market again this year, and hope you can make it out! We’ll have the firepits out so you can sip you drinks by the fire with friends, when taking a break from shopping the vendors in the open air market. We’ve got a great lineup of vendors with items perfect for everyone on your shopping list! Free to attend!
Holiday Market w/ Rockwell Brewery & Showroom @ Rockwell Brewery
Frederick MADE is hosting our second annual Holiday Market series. Join us every Saturday in December to shop from our line-up of local vendors. Feel good about where you shop. At Frederick MADE, not only are you supporting an all-women artist’s-owned small business, you also support the 40+ small business maker’s that sell their products out of our shop. Located in Downtown Frederick’s Theatre District, at 31 W Patrick St (inside the old Francis Scott Key Hotel).
Frederick MADE Holiday Market @ Frederick MADE
Join us in celebrating seven years of McClintock Distilling in Downtown Frederick with Frederick’s first Bottled in Bond Rye, Old Etzler. We will have tastings of this five-year Rye Whiskey all day and the first 100 people to come pick up a bottle also get a numbered and engraved stave from the barrel! We will also have bottle engraving and Old Etzler limited edition merch available on-site as well as cocktail specials, music and food!
McClintock’s Seven Year Anniversary Party and Bottled in Bond Whiskey Release @ McClintock Distilling
ELF WORKSHOPS: Saturday, December 2 Session 1: 1pm-2:30pm Session 2: 3:15pm-4:45pm Calling all elves! The best gifts are the ones you make, so join us at the North Pole Workshop, known better as our third-floor studio, to create craft projects you can give as holiday gifts! Register now! ART AT NOON: Friday, November 10 12pm–1pm Dr. Pamela Harris Lawton’s artwork is grounded in social liberation, cultural traditions, and the stories of people impacted by them. EXHIBITION OPENINGS: November 4—December 31 3pm-5pm Veterans Show, featuring a variety of media; Chasing Flies: The Satirical Art of Christopher Madden; Cynthia Scott-Johnson, BUBBLES: Awareness is the First Step; Michael Douglas Jones; The Weathered Inch.
Artful Things Happening @ The Delaplaine Arts Center
Join us this First Saturday for a Christmas Cocktail! Party! Enjoy beverage samples (mocktails as well) all weekend! There will also be discounts on mixers, vintage barware and cocktail themed décor and gifts. Don’t miss this fun weekend and pick up everything you need to put some spirit into your holidays! WEEKEND HOURS: Sat 11-8, Sunday 11-6 LOCATION: 244 E Patrick St
Christmas Cocktail Party! @ Sweet Clover
Join us from 2-4 pm on Saturday, December 2 for an opening reception with our December Featured Artist, Callie Badorrek! Callie will be on hand to chat, answer questions, and show off her latest collection of one-of-a-kind ceramic wall hangings!
Artist Reception with Callie Badorrek @ The Muse
Sweet Clover’s new location in the heart of Downtown Frederick screams HOLIDAY MARKET! Our large grass lot is both tucked away and easily accessible from the creek walk and Patrick Street. With string lights overhead and holiday music in the air, the Kris Kringle Holiday Night Market kicks off Saturday November 4th and continues every Saturday evening through December 16th. Expect 25+ local makers, artisans + vendors, live music, and festive food + drink. Don’t miss this charming holiday event! Dates + Hours: Saturdays November 4 through December 16, 2pm to 8pm. BONUS DAY- Friday December 8th to coincide with Frederick’s Kris Kringle Parade. Location: 244 East Patrick Street, Frederick MD 21701
Kris Kringle Holiday Night Market!
You can’t go wrong with crafts and creativity. Even better? Crafting with community. There are a few different ways to enjoy our time together. ALL AGES ENCOURAGED!!! *Free Card making – Dive into our materials and mark makers to create cards for loved ones *Purchase craft kits as gifts or make them during the event. *Gift wrapping available. *Bring your own projects – gift making and sit at our communal table. *Add to our community paint project RSVP’s are nice but not required. When it comes to creative events, sometimes we can get in our own way of needing to know exactly what to expect or that we aren’t crafty enough – this community event is fueled by you in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. There is something for everyone – and I’ll be there to guide your way. Wine, light refreshments and snacks provided.
Craft Party and Craft Kit Sale @ Give Rise Studio
Join us for a musical tribute to the life and music of the late Jim Croce. Mike Schirf and Chris Masheck are the premier Jim Croce tribute duo on the East Coast. Mike, as the lead has a deep understanding of the ballads such as Time in a Bottle, I’ve Got a Name and Operator, and Chris knows how to play back up to the Croce material like no other musician around. You’ll not only hear the music of Jim Croce’s songs, but just as interesting, the stories behind the songs.
“50 Years Gone” A Tribute to Jim Croce
ART EXHIBIT & RECEPTION One night only! Come see this local art exhibit at Cowork Frederick (122 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701). All work is for sale. All sale proceeds go to the artist. Open to the public (entrance is free). Light refreshments will be served. Please show your support for local artists and musicians by stopping by. Jennifer Boyer uses macro photography and dyed ice to create abstract works of art. She freezes the ice then dyes it to create magical worlds of cracks, bubbles, and fissures. Of her work, Jennifer says “look closely: you can see an entire teeming universe in the bubbles, cracks, and fissures that appear in ice.” She loves to hear what people find in her photos, whether it be a face or an angiogram
Frederick Artists Night Featuring Jennifer Boyer @ Cowork Frederick
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!!! @ United Steam Fire Engine Co #3
Please join us for an evening of light appetizers, sparkling beverages, and great conversation! From time-to-time, DISTRICT Arts invites our gallery artists to come together and make themselves available to chat with you about their current bodies of work, their motivations and techniques. Your next opportunity to meet them is Saturday, December 2, 2023 starting at 5pm.
Meet the Artists! @ DISTRICT Arts
True Documented Stories of the “Paranormal” with “Maryland’s Oldest Operating Ghost Tour. Take a Remarkable Journey through Frederick’s Gruesome and Bloody Past. Nearly 300 Years of War, Executions and Revenge. Uncover Politically Savvy and Defiant Citizens, Patriots from the Revolutionary War, Beckoning Soldiers from the Civil War, and so much more! Historic Frederick – Where The Dead Come Out To Play! Visit Court House Square – the “Execution Site” of British Sympathizers, learn about their Fate, and the “Curse” that continues to Resonate. Visit the “Spiritual Playground” of Dead Children whose lives were cut short by Unmerciful Disease and Suffering. Unravel the Mystery surrounding a Mysterious Man in Black Executed in 1781 for his Loyalty to King George III. Find out the “Devilish Plan” of a “Spiteful” Owner of an 1814 Mansion and why his “Spiritual Discharge” Remains. Contemplate the Reasons why Frederick’s Famed Barbara Fritchie Continues to Guard her Home from Invading Confederate Soldiers 158 Years After her Death. Discover why Former Stage Hands, Actors, and Members of the Audience Refuse to be Removed from their Prized Seats at Frederick’s Historic Tivoli Theater. Ponder the Events taking place at a Private Residence, Now Home to Two Families – One […]
Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick @ Brewer’s Alley
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 […]
Ready to party like it’s 1933? We’re celebrating the Repeal of Prohibition (a few days early) along with The Frederick News-Post’s Uncapped Podcast here at The X with a Holiday Speakeasy Market! Join us for music from The Dapper DJs, speakeasy-themed shopping from local vendors, and of course spirit tastings and festive, specialty cocktails Sunday, December 3 from 1pm-4pm.
Holiday Speakeasy Market @ Tenth Ward Distilling Company
Remember what it was like to dance as a child? Wild and free and without any restrictions. Meditative dance is an inclusive healing space to move freely while tapping into your divine bliss, hosted by Transformative Arts Project. Every Monday from 6-7pm.
Meditative Dance Movement @ FAC After Hours
Join your friends at Dancing Bear Toys and Games as Santa makes a very special visit! Share your holiday wishes with Santa and take your own photos! Intended for children of all ages. No registration required.
Santa Celebration @ Dancing Bear Toys and Games
Equal parts frontman, poet, and conductor, Joe Keyes leads his nine-piece Late Bloomer Band through a fresh concoction of funk, R&B, soul, rock, and jazz while drawing on the musical auras of Miles Davis, Gil Scott-Heron, Sun Ra, and early Parliament-Funkadelic. Keyes captivates audiences with his deep, commanding vocals, punctuated by tales of love, family, and addiction from his six decades on earth. The band’s vibe and sound – honed over years of theatrical, improvisational shows – journeys from gentle grooves to tight funk and epic crescendos. First and third Wednesdays of the month.
Improv Jazz with Joe Keyes @ FAC Art Center
Learn the beautiful art of bundle dyeing and eco-printing with plants! In this class, you will gain an understanding of how to work with natural dyes as you work with whole plants to create colors and patterns on fiber. Kristen Arzt will cover an introduction to natural dye plants and different types of fabric. Participants will work with natural dyestuffs including food scraps, fresh and dried flowers, locally foraged leaves, and more. Participants will also learn how to bundle dye on silk and cotton, including how to prepare the fabric, place the dyestuffs, create organic patterns, both improvisational and intentional printmaking on cloth, wrap the fabric, and steam the fabric on a stovetop. At the end of the class attendees will leave with three dyed projects, including a cotton bandana and silk scarf. Please note: a $15 materials fee is due to the instructor at the start of class to cover all class materials.
Bundle Dyeing with Kristin Arzt @ FAC Art Center
The Barefoot Movement creates gloriously addictive, instantly memorable tunes shored up by silky-smooth bluegrass and Americana harmonies. Invigorating and infused with a captivating honesty, the group transports audiences to a place of complete joy and total enthrallment. As the News & Observer reported, “They perform barefoot, yes, but what you’ll remember is how the music moved you.” Their most recent release, 2021’s Pressing Onward, (co-produced by Chuck Plotkin who also produced Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. album), finds them exploring new musical territory while still standing firmly on their barefoot foundation: lush harmonies, thoughtful instrumentation, and memorable melodies.
The Barefoot Movement
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
Celebrate the repeal of the Prohibition with us and Old Forester on December 8th from 6-9pm! Old Forester Tastings & Swag Bags, Costumes Encouraged, 1920s Food & Drink Specials! To purchase tickets, you may give us a call at 301-695-8460 or come in person. Hope to see you there!
Prohibition Party @ Cellar Door
Celebrate Frederick’s Kris Kringle Procession, sponsored by Wawa Join Celebrate Frederick for the annual Kris Kringle Procession sponsored by Wawa and presented in partnership with Key 103 through the streets of Downtown Frederick! The parade begins at the corner of South Carroll and East Patrick Streets and ends in Baker Park with the lighting of the City Tree. The procession mirrors the small town charm that makes Frederick so special during the holidays. Local organizations, youth clubs, and musical groups accompany costumed characters (some modern, some traditional) through Frederick’s downtown streets. Frederick’s German Heritage Highlighted Several of the procession’s characters reflect Frederick’s German heritage, including Pelsnickle and Weinacht Man, who help Kris Kringle judge whether children have been bad or good. Krist Kindle is an angel-like messenger who leaves gifts for good children in small baskets. The procession also includes several modern characters, such as Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Follow the Procession Downtown The procession route goes from the corner of South Carroll Street to East Patrick Street, turns right onto N. Market Street, and then turns left onto West Second Street, ending at Baker Park. Nearly all of the streets are illuminated by […]
Kris Kringle Procession
The stunning artistry of Maryland Regional Ballet and the beloved Tchaikovsky score combine to transport audiences to the Kingdom of Sweets. Under the direction of Joyce Morrison and featuring guest artists from the New York City Ballet and students from the Frederick School of Classic Ballet, it’s a holiday tradition at its finest.
Maryland Regional Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Here for just a limited time, come taste our Black Currant Dark Balsamic. Thick, sweet and dreamy for your holiday salads. We haven’t been able to get this in years- come get some before it’s gone!
Fusti Tap: Black Currant Dark Balsamic @ Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium
Drop in to the library to visit with a variety of regional writers and learn more about their work. Books will be available for purchase. An event in conjuction with Museums by Candlelight – the yearly holiday celebration of the Frederick Historic Sites Consortium.
Museums by Candlelight: Local Author Showcase @ C. Burr Artz Public Library
Celebrate Frederick County’s 275th anniversary during this year’s celebration of Museums by Candlelight in Downtown Frederick and throughout the region! Once a year, Frederick County’s numerous historic sites and museums provide visitors with a living reminder of this area’s remarkable past. During Museums by Candlelight, special programming and hands-on fun will delight visitors of all ages, and special children’s activities are featured at most locations. This is a FREE self-guided event. Visit many locations, or just a few, in any order. Enjoy period demonstrations, living history vignettes, hands-on crafts, refreshments, tours, music, holiday decorations and historic settings by candlelight as night falls.
Museums by Candlelight @ Frederick Historic Sites Consortium and Visit Frederick
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
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
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
Get ready for a wild night of mischievous fun as we celebrate the holiday season with our Bad Santa Party on December 9, 2023! Bad Santa Party Join us for the most epic holiday bash of the year – the Bad Santa Party! Get ready to unleash your inner mischief and embrace the festive spirit like never before. This in-person event will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Put on your wildest Christmas attire and come prepared for a night of unruly fun. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, everyone is welcome to enjoy the festivities. Expect a night filled with music, dancing, and laughter as we celebrate the holiday season in style. Our team has put together an exciting lineup of activities, including a Bad Santa costume contest where the most outrageous outfit will be crowned the winner. Don’t forget to bring your best moves for the dance floor, as our DJs will be spinning the hottest tracks all night long. Indulge in delicious holiday treats and sip on festive cocktails at our fully stocked bar. This is the perfect opportunity to let loose and make unforgettable memories with friends and loved […]
Rockwell Brewery’s Annual BAD SANTA PARTY! @ Rockwell Brewery
Join us for a festive and fun-filled event at Carroll Creek Park in Frederick, Maryland. The Frederick Holiday Market is the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit. With a wide variety of vendors and artisans, you’ll find unique gifts, delicious treats, and so much more! Explore the beautiful Carroll Creek Linear Park as you browse through the market. From handmade crafts, vintage finds to local food vendors, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re shopping for loved ones or treating yourself, you won’t be disappointed. Don’t miss out on this exciting in-person event! Mark your calendars and gather your friends and family for a day of holiday shopping and enjoyment at the Frederick Holiday Market at Carroll Creek Park. More info here. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
Frederick Holiday Market at Carroll Creek Park
Join Jenny Masur, author of “Maryland Freedom Seekers on the Underground Railroad,” to hear stories of enslaved people navigating perilous journeys helped along by members of the Underground Railroad. Jenny holds a Ph.D. in anthropology and worked for 17 years for the National Park Service as national capital region manager for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. This event will be held at the C. Burr Artz Library in the Community Room. We are grateful to partner with Frederick County Public Libraries for this African American history event.
Author Event: Maryland Underground Railroad @ C. Burr Artz Public Library
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
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
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
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!