Must-Attend Events

Something for Everyone

Alive@Five Photo courtesy of Downtown Frederick Partnership

First Saturdays
Monthly Downtown Frederick
Variety of themes, participants, entertainment and more

Fire in Ice
Downtown Frederick
Downtown illuminated by hundreds of lighted ice sculptures. Event includes performers and other winter-themed fun.

Leprechaun Luau
Fundraising celebration benefitting the Rotary Club of Frederick. Everyone is Irish around St. Patrick's Day. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Frederick Home Show
Frederick Fairgrounds
Ideas for the home with over 100 vendors and exhibitors, hosted by Frederick Builders Association

Catoctin Affair
Frederick Fairgrounds
Fundraising Gala benefitting the Mental Health Association of Frederick County. Food, drink and live music provided.

Thursdays May to September
Carroll Creek Linear Park – Downtown Frederick
Live music, craft beer, food vendors, socializing and networking

Maryland Iron Festival
Catoctin Furnace, Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont
Music, food, artisan and maker market, blacksmithing and other entertainment.

Frederick Festival of the Arts
Caroll Creek Park, Downtown Frederick
Juried arts festival with 100+ participating artists. Includes activities, food, entertainment and art exhibition.

Frederick Pride
Carroll Creek Park, Downtown Frederick
Annual celebration of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) pride in Frederick, MD. Organized by The Frederick Center.

Frederick's 4th
Baker Park – Downtown Frederick
Day-long celebration with food, drinks, vendors and entertainment capped by evening fireworks display.

National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race
Downtown Frederick
Antique (or modern) high wheel bicycle race.

Tour de Frederick
Walkersville Volunteer Fire Hall
Cycling event benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County

In The Streets
Market Street and Carroll Creek Park, Downtown Frederick
Festival that offers diverse food, entertainment, art and access to the nonprofit resources of Frederick County.

Great Frederick Fair
Frederick Fairgrounds
Fair with agricultural exhibits and demonstrations, midway, food, drink, vendors and entertainment.

Summer Concert Series
Baker Park Bandshell
FREE concerts at the bandshell every Sunday night with an eclectic mix of genres. Dog friendly.

Middletown Heritage Festival
Main Street, Middletown
Festival with parade, demonstrations, food, entertainment and vendors.

Frederick's Oktoberfest
Frederick Fairgrounds
German-themed food, drink and entertainment benefitting Frederick's nonprofits.

Brunswick Railroad Days
Downtown Brunswick
Festival celebrating town's history with food, drink, entertainment and vendors. Proceeds benefit the local community.

New Market Harvest Festival
Downtown New Market
5K run followed by live music, food, vendors and games

Catoctin Colorfest
Community Park, Thurmont
One of the largest outdoor craft shows on the East Coast with food, demonstrations and vendors. Proceeds benefit the local community.

DoGood-er Awards
Arc of Frederick County
Dinner and awards presentation for those providing exemplary support for the local community. Proceeds benefit local nonprofits.

Sailing Through the Winter Solstice
Carroll Creek – Downtown Frederick
Boats on Carroll Creek, Nov. 20-Feb. 6, by Color on the Creek

Maryland Christmas Show
Frederick Fairgrounds
Fine artisans and merchants participate in Maryland's premier Christmas event.

Frosty Friday
Downtown Frederick
Shopping with holiday-themed events

The Holidays Events
Various locations around Downtown
Series of events including Holiday House Tour, Holiday Art Competition, Kris Kringle Parade, Scents & Sweets Competition and Festival of Lights to delight all ages.