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The 15 Best Things to Do in Frederick, Maryland

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Frederick, Maryland, is home to a variety of family-friendly attractions, parks, recreational areas, wineries, antique shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. As the gateway to Western Maryland , with its mountainous views and skyline of clustered spires, the city is best known for its Civil War sites and impressive 40-block historic district. Located within an hour's drive of both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Frederick is a fun and easy place to explore whether you're just visiting for the day or planning to spend some time there.

Go On a Walking Tour of Frederick's Historic Downtown

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Stop by the Frederick Visitor Center on South East Street to pick up a brochure for a 2.5-mile self-guided walking tour through Frederick's historic downtown, established in 1745 by settlers from England and Germany. The tourism board's website breaks down different itineraries you can do based on interest, whether you're into public art, architecture, nature, or want to focus on Frederick's African American history.

If you'd prefer to have some explanation of what you're looking at, sign up for a guided walking tour by Heritage Frederick , which last 90 minutes and must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Choose from themed tours including a general overview of the historic district, African American history, art and architecture, or Civil War history. Maryland Heritage Tours' ghost tours and cemetery tours shed light on Frederick's darker history.

Check Out Crystal Grottoes Caverns

Crystal Grottoes Caverns

Just a 30-minute drive from downtown Frederick in Boonsboro, Crystal Grottoes Caverns is an interesting place to spend the day exploring ancient underground rock formations. Excavated in 1920 and opened as a tourist attraction in 1922, the family-owned and operated site offers daily guided tours of the cave system. The cave stays at a cool 54 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a fun place to visit all year long. Curious science-loving guests of all ages can learn about the various formations and the carbonation and decarbonation processes the limestone cave's features have gone through over the years, as well as the natural geology of the area.

Visit Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park

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Located just 25 minutes north of Frederick, Catoctin Mountain Park offers 5,770 acres of natural wonderland to explore on foot, by bicycle, or by car. It also happens to be home to several popular campgrounds and youth camps as well as Camp David, a small military base used by U.S. presidents seeking solace in nature. Enjoy 25 miles of hiking trails, or come for camping and fly-fishing in summer and cross-country skiing opportunities during the winter.

Nearby, 6,080-acre Cunningham Falls State Park features a beautiful 78-foot cascading waterfall, a 44-acre lake, 140 campsites, playgrounds, picnic areas, and heaps of hiking trails, making it a local favorite for outdoor recreation with plenty of things to do for the whole family.

Tour Monacacy National Battlefield

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This particular Civil War site is one of Frederick, Maryland's most notable historic attractions, as it's where the Battle of Monocacy Junction was fought on July 9, 1864. This site marks one of the last battles that the Confederates carried out in Union territory—and one that essentially saved Washington, D.C. from being attacked. Take a walking tour and stop by the Visitor Center to view electronic maps, historical artifacts, and other interpretive displays, participate in a ranger-guided program, or attend special events.

Shop for Antiques and Other Treasures

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If you're into antiquing, Frederick's historic downtown boasts over 200 antique shops, many within easy walking distance of each other. The historic area also includes retail shops specializing in home furnishings, fashion, outdoor gear, toys, specialty foods, books, art, and vintage tea.

Visit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Located in downtown Frederick, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine contains five galleries and more than 1,200 artifacts that illustrate the medical story of the American Civil War. Here, guests can learn about the history of medical care and technology as it relates to the military and the wounded via living history exhibits, check out the gift shop, and stop by the research facility.

Attend a Performance at the Weinberg Center for the Arts

Weinberg Center for the Arts

Looking for something fun to do that will entertain the whole family? The 1926 restored movie palace, located in downtown Frederick, is a thriving state-of-the-art theater that features a variety of concert and theatrical performances. The Weinberg Center for the Arts seats 1,500 and is also available to rent for film festivals, studio screenings, conventions, weddings, and business meetings.

Check Out a Frederick Keys Baseball Game

Calling all baseball fans: The Frederick Keys are a minor league baseball team that also happens to be a Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Catch a game at Harry Grove Stadium, which seats 5,500 fans and is family-friendly, offering a Fun Zone and postgame fireworks on weekends.

See Historic Frederick by Bike

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If you're looking for a fun way to stay in shape while sightseeing, don't miss the Frederick History Bicycle Loop , a 10-mile loop through the City of Frederick with stops at 22 historic sites, including Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, the Francis Scott Key Memorial, the Hessian Barracks (pictured here), and various sites hearkening back to the Civil War era. 

Treat Yourself to Some Fine Dining

Downtown Frederick offers a variety of great restaurants, including award-winning establishments like Thacher&Rye (formerly known as Volt), Dutch's Daughter, and Firestone's Culinary Tavern . Enjoy a range of cuisine from Italian and Japanese to seafood to Spanish-style tapas. Try to plan your visit during Frederick's Restaurant Week, when many eateries offer prix-fixe menus at discounted prices.

Explore Baker Park

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In downtown Frederick, Baker Park is home to a carillon, lake, public swimming pool, tennis courts, athletic fields, pavilions, picnic areas, and several playgrounds. This popular 58-acre green space also serves as a venue for summer concerts , children’s theater, sports, festivals, and other outdoor events. If you're visiting around the Fourth of July, stop by Frederick's Fourth for fireworks and other family-friendly fun.

Take a Day Trip to Local Wineries

About 20 minutes from the city center, the Frederick Wine Trail is made up of 15 wineries—Black Ankle Vineyards, Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Celebration Cellars Winery, Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Elk Run Vineyards, Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard, Links Bridge Vineyards, Loew Vineyards, Mazzaroth Vineyards, Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery, Springfield Manor Winery Distillery Brewery, Willow Oaks Craft Cider and Wine, Big Cork Vineyards, Linganore Winecellars (pictured here), and New Market Plains Vineyard. Enjoy a ride through the Maryland countryside and discover some of Frederick County's best agricultural bounty, beautiful vineyards, and outstanding wines.

Visit the Rose Hill Manor Museum

The Rose Hill Manor Parl & Museum provides a look at early American life, transportation, and the agricultural history of Frederick County, featuring a manor house, icehouse, log cabin, blacksmith shop, carriage collection, and two barns. Guided tours are offered daily, while special programs are available for children and groups.

Ride on a Vintage Train With Walkersville Southern Railroad

Located just 10 minutes northwest of Frederick, Walkersville Southern Railroad offers a variety of leisurely rail excursions aboard its historic 1920s-style coaches. Dinner trains are available from May through November, while other railway adventures feature Jesse James and his infamous gang, as well as kid-friendly rides with teddy bears and superheroes. For a real treat, plan your visit to coincide with the Santa trains during the holiday season, the Bunny trains in springtime around Easter, and the Fourth of July, when fireworks can also be seen.

Stop by the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum

The Schifferstadt Architectural Museum is an 18th-century museum and garden that's home to one of the oldest and most historic buildings in the City of Frederick. It also happens to be among the best examples of early Colonial German Architecture in the country. Stop by on weekends to take a tour or during special events, held onsite throughout the year.

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18 Things to Do in Frederick, Maryland

Planning a trip down to Frederick, Maryland and looking for things to do?

Look no further, Frederick, MD is full of a ton of great activities and experiences to keep everyone engaged.

Whether it’s the museums and theaters, the serenity of Carroll Creek Park’s waterfront, or the city’s seasonal festivals, Frederick embraces visitors with a dynamic blend of past and present, making every corner of this charming city a canvas for exploration and adventure.

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Things to Do in Frederick, MD

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Downtown Frederick

Downtown Frederick, Maryland is a charming and walkable district with a variety of shops, restaurants, and historic buildings. 

Guests can explore a variety of unique boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, and specialty stores along Market Street. From vintage finds to contemporary fashion, downtown has it all

Stroll along Carroll Creek Linear Park, explore Historic Sites, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine to learn about medical practices during the Civil War era. 

Visitors can even explore a ton of culinary experiences, discover art and culture, attend great festivals and events, plus so much more

Craft Beer in Frederick

A great experience in Frederick is drinking craft beer, it allows visitors to savor a diverse range of locally brewed and innovative beers. The city has a burgeoning craft beer scene with several breweries and taprooms offering unique flavors, styles, and atmospheres.

There are lots of places to drink craft beer in Frederick. A few of the breweries here include: Brewer’s Alley, White Rabbit Gastropub, Olde Mother Brewing etc.

Frederick Wine Trail

The Frederick Wine Trail is a 30-mile loop that winds through the countryside of Frederick County, Maryland offering wine enthusiasts the opportunity to explore and taste the region’s finest wines.The trail features 12 wineries and vineyards, each offering its unique charm, flavors, and experiences. 

The wineries along the Frederick Wine Trail produce a diverse range of wines, including reds, whites, rosés, and even sparkling wines. Guests will have the opportunity to taste classic varieties as well as unique blends.

Some of the wineries provide guided tours of their vineyards, giving guests insights into the grape-growing process and the winemaking journey from vine to bottle.

Some wineries on the Frederick Wine Trail include Linganore Winecellars, Black Ankle Vineyards, Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, and Big Cork Vineyards, among others

Hootch & Banter

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Hootch & Banter is a restaurant and bar located in Downtown Frederick, Maryland. They offer a menu of American cuisine with a focus on locally-sourced ingredients, as well as a wide selection of craft beer and cocktails. 

The menu at Hootch & Banter features a variety of dishes and some popular dishes are shrimp and grits, stuffed French toast, and Old Bae Crab Benedict.

The restaurant is a great place to go for a casual meal with friends or family. 

Jojo’s Restaurant and Tap House

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JoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House is a casual dining restaurant in downtown Frederick, Maryland. It opened in 2012 and has since become a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.

The menu at JoJo’s features globally inspired American cuisine, with dishes like jerk chicken steam buns, truffle fries, and tap house empanadas. There is also a full bar with a wide selection of beers, wines, and cocktails.

There are tons of shops on the downtown strip and not a whole lot of parking spaces. 

Barbara Fritchie House

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The Barbara Fritchie House is a historic landmark located in Frederick, Maryland. It is named after Barbara Fritchie, a legendary figure associated with an act of patriotism during the American Civil War. The house and its story have become an enduring symbol of American folklore and national pride.

Barbara Fritchie was said to be an elderly woman who lived in Frederick during the Civil War. According to popular legend, as Confederate General Stonewall Jackson’s troops marched through Frederick in September 1862, they saw the Union flag flying from Barbara Fritchie’s house. It’s said that Jackson ordered his troops to lower the flag, but Barbara Fritchie defiantly waved the flag and uttered the famous line, “Shoot if you must this old gray head, but spare your country’s flag.”

Today, visitors to Frederick can still see the Barbara Fritchie House, which has been preserved and maintained as a historic site. 

Winchester Hall

Winchester Hall is a historic building in Frederick, Maryland. It is the current seat of Frederick County government. 

The building was built in 1845 by Hiram Winchester as a private girls school called the Frederick Female Seminary. The school operated until 1892, when it became the Women’s College of Frederick. The college moved to a new campus in 1914 and became Hood College. 

Winchester Hall is a significant historical landmark in Frederick, Maryland. It is a reminder of the city’s rich history and its role in the education of women

Weinberg Center for the Arts

The Weinberg Center for the Arts is a historic performing arts venue located in downtown Frederick, Maryland. It is a cultural hub that hosts a wide range of artistic performances, including live music concerts, theatrical productions, dance performances, film screenings, and more.

McClintock Distilling

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McClintock Distilling is a craft distillery located in Frederick, Maryland, known for producing high-quality spirits through a combination of traditional distillation techniques and innovative approaches. The distillery produces a variety of spirits, including vodka, gin, whiskey, and rum.

The distillery has received recognition and awards for their spirits. Their commitment to craftsmanship and innovation has earned them accolades in various competitions.

The distillery also offers tours and tastings, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals.

Crystal Grottoes Caverns

Crystal Grottoes Caverns is a natural wonder located in Boonsboro, Maryland. It is recognized as the oldest continuously operated show cave in the United States, offering visitors the opportunity to explore a fascinating underground world of crystal formations, rock formations, and geological wonders. 

The caverns are formed from limestone bedrock and feature intricate formations created by the slow dissolution of rock over millions of years.

Visitors to Crystal Grottoes Caverns can explore the underground chambers and passages through guided tours led by knowledgeable guides. These tours provide insights into the cave’s geology, history, and the natural processes that have shaped it.

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum

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The Schifferstadt Architectural Museum is one of the oldest surviving log houses in the United States. It was constructed in 1758 by German immigrant Joseph Brunner, making it a significant piece of colonial history.

The museum is a prime example of German colonial architecture from the 18th century. It features distinctive elements such as a central chimney, steep gabled roof, exposed wooden beams, and a symmetrical layout.

For guests interested in learning more about colonial history or German-American culture, this is a great museum to check out.

Hessian Barracks

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The Hessian Barracks, located in Frederick, Maryland, is a historic site associated with the American Revolutionary War. It holds significance as a reminder of the events and people connected to the war and offers insights into the lives of Hessian soldiers who were captured during the conflict.

The Hessian Barracks was used as a prisoner of war camp until 1783, when the war ended. The barracks was then used for a variety of purposes, including a state armory, a silkworm production site, and a military hospital. 

Rose Hill Manor Park and Children’s Museum

Rose Hill Manor Park and Children’s Museum is a historic site and educational facility located in Frederick, Maryland. It offers a combination of history, agriculture, and interactive learning for visitors of all ages, particularly children. 

Caroll Creek Park

Carroll Creek Park is a scenic urban park located in Frederick, Maryland. 

The park has everything from  beautiful landscaping, several fabulous pedestrian bridges, landscaping, fountains, public art, performance spaces, and numerous restaurants and bars along the walkways.

The park is used for the Arts Festival in June and various Asian culture events, the Sailing into the Winter event, Solstice in December, and the Fire and Ice festival in February.

One of the most popular features is the “Community Bridge” mural, which was painted by local artist Johnathan Munk in 2010. The mural depicts a variety of scenes from Frederick’s history and culture.

Carroll Creek Park is a great place to walk, bike, or run. It is also a popular spot for fishing, birdwatching, and picnicking. 

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve And Zoo

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo is a popular wildlife park and zoo located in Thurmont, Maryland.

It is located near the Catoctin Mountain Park and is known for providing visitors with the opportunity to see and learn about a variety of exotic animals from around the world. 

The zoo is known for its interactive exhibits, which allow visitors to get up close and personal with the animals.

One of the most popular exhibits at the zoo is the Safari Ride. Visitors board a truck and take a guided tour through the zoo’s African exhibit, where they can feed and touch animals like camels, zebras, and giraffes. 

The animal encounters is also another popular exhibit to meet and learn about animals like lemurs, monkeys, and bears. 

The zoo also has a variety of other exhibits, including a reptile house, a bird aviary, and a petting zoo. 

Catoctin Mountains

Catoctin Mountains

The Catoctin Mountains are situated in the northeastern United States, covering parts of Frederick County in Maryland and Loudoun County in Virginia. 

A major portion of the Catoctin Mountains is protected within the Catoctin Mountain Park, which is managed by the National Park Service. The park covers over 5,800 acres and offers visitors opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, picnicking, camping, and wildlife watching. 

It is also one of the best outdoor activities to check out with kids in Maryland .

Gambrill State Park

Gambrill State Park is a popular outdoor recreational area located in Frederick County, Maryland. It is known for its diverse range of activities, scenery, and huge trails, and is therefore a popular destination for hikers, nature enthusiasts, and families looking to enjoy the outdoors. 

It is on the eastern side of Catoctin Mountain, adjacent to the Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park which is one of the state parks in Maryland . 

The park is open year-round, but some facilities may be closed during the winter months.

Cunningham Falls State Park

Cunningham Falls State Park

Another scenic state park located in Frederick Maryland, Cunningham Falls State park is known for its natural beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, and the impressive Cunningham Falls, which is the largest cascading waterfall in Maryland.

It offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking, picnicking, swimming, fishing, and nature watching and features multiple hiking trails for various skill levels, from easy walks to more challenging hikes.

In addition to the falls, the park features a man-made swimming area at Hunting Creek Lake. The lake has a sandy beach and is a popular lake for swimming cooling off during the warmer months in Maryland.

Where to Stay in Frederick, Maryland

There are many great places to stay in Frederick, Maryland , depending on your budget and preferences. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Budget friendly: Hampton Inn Frederick
  • Mid range option: 10 Clarke Place
  • Luxury option: Hilton Garden Inn Frederick Downtown

FAQs Things to Do in Frederick, Maryland

Is frederick maryland worth visiting.

Yes, Frederick, Maryland is definitely worth visiting! It is a charming city with a rich history and a lot to offer visitors.

Frederick boasts a beautifully preserved historic downtown area, complete with cobblestone streets, well-preserved architecture, and a rich history.

It also has numerous galleries, public art installations, and cultural events.

Also, due to its proximity to Catoctin Mountain Park, Cunningham Falls State Park, and the Appalachian Trail, outdoor enthusiasts have plenty of opportunities for hiking, nature walks, picnics, and enjoying scenic views.

What is Frederick MD famous for?

Frederick, Maryland is famous for several notable aspects, each contributing to its unique character and appeal. A few of them include the Historic downtown, Civil War Heritage, Francis Scott Key, Cunningham Falls State Park and more.

Is Frederick a good city to live?

Yes, Frederick is often considered a good city to live in for a variety of reasons. However, whether a city is a good place to live depends on individual preferences, lifestyle, and priorities. A few great reasons include:

  • Historic Charm : The city’s historic downtown, characterized by its well-preserved architecture and cobblestone streets, adds to its unique charm and character.
  • Education : The city is home to reputable public and private schools, making it an attractive choice for families.
  • Outdoor Recreation : Frederick’s proximity to natural attractions like Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park provides residents with opportunities for hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.

Final Thoughts

Frederick, Maryland is a charming city with a rich history and a lot to offer visitors. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or outdoor recreation, you’re sure to find something to love in Frederick.

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15 Best Things to do in Frederick Maryland You Shouldn’t Miss

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January 27, 2023 //  by  Southern Trippers

If you are looking for the best things to do in Frederick Maryland you are in the right place! Located on the western side of the state, Frederick, MD is a charming and historic city waiting for you to come and explore. Whether you’re a history buff, an art lover, or just looking for a fun day out, you will enjoy exploring the city’s rich history and culture. 

There are multiple historical sites that date back to the civil war era that will make you feel like you stepped back in time. Some of the best Frederick activities are family-friendly and stay open all year round. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is very interesting to tour and downtown is full of surprises! This is one of the best small towns in Maryland and makes for an awesome day trip, or weekend away.

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Visit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is one of the best things to do in Frederick MD for history buffs and anyone who is interested in medicine. This famous museum is housed in the same 19th-century building that it was during the war.

The most popular exhibit inside the Civil War Museum is the Surgeons at Work exhibit. Here you can see a detailed recreation of the practices and producers that took place back during the civil war. The exhibit has not only an operating room but also popular surgical tools and journals from the era.

Another exhibit to check out is the Civil War Hospitals room. This exhibit shows how they tried to care for the high volume of soldiers that needed treatment. You will see the recreation of what the hospital ward looked like at the time and even a few journals from real patients.

Explore the Historic Frederick Downtown

Step back in time and explore the historic downtown in Frederick. This is one of the most vibrant areas in town and sprawls over 40 blocks with a little something for everyone to love. Most of the buildings have been restored but are originally from when the town was founded back in the 19th century.

You will find all types of restaurants in downtown Frederick from fine dining to mom-and-pop diners. Check out the local boutiques for shopping, or just stroll along and take in the beautiful sites. If you are looking for what to do in Frederick Maryland, it is always a good idea to start downtown.

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Visit the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum

Up next is a visit to the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum. This museum’s mission is to show people the history of the architecture in the area. The museum itself is inside an old farmhouse that is one of the best examples of German colonial architecture in America.

When visiting you will be taken on a guided tour of the old home and they will point out interesting artifacts and show the techniques that were used to build back in the 19th century. The gardens on the grounds are also worth a tour. You will only find date-appropriate fruits, veggies, and flowers. During the warm months, they demonstrate what the best gardening practices used to be.

If you are looking to learn a little about how life was back in the day then this is one of the most fun things to do in Frederick Maryland.

Visit the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

If you are in Frederick Maryland, you must go take a day trip and visit the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. Frederick was born in Maryland into a life of slavery, but he escaped and became a free man. He went on to do amazing things and is best known as an African American abolitionist, author, and inspirational speaker.

You can do a self-guided tour with the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site mobile app. Just download it on your phone before heading out. Or opt for the guided tour where you can explore his parlor, kitchen, and bedrooms. They have resorted to his 19th-century home to resemble what his life would have been like back then. There is also a garden and barn on the grounds to explore.

At the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, they gathered historic artifacts and photographs on display. This is one of the best things to do nearby Fredrick Maryland for all ages.

the statute of fredrick Douglas

Take a Hike on the Cunningham Falls State Park

When thinking about hiking through the beautiful Cunningham Falls State Park there are two very popular hikes to choose from. The first one will take you to the base of the 78-foot waterfall, which is the largest in all of Maryland. This hike is moderate to hard, but the payoff is a gorgeous view of the forest.

The second hike is the Catoctin Trail. Which is a 9.5-mile hike that ends on the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This hike is also a bit hard with steep and rocky terrain throughout. The views you get at the end of the trail are so remarkable that you will be glad you made it to the top and did one of the best activities in Frederick, Maryland.

You could also visit the State Park for a picnic, try your hand at fishing, or just relax in the great outdoors. There is a small campground at Cunningham Falls where you reserve a tent spot, or bring your RV.

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Enjoy a Wine Tasting Tour at the Linganore Winecellers

One of the most romantic things to do in Frederick is to enjoy a wine tasting at the Linganore Winecellers. When you arrive you will immediately be greeted with beautiful views of the lake and vineyards. On the weekend you can relax outside in the courtyard and listen to live bands, or order lunch from one of the food trucks, and enjoy your freshly bought bottle of local wine.

During your wine-tasting tour, you will be able to taste wines from the local region. The tour allows you to pick your favorite between reds, whites, and even a few fruit blends. If you are not a wine lover but you enjoy a good view, this is still an excellent place to come and take in the picturesque views.

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Tour of the Monocacy Battlefield

The battle of Monocacy Battlefield took place on July 9th, 1864 between confederate and union soldiers. It was one of the most pivotal battles of the civil war. When visiting you can book a private, guided tour where you will be taken around the battlefield and shown the epic monuments of a few soldiers that are honored there.

This is one of the best things to do in Frederick Maryland for history buffs and anyone who has been interested in the Civil War. If that doesn’t sound like you there are also a few hiking trails and it is an amazing place for bird watching as well.

a shadow battlefield with a cannon

Take a Walk or Bike ride on the Carroll Creek Linear Park

The Carroll Creek Linear Park is one of the best things to do in Frederick with kids. This beautiful park is located in the historic downtown area of Frederick MD. The creek runs about a mile through the heart of the city, with cement paths that are perfect for biking or walking around.

Be sure to make a stop by the Musical Fountains, it is always a crowd favorite. The water fountain is programmed to choreograph the water jets with the music. It is stunning and mesmerizing to watch the colorful water splash around. There are also plenty of sculptures, art exhibits, and picnic areas to relax in. You can visit all year round from sunrise to dusk.

the carroll creek linear park trail in Frederick

Visit the Frederick County Historical Society

One of the best places to visit in Frederick MD to learn a little more about the history of the town is the County Historical Society. They are an organization that specializes in preserving and sharing the interesting history of Frederick. You can view historical photographs, maps, and artifacts from colonial times to the present day.

There is also a research library to explore where you can find old manuscripts and historical books. Be sure to check their website where you can sign up for events and lectures to learn in exciting and interactive ways.

the visitor center in Frederick Maryland

Take a Guided Tour of the Clustered Spires High Wheel Race

One of the best attractions in Frederick Maryland is the High Wheel Race. This is an event that takes place annually where you will be given a tour on an old-school penny-farthing bicycle throughout downtown. A Penny-farthing is a vintage bicycle with one big wheel in the front and a small one in the back.

You can book a tour to ride on the bike with an experienced penny-farthing bike rider or watch from the sidelines. The whole town comes together and puts on live music with street food and drinks to purchase. If you thinking about checking out Frederick doing it during the Clustered Spires High Wheel race is one of the best times of the year. This year the event takes starts in February and ends at the end of April.

a man riding a vintage bike in downtown Frederick

Hood College for Events and Lectures

Up next is one of the best things to do in Frederick for adults. Hood College is a local liberal arts college that opens its doors to visitors who are interested in learning. You can sign up for lectures on many different subjects from local experts. Some of the most popular are art, science, and literature.

While on campus check out the Tatem Arts Center. Here there are exhibits displaying contemporary art from artists from all over the world. After you view all of the beautiful masterpieces taking a stroll around the grounds is always a treat too. There is beautiful architecture and flowers throughout the campus.

One of the best times to visit Hood College is during its literary festival. This is an event where some of the best poets, writers, and authors gather in Frederick to share their art and give lectures and readings.

a beautiful chapel on the campus of Hood College

Explore the Catoctin Mountains

 If you are looking for free things to do in Frederick the Catoctin Mountains offer plenty of free outdoor activities with breathtaking backdrops. Take your pick between fishing, camping, hiking, and exploring the natural beauty of Maryland. The Catoctin Mountain Park is one of the most popular places to start. There are easy to moderately hard hikes in this area.

Camp David, the famous presidential retreat, is located within the Catoctin Mountains. You are not allowed to tour Camp David, but you can get a close-up look by exploring the nearby area. You know it is a special area when the presidents past and present go to the Catoctin to escape.

great image of the rolling hills of Frederick MD!

Take a Trip to the nearby Gambrill State Park For Hiking and Camping

Checking out the Gambrill State Park is on top of the list for thing things to do near Frederick, Maryland. It is only about a 15-20 minute drive away and is known best for the stunning views of the area. They offer several different campsites and cabins for visitors who want to spend a few nights in the great outdoors.

There are a variety of trails from easy family-friendly strolls to hard strenuous hikes to the top of the mountain range. The Black Locust Trail is recommended for a moderate hike. It is a 3-mile loop trail passing all the scenic overlooks of the park. The park and campground are open all year round and it is one of the best places to go when you want to try one of the day trips near Frederick MD.

a pretty hiking Point in the catoctin mountains

Check out the Frederick Fairgrounds for Events and Festivals

It doesn’t matter what time of the year you are visiting Frederick, there is always something fun going on. Check out the Frederick Keys, the local AAA baseball team for an all-American day at the baseball field. During the fall the Oktober fest is always a crowd favorite for beer lovers and history buffs.

And during the winter months, the historic downtown comes to life with thousands of twinkling lights. During the season one of the things to do in Frederick at night is to take one of the museums by candlelight tour. This is an annual, free event that has been happening in Frederick Maryland for 275 years.

A beautiful fairground in Maryland

Visit the Frederick Arts Council

When you visit the Frederick Arts Council, you will find a wide range of exhibits and events that showcase the work of local artists. The council regularly hosts art exhibitions, performances, and workshops for visitors. Be sure to stop by the gift shop. Here you can buy local art and crafts made by Frederick artists.

The highlight is the performance space. Here you can catch a play, a concert, or watch a dance performance. The council also offers a wide range of classes and workshops for those who are spending a few more days in town. This is one of the best things to do in Frederick Maryland for all the art lovers out there.

saint michaels on the water one of the cutest small towns in maryland


Visit Downtown Frederick!

Planning a trip to Downtown Frederick? You’ll find helpful information, parking details and more under “Park Frederick.” Also check out our  downtown map  for a list of downtown retailers. You can pick up paper copies of the map from the Visitor Center (151 S East St) and many downtown businesses.

Downtown Frederick offers convenient places to stay, steps from downtown’s eclectic shops, restaurants, art galleries, museums and other cultural offerings. Enjoy the historic ambiance at the downtown accommodations listed under “Stay Here.” You can also find many great places to stay located outside of Downtown Frederick. Check out the  Tourism Council of Frederick County’s  website for a full list of hotels, bed & breakfasts, vacation rentals, cabins and camping.

frederick md tourist

Upcoming Downtown Events

Want (or maybe need) to connect with other local freelancers and small biz owners, but not fond of “networking”? Dread the transactional feel of typical business card exchange networking events? Uncomfortable introducing yourself to strangers? Frustrated by failed attempts to meet the one person you really wanted to talk to? Join Cowork Frederick for Business & Brews, an event designed to break down barriers, build trust, and help people connect authentically. Limit 20 people to give plenty of time for real conversations.

Business & Brews: Networking Speed Dating @ Cowork Frederick

The Frederick Speaker Series presents Chuck D, public enemy frontman and Rock & Roll hall of famer. Chuck D is the leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, the author of two critically acclaimed books, and a political activist, publisher, radio host, and producer. He has been featured on, or interviewed in, over fifty documentaries on music, technology, politics, and race as well as appearing in numerous public service announcements for national peace and the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Chuck D has also been a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, Americans for the Arts Council, and the National Alliance for African-American Athletes. He first rose to acclaim in the 1980’s with a string of critically lauded and commercially successful albums that addressed weighty issues about race, rage and inequality with a jolting combination of intelligence and eloquence never seen before. The New York Times named Public Enemy’s music to their list of the “25 Most Significant Albums of the Last Century” and in 2005 The Library of Congress added Fear of a Black Planet to their National Recording Registry. For the past five years, Chuck D has hosted On the […]

The patriarch of a family of grey squirrels has stowed away enough nuts for 10 winters, but the fox squirrels from way over near the 7-11 want in on his stash. In this fiercely funny and provocative play, the writer of Hand to God exposes the way we use power and domination to mask our own insecurities and fears. For mature audiences.

The Squirrels @ The MET

Landless Theatre Company presents a pair of aspiring playwrights who perform a backers’ audition for their new, ill-advised project – a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass historical epic, with the hope that one of the producers in attendance will give them that elusive Broadway contract. Join us for the epic return of Landless Theatre’s hit 2008 production, named a Washington Post Editor’s Pick! DC Critic Bob Anthony wrote “this show is so good, it should run for 25 years” – and it just might!

Gutenberg! The Musical!

Join Colonial Jewelers in their Downtown Frederick showroom to SAVE BIG on their finest selection of beautiful, rare, hand-selected Diamonds! All Diamond jewelry is ON SALE for one week only: Diamond Engagement Rings, Wedding Bands, Anniversary Bands, Tennis Bracelets, Diamond Studs and Fashion Jewelry galore! Interest Free Financing Options Available.

Diamond Day Sale @ Colonial Jewelers

Walk in the footsteps of doctors, nurses, soldiers and civilians who cared for 8,000 wounded soldiers in Downtown Frederick Every Saturday at 10:30am and Sunday at 2pm from April until September, docents from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will explain how Frederick became “One Vast Hospital.” Arguably the most trying moment in city’s history came after the Battle of Antietam in the fall of 1862. The town’s population doubled when 8,000 wounded soldiers were delivered by ambulance to make-shift hospitals throughout Frederick. Tickets are $15 and include admission to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in addition to the walking tour. Tickets are free for Museum members, but you must still reserve your spot. Reservations will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Contact Chris Reed at [email protected] for more information or visit civilwarmed.org/weekendtours.

Walking Tours with National Museum of Civil War Medicine

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!

MAD Dance presents “Intentional Terrarium,” a Festival of Performances and Experiences in an Immersive Art Installation April 6, 13, 20, and 27 Frederick, MD – MAD Dance presents “Intentional Terrarium” a monthlong festival of performances and experiences taking place in an immersive art installation at the MAD Studio, Y Arts Center, 115 East Church Street, Frederick, MD. Every Saturday in April, from 1:30-8:30 pm, the “Intentional Terrarium” installation will be open to the public, with a rotating series of performances and experiences by a diverse group of artists, performers, healers, and thinkers. Admission is free. “Intentional Terrarium” features a portable greenhouse as its central feature, complemented by photographs, videos, poems, plants, sticks, vintage clothing, macrame and embroidered wall hangings, sounds, scents, tastes, recipes, and a collection of blue Ball jars. Driving the project are thoughts about building sanctuaries, bunkers, biospheres, and nurseries, preparing for the end times, thinking about how to share space intimately, self-sufficiency, and carving out time and space for contemplation. The installation encourages the question: What is so precious that we would create a structure to nurture its existence? MAD Dance, co-directed by Kitty Clark and Ray C. Shaw, will perform “Precious” every Saturday evening in April at […]

Intentional Terrarium: A Festival of Performances and Experiences

Key West Productions present an entertaining, brotherly revival of America’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll singing-siblings. The greatest hits of the ‘50s and ‘60s come alive as the Zmed Brothers revive the iconic sounds of The Everly Brothers, America’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll singing-sibling duo. Brothers Zachary and Dylan aim not to impersonate but to do their best in honoring the aesthetics of the Everly Brothers iconic sound and honor the important role they played in pioneering the rock n’ roll movement, all while having a little fun sharing their own personal story. The Zmed Brothers continuously strive to pay homage to their personal roots by always infusing an instinctual blend of entertainment (a la Smothers Brothers) and contextual education in their performance.

The Everly Brothers Experience featuring the Zmed Brothers

Frederick County Public Schools and Frederick County Public Libraries team up to help parents prepare for their child’s big step into kindergarten at this event. Kindergarten teachers from Waverley Elementary will walk parents through signing their child up for kindergarten, answer questions about the process, and share milestones and tips to make sure your child is ready for kindergarten. FCPL’s Jessica O’Brien will share how the library is helping children get ready for K with resources and programs tailored to KRA skills. Coloring sheets will be available for children to decorate during the presentation, but they must stay with their parent.

Parents’ Night Out! – Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten @ the Library

Open Mic Comedy with Wrecked Em’ Comedy is a fun night for those looking to watch local comics put on a fun show! If you are interested in going on stage, you may come on Tuesdays in February, March and April at 7:30 pm to get on the list. Check out our Weekly Specials & Entertainment on our website.

Open Mic Comedy @ Cellar Door

These are the stories you won’t read about in history books! In “Secrets of Deep Creek Lake”, award-winning local author James Rada, Jr. continues his investigations into the interesting people and unusual incidents that are the hidden history of Western Maryland. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Secrets of Deep Creek Lake with Jim Rada @ the Library

Join Heritage Frederick at the next Parsons Newman Speaker Series featuring local authors who will introduce their new books and answer questions. Howard Cox, of Frederick, recently published American Traitor about General James Wilkinson, the highest ranking federal official to be charged as a spy. Pete Michael, of Adamstown, will discuss his new book, First Explorer, which tells the story of Francis Michael, who in 1704 became the first European to explore beyond the Atlantic coast and into the Appalachians. The series honors the civic leadership of Parsons Newman and is presented through the Parsons Newman Fund established by Mr. and Mrs. John D. Hendrickson II at The Community Foundation of Frederick County.

Parsons Newman Speaker Series @ Heritage Frederick

Evidence shows that the emotional culture of an organization influences employee satisfaction, burnout, absenteeism, teamwork, and team performance, however, “emotions” can often seem like a dirty word at work. Join Cowork Frederick to play a simple game to help break that taboo! Brain Boost is a FREE lunchtime collaborative learning experience designed to build expertise and ensure equitable access to a wealth of knowledge. Bring your lunch and learn.

Brain Boost: E%$#*^ (Emotions) at Work

Play games with us! We have a comfortable venue space located in Downtown Frederick. We offer a selection of tabletop games such as Carcassonne for your enjoyment. Hot tea and snacks are made freely available. Donations are appreciated. Free parking is available in the parking lot immediately after 121 W. Patrick St and on W. Patrick St. proper. Please note that we are on the second floor with 18 steps to navigate.

Tabletop Game Night @ UNESCO BMW Center

The Weinberg presents a high-energy percussive step dance and traditional African dance with riveting songs and compelling storytelling. Founded in 1994 as an exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre of Johannesburg, Step Afrika! is the first professional Dance Company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Mesmerizing and memorable. One of America’s top five African American dance companies travels the globe to deliver the tradition of stepping — a polyrhythmic, percussive dance form that uses the body as an artistic instrument. In perfect union, the performers’ feet pound the stage with power, precision, and skill. The dynamic dancing is complemented with riveting songs, compelling storytelling, and audience participation like none other.

Step Afrika!

Join the thirteenth annual Bring A Broom Saturday on Saturday, April 27, 2024! Community members are asked to bring their brooms and help Downtown Frederick get ready for spring. Volunteer a few hours of your time with friends and neighbors to help make downtown shine! Volunteers will sweep sidewalks, mulch tree wells, pick up trash and plant flowers. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Bring A Broom Saturday is a great volunteer opportunity for companies, sports teams, social clubs and civic groups. If you’re volunteering as part of a group, select your team name from the dropdown menu during registration. If you’re a group leader and need to create a team registration, please contact [email protected].     More event info at bringabroom2024.eventbrite.com Bring A Broom Saturday is made possible with support from Oldetowne Landscape Architects, the City of Frederick and Oldcastle APG, Lawn & Garden Division.

Bring A Broom Saturday

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! Tours are 90-minutes in length and leisurely cover 1.2 miles. Not Recommended for Younger Children.  Still cameras and flashlights permitted. No video or audio recording allowed.   Tour Stops: •  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, […]

Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick @ Brewer’s Alley

Key West Productions invites you to experience the magic of Broadway as the Frederick Symphony Orchestra presents an enchanting evening filled with the timeless melodies and unforgettable stories that have captivated audiences for generations. From the haunting melodies of Cats to the epic tale of Man of La Mancha, and the toe-tapping energy of Oklahoma, prepare to be transported to the enchanting worlds of these iconic productions. This Broadway showcase promises an unforgettable experience for theater enthusiasts.

The Frederick Symphony Orchestra presents “The Best of Broadway”

Join Curious Iguana and Frederick County Public Library as they celebrate the launch of Sarah Adler’s sophomore romance novel, Happy Medium, one day before release day! Sarah will be joined in conversation by fellow author Laura Hankin. They will discuss Sarah’s lovable and hilarious rom-com! Presented in partnership with FCPL. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. About Happy Medium: A clever con woman must convince a skeptical, sexy farmer of his property’s resident real-life ghost if she’s to save them all from a fate worse than death, in this delightful new novel from the author of Mrs. Nash’s Ashes. About the author: Sarah Adler writes romantic comedies about lovable weirdos finding their happily ever afters. She lives in Maryland with her husband and daughter and often travels absurd distances to acquire baked goods. Mrs. Nash’s Ashes was her debut novel. You can find her online at sarahadlerwrites.com.

Local Author Talk + Signing @ Curious Iquana

Celebrate craft history in the making at the C. Burr Artz Public Library! Join the crocheters of South Mountain Crochet Guild, who have filled the CBA display cases in March and April for National Craft Month, as they share the history of crochet and how it has evolved throughout the years.

This Isn’t Your Grandmother’s Crochet @ the Library

The Frederick Speaker Series presents Cheryl Strayed, the bestselling author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things. Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, Wild, about her soul searching trek over 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. Her story inspired Oprah Winfrey to revive her tremendously popular book club, with Wild as its inaugural selection for the launch of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The story also inspired producer and actress Reese Witherspoon to bring Wild to the big screen in 2014. Strayed is also the author of The New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things, a collection of her widely popular Dear Sugar columns for TheRumpus.net. Her writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Allure, The Missouri Review, Creative Nonfiction, The Sun and elsewhere. Her books have been translated into 26 languages around the world. A warm, candid, funny, and engaging speaker, Cheryl Strayed talks about her personal struggles and story of survival, love, loss, adventure, courage, empathy and the power we possess to blaze our own wild trails.

Cheryl Strayed

Many freelancers and micro-biz owners don’t have a mission statement. Learn why you need a mission statement and how to write one. Cowork Frederick’s Brain Boost is a lunchtime collaborative learning experience designed to build expertise and ensure equitable access to a wealth of knowledge. Bring your lunch and learn. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., event starts at noon. 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, discussion struggles in writing your mission statement, and more!  

Brain Boost: Why You Need A Mission Statement

The Medical Response to America’s Bloodiest Day. The 29th Conference on Civil War Medicine will take place from May 3 to May 5, 2024. Hosted by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, it will be a weekend filled with exciting tours, programs, and experiences. Don’t miss your chance to sign up! The Conference will begin on Friday, May 3 with an evening reception at the Museum featuring light refreshments. Saturday May 4 features a guided tour of Antietam National Battlefield with Scott Woodard, military historian at Command and General Staff School at US Army Command and General Staff College in Texas. Sunday May 5 begins with a lecture from Emilie Amt, author of the critically praised Black Antietam. The conference concludes with an exclusive walking tour of Downtown Frederick and a tour of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Tickets cover admission to all programs and tours, refreshments on Friday, and lunch on Saturday. Contact Joanna Jennings at [email protected] with any questions. Note: there will be no bus provided for the Conference in an effort to keep ticket prices down.

2024 Conference on Civil War Medicine

The silent film era returns to our screen accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ in this viewing of The Big Parade! An epic portrayal of the “Great War”, an American enlists and is shipped off to France where he befriends soldiers, falls in love and is sent to the frontline. Starring John Gilbert, Renee Adoree, andHobart Bosworth. Category: Drama, Romance, War Rating: N/A Sponsored by: The G. Frank Thomas Foundation

The Big Parade (1925) – Silent Film Series

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

View exhibitions and meet the artists! The following exhibitions are opening on Saturday, May 4 and can be viewed starting at 9am. Beat the crowds and visit us earlier in the day! National Juried Exhibition (May 4 – July 7) The Delaplaine’s annual juried show features works by artists from around the region and the nation. Works in a variety of media. Joe Gerlak | Explorations of Light and Shadow (May 4 – June 30) Gerlak creates wall-hanging mixed-media pieces that function both as paintings and sculptures, and are informed by light and shadow as well as the subtle and fleeting occurrence of color, shape, and form over time. Stacy Lund | Levy Painting from Life (May 4 – June 30) With a love for portrait and figure drawing, as well as textures and patterns, Painting from Life is a group of watercolors painted from people and places encountered in the artist’s everyday life. Eunice Turner | Lincoln’s Triad: A Visual Chronicle of History (May 4 – June 30) This series of 3–D work blends a cubist-inspired geometric sensibility with elements of Pop Art in depicting the life of Abraham Lincoln.

May Exhibition Openings @ The Delaplaine

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.     May First Saturday is Presented by Woodsboro Bank, celebrating 125 years of service! Stop by 30 N Market St from noon-7pm to see how Woodsboro Bank grows with you! They will have an interactive chalk art display and be giving out seed packets and builder pencils.   and with Support from Renewal by Anderson   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! Check back as the date gets closer for a list of specific activities, or visit our events calendar to see what’s happening today. Print Day in May | Frederick Book Arts Center | 10am-4pm Accessories Bonanza | Frederick Arts Council Center | 11am-5pm Asia on the Creek (AANHPI Heritage Festival) […]

Mayfest First Saturday

Join Frederick Book Arts Center for the first Print Day in May in their new home! Print Day in May is an annual, international celebration of printmaking that takes place every first Saturday in May. They will have a variety of printmaking demonstrations, a gallery of prints, print your own keepsakes, kids activities, and their shop will be open and full of unique gifts and art. This will be a great opportunity to see the new FBAC as they work to finalize their space. Free and fun for all ages.

Print Day in May @ FBAC

Join The Frederick Art Club for an Accessories Bonanza featuring jewelry, purses, scarves, belts, ties, cufflinks, children’s jewelry, trinkets and treasures! Gently worn by Frederick’s most artful people. 100% of purchases benefit The Frederick Art Club Scholarship for students who are residents of Frederick County pursuing a career in studio art or art education.

Accessories Bonanza @ Frederick Arts Council Center

Every First Saturday BK Juices will be inviting a vegan eatery vendor to come to town and offer you some of the best eats. Purely plant based!

Vegan Eats + BK Juices Series

Come celebrate the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage (AANHPI) Month in Downtown Frederick! Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage (AANHPI) Month is observed in the United States during the month of May to recognize the contributions and influence of Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. This free event is organized by the Asian American Center of Frederick with support from Downtown Frederick Partnership and promotes Asian heritage and culture through display of traditional art, dance, music, ethnic cuisine, and conversation about Asian way of life.

AANHPI Heritage Festival

National Juried Exhibition juror Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah discusses her artistic practice and announces awards for the 2024 National Juried Exhibition. FREE!

Art Matters Artist Talk: Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah @ The Delaplaine

Kids and adults are invited to drop-in and get creative together on art activities at family tables! Each session features a themed activity. Design an original board game you can play with friends. (Please no large groups)

Creative Outlet for May @ The Delaplaine

Tucked away in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., the Frederick Running Festival is one of the hidden gems of the running community. The festival features four races, which all finish at the Frederick Fairgrounds. Runners can experience a big time race with small town charm with the added value of off-site packet pick-up in the suburbs of Maryland. Choose between a half-marathon and two-person team relay on Sunday or the 5K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday.

Frederick Running Festival

Celebrate the arrival of spring and find the perfect Mother’s Day gifts at the Frederick Spring Market in Carroll Creek Park! Discover an exquisite selection of over 100 vendors and artisans offering unique treasures, ideal for spoiling the special mothers in your life. From handcrafted jewelry to artisanal treats, there’s something to enchant every mom. *FREE ADMISSION * Organized by N.L. McLaughlin Enterprises LLC. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Frederick Spring Market at Carroll Creek Park

Live in concert are Alasdair Fraser, “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” and brilliant cellist Natalie Haas. With renowned virtuosity and joyful spontaneity, their cutting-edge string explorations span intimate chamber music, energetic dance music, traditional Scottish folk songs, and global tunes. Come see (and hear!) why the duo’s debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the coveted Scots Trad Music Album of the Year award, the Scottish equivalent of a GRAMMY.

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Alive @ Five kicks off May 9, featuring live music and craft beverages every Thursday through October 3! Admission and drinks are $6 each. Take your pick from a crisp beer, refreshing wine or craft spirit! Local food trucks will also be serving up delicious fare and non-alcoholic beverages each week. Located in the Carroll Creek Amphitheater every Thursday from 5-8pm (May 9 – October 3*), all events are 21+ only – don’t forget your ID. *No event on July 4  Alive @ Five is a summer-long fundraiser for Downtown Frederick Partnership, made possible with the support of DARCARS Toyota of Frederick and an amazing team of sponsors and volunteers. All proceeds from the event are reinvested into the Downtown Frederick community. Stay tuned for this season’s lineup and more info!   Presented by DARCARS Toyota of Frederick. Alive @ Five is Downtown Frederick Partnership’s largest fundraiser of the year. Every gate fee you pay and drink token you buy helps to support our work in the downtown community. Cheers to a great season, and we can’t wait to see you on the creek!

Alive @ Five 2024 Season Kick-Off

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. Cowork Frederick’s Brain Boost is a FREE lunchtime collaborative learning experience designed to build expertise and ensure equitable access to a wealth of knowledge. Bring your lunch and learn.

Brain Boost: Values Matter (you should define yours)

Crème de la Crème is honored to be hosting author Sean Scherer with the release of his new book Vignettes. In this new book, Scherer focuses in on the art of combining common objects into aesthetically pleasing groupings, or vignettes. Contending that a vignette can set the whole mood and tone of a room, he shows you how to use any surface in your home, from a tabletop to a bookshelf to a wall, to create lively displays of your favorite items. Vignettes will be available in all Crème de la Crème locations in early April. Pre-order a copy today by calling any of our stores. Kabinett & Kammer: Creating Authentic Interiors is available at all location and on-line at www.shopcremedelacreme.com.

Sean Scherer Book Signing @ Crème de la Crème

The Brewers Association of Maryland returns to the Carroll Creek Linear Park in Frederick for the 2024 Maryland Craft Beer Festival, presented by Visit Frederick! Festival entry includes beer samples from DOZENS OF MARYLAND BREWERIES (including a few breweries not yet open to the public!) pouring more than 200 unique, beers – all brewed in Maryland. In addition, there will be live music and a tasty selection of local food and craft vendors throughout the festival.

Maryland Craft Beer Festival

Owning a small business comes with many expenses, and finding room in the budget for new headshots every few years can be tough. Photographer Mallory Coombs & the Cowork Frederick Foundation have teamed up to bring you this opportunity to receive professional headshots at a discounted rate. Each $100 session will last 20 minutes, and you will receive two edited images.

Headshot Day @ Cowork Frederick

For more than two decades, hundreds of garden enthusiasts have descended upon Downtown Frederick for the opportunity to explore the elegant, whimsical, and inventive gardens nestled beyond the gates of private Frederick homes each spring. In addition to the the stunning landscapes, visitors are also treated to a variety of discounts from downtown Frederick retailers and restauranteurs, as well as a Hospitality Center where guests are invited to enjoy light refreshments during the tour.

Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour

Join local distilleries and the Maryland Distillers Guild for an afternoon of sipping, sampling, and fun. The 2024 Spirits of Maryland: Frederick features dozens of unique and locally produced distilled spirits, hand-made cocktails and small-batch non-alcoholic mixers. This event will offer live music, food trucks, a cocktail bar and vendors offering spring-inspired cocktails! This afternoon of sampling and exploration will be hosted at Visitation Frederick, a new events and hotel space in Downtown Frederick! Participating Distilleries Baltimore Spirits Company Butterfly Spirits Covalent Spirits Fordham Lee Distillery Free State Distillery GRAY WOLF® SPIRITS LYON RUM McClintock Distilling Meinelschmidt Distillery Old Line Spirits Puerto Rico Distillery Rosie Cheeks Distillery Sagamore Distillery Shmidt Spirits Tenth Ward Distilling Company Tobacco Barn Distillery Event Vendors Cane Collective Uncapped/ Frederick News Post Whispering Flower Farm Take Root Plant Store Grandma Couch Creations Boxcar Burgers Pura Cepa

Spirits of Maryland: Frederick

The Endangered Species Theatre Project presents Sherlock Sundays — A live radio play mystery starring Sherlock Holmes!

Sherlock Sundays

Join us for the Thai Water Festival Cultural experience on Carroll Creek! We’ll have street food, games, family activities and demonstrations. All ages welcome!   Schedule coming soon    

Thai Water Festival (Songkran) @ Carroll Creek Amphitheater

The Frederick Festival of the Arts is a juried two-day fine arts festival along Carroll Creek Linear Park in Downtown Frederick! The event attracts thousands of visitors and features over 100 artists from across the country, beer & wine garden, food vendors, and artist demonstrations. Ample parking is available and pets on leashes are always welcome. Residents and visitors will have the opportunity to meet each artist and to discover the inspiration and process behind each creation during the two-day event. About the Frederick Arts Council The Frederick Festival of the Arts is hosted by the Frederick Arts Council. The Frederick Arts Council invests in a vibrant and cohesive arts community for the people of Frederick County. FAC is Frederick County’s umbrella arts organization, a resource and advocate for all local artists, creatives, and culturally-minded community members. The organization gives grants to individuals and organizations, provides programming, and serves as a liaison for the arts with all levels of government. For more information about the Frederick Arts Council, visit frederickartscouncil.org

Frederick Festival of the Arts

Deepen your understanding of cultural differences in the workplace and learn basic strategies for clearer communication and understanding among diverse teams. Both native English speakers and English learners will leave with tools they can immediately implement at work for clearer communication. Cowork Frederick’s Brain Boost is a FREE lunchtime collaborative learning experience designed to build expertise and ensure equitable access to a wealth of knowledge. Bring your lunch and learn.

Brain Boost: Enhance Communication in Your Multilingual and Multicultural Teams

Frederick Pride 2024 is back on Saturday, June 22, 2024! The local LGBTQ+ community gathers together alongside friends, families, and allies to celebrate and uplift each other with love and pride. Frederick Pride welcomes you to beautiful Carroll Creek in the heart of Downtown Frederick to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ community. Join The Frederick Center to enjoy drag performances, a food court of the best local food trucks, hand-picked musical guests, hundreds of local vendors and nonprofit organizations, a designated beverage garden with the top local breweries and wineries, a pride shop, a children’s area, and more!

Frederick Pride Festival

Downtown Frederick’s newest outdoor happy hour on the front lawn of City Hall! Featuring craft beverages, family-friendly fun, music by the Dapper DJs and an exclusive inside-the-track experience during the National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race.

Lawn Party at the High Wheel

A unique racing event set to take the streets of historic Downtown Frederick, Maryland on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Racers will be riding antique or modern high wheel bicycles in a criterium (multi-lap) race of along a 0.4 mile route through historic downtown Frederick, MD. The 2024 race will consist of 2 qualifying heats and a final race to determine the 2024 National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race champion.

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In The Streets invites attendees to explore historic Downtown Frederick, while offering a sampling of the diverse food, entertainment, art, and non-profit resources that thrive in Frederick County. Located from Carroll Creek to 7th Street. Organized by Celebrate Frederick. 9am: Market Street Mile 11am-5pm: In The Streets Festival Noon-5pm: Craft Beverage Experience 5-9pm: Up The Creek Party

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Join the Endangered Species (theatre) Project for tea and treats and a live radio Sherlock Holmes Mystery play! Located at ESP Loft: 6 E Patrick St, 2nd Floor

Each year, the Partnership tackles strategic initiatives to bring more residents and employees to Downtown Frederick, offers an exciting season of events and works closely with downtown businesses and partners to continue to strengthen and improve Downtown Frederick.

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  • Historic Downtown Frederick
  • Carroll Creek Linear Park
  • National Museum of Civil War Medicine
  • Monocacy National Battlefield
  • Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park
  • Gambrill State Park
  • Ballenger Creek Trail
  • Frederick Visitor Center

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Attractions, Activities, & Vacationing Tips

Frederick, Maryland is a hidden gem of attractions and activities, making it an ideal destination for vacationers seeking a mix of adventure, history, and relaxation. From the numerous wineries and parks to the abundance of historical landmarks and museums, there is never a dull moment in Frederick. The city's close proximity to nearby states like Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania makes it an ideal location for nature activities and big city attractions. Here are some tips and suggestions for making the most out of your stay in Frederick.

There's also plenty of historical museums and civil war -era landmarks for history enthusiasts.

The great thing is that Frederick isn't far from Virginia, West Virginia, Baltimore and DC so you have your choice of nature activities and big city attractions. Here are some suggestions and advice for making the most out of your stay in Frederick MD.

Research ahead of time

Before arriving in Frederick, it is always a good idea to do some research on things to do and nearby activities. It is also worth looking for dining credits and coupons, as these can provide great deals for attractions in Frederick. Groupon and Facebook are great resources for finding discounts on local attractions and restaurants.

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Tourism Attractions: Monocacy National Battlefield

Restaurants range from low-cost and budget friendly to high-end and unique atmosphere in Frederick MD. Simply planning ahead is better than asking for recommendations on a Friday or Saturday night when you are already hungry and in a unfamiliar with Frederick. Check out alternative places to stay in the city of Frederick. You don't always have to stay in a hotel to feel great on vacation. There are many house-swapping and house rentals sites available. Sites like AirBnB allow you to rent a house or room instead of a hotel.  Top find tourist attractions you can visit the Frederick Visitor center.  However don't forget to visit other nearby cities like Northern VA's Rose Hill Manor, Deep Creek Maryland, or Gettysburg PA.

You can also head out to Deep Creek, MD if you're looking for cabins or a bed and breakfast. Alternate lodging can be some of the most interesting and fun parts of vacationing, so be sure to check it out!

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Explore alternative lodging.

While hotels are always a popular choice, there are many alternative lodging options available in the city of Frederick. House-swapping and house rentals sites like AirBnB allow you to rent a house or room instead of a hotel. Additionally, if you're looking for a more rural experience, cabins and bed and breakfasts can be found in Deep Creek, MD. Alternative lodging can be one of the most interesting and fun parts of vacationing, so be sure to check it out.

Get outside and get active

Frederick offers plenty of opportunities to stay healthy and keep fit, whether it's jogging or running around downtown Frederick or Baker Park, playing tennis at one of the local courts, or hitting the gym. For nature enthusiasts, hiking and fishing can be found in nearby areas like Gambrill State Park, Point of Rocks, West Virginia, Leesburg, Virginia, and Thurmont. Just be sure to resist the lure of Chubby's Barbeque unless it's your "Cheat Day."

What to Do This Weekend At Night in Frederick Maryland?

Explore downtown at night.

Downtown Frederick is a hub of night time activities, including great places to eat, drink, and listen to music. Local breweries and distilleries are also a popular choice. Walking around historic downtown Frederick, visiting Cakes to Die For, or grabbing a drink at Hootch and Banter are all great options. Catching a late night movie or playing a round of golf are also possibilities.

Check out nearby attractions

There are plenty of attractions and activities to check out in Frederick and the surrounding areas. Five quick activities and attractions in Frederick include a visit to the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, catching a concert in Baker Park or at the Weinberg Theatre, shopping in downtown Frederick, and dining at Thatcher & Rye. Additionally, nearby attractions like the Monocacy National Battlefield and Dogfish Head Breweries are worth visiting.

  • Walk Historic Downtown Frederick
  • Visit Cakes to Die For  (downtown Fredrick MD)
  • Visit the Monocacy Brewery (downtown Fredrick MD)
  • Grab A Drink at Hootch and Banter (downtown Fredrick MD)
  • Grab some seafood at the Raw Bar
  • Catch a late night movie 
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  • Weinberg Theater

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What Are 5 Fun Activities in Frederick?

Do I have to list just 5 fun activities? There's plenty of fun activities in around Frederick, so you will never be at a loss for what to do. Here are 5 quick activities and attractions in Frederick:

  • Visit the catoctin wildlife preserve and zoo
  • Catch A Concert in Baker Park (downtown Fredrick MD)
  • Catch A Concert and Show at The Weinberg Theatre (downtown Fredrick MD)
  • Shop in Downtown Frederick
  • Eat at Thatcher & Rye
  • Bonus: Visit the Monocacy or Dogfish Head Breweries or local distilleries

Best Restaurants to Eat in Frederick Maryland

Dine out at local restaurants Frederick offers a range of dining options, from budget-friendly to high-end restaurants. Some personal favorites include Hootch & Banter, JoJo's Restaurant, The Orchard, Dutch's Daughter, and The Black Hog. A new addition to the scene is Chap's Pit Beef from Baltimore, which has opened a location in Frederick

  • Hootch & Banter
  • JoJo's Restaurant
  • The Orchard
  • Dutch's Daughter
  • The Black Hog
  • New Addition is Chap's Pit Beef from Baltimore and "Diners, Drive-in and Dives" fame has opened a location in Frederick YAY!

W hat's Going on in Frederick Md Today ?

Visit local attractions

When looking for things to do in Frederick, there are plenty of local attractions to consider. Baker Park, Frederick Visitor Center, Carroll Creek Linear Park, Monocacy National Battlefield, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Roads and Rails Museum are all worth visiting. The Community Bridge Mural and Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo are also great choices.

Where Can I Find Information?

Finding out what's going on in Frederick today can be a challenge, but there are plenty of resources available. Meetup.com, EventBrite, VisitFrederick.org, Facebook local yardsale groups, and the Frederick Gazette are all great options for finding up-to date events and activities. These resources can help you find entertainment and activities suitable for all ages, including activities for dogs and fun things to do with toddlers.

  • VisitFrederick.org
  • Facebook Local Yardsale Groups
  • Frederick Gazette

Sightseeing in Maryland

Maryland's Eastern Shore is a beautiful place to explore, and there are many accessible and fun places to visit for families or travel groups. Hiking and exploring Assateague Island is a highlight of Maryland's Eastern Coast. The region also offers many other scenic spots, beaches, nature, and entertainment options. From Annapolis to Baltimore, the Piedmont forests, and the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland's Central Region provides growing cultural areas, history, music, and more.

Visitors can enjoy historic hotels such as those featured in the Historic Hotels of America program, located in Baltimore, including the Lord Baltimore and Admiral Fell Inn. Additionally, Maryland's diverse geography, from the Appalachian Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay to the Eastern Coast marshlands to the Atlantic Ocean, make it an enjoyable destination to explore.

While visiting cities in Maryland like Baltimore, Annapolis, Frederick, or suburbs of Washington, D.C., like Silver Spring, Bethesda, or Rockville, it is important to bring comfortable walking shoes to explore the sights.

The Charm City

Baltimore, Maryland's largest city, is a fun place to visit and is known for its historical charm, antique and boutique shops, and unique restaurants and cafes. The city offers a range of activities, including travel both near and far, which includes tours, motorcoach tours, weekend getaways, and unique travel experiences. The Inner Harbor is a prime destination for all ages, featuring attractions such as the National Aquarium, Camden Yards, Port Discovery, Baltimore's Historic Ships, the Maryland Science Center, Pier 6 Pavilion, and the Horseshoe Casino.

The Eastern Shore

Maryland's Eastern Shore is the eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay and is the state's most popular attraction. With brick-lined streets and 18th-century architecture, Maryland's capital city, Annapolis, offers an up-close look at historic estates, statues, cemeteries, and state buildings that have been in use for four centuries. Additionally, there are many other attractions to visit along Maryland's Eastern Shore, including beaches, historic sites, and museums. The region's diverse landscape, including marshlands, forests, and the ocean, make it an exciting and unique destination for all types of travelers.

Frederick, Maryland is a wonderful vacation destination with attractions and activities for everyone. From wineries and parks to museums and historical landmarks, there is no shortage of things to do in Frederick. The city's proximity to other popular destinations, like Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, makes it a perfect location for exploring nature and enjoying big city attractions. Planning ahead, exploring alternative lodging, getting active, dining out at local restaurants, visiting local attractions, and checking out current events and activities are all great ways to make the most out of your stay in Frederick. Additionally, exploring Maryland's Eastern Shore and the Charm City of Baltimore are excellent opportunities for unique and exciting travel experiences.


Catoctin mountains.

Catoctin Mountains is the easternmost range of Blue Ridge Mountains. These mountains are part of the Appalachian Mountains.

The area boasts amazing wildlife as well as a wide variety of wildflowers. You can also enjoy scenic drives and camping along with hiking trails. Owens Creek Campground makes a wonderful place to go. The campsite can accommodate small to medium-sized RVs and tents. You can use it by yourself, your family, or in small groups.

Catoctin Mountain State Park The park provides great opportunities to spend quality time with your family and enjoy picnicking. There are two parking options available: either the Thurmont Vista Parking Lot or the Hogrock Parking Lot at the Visitor Center.

There is so much to see and do. You should make sure you have enough information before your trip. It's a wonderful day trip that starts in Frederick.

Rose Hill Manor Park & Children's Museum

Anne Grahame and John Grahame founded Rose Hill Manor during the 1790s. The museum and park were created to exhibit and preserve the rich heritage of Rose Hill Manor, which dates back to 1746 and continues until 1950.

This property also includes a log cabin and manor house, as well as two barns, a blacksmith shop, a log cabin and a carriage set.

Rose Hill Manor Children’s Museum opened its doors in 1972. It offers a direct view into history.

Frederick Museum provides hands-on activities that are centered on the early American years for kids. You can make wool cards and grind spices, or play with vintage toys. This book also provides information about Frederick County's past in transport and agriculture.

Cunningham Falls State Park.

Cunningham Falls State Park offers a variety of activities, including swimming, canoeing and fishing, as well as hiking, from April to October.

Cunningham Falls State Park can be found in the Catoctin Mountains. This is a wonderful place to go for nature lovers, close to Frederick. It is divided into separate regions.

Three miles west of Thurmont on Route 77 is Cunningham Falls State Park. This park includes the campgrounds and waterfalls as well as the lake. The Manor Area is located three miles from Thurmont on Route 15. This area includes camping, Scales and Tales Aviary, and Catoctin iron Furnace.

Many hiking trails are available, ranging from short and flat to long and steeply rugged. Hunting Creek Lake offers a number of swimming spots. The 4,400-acre wilderness is open to hunting.

Explore Downtown Frederick Downtown Frederick is home to over 200 restaurants, shops and galleries. This place is charming and small town-like with beautiful scenery.

As mentioned, Frederick has many specialty shops in its downtown. There are many gift and vintage shops, as well as comic and record stores.

Take a ride on a carriage and explore Frederick's open-air and historic architectures. The art galleries are also open to the public. You should take a stroll around Old Town Frederick.

Drink Craft Beer in Frederick

You can enjoy craft beer in Frederick, and the surrounding areas! Two of the most popular and well-known options are Flying Dog Brewery and Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm.

Flying Dog Brewery, a local craft brewery, produces world-class beer. This brewery is one of the fastest-growing mid-Atlantic. There are over 20 beers available in the tasting room, and limited editions of beer can only be purchased at the brewery.

Milkhouse Brewery in Maryland, Maryland's oldest farm brewery. It uses ingredients from Stillpoint farm to make the finest beer. The brewery is situated near Frederick, Mt. It is located near Frederick, Mt.

Frederick Wine Trail is well-known for connecting the many wonderful items Frederick has to offer when it comes to tasty beverages.

The Maryland wine trail will take you through Civil War battlefields to vineyards. Frederick is a major center for the craft beer revolution and is now ripe for Maryland's new wine movement.

These rolling hills offer stunning views, and you can taste the finest produce from the area. These hills cover an area of approximately 90 acres.

Along the route, you will find delicious wines and wonderful hospitality.

Hootch & Banter Hootch & Banter was established in 2015. It brings back the historic South Market Street building that used to be known as Kidd's Cafe or The Canal Bar & Grill.

The space serves upscale food in a casual setting. A large, vintage photograph is displayed in the lobby to celebrate the Kidd family's history.

In addition to the selection of wines and cocktails, liquor emphasizes fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients. Charles Kidd III, Charles Kidd III's house hamburger is named in his memory.

Barbara Fritchie House

It is where Barbara Fritchie (the heroine in John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem) was reconstructed. The building was formerly a museum, but it is now an Airbnb. It is now a cozy, luxurious space with all the modern amenities.

The house has many unique features, such as a china cabinet with Barbara Fritchie memorabilia. Frederick should not miss this beautiful and unique place.

The best Frederick coffee shops. Dublin Coffee Roasters is the best choice for Frederick coffee shops. Serina owns and operates it.

Dublin Coffee Roasters roasts its own coffee with their Sivetz Air roaster. You can also purchase it for your home (and at the café).

Breakfast sandwiches can be ordered with your cup of coffee. You can also get flat whites and red eye coffee.

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine traces the history of medicine, Civil War Medicine and Civil War Medicine. Find out about the history of medicine and Civil War Medicine.

The Frederick Museum of Civil War Medicine offers an overview of the effects of Civil War Medicine upon modern medicine. The museum can be toured by request and takes approximately one hour to explore. You can also request longer tours.

Weinberg Center for the Arts.

Frederick is home to the Weinberg Center for the Arts, which houses both visual and performing arts. Weinberg Center of the Arts, a film palace built in 1926 that houses professional theater, dance and music as well as old films and family entertainment. The center opens in September and continues until May the following year.

The spectacular performances and events are available for visitors, as well as the chance to witness behind-the-scenes magic.

You will discover Art Deco architecture with the help of a professional tour guide and get to know about theatre history. They last approximately 45-60 minutes, and they are offered every week.

Jojo's Tap House & Restaurant

Another popular Frederick restaurant is Jojo's Tap House. The taphouse serves more than 26 beers on draft and has a full bar. Special events can be accommodated in the space.

A separate dining room is available in the taphouse, which offers more privacy. This allows customers to enjoy their food while they relax.

Its casual dining environment is created by the brick walls of the restaurant and its floor-to-ceiling windows.

Tap House is the perfect place to go if you're looking for something more, some craft beer, and an evening with your friends.

Monocacy National Battlefield.

It is home to the Battle of Monocacy National Battlefield, which was the site that saved Washington during the Civil War. It can be found just southeast of Frederick, on the Monocacy River.

This area boasts more than 1500 acres of stunning views, historical buildings and fields. Although the area may appear rural at first, it is very close to Frederick and has many amenities.

Monocacy National Battlefield Our staff can help you plan your trip to ensure that it is educational and inspirational.

Winchester Hall

It was initially designed to be a girls' school. It became home to Frederick County government later. Hiram Winchester was the name of this hall.

The Greeks placed a great deal of importance on education and this was their inspiration for the building's design. The appearance of Winchester Hall has not changed over time. This Frederick landmark is a must-see.

Baker Park Baker Park has 60 acres of greenspace, which includes jogging trails and bike paths. Multiple playgrounds are available and there is a lake. The park hosts many recreational events and concert venues.

Baker Park is home to many of Frederick's most beloved events. Frederick's Fourth is an example of one such event. The event celebrates Independence Day, and ends with spectacular fireworks displays!

Your pet can accompany you to the park.

Crystal Grottoes Caverns

Crystal Grottoes Caverns' uniqueness is that it has more formations per square foot than any cave else we have. Maryland residents can also visit the cave.

Large columns are found in the cave, as well as stalactites. They look almost like drapes. The cave is well lit, so that guides can switch the lights on and off when guests are moving.

Some passages can be quite narrow (4 feet), and others more intricately twisted. The tour takes about 30 minutes.

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum

It is one of America’s most outstanding examples of German colonial architectural design. Frederick lived in this 1758-stone home, which has many unique architectural features.

Living history events will take place in the Heritage Garden as well at the Home for Visitors.

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum Visit the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum to learn more about Frederick's groundbreaking work. You can also visit the Heritage Garden, which is a 4-square-foot colonial garden that you can use for gardening and cooking.

Volunteers and Master Gardeners maintain the garden. It was awarded the Frederick City Historic Preservation Award a few years back.

Hessian Barracks Hessian Barracks School and Hessian Barracks are historical barracks that also house an L-shaped school. The barracks were built during the French and Indian War (1754-1763), and then occupied by British General Edward Braddock in 1763.

Evidence shows, however that they were not completed in 1781 while the area was used as a prison.

McClintock Distilling

Frederick's McClintock Distilling produces gins, whiskies, and vodkas all from organic ingredients.

They are among many award winners, such as "Best Craft Vodka Distillery in The Country" from USA Today and "2020’s Best Vodka Maker." This award was presented by the NY International Spirits Competition. You also received more than 75 awards and medals at international competitions.

McClintock Youth is an 1800s inventor who was the inspiration for the name. The distillery's product and the experience it offers are influenced by his visions and stories.

Firestone's Culinary Tsting Room

Firestone's Culinary Tavern is one of Frederick's best-known places. It opened its doors in 1999 and quickly gained popularity. Firestone Restaurant is composed of three parts: Sidecar (Culinary Tavern), Market on Market and Market on Market.

Culinary Tavern can be described as both an elegant bistro, and also a spot for neighborhood gatherings. Culinary Tavern can be found in an historic 1920's building that was used as a department store.

Here, you can have a true farm-to-table experience. Locally-sourced ingredients are used in many dishes. Frederick residents love Firestone's Steakhouse. You can also get fresh seafood.

Is there another great activity in Frederick we have missed? Your travel suggestions for Maryland are welcome. We appreciate your feedback!

Things to do in Frederick, MD A great place to start is the Frederick Visitor Center. It offers a variety of resources that will enrich your visit. It also offers city guides and exhibits. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine gives a comprehensive overview of Frederick's participation in wartime as well as the function of Frederick at the time of his treatment of wounded soldiers.

There are many tours for those who like to walk slowly: Downtown Frederick Walking Tour Downtown Frederick Public Art Trail (for art lovers) or Downtown Frederick Architecture Tour (for architecture enthusiasts). You are looking for haunted and historical tours? Maryland Ghost Tours takes you to Frederick's darker side.

Downtown Frederick is home to many shops that will appeal to shoppers and shopping enthusiasts. It's easy to get hungry while walking around Frederick. Frederick is home to many great restaurants . There are many options for American, Mexican and Continental cuisines. You also have the option of Asian, Mexican and Asian dishes. Here are some details on specific Frederick restaurants. Frederick has a vibrant arts community. The Frederick Festival of the Arts showcases its products in museums and galleries. You can enjoy a glass of wine at one of the local wineries or at the distilleries and breweries in the area. Frederick is home to many beautiful parks that are perfect for both outdoor and sports enthusiasts. Frederick Keys games are also available.

My alma mater Hood College hosts free informational lectures as well as a festival of chamber music in the summer. These are some of my favorite things to do around this beautiful city that has both the historic and the modern.

Frederick Festival Of The Arts.

A personal favorite is the annual Festival of the Arts that is held in June on the banks of Carroll Creek. Over 150 local and national artists display their unique craft and art in this juried exhibit. The festival has many options that will amaze you. This festival is one that I will never forget. I keep coming back to this festival year after year because of the uniqueness and quality of their products. There are many options for pottery, jewelry, paintings and photography. Food and drinks can be purchased.

Carroll Creek Park

Take a walk along Carroll Creek Park’s 1.2-mile long path. The park's border is Carroll Creek, which makes it easy to stop and eat at local breweries, as well as shop.

Delaplaine Arts Center.

You can find the Delaplaine Arts Center along Carroll Creek Park’s path. The center has seven galleries that showcase many different artistic works. Take a class or workshop in the studios to discover your creativity. The Delaplaine Gift Shop offers unique souvenirs.

Monocacy Brewing Company

Beer lovers, unite! Monocacy Brewing Company, located in Frederick, offers many beers that are made right on site. To get an up-close look at their production, and to sample some of the beers they make, you can take tours.

Brewer's Alley is a favourite spot in Downtown Frederick.

Brewer's Alley is a bar-like atmosphere. The historic building houses the restaurant, which serves good casual food. There is also a Happy Hour menu and late night menu. Relax on the rooftop bar and enjoy a selection of beers from the brewery.

This Mexican restaurant is a great place to relive college memories. La Paz, a Frederick institution that offers everything including sandwiches and meals, is an iconic choice. You can also find a variety of Mexican dishes (including the famous nachos), as well as special drinks such as margaritas.

Thacher and Rye Bryan Voltaggio is an award-winning chef and has opened Thacher and Rye. This elegant restaurant can be found in the same historic brownstone as its predecessor. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and brunch, along with a variety of regional cuisines.

Frederick Fudge & Ice Cream is one of my favourite stops for sweet treats. The fudge is made by the owners and dipped in ice cream. While I'll stop in winter for a cone, I like to sit outside during the summer on their covered patio.

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Internet data centers are fueling drive to old power source: Coal

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CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A helicopter hovers over the Gee family farm, the noisy rattle echoing inside their home in this rural part of West Virginia. It’s holding surveyors who are eyeing space for yet another power line next to the property — a line that will take electricity generated from coal plants in the state to address a drain on power driven by the world’s internet hub in Northern Virginia 35 miles away.

There, massive data centers with computers processing nearly 70 percent of global digital traffic are gobbling up electricity at a rate officials overseeing the power grid say is unsustainable unless two things happen: Several hundred miles of new transmission lines must be built, slicing through neighborhoods and farms in Virginia and three neighboring states. And antiquated coal-powered electricity plants that had been scheduled to go offline will need to keep running to fuel the increasing need for more power, undermining clean energy goals.

“It’s not right,” said Mary Gee, whose property already abuts two power lines that serve as conduits for electricity flowing toward the biggest concentration of data centers — in Loudoun County, home to what’s known as Data Center Alley. “These power lines? They’re not for me and my family. I didn’t vote on this. And the data centers? That’s not in West Virginia. That’s a whole different state.”

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The $5.2 billion effort has fueled a backlash against data centers through the region, prompting officials in Virginia to begin studying the deeper impacts of an industry they’ve long cultivated for the hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue it brings to their communities.

Critics say it will force residents near the coal plants to continue living with toxic pollution, ironically to help a state — Virginia — that has fully embraced clean energy. And utility ratepayers in the affected areas will be forced to pay for the plan in the form of higher bills, those critics say.

But PJM Interconnection, the regional grid operator, says the plan is necessary to maintain grid reliability amid a wave of fossil fuel plant closures in recent years, prompted by the nation’s transition to cleaner power.

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Cutting through farms and neighborhoods, the plan converges on Northern Virginia, where a growing data center industry will need enough extra energy to power 6 million homes by 2030.

With not enough of those green energy facilities connected to the grid yet, enough coal and natural gas energy to power 32 million homes is expected to be lost by 2030 at a time when the demand from the growing data center industry, electric vehicles and other new technology is on the rise, PJM says.

“The system is in a major transition right now, and it’s going to continue to evolve,” Ken Seiler, PJM’s senior vice president in charge of planning, said in a December stakeholders’ meeting about the effort to buy time for green energy to catch up. “And we’ll look for opportunities to do everything we can to keep the lights on as it goes through this transition.”

A need for power

Data centers that house thousands of computer servers and the cooling equipment needed for them to run have been multiplying in Northern Virginia since the late 1990s, spreading from the industry’s historic base in Loudoun County to neighboring Prince William County and, recently, across the Potomac River into Maryland. There are nearly 300 data centers now in Virginia.

With Amazon Web Services pursuing a $35 billion data center expansion in Virginia, rural portions of the state are the industry’s newest target for development.

The growth means big revenue for the localities that host the football-field-size buildings. Loudoun collects $600 million in annual taxes on the computer equipment inside the buildings, making it easier to fund schools and other services. Prince William, the second-largest market, collects $100 million per year.

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But data centers also consume massive amounts of energy.

One data center can require 50 times the electricity of a typical office building, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Multiple-building data center complexes, which have become the norm, require as much as 14 to 20 times that amount.

The demand has strained utility companies, to the point where Dominion Energy in Virginia briefly warned in 2022 that it may not be able to keep up with the pace of the industry’s growth.

The utility — which has since accelerated plans for new power lines and substations to boost its electrical output — predicts that by 2035 the industry in Virginia will require 11,000 megawatts, nearly quadruple what it needed in 2022, or enough to power 8.8 million homes.

The smaller Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative recently told PJM that the more than 50 data centers it serves account for 59 percent of its energy demand. It expects to need to serve about 110 more data centers by July 2028.

Meanwhile, the amount of energy available is not growing quickly enough to meet that future demand. Coal plants have scaled down production or shut down altogether as the market transitions to green energy, hastened by laws in Maryland and Virginia mandating net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 and, for several other states in the region, by 2050.

Dominion is developing a 2,600-megawatt wind farm off Virginia Beach — the largest such project in U.S. waters — and the company recently gained state approval to build four solar projects.

But those projects won’t be ready in time to absorb the projected gap in available energy. Opponents of PJM’s plan say it wouldn’t be necessary if more green energy had been connected to the grid faster, pointing to projects that were caught up in bureaucratic delays for five years or longer before they were connected.

A PJM spokesperson said the organization has recently sped up its approval process and is encouraging utility companies and federal and state officials to better incorporate renewable energy.

About 40,000 megawatts of green energy projects have been cleared for construction but are not being built because of issues related to financing or siting, the PJM spokesperson said.

Once more renewable energy is available, some of the power lines being built to address the energy gap may no longer be needed as the coal plants ultimately shut down, clean energy advocates say — though utility companies contend the extra capacity brought by the lines will always be useful.

“Their planning is just about maintaining the status quo,” Tom Rutigliano, a senior advocate for clean energy at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said about PJM. “They do nothing proactive about really trying to get a handle on the future and get ready for it.”

‘Holding on tight’ to coal

The smoke from two coal plants near West Virginia’s border with Pennsylvania billows over the city of Morgantown, adding a brownish tint to the air.

Nearby sits the 502 Junction substation, connected to those plants and a third one about 43 miles away via existing power lines, which will serve as a terminus for a western prong of the PJM plan for new lines that will extend to another substation in Frederick, Md., then south into Northern Virginia.

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The owner of one of the Morgantown-area plants, Longview LLC, recently emerged from bankruptcy. After a restructuring, the facility is fully functioning, utilizing a solar farm to supplement its coal energy output.

The other two plants belong to the Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. utility, which had plans to significantly scale down operations there to meet a company goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly a third over the next six years.

The FirstEnergy plants have been equipped with carbon-capturing technology but they’re still among the state’s worst polluters, said Jim Kotcon, a West Virginia University plant pathology professor who oversees conservation efforts at the Sierra Club’s West Virginia chapter.

The Harrison plant pumped out a combined 12 million tons of coal pollutants like sulfur and nitrous oxides in 2023, more than any other fossil fuel plant in the state, according to Environmental Protection Agency data. The Fort Martin plant, which has been operating since the late 1960s, emitted the state’s highest levels of nitrous oxides in 2023, at 5,240 tons.

After PJM tapped the company to build a 36-mile-long portion of the planned power lines for $392 million, FirstEnergy announced in February that the company is abandoning a 2030 goal to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions because the two plants are crucial to maintaining grid reliability.

The news has sent FirstEnergy’s stock price up by 4 percent, to about $37 a share this week, and was greeted with jubilation by West Virginia’s coal industry.

“We welcome this, without question, because it will increase the life of these plants and hundreds of thousands of mining jobs,” said Chris Hamilton, president of the West Virginia Coal Association. “We’re holding on tight to our coal plants.”

Since 2008, annual coal production in West Virginia has dipped by nearly half, to about 82 million tons, though the industry — which contributes about $5.5 billion to the state’s economy — has rebounded some due to an export market to Europe and Asia, Hamilton said.

Hamilton said his association will lobby hard for FirstEnergy’s portion of the PJM plan to gain state approval. The company said it will submit its application for its power line routes in mid-2025.

More than 200 miles to the east in Maryland, environmental groups and ratepayer advocates are fighting an effort by PJM to extend the life of two more coal plants — Brandon Shores and Herbert A. Wagner — just outside of Baltimore, which were slated to close by June 2025.

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PJM asked the plants’ owner, Texas-based Talen Energy Corp., to keep them running through 2028 — with the yet-to-be determined cost of doing so passed on to ratepayers.

That would mean amending a 2018 federal court consent decree, in which Talen agreed to stop burning coal to settle a lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club over Clean Water Act violations. The Sierra Club has rejected PJM’s calls to do so.

“We need a proactive plan that is consistent with the state’s clean energy goals,” said Josh Tulkin, director of the Sierra Club’s Maryland chapter, which has proposed an alternative plan to build a battery storage facility at the Brandon Shores site that would cut the time needed for the plants to operate.

A PJM spokesperson said the organization believes that such a facility wouldn’t provide enough reliable power and is not ruling out seeking a federal emergency order to keep the coal plants running.

With the matter still unresolved, nearby residents say they are anxious to see them closed.

“It’s been really challenging,” said John Garofolo, who lives in the Stoney Beach neighborhood community of townhouses and condominiums, where coal dust drifts into the neighborhood pool when the facilities are running. “We’re concerned about the air we’re breathing here.”

Sounding alarms

Keryn Newman, a Charles Town activist, has been sounding alarms in the small neighborhoods and farm communities along the path of the proposed power lines in West Virginia.

Newman, who in the late 2000s waged a successful campaign to stop a plan for a 765-kilovolt line extending through the area into Maryland before the data center boom, sees the battle in terms of the more affordable, quieter lifestyle she and her neighbors cherish.

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Because FirstEnergy prohibits any structure from interfering with a power line, building a new line along the right of way — which would be expanded to make room for the third line — would mean altering the character of residents’ properties, Newman said.

“It gobbles up space for play equipment for your kid, a pool or a barn,” she said. “And a well or septic system can’t be in the right of way.”

A FirstEnergy spokesperson said the company would compensate property owners for any land needed, with eminent domain proceedings a last resort if those property owners are unwilling to sell.

Some have accepted that more power lines will come through and seem open to selling to FirstEnergy and moving away.

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Pam and Gary Gearhart fought alongside Newman against the defeated 765-kilovolt line, which would have forced them to move a septic system near FirstEnergy’s easement. But when Newman showed up recently to their Harpers Ferry-area neighborhood to discuss the new PJM plan, the couple appeared unwilling to fight again.

Next door, another family had already decided to leave, the couple said, and was in the midst of loading furniture into a truck when Newman showed up.

“They’re just going to keep okaying data centers; there’s money in those things,” Pam Gearhart said about local governments in Virginia benefiting from the tax revenue. “Until they run out of land down there.”

In Loudoun County, where the data center industry’s encroachment into neighborhoods has fostered resentment, community groups are fighting a portion of the PJM plan that would build power lines through the mostly rural communities of western Loudoun.

The lines would damage the views offered by surrounding wineries and farms that contribute to Loudoun’s $4 billion tourism industry, those groups say.

Bill Hatch owns a winery that sits near the path of where PJM suggested one high-voltage line could go, though that route is still under review.

“This is going to be a scar for a long time,” Hatch said.

Reconsidering the benefits

Amid the backlash, local and state officials are reconsidering the data center industry’s benefits.

The Virginia General Assembly has launched a study that, among other things, will look at how the industry’s growth may affect energy resources and utility rates for state residents.

But that study has held up efforts to regulate the industry sooner, frustrating activists.

“We should not be subsidizing this industry for another minute, let alone another year,” Julie Bolthouse, director of land use at the Piedmont Environmental Council, chided a Senate committee that voted in February to table a bill that would force data center companies to pay more for new transmission lines.

Loudoun is moving to restrict where in the county data centers can be built. Up until recently, data centers have been allowed to be built without special approvals wherever office buildings are allowed.

“They’re great neighbors, great taxes, all that sort of thing,” Phyllis Randall (D), chair of the county board, said about the industry before a February vote to set that plan in motion. “But somehow, someway, it started to get away from us.”

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But such action will do little to stem the worries of people like Mary and Richard Gee.

As it is, the two lines near their property produce an electromagnetic field strong enough to charge a garden fence with a light current of electricity, the couple said. When helicopters show up to survey the land for a third line, the family’s dog, Peaches, who is prone to seizures, goes into a barking frenzy.

An artist who focuses on natural landscapes, Mary Gee planned to convert the barn that sits in the shadow of a power line tower to a studio. That now seems unlikely, she said.

Lately, her paintings have reflected her frustration. One picture shows birds with beaks wrapped shut by transmission line. Another has a colorful scene of the rural Charles Town area severed by a smoky black and gray landscape of steel towers and a coal plant.

“It feels like harassment,” Gee said. “But there’s no one we can call for help.”

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About this story

Map sources: Proposed transmission line data provided by Piedmont Environmental Council based on information made available by PJM . The transmission line plan depicts general paths selected by PJM; the final routes will be determined by the utility companies. Existing transmission lines via the EIA U.S. Energy Atlas . Data center locations in Virginia provided by the Data Center Map . Other cartographic data via U.S. Geological Survey and OpenStreetMap.

Story editing by Jennifer Barrios . Copy editing by Thomas Heleba and Shay Quillen. Design and development by Carson TerBush . Design editing by Christian Font and Betty Chavarria . Photo editing by Mark Miller . Visual editing by Tara McCarty . Maps by Laris Karklis . Graphics editing by Kate Rabinowitz .

A previous version of this article incorrectly reported that Prince William County receives $400 million annually in taxes from computer equipment inside data centers. It receives $100 million annually. The article has been corrected.

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No injuries when small plane lands in sprawling park in middle of Hawaii’s Waikiki tourist mecca

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April 16, 2024, 11:46 PM

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HONOLULU (AP) — A small plane landed in a sprawling Honolulu park Tuesday and the two people on board were not injured, officials said.

The plane “lost power and landed safely” in Kapiolani Park , in the heart of tourist-mecca Waikiki, said Scott Humber, a spokesperson for the city of Honolulu.

Honolulu Emergency Services Department received a call about the plane at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Department spokesperson Shayne Enright said emergency responders determined no one was injured when the plane landed near Waikiki Shell, an amphitheater in the 200-acre (80.93-hectare) park in the shadow of the island’s iconic Diamond Head crater.

Millie Dydasco, a coach for the Leahi Soccer Club, was getting ready for three teams to arrive for practice when the plane glided about 20-feet in front of her. “It was a pretty smooth landing,” she said. “It didn’t come smashing down.”

She saw a man and woman get out, and then embrace each other.

Hundreds of kids typically practice soccer in the park daily. “Thank goodness around that time, it was still empty,” Dydasco said. “Had it been another hour and a half, two hours later, with kids on the field … would it still have landed here?”

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