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First Saturday in the Historic District – Frederick’s Favorite Event

First Saturday in the Historic District – Frederick’s Favorite Event

Fire In Ice Draws Tens of Thousands to Downtown Frederick

Downtown Frederick is “hip and historic” and full of charm. The Downtown Frederick Partnership manages several events throughout the year to draw visitors and residents alike to our beautiful and walkable Historic District. The events are always fun, the restaurants amazing, and the many shops and boutiques are unique. Frederick’s First Saturdays are Frederick’s favorite events. They are themed events that are always well attended, but none so much as February’s “Fire In Ice”.

Fire In Ice brings 30,000 people into downtown Frederick, which is quite a swell for our 50-square block historic area. This year there were over 100 ice sculptures downtown, with a live ice carving demonstration on the Brewer’s Alley patio. We saw the fire dancing performance on the Carroll Creek Amphitheater, and we sampled some hot cocoa and s’mores. There were several musicians braving the cold weather to entertain us with live performances. As with most First Saturday’s there were gallery openings throughout downtown.

Fire In Ice 2018 Photos

If you weren’t able to attend this year, you’ll definitely want to put it on your calendar for next year. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my photo album of the event (full disclosure…I’m not a photographer, just a boomer with a decent camera):

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First Saturday in Frederick MD

First Saturdays are great opportunities to get to know downtown Frederick Maryland. There is always live music, art gallery openings, fun events for the kids and the downtown shops are open late. There are usually demonstrations, tastings, and specials, as well as promotions and sales. You can take advantage of free trolley rides, and during the holidays you can enjoy carriage rides through downtown for a small fee. First Saturday in the Historic District Frederick’s favorite event… Check out the upcoming calendar for the remainder of 2018:

March – Explore the hidden corners of Downtown Frederick – “Downtown Revealed”

April – As the end of April is usually Earth Day, First Saturday’s often have a “Going Green” theme.

May – Enjoy the beautiful springtime and collect a bouquet during downtown “Mayfest”. You’ll see floral art by local garden clubs, and the hanging baskets are usually up and blooming.

June – June is “I Art Frederick”, with a month-long celebration of the arts. The first weekend is the Frederick Arts Festival and there is a barnstorming tour, plein air artists stationed all over downtown, and a plethora of activities.


Summer Events in throughout Frederick County

Things to do in a Frederick Summer – A special blog post I put out every year, with hundreds of summer activities.


July – First Saturday is a patriotic theme and July 4th is usually close-by, with a flurry of activity. The fireworks in downtown Frederick’s Baker Park are a draw for 10’s of thousands of people.

August – The August theme varies, but it’s always a warm night to enjoy downtown Frederick.

September – Foodies are always happy for a tasty themed First Saturday. We have so many amazing non-chain restaurants downtown.

October – Kids of all ages enjoy a Halloween themed First Saturday. Frederick County has lots of great fall festivals, corn mazes and pumpkin patches that open during October.

November – First Saturday’s theme is “Holiday Open House” which is a great excuse to get a jump on holiday gift shopping.

December – Every Saturday is First Saturday during December. The holiday lights and decorations are magical!

January – “Wine Down” is a much more relaxed theme after the hubbub of the holidays.

Live in downtown Frederick

Are you looking to make downtown Frederick home? We’d love to help. Chris and I live in downtown Frederick and enjoy the walkability, the amazing restaurants, and the friendliness of the neighborhood. Our fur child likes it too, as Frederick is a dog-friendly city.

Compared to most Maryland cities, Frederick is small and quaint, yet large enough to have a thriving social community. The Historic District is a well-cared for centerpiece of downtown Frederick, with over 50 square blocks of mixed use architecturally rich homes and commercial buildings. The population within the city limits is around 65,000 people, with about 250,000 million residents in the county. It’s a great place to call home.

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First Saturday in the Historic District – Frederick’s Favorite Event was written by Karen Highland. Chris and Karen Highland are Frederick Maryland Real Estate Agents with eXp Realty. Chris is the broker of eXp Realty in Maryland with over 25 years of experience with home buyers and sellers in Central Maryland. Contact Chris Highland for buyer agency services, 301-401-5119. If you are looking for an agent in your area, we’d be happy to recommend a top agent.

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First Saturday in the Historic District - Frederick's Favorite Event
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Downtown Frederick is "hip and historic" and full of charm. The Downtown Frederick Partnership manages several events throughout the year to draw visitors and residents alike to our beautiful and walkable Historic District. First Saturday events are always fun, the restaurants amazing, and the many shops and boutiques are unique.
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