Top Annual Events
Every year thousands of visitors come to Frederick County for our popular annual events. Check our calendar of events for daily happenings throughout the year.
- Sailing Through the Winter Solstice
- February - Fire in Ice
- March - Maple Syrup Festival
- May - Craft Beer Festival, Maryland Iron Festival
- June - Frederick Pride
- July - National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race
- September - The Great Frederick Fair
- October - Railroad Days, Catoctin Colorfest
- December - Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship, Museums by Candlelight
All Winter Long
Sailing Through the Winter Solstice | Carroll Creek Park
Every year Carroll Creek Park is filled with individually designed lighted sailboats. This floating light installation sets sail in November and is on display through March.
Fire in Ice | Downtown Frederick
Enjoy late night shopping and dining along with beautiful ice sculptures, fire dancers, and an ice playground. Warm up with hot cocoa, s'mores and fire stations throughout Downtown Frederick.
Maple Syrup Festival | Cunningham Falls State Park
A working demonstration of the traditional sap-to-syrup process is featured at the boiling shed. Interpretive talks, covering the process and history are given by Park Rangers on the hour. Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast and take home some of the syrup.
Maryland Craft Beer Festival | Carroll Creek Park
Dozens of Maryland breweries sampling more than 200 unique, local beers with exclusive access to small-batch beers and one-of-a-kind casks. A family-friendly environment with live music featuring local bluegrass/Americana/folk music.
Maryland Iron Festival | Catoctin Furnace
Celebrate Frederick County's history as an early center for iron making at this festival in the historic village of Catoctin Furnace. The Maryland Iron Festival is hosted by the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society and features blacksmithing demonstrations, live music, vendors, food trucks, and much more.
Frederick Pride | Carroll Creek Park
Enjoy hundreds of local businesses and nonprofit vendors, delicious food and drinks, drag entertainment, local musical guests, a youth pride area with activities and more at the annual Frederick Pride Festival.
National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race | Downtown Frederick
The only race of its in the nation, this high wheel (penny farthing) bike race features racers from all over the world speeding through the streets of Downtown Frederick. Watch these dare-devils riding antique or replica 19th century bikes as they compete for the national title.
The Great Frederick Fair | Frederick Fairgrounds
The 9-day fair includes a carnival midway, nightly grandstand entertainment, international award winning agricultural exhibits, activities, and events.
Brunswick Railroad Days | Downtown Brunswick
Brunswick Railroad Days is a unique festival which celebrates the city's railroad heritage as one of the largest rail yards in the nation. Visit the Brunswick Railroad Museum, enjoy entertainment, children's activities, artisans, food and of course, trains!
Catoctin Colorfest - Thurmont
Enjoy the fall foliage and hundreds of vendors at this nationally-recognized juried artisan and craft show held in scenic Thurmont, MD.
Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship | Downtown Frederick
Visitors can tour many of Frederick’s famous clustered spires churches and other historic houses of worship by candlelight. Enjoy special programs, angelic choirs, and nativity scenes.
Museums by Candlelight | Locations throughout Frederick County
Once a year, Frederick County’s numerous historic sites and museums provide visitors with a living reminder of this area's remarkable past. During Museums by Candlelight, special programming and hands-on fun will delight visitors of all ages, and special children's activities are featured at most locations.