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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.

1. Fire In Ice: Carroll Creek Park, Downtown Frederick
Annually in February
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.

2. Maryland Craft Beer Festival: Carroll Creek Park, Downtown Frederick
Annually in May
Over 25 Maryland brewing companies sampling over 175 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.

3. Frederick Festival of the Arts: Carroll Creek Park, Downtown Frederick
Annually in June
A juried, two-day regional celebration of the arts. Offerings include hundreds of professional artists from over 20 states, representing visual media, performing arts, local art and children's crafts.

4. Barbara Fritchie Motorcycle ClassicFrederick Fairgrounds, Downtown Frederick
Annually in July
This Classic is the oldest running dirt track race in America and is in its 96th year.

5. National Clustered Spires High Wheel RaceDowntown Frederick
Annually in August
America's only High-Wheel (Penny Farthing) bike race featuring racers from across the nation. Watch qualifying heats of racers riding antique or replica 19th Century bikes as they compete for the National Title. The Tour de Frederick is a 3-day, fully supported cycling weekend with bicycle rides of varying lengths culminating in a History Ride on Sunday.

6. The Great Frederick Fair: Frederick Fairgrounds, Downtown Frederick
Annually in September
The 9-day fair includes a carnival midway, nightly grandstand entertainment, international award winning agricultural exhibits, activities and events.

7. Brunswick Railroad DaysDowntown Brunswick
Annually in October
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!

8. Catoctin ColorfestThurmont
Annually in October
Enjoy the fall foliage and hundreds of vendors at this nationally-recognized juried artisan and craft show held in scenic Thurmont, MD.

9. Sea Services PilgrimageNational Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg
Annually in October
The only event of its kind in the United States, held each year to honor Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton as Patroness of the Sea Services. Hundreds of visitors, members of the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, and the United States Public Health Service, along with family members and friends gather at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for a Mass and reception.

10. Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship: Various Locations, Downtown Frederick
Annually in December
At dozens of sites, 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.