Mark Your Calendars: 13 Must-See Summer Events in Frederick

Lindsey Wigfield

There’s never a shortage of fun and interesting things to do in Frederick. Summer brings a special magic, with additional events and activities that make us all happy to live here. From baseball games to live music, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Here’s a list of what’s in store this summer for guests of Frederick and those lucky enough to live here.

  1. Frederick Keys Game
    Home to a well-loved minor league baseball team, The Keys, Frederick residents and visitors alike swarm to the stands to cheer them on as they compete with other regional teams.

  2. Summer Concert Series
    Bringing families and friends together to listen to live music every Sunday evening in Baker Park from June through August.

  3. Frederick Jazz Festival
    Now in its third year, The Frederick Jazz Festival takes place in Carroll Creek Linear Park from 1:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. In addition to the fabulous musical entertainment, several local food trucks, Rockwell Brewery, Knob Hall Winery, wine, and local crafts vendors will be on site. Performers include Scott Ambush, Kenny Wesley, Aggie Brown III, Tashera, the Todd Marcus Quartet, and several other talented solo and group acts.

  4. Whiskey History: A Spirited Summer Series
    Presented by the Tenth Ward Distilling Company of Frederick, the Frederick County Public Libraries, and Frederick Heritage, this three-part educational series is available to those over the age of 21. Dates are June 10, July 12, and August 14 — each date falls on a Wednesday. The lectures begin at 7 p.m. and cover, consecutively, bourbon, rye, and applejack. Each lecture is followed by a tasting.

  5. Summerfest Family Theatre
    Designed to enchant little hearts by introducing them to the magic of the performing arts, Summerfest Family Theatre happens every Thursday in Baker Park from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. However, the 4th of July falls on a Thursday this year, and there will be no show on that day. Highlights of this 16-year-old tradition include puppeteers, clowns, and magicians — some who’ve obtained national recognition, such as Milkshake and Laurie Berkner.

  6. Frederick Food Truck Festival
    Get a taste of Frederick food trucks at the county fairgrounds on June 29 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Frederick Food Truck Festival is in its first year, but it’s sure to become a longstanding community favorite. You’ll find fabulous food created by local culinary wizards, music, and local arts-and-crafts vendors.

  7. Frederick 4th
    Brought to you by Celebrate Frederick, the community’s 4th of July celebration begins at noon in Baker Park and end with a vibrant firework display at dusk. You’ll find family-friendly activities such as rides, a volleyball tournament, dunk tank, food and beverages, and two entertainment stages featuring live regional and national musical acts. Beer and wine are available for the 21 and over crowd.

  8. Mama Mia!
    This international stage sensation will delight Frederick residents and visitors from June 14 through August 24. Live performances happen every Friday and Saturday evening, with the doors opening at 6 p.m. for dinner, while the theatrics are slated to start at 8 p.m. Matinees performances are on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month, with lunch starting at 12:30 p.m. and the curtains open at 2 p.m.

  9. Frederick Jams
    New Spires Stages hosts Frederick Jams on June 22 and July 27. This is an all-ages music event in an environment specifically created for showcasing local, regional, and national music acts in a large capacity venue.

  10. Alive @ Five on Carroll Creek
    Live music, cold beer, and wine are waiting for the over-21 crowd at Carroll Creek Amphitheater every Thursday evening from June 20 through October 3 except for the 4th of July. The fun starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for Downtown Frederick Partnership.

  11. Key City Steampunk Festival
    Steampunk aficionados will enjoy three days of themed fun and games at the Key City Steampunk Festival. The event is held at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center and happens on August 16-18. The theme for this year’s festival is “The Many Worlds of Jules Verne.”

  12. Comedy Under the Stars
    Sky Stage presents improv and standup comedy every fourth Friday beginning on June 28 and running through Oct. 24. Seating is limited, and although Comedy Under the Stars is open to those of all ages, parents are asked to be mindful of possible PG-13 content in some of the performances.

  13. Dog Days on East Street
    Because it wouldn’t be fair to leave furry friends out of Frederick fun, Dog Days on Easy Street happens on August 3 from noon until 4 p.m. The festivities include a dog-owner lookalike contest and a talent contest where canines can show their stuff. A cooling-off station is provided, and free dog treats will be available, so please feel free to stop by Everedy Square and Shab Row with your pooch.

The above listings are just a brief sampling of available activities offering summer fun in Frederick — this community truly has something for every taste and lifestyle. Did we miss anything? Add it in the comments section below!

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