There are Hundreds of Things to Do This Summer in Frederick MD

My Super-Duper Guide to Summer Activities in Frederick County Md 2017

No kidding, there are hundreds of fun things to do…for the kids, the pets, and the folks, as well as the history buff, the sports fan and the bookworms. There are plenty of events and fun happenings to enjoy, whether you’re planning a “Staycation” or whether you’re keeping the kids occupied. Check out some summer fun in Frederick County for 2017:

Table of Contents:

The Great Outdoors
The Arts in Frederick
Continuing Education for Adults
Continued Learning for Children
Children’s Summer Camps
Summer Jobs
History Buff
For Music Lovers
For Kids of All Ages
Downtown Frederick Events
Library Activities

      The Great Outdoors

There are activities galore in and around Frederick at the many local, Culler LakeState and National parks. You can enjoy nature hikes, wildlife viewing, swimming, canoes, biking and discovery classes. There are camp grounds, trails and lots of learning events.

Town & City Parks:

City of Frederick Parks & Recreation, there are always events going on in our city parks and coordinated by the city parks and recreation department.

County ParksFrederick County Parks & Recreation, ditto for the county parks and recreation.

State Parks:

  • Gambrill State Park is well known for High Knob, three stone overlooks that offer stunning views of the Frederick and Middletown Valleys. The High Knob area also offers wooded picnic areas, picnic shelters, and a large stone lodge, called the Tea Room (reservations required).
  • Gathland State Park, once the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist. There are two Civil War museums on site.
  • Greenbriar State Park has a 42-acre man-made lake, with swimming, canoeing, hiking, picnicking, fishing and hunting. There is a connector trail to The Appalachian Trail.
  • Cunningham Falls State Park & Hunting Creek Lake, with swimming and non-motored boating, fishing, hiking and canoeing. Campsites and camper cabins for rental from April to October.
  • South Mountain Recreation Area, for avid hikers, South Mountain features several scenic vistas, including High Rock, Black Rock, Annapolis Rock, White Rock and Weverton Cliffs.
  • Washington Monument State Park, at the top of South Mountain, the site of the first monument dedicated to George Washington. Most of the hiking trails are part of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

National Parks:

In and Around Frederick:

The Arts in Frederick

  • Delaplaine Visual Arts Center: Classes & Exhibits
  • Easels in Frederick, June 13-18, in Frederick, Plein Air Event, Plein Air artists will be painting throughout Frederick, their works will be on sale afterward at the Easels in Frederick Grand Exibition, June is for Art Lovers!
  • Barnstormers Tour 2015, June 10, 10 am to 4 pm. A tour of several barns of Frederick and surrounding area, observe painters at tour locations, followed by an art show and sale, with food and entertainment, afterward at a host farm. Details at Frederick County Landmarks website.
  • Many local galleries have fresh new exhibits throughout the summer.

Continuing Education for Adults

Continuing education and personal enrichment classes @ Frederick Community College

Delaplaine Visual Arts Center Adult Classes & Workshops

Mt. Saint Mary’s Center for Professional and Continuing Studies

Frederick County Recreation Classes, Sports, fitness and nutrition, cooking classes, and more for adults. You can see all events, locations and fees and information…and get discount tickets to area amusement parks through the Recreator.

City of Frederick Recreation Classes, classes, hobbies, sports and more for adults.

Continuing Learning for Children

Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, art classes and camps for children.

City of Frederick Recreation, information on pools, swimming lessons, day camps, sports, classes and more.

Earth & Space Science Lab, 210 Madison St.

  • Planetarium Shows
  • Summer Camps
  • Arboretum

Summer Camps

Frederick Sports

Community Swimming Pools: open from Memorial Day through Labor Day

  • Baker Park Pool, 301-663-5666,
  • Diggs Memorial Pool, 301-600-6364,
  • Hood College Pool, 301-696-3484,
  • Brunswick Pool – 301-834-7567,
  • Emmitsburg Pool, 301-447-9820  Will not be open this summer 🙁

Summer Jobs

Summer Flea Markets

History Buff

covered bridges frederick county

Theatre in Frederick

Playing at the MET

Playing at the Weinberg

Way Off Broadway Children’s Theatre Saturday and 2nd and 4th Sunday performances.

Fredericktowne Players

Summerfest Family Theater in Baker Park, 10 am on Thursdays

Annual Frederick Film Festival, at the Weinberg June 23-25

Starlight Family Film Festival, from FCPL, at the Natelli Community Center in Urbana,

Frederick Music Lovers

Summer Concert Series in Baker Park, 7 pm on Sundays

Spring Catoctin Mountain Music & Dance Weekend, June 16 – 18

Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Celebrating 20 years. FORBIDDEN LOVE – Saturday June 17, 2017

Alive @ Five @ Carroll Creek Amphitheater, Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm.

Wednesday Night Concert Series at Westview Promenade, May 27 through August 26.


For Frederick Foodies

Catoctin Mountain Orchard

South Mountain Creamery, if you need an excuse to go get some ice cream, June is National Dairy Month. It’s a patriotic thing to do!

Farmer’s Market at the Frederick Fairgrounds on Saturdays

Pryor’s Orchard

West Frederick Farmer’s Markets

Thurmont Flea Market & Farmer’s Market

Minolea Organic Farm Market – Adamstown

England Acres Farm – Mt. Airy

The Kitchen Studio Cooking School has cooking lessons for both children AND Adults!

The Frederick Wine Trail

Maryland Wine Trail, local wineries have music, festivals, tastings, and many other events during the summer.

For Kids of All Ages

  • Walkersville Southern Railroad, Jesse James Day, Civil War Reenactors, Fathers Day Special, Star-Spangled Fireworks Special, Super Hero Picnic, Teddy Bear Picnic, and more.
  • Children’s History Hour, for preschoolers, 1st and 3d Tuesday each month. Frederick County History downtown frederikMuseum, 24 E. Church St.
  • The EventPlex @ Frederick Fairgrounds, lots of fun events this summer, Mexican Rodeo, Cirque Italia, Peruvian and Latin Festival, Western Maryland Reptile Show and more.
  • Adventure Park USA, Family Fun Fridays,  Super Saturdays
  • Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, host an event, book a group
  • Deer Crossing Rec Center 301-865-1769
  • Fountain Rock Rec Center 301-898-1460
  • Frederick City Rec Dept. 301-600-1492
  • Middletown Rec Center 240-566-0222
  • Oakdale Rec Center 301-600-1359
  • Tuscarora Rec Center 240-566-0025
  • Rose Hill Manor Children’s Museum 301-600-1646

Public Library

      Frederick Public Library Events

  • FCPL Summer Featured Programs
  • Storyland Storytime
  • Babies with Books
  • Summer Challenge
  • Discover Space
  • Music and Movies
  • STEM program
  • Visits from Children’s Book Characters
  • Music on the Deck
  • Demonstrations and Learning events
  • and hundreds of more activities

Downtown Frederick Events

See the Downtown Frederick Partnership Website:

  • Alive @ Five – Happy Hour with live music, local food and drink, adults only. Carroll Creek Park Amphitheater, Thursdays, from 5 to 8 pm.
  • Candlelight Ghost Tours – Frederick Walking Tour
  • Guided Walking Tours
  • Free Movie Night on the Creek, Carroll Creek Amphitheater, June 16 – E.T.; July 21 – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl;  August 18 – Shrek; Sept. 15 – 10 things I Hate About You; Oct. 20 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

First Saturdays in Historic District Frederick:

  • June – I Art Frederick
  • July – Stars & Stripes
  • August – Art Attack!
  • September — Get it Downtown

In the Street, Sept. 9, a Festival held in the streets of downtown Frederick every year.

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Comments Welcome! If I’ve missed any events or activities you know about… please share!

Karen Highland

I'm a real estate agent, real estate blogger, communications director, a wife, mom (empty nest - yay!), dog-lover, and wine-lover. Frederick Md is a great place to live, work and brag about! The Highland Group. 301-401-5119 Google


  1. Thanks for putting together the list. FYI – the Emmitsburg Pool will not be opening this summer. 🙁

  2. That’s too bad. Thanks for letting us know Mary. 🙁

  3. Absolutely AMAZING list! Thank you! We will be sharing this on our social media pages!

  4. Springfield Manor Winery has wonderful art, food & music events!

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