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Traffic passes through the square corner in downtown Frederick as seen from the roof of the Colonial Jewelers building. North Market Street is on the upper left, East Patrick Street on the upper right.

Ah Labor Day, the unofficial end to summer. Kids are going back to school, mornings and nights are a little cooler and fall decorations (and even Christmas) are out in stores.

While downtown holds many events throughout the summer, such as Alive at Five and a multitude of festivals, the fall season is no different.

This week’s column provides a list of what to expect downtown and things to do that’ll have you grabbing your scarf and craving a pumpkin spiced latte.

One new event coming to downtown is One Vast Adventure – Frederick at War. The event will be on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is hosted by The National Museum of Civil War Medicine and Surelocked In Escape Games.

The event is an immersive Civil War entertainment experience spanning the entire downtown area where players will have to “raise enough money in the game to prevent the city of Frederick from being burned by Jubal Early’s Confederate army,” according to the event’s website.

Players will have to solve puzzles, scour the city for clues and interact with costumed characters throughout downtown Frederick, the website states. For more information visit

Other events include:

-Upcoming First Saturdays on Sept. 7, Oct. 5 and Nov. 2.

-Alive @ Five, which continues until Oct. 3.

-Movie Nights on the Creek: Guardians of the Galaxy will be playing on Sept. 20 and Ghostbusters will be playing on Oct. 18.

-Downtown Frederick Oyster Crawl will be held on Oct. 12 from 12 to 4 p.m. The Oyster Crawl is when a group of restaurants downtown, who either offer oysters on their regular menu or offer them for specials, offer a special selection of oyster dishes and signature cocktails. Details with participating restaurants will be finalized within the next coming weeks.

-Pitchcraft, downtown Frederick’s placemaking competition, returns for its second year on Oct. 24.

-Halloween in downtown Frederick returns on Oct. 25, which is a morning of trick-or-treating at downtown businesses.

-Frosty Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season on Nov. 29. Businesses open early and stay open late the Friday after Thanksgiving, plus there will be lots of holiday fun and activities do to downtown.

-Small Business Saturday is held after Frosty Friday, which is a great reminder to shop local.

The Downtown Frederick Partnership will install the holiday tree lights for the second year in a row making downtown light up and sparkle once the colder months kick in.

So there you have it, a small glimpse of whats to come downtown once we pack our flip flops and bathing suits away. To find out about all the events happening downtown, visit

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