Fire in Ice

Lance Simon, of Rockville, collects a vodka-based cocktail as it is poured through an ice sculpture along S. Market Street during Fire in Ice.

Downtown Frederick is a great place to visit any time.

But on the initial Saturday of every month, the city rolls out the red carpet for its First Saturday celebrations.

The events are a great time for first-time visitors to explore downtown, or for locals or returning visitors to visit their favorite spots.

Each season of First Saturday events has a particular theme.

The March, April, and May events focus on unique architectural and spatial elements of downtown, while June, July, and August all feature the performing or visual arts.

In September, October, and November, the food, drink, and crafts of downtown are featured, and in December, January, and February, the focus turns to the light and cheer of downtown.

February is the largest of the First Saturday celebrations, with the Fire in Ice event that features ice sculptures, ice luges, and fire dancers, among other sources of entertainment.

But crowds also wander off of the beaten path onto the side streets and alleys of downtown, a great way to discover the shops located in the little nooks and crannies of the neighborhood that don't always get as much attention as spots on the main streets.

From murals on the sides of buildings to tasty bars and restaurants, First Saturdays offer a chance to experience downtown Frederick, whether for the first time or just the most recent of many visits.

Visit downtownfrederick.org for more information.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

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