Festival Activities

Food court

  • Cob’s Kettle Corn
  • Crepes Parfait
  • Daisy Lane Creamery
  • Eastport Concessions
  • JB Seafood
  • Just Smokin Around
  • Ms. Jodi’s Doughnuts
  • Watson’s


Family Beer and Wine Garden

Adjacent to the Food Court, the Main Stage beer and wine garden is open to ALL ages.  It offers local Brewer’s Alley craft beer and a selection of wine and sangria from local purveyor Spin the  Bottle.  Snacks are also available, with purchases from the near-by food court welcome.

25th Anniversary Champagne Garden

Located at the top of the amphitheater, the 25th Anniversary Champagne Garden features bubbly in a bottle (including bottled Brewer’s Alley beer).  Acoustic music and relaxing tables and chairs make this a lovely opportunity to view the Festival while relaxing with a beverage.

The Festival Shop

Offering unique Frederick-themed keepsakes and Festival tee-shirts with 100% off proceeds benefiting the Frederick Arts Council.


Sky Stage – Christopher VanDoren Fine Art Installation

Saturday, 10am-6pm
Sunday, 11am-5pm
Christopher Cox VanDoren is an award-winning sculptor, interactive multimedia installation artist, and experimental musician. He studied metal working and sculpture at the Pratt Institute and exhibited works in several juried gallery exhibitions in New York City and Annapolis. In 2016, he worked with Sky Stage creator Heather Clark to help construct the living-river sculpture and performance space. Area 31 Cinema Studios in Frederick exhibited Chris’ work in July 2017. This installation, inspired by the work of Janet Echelman, was created expressly by VanDoren for the Sky Stage space and Frederick’s Festival of the Arts. More info at: sites.google.com/view/chrisvandoren

Downtown Frederick Partnership “First Saturday” Blue Chair Installation

Saturday, 10am-6pm
Sunday, TBD
Participatory public art project for adults and children that will be displayed throughout Downtown Frederick during July and August First Saturday events.

Frederick County Public Libraries – Children’s Activities

The Little Gym of Frederick Experience – an active and air-conditioned break for families with children ages 0-10 will take place in the Community Room at C. Burr Artz Library adjacent to Carroll Creek. *Note, a signed waiver is required.
Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, 1pm – 4pm

Delaplaine Visual Arts Center – Children’s Activities

“In keeping with our vision that Everyone Deserves Art, the Delaplaine welcomes festival visitors to enjoy family friendly events rain or shine. We’re proud to partner with the Festival by showcasing art that matters and encouraging creative expression,” Virginia Kane, Director of Education

10am-5pm International Children’s Films in partnership with Frederick Film Festival F3
10am-5pm Delaplaine Arts & Crafts Expo
10am-5pm Exhibits on view: National Juried Exhibit; Recent Works by Ana M. Lopez; photography by Lee Goodwin and Howard Clark
12pm-5pm Drop-in Art Activities for All Ages (projects tbd)
1pm-3pm Helen Smith Free Workshops for Kids (preregistration required)
Eric Carle Insect Collages (ages 6-8)
Intro to Embroidery (ages 9-12)
3pm-5pm Exhibit Reception for photographer Howard Clark “On the Edge of the Night”

11am-5pm International Children’s Films and Exhibits on view