Looking for something to do this weekend? Take Horace Greeley's advice and "go west."
This weekend, Frederick is hopping with art shows, a street festival, a living-history exhibit and even ghost tours.
"Don't miss Frederick this weekend," said Kara Norman, executive director of Downtown Frederick Partnership, which is sponsoring the First Saturday Gallery Walk. Although the walk is held monthly, today's tour coincides with the Frederick Festival of the Arts, a two-day extravaganza of art, crafts, music, food and children's activities. "You can come [today] for the festival and stay that night for the walk," Norman said.
If you drive out Maryland Route 144, rather than Interstate 70, you can also check out the Historic National Road Yard Sale, a treasure hunt that runs from Baltimore to St. Louis.
Although communities along the road have held yard sales in the past, this one running the 824-mile length of the pike is designed to commemorate the 200th year of "America's First Interstate." Antiques, furniture, glassware, fresh garden produce plus other collectibles will be available.
Here are some of the happenings in Frederick this weekend:
Candlelight Ghost Tours of Frederick --Tour guides dressed in period attire from Frederick's past lead visitors through the city's dark streets and alleys searching for the unknown and unexplained. Candlelight Ghost Tours take place every Saturday night through Nov. 11. Expanded tour dates and times are available in October and November to coincide with Halloween.
Weather permitting, tours begin at 8:30 p.m. in front of Brewer's Alley Restaurant and Brewery, 124 N. Market St. Cost: $8 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12. Tours are approximately 90 minutes and cover 1.2 miles. Reservations for large parties are strongly recommended.
For additional information, call 301-695-4027 or 301-668-8922, or visit marylandghosttours.com.
The Frederick Festival of the Arts --This juried fine-arts and crafts show features more than 130 professional artists from more than 20 states. In addition to all kinds of arts and crafts, there will be music on five stages, children's activities, stage performances and food.
The event takes place at East Street and Carroll Creek from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.
Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $10 for a weekend pass. Free for kids 12 and younger. Call 301-694-9632.
First Saturday Gallery Walks --Enjoy exhibit openings and guest artists today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. On the first Saturday of every month, you'll also find extended shopping at many of the stores on Market, Patrick, East and Carroll streets, including Everedy Square/Shab Row.
Today, artists Vince Coates, Laura M. Farrell and Marcia Wagner will invite downtown visitors to lend a hand in producing projects.
Cost: Free. Call 301-698-8118.
Historic National Road Yard Sale --Search for treasures along Maryland Route 144 from Baltimore to Frederick - and beyond if you'd like. The yard sales go from dawn to dusk.
For additional information, contact Patricia McDaniel at 765-478-4809 or 765-825-6295.
Living-history event --Tour the Beatty-Cramer House (dating from 1732) and see demonstrations of 18th- and 19th-century lifestyles, trades and skills from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow. The house is at 9010 Liberty Road (Route 26). Cost: $1 per person, free for kids 6 and younger. Call 301-668-2086.
For more information on Frederick, visit downtownfrederick.org and fredericktourism.org.