We have compiled answers to commonly asked questions surrounding the Frederick Wine Festival.
Scroll down the page or click on a topic below for more information. If you do not find the answer you were looking for here, feel free to contact Celebrate Frederick at 301-600-CITY (2489).
Outside alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted into the event.
Tastings are regulated to 3/8 oz. pours for all guests. The purchase of bottles or 5 oz. glasses of wine will be available from all participating wineries.
There are multiple ATM’s within walking distance of the event.
The event is geared to those 21 or older. Children 12 & under are free but there are no planned children’s activities. Strollers are not recommended for use at the event, babes in arms are encouraged.
Dates & Times
The event takes place annually on the first Saturday in June. VIP Admission includes access to the festival from 11 AM to 5 PM. General Admission includes access to the festival from 1 to 5 PM.
Entrance & Exit Points
Access and exit from the event will be exclusively at the entrances to Carroll Creek Urban Park at S. Market Street and S. East Street. At 5 PM several additional exits will be opened by security for ease of exit.
The Frederick Wine Festival is a rain or shine event with no weather date in place. The activities and entertainment may stop during a storm, but are scheduled to resume once a storm passes. Please use common sense when seeking shelter from the storm. Weather updates will be posted on our main Frederick’s Wine Festival page, via local media outlets and our social media accounts. Ticket purchases are non-refundable.
An EMT will be located at the top of the suspension bridge for the length of the event. If you require assistance any security officer onsite is able to access communication with the EMT immediately.
Outside food and nonalcoholic beverages are permitted to be brought into the event but will be subject to search. A reminder that a variety of downtown chefs will be on site offering culinary options ranging from the savory to the sweet!
The Information booth will be located under the suspension bridge midway of Carroll Creek Urban Park.
Volunteers at this booth will have access to emergency personnel if needed.
A hotel package has not yet been secured for the 2018 event.
Lost & Found
The information booth will serve as the only lost and found collection site.
Found items not claimed will be taken to The City of Frederick Office of Special Events, William Talley Recreation Center, 121 North Bentz Street, 301-600-2844.
All items will be kept for thirty days.
The City of Frederick has five convenient parking decks located in close proximity to the event. 24 hours per day, Monday through Sunday, the public parking garages charge $1 per hour. The maximum daily rate between the hours of 6:30AM and 3:30PM is $12 and the maximum nightly rate (3:30PM until 6:30AM) is $5. The decks provide ample parking and are a short walk from the event.
On-street metered parking is $2 per hour on the following blocks:
- 0-99 block of S Market St
- 0-299 block of N Market St
- 0-199 block of E Patrick St
- 0-199 block of W Patrick St
- 0-99 block of E Church St
- 0-99 block of W Church St
On-street metered parking is $1 per hour at all other parking meters.
There is a two hour parking limit at all parking meters, unless otherwise noted. Meters can be paid using coins, or by using the Parkmobile app (available on iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry) or preloaded cards (which can be purchased and reloaded at the parking department).
Metered parking is free after 5PM Monday through Saturday and free on Sundays.
Selection process for the Frederick Wine Festival begins annually in March.
Applications TBD for the 2019 event.
Blankets/tarps and low folding chairs for the grounds surrounding the Carroll Creek Amphitheater. Coolers or collapsible handcarts/wagons for food or picnic baskets are permitted and will be searched at the gate.
Tents, strollers, wagons, large umbrellas, pop-ups, grills, tables, glass containers, alcohol, any illegal substance, weapons of any kind or objects that appear to be weapons are not permitted at the event.
Due to the event location and anticipated attendance pets will not be permitted into the event. Service dogs are welcome.
Exiting the event will take place at the tented entrance areas where your ticket was scanned or purchased. Re-entry is permitted but you must be stamped upon exit.
Please report any suspicious or inappropriate activity to the information booths, any event day volunteer wearing a Celebrate Frederick VOLUNTEER shirt and professional on site security officers. All will have access to promptly contact law enforcement and emergency personnel throughout the event.
If you experience a life-threatening emergency, please dial 911.
A city ordinance (Section 10-2 City Code) finds the throwing cigarette butts on the ground as a Municipal Infraction. Violators will face a fine of $50 and possibly be charged with the cost of clean-up.
Tickets are for sale EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE IN ADVANCE AND AT THE GATE FESTIVAL DAY via MissionTix here. If you have a question or are experiencing an issue with your ticket purchasing process we encourage you to directly contact our ticketing partner MissionTix.
Advance Ticket Sales – April 1 through first Friday in August.
Service Fees will apply to all sales
Tickets, if still available, can ONLY be purchased at the entrance to the Frederick Wine Festival after Noon the day of the festival. Cash or credit cards accepted.
Are not available for this event.
Valid Forms of Identification
All VIP and Advance ticket purchasers will be required to present a valid form of identification for entrance to into the event. Your ticket purchase DOES NOT guarantee event admission without valid identification for those 21 & over. Acceptable forms of identification are as follows:
|State Driver’s License, Picture Inclusion Required|
|State age of Majority Card, Picture Inclusion Required|
|Valid United States Military ID|
|Foreign Passport Accompanied by Stamp or VISA|