Things to Do

Fire Dancing and Ice Carving Meet–Finally!–this Saturday in Frederick

Saturday is going to be a great day to be outside. Head to this charming town’s Fire in Ice festival for wine tastings, ice carvings, and more cool fun.

Fire-dance troupe Pyrophoric will make it a hot time to be in Frederick Saturday.

If you missed the ice-carving competition last weekend in Leesburg, you’ll find more fun with ice this Saturday, February 7, in Frederick, Maryland.

Frederick’s Fire in Ice festival, from 3 to 9 p.m., will display more than 70 ice sculptures in the historic downtown. An ice playground (complete with ice throne) will feature a few games carved out of ice, like shuffleboard or bean bag toss. Visitors can warm up with a cup of free hot chocolate and at fire stations—although the forecast is for a relatively balmy 46 degrees at 4 p.m.—or by ducking into the many shops, art galleries, and restaurants hosting special goings-on such as wine tastings, gift drawings, free cocktails, and live music. And four spots will be offering free make-your-own s’mores, including the courtyard of Bryan Voltaggio’s Volt restaurant, where you can also sample Bulleit Bourbon from an “ice luge.”

Still chilled? From 6:30 to 8 p.m., you can watch a fire-dancing performance by the local troupe Pyrophoric, outside Ananda Shala (34 S. Market Street).

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Sherri Dalphonse joined Washingtonian in 1986. She is the editor in charge of such consumer topics as travel, fitness, health, finance, and beauty, as well as the editor who handles such cover stories as Great Places to Work, Best of Washington, Day Trips, Hidden Gems, Top Doctors, and Great Small Towns. She lives in DC.