The Arts

Frostburg was officially designated as the State of Maryland’s eighteenth Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District in July, 2009.

From modern music venues to historical performing spaces, Frostburg thrives on creative spirit. Local businesses dedicate their wall space to works by local artists, creating a community driven love for the arts. Full of painters, potters, jewelry crafters, designers, and fiber artists, the Frostburg arts scene ranges from traditional Appalachian to modern works.

Are you an artist or own an art enterprise in the Frostburg Arts & Entertainment District? Take a moment to review the tax incentives provided by the City of Frostburg or download form 502AE to subtract artist earnings in our District!

Check out this list of regularly occurring A&E events that take place in downtown Frostburg!

  • Shamrock Shuffle
  • Spring Arts Walk
  • Frostburg Farmers Market
  • The Palace Theatre Film Series
  • Frostburg Elks Derby Day
  • Pirates Ahoy!
  • Nightsun Writers Conference
  • Cruisin’ Main Street
  • Block Party
  • Frostburg 101: A Taste of the City
  • Frostburg State University Appalachian Festival
  • Frostoberfest
  • One Act Play Festival
  • Indie Lit Festival
  • Frostburg State University Homecoming
  • CLA Reading Series
  • Halloween Parade
  • Winter Farmers Market
  • Small Business Saturday
  • Frostburg Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Storybook Holiday
  • Cultural Events Series at Frostburg State University
  • The Highlands American Music Series (HAMS)

Below you will find a list of gallery spaces, venues, and centers dedicated to showcasing Frostburg’s rich Arts Culture!

City Place
Located at 14 South Water Street, City Place has both a large event hall and a smaller meeting area.  It also has the unique capability of hosting indoor and outdoor events by using the landscaped, tiered lot in the rear of the building. City Place is a rental facility with a maximum capacity of 49 persons in the meeting room and 299 persons in the entire facility.  Call (301) 689-6000, ext. 108 to reserve City Place.

Frostburg Center for Literary Arts
The Frostburg Center for Literary Arts serves Western Maryland and the surrounding region by celebrating the literary arts through a variety of public events and productions, by educating and broadening an interested audience, and by fostering new writers and their work.  The Center for Literary Arts is located at 22 East Main Street and offers a cozy and inviting atmosphere for small-scale events, talks, and gatherings.

Frostburg Public Library
The Frostburg Library has a large meeting room and smaller study rooms available for community use.  Rooms may only be reserved by non-profit, service, and community groups, organizations, and individuals.  Community Rooms are available for use on a “first-come-first-served” basis during normal operating hours.  To check for room availability and place your reservation request, visit and click on Services -> Reserve a Meeting or Study Room.  You can also call the Frostburg Library directly at (301) 687-0790 to place a reservation.

Frostburg State University Facilities

  • Cordts PE Center, Main Arena can be transformed from a basketball venue into a performance venue. ***
  • FSU Performing Arts Center, Pealer Recital Hall is a 458-seat proscenium-style music hall with continental seating. ***
  • FSU Performing Arts Center, Drama Theatre features a proscenium-style theatre with continental seating for up to 334. ***
  • Lane University Center Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall is a felxible hall with removable staging that can be configured with theatre- or banquet-style seating.  This venue is often used for live performances, weddings, or banquets. ***
  • Lyric Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Frostburg at 20 East Main Street.  This historic renovated theatre allows flexible seating options and an intimate atmosphere. ***

*** Any person or group looking to use Frostburg State University-owned facilities should contact the office of Conferences and Events.  Telephone: (301) 687-4020; Email:

Mountain City Traditional Arts
A program of Frostburg State University supported in part by the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council, Mountain City Traditional Arts is dedicated to the sales, presentation, and perpetuation of Appalachia’s folk arts.  The venue sells a wide array of items created by local artisans, hosts a regular fiber arts group, and presents a full calendar of performances, presentations, and workshops.

Palace Theatre
In addition to film screenings, the Palace Theatre also hosts live music, plays, and speakers.  Recent events include the Highland American Music concert series, FSU’s One-Act Play Festival, and the Appalachian Festival concerts.  For more event rental information, call the Palace Theatre at (301) 687-0921 or email


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