First Saturday is a day to show your love for local! Support local businesses by shopping with an independent retailer, eating at a local restaurant, supporting local artists and exploring Downtown Frederick. Where you spend your money matters. Whether you’ve lived here for years, or you’re a first time visitor, First Saturdays are a great time to discover something new about our beautiful downtown. LOCAL SHOPPING & EVENTS Downtown businesses celebrate First Saturday with their own unique events. From in-store tastings and gallery openings, to artist and vendor exhibitions… there’s always something new to explore! Most of these events are rain or shine, so don’t let a little sprinkle stop you from all the downtown fun! Artful Things Happening @ The Delaplaine Arts Center, 9am-5pm October First Saturday @ Frederick Book Arts Center, 10am-3pm Dragons Love Tacos @ Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 10:30am-11:30am Free Dulce de Coco @ The Kitchenette, 10am-6pm Breast Cancer Survivor Weekend- Beat the Bra off BoB @ Crash and Catharsis Rage Factory, 11am-9pm AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit @ DISTRICT Arts, 11am-6pm I Like You ELOTE! Our Mexican Street Corn Pizza @ Pretzel and Pizza Creations, 11am-10pm Adult Modern Dance Class @ The Center ∙ Sound ∙ Mind ∙ Body, 11am-12:30pm […]
October First Saturday
Since you’ll already be in town for First Saturday… The art galleries encourage you to stay for a special Downtown Frederick Sunday Artwalk following each First Saturday. There will be special events, art talks, live demos, and DIY projects from 12-4pm. More gallery info and an interactive walking map here: September 2nd events: All events are from 12-4pm unless otherwise noted. Quilted Art! Pop-up Market by the Clustered Spires Quilt Guild @ Delaplaine Arts Center The Clustered Spires Quilt Guild will sell their wallhangings, wearable art & accessories. Shoppers will find affordable and unique gift ideas that are handmade by local artisans! The guild was founded in 2001 and members include beginners through experts, with interests from art quilts to traditional quilts in an array of materials. Members share a love of quilts and quilt making. They sponsor seminars, exhibitions, workshops, and community service projects. Come learn about them! “Daily Life” – A Featured Artist Exhibition by Award-Winning Artist Patricia Weise @ DISTRICT Arts (11am-5pm) Patricia Weise paints in gouache and watercolor on paper and on cradled clayboard, creating intimate still lifes and interior spaces dealing with daily routine and memory. The paintings in this exhibition are […]
First Saturday is a day to show your love for local! Support local businesses by shopping with an independent retailer, eating at a local restaurant, supporting local artists and exploring Downtown Frederick. Where you spend your money matters. Whether you’ve lived here for years, or you’re a first time visitor, First Saturdays are a great time to discover something new about our beautiful downtown. LOCAL SHOPPING & EVENTS Downtown businesses celebrate First Saturday with their own unique events. From in-store tastings and gallery openings, to artist and vendor exhibitions… there’s always something new to explore! Check back as the date gets closer for a list of specific activities, or visit downtownfrederick.org/upcoming-events/events/ to see what’s happening today. LIVE MUSICIANS Every First Saturday, the streets are filled with live music and entertainment. Here’s a list of this month’s musicians and other entertainment: SPENDING THE NIGHT? The downtown art galleries have a treat for you! On the Sunday following First Saturdays, do the Sunday Artwalk to see live art demos, participate in community art, learn about specific techniques and materials, and much more. Check out the Sunday Artwalk event! PARKING & TRAVEL Access travel and parking information for Downtown Frederick at www.parkfrederick.org and […]
November First Saturday
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Downtown Frederick’s Top Five, September 29-October 1
You know that there’s always something happening downtown, and with book sales, dancers, comedians and crafts, this weekend will have you busy hopping from one activity to the next. Grab your reusable tote and hit up the huge annual book sale at Evangelical Lutheran so that your TBR (To Be Read) pile is ready for the cozy days headed our way. Get your toes tapping with Flamenco and ballet, then split your sides laughing at the MET’s stand-up comedy night. You can finish out your weekend by getting crafty with a little bit of fun art for spooky season at Rockwell Brewery East. No matter what you choose, we can’t wait to see you downtown this weekend! Annual Book Sale @ Evangelical Lutheran Church Friday & Saturday, September 29-30, 9am-7pm, Sunday, October 1, 9am-1pm 31 E Church St Evangelical Lutheran Church is hosting its annual book sale on Friday, September 29th (9am-7pm); Saturday, September 30th (9am-7pm); and Sunday, October 1st (9am-1pm). All proceeds go to support Operation Second Chance which serves wounded, injured & ill Veterans, and active duty Purple Heart service members. Tablao Flamenco @ New Spire Stages Friday, September 29, 7:30pm-9:30pm 15 W Patrick St Experience the magnetic […]
Downtown Frederick’s Top 5, September 22-24
It’s shaping up to be a rainy weekend, but that doesn’t matter when you’re visiting us downtown! There are shows and celebrations galore, so grab an umbrella and your rainboots and make the trek to have some fun, do some shopping and get your groove on, whether it’s funky swing, the sounds of ABBA or even Oktoberfest music. We can’t wait to see you downtown this weekend! Lafayette Gilchrist @ New Spires Stages Friday, September 22, 8pm-10pm 15 W Patrick St Internationally known for his music heard on the iconic television series, The Wire, pianist-composer Lafayette Gilchrist returns to Frederick. He will perform a solo piano program that distills a century of African American music through his unique 21st Century sensibility. Gilchrist creates an exhilarating, kaleidoscopic soundscape with original compositions that draw on Jelly Roll Morton’s Latin tinge, Fats Waller’s stride, Duke Ellington’s elegance, and Thelonious Monk’s quirky swing, as well as funk and go-go rhythms. Lafayette Gilchrist’s solo concerts are an affirmation of soul, swing, and grooves, essentials of American music. 23rd Birthday Bash @ Dancing Bear Toys & Games! Saturday, September 23, 12pm-4pm 15 E Patrick St OMG, Dancing Bear Toys and Games will be turning 23! Celebrate 23 years […]
Downtown Frederick’s Top 5, September 15-17
As September picks up steam here in Downtown Frederick, it’s a great time to casually stroll our charming historic streets while wandering in and out of our shops. Of course, you’ll want to grab a bite to eat (and a little treat for later) and maybe even take in a show, and woo boy, is this weekend perfect for that! You’ll find a few local favorites participating in Maryland Restaurant Week, while shows take the stage at both Sky Stage and the Weinberg Center. It’s getting a little boozy over at Tenth Ward with their Autumn Liqueur Release Party, and you can shop for a good cause at The Gog (20W 2nd St). As always, we can’t wait to see you downtown! Maryland Restaurant Week Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 24 Brewer’s Alley & Thacher & Rye For 10 delicious days, visit Brewer’s Alley or Thacher & Rye for special Maryland Restaurant week menus! This is a great time to get out and support locals restaurants as a part of this state-wide initiative. Abiding Love Photo Exhibit and Pop Up Boutique Saturday & Sunday, September 16 (10am-6pm) & 17 (10am-4pm) 20 W 2nd St This event is a fundraiser for Living Through Loss, a […]
Downtown Frederick’s Top 5, September 8-10
If you know Frederick, you know that this weekend is a big one. In fact, it’s HUGE! Saturday features the annual In the Streets festival, hosted by Celebrate Frederick. Kicking off with the Market St Mile at 9am, then running all day with entertainment, food, vendors, and finishing out with the Up the Creek party from 5pm-9pm, it’s a day full of hustle and bustle all along Market St. But more than just In the Streets, don’t forget to get off the streets and visit our merchants and restaurants to see all the fun things happening, including workshops, shows and special events. We can’t wait to see you downtown this weekend! In the Streets Saturday, September 9, 11am-5pm For over 30 years, In The Streets has been a proud Frederick tradition held along Market Street and Carroll Creek Urban Park. The festivities begin with the Market Street Mile at 9 AM, followed by the In the Streets Festival from 11 AM to 5 PM and ending with the official after party, the Flying Dog Brewery Up the Creek Party presented in partnership with Key 103, at 5 PM at the Carroll Creek Amphitheatre. Returning this year is the Visit Frederick […]
Have Fun in Downtown Frederick on Labor Day
Celebrate the end of summer in Downtown Frederick! Many of our retailers and restaurants will be open on Labor Day, September 4, and ready to welcome you. With FREE PARKING in all of the City’s garages and meters, Downtown Frederick is open! Don’t see your favorite place on our list? This is only a start. Be sure to check with individual businesses for their most up-to-date hours. For more great things to see and do in Downtown Frederick, visit downtownfrederick.org/events. Business NameMonday, September 4Entertainment & InformationCrash & Catharsis Rage FactoryPedego FrederickVisit FrederickBy appointment10am-5pm9am-5pmFood & BeverageAgave 137Beans and BagelsBrewer’s AlleyBushwaller’sDelizia CafeFirestone’s MarketFrederick SocialIdiom Brewing Co.Maxwell’s Burgers & ShakesNorth Market Pop ShopPerfect TrufflePretzel & Pizza CreationsShowroomStarbucks11am-12am8am-1pm11am-11:30pm11:30am-2am8am-3pm10am-4pm12pm-9pm12pm-10pm11:30am-912pm-8pm10am-5pm11am-9pm8am-9pm6am-6:30pmRetailAtomic 97Brick and Mortar MercantileCreme de la CremeCurious IguanaDancing Bear ToysDream HouseEc’clectiblesEdgeworksEmporium AntiquesGreat Stuff By PaulLou Lou BoutiqueLuv PupRetro MetroThe MuseThe Trail HouseTiara Day: The Place Where Girlfriends ShopVintage MCVoila Special Teas12pm-10pm10am-6pm10am-6pm10am-6pm10am-6pm11am-6pm10am-4pm10am-6pm11am-6pm10am-6pm10am-6pm11am-5pm11am-6pm11am-4pm10am-4pm12pm-5:30pm11am-6pm11am-5pm
Downtown Frederick’s Top 5, September 1-3
We love a First Saturday weekend downtown, and this weekend is no exception! You’ll find fun things to do all around town, with special events galore. Aside from our Top 5, you can find our entire weekend schedule here and our First Saturday schedule, including musicians, here. We can’t wait to see you downtown this weekend! Annual Tent Sale @ Dream House Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Sept 1, 2, & 3 102 E Patrick Don’t miss this fantastic one-in-a-year opportunity! Visit Dream House’s Annual Tent Sale behind the shop for BIG savings on cool furniture and home accessories! Back to School First Saturday! @ Frederick Book Arts Center Saturday, Sept 2, 10am-3pm 217 W Patrick St Join us for a special back-to-school First Saturday at FBAC! Make bookmarks with a favorite quote, special saying, or message to a loved one, hand set by you. After your individual bookmark has been made your set lines will be saved to be used in the next issue of our Ephemeral Newspaper (with your permission, of course!) coming out this Fall. Our Ephemeral Newspaper is an artist paper that is hand set and printed on one of our Vandercook Letterpresses from the 1940s. We will also […]
Downtown Frederick’s Top 5, August 25-27
This weekend is filled with excitement, festivals and even crafty classes! We’re celebrating the end of summer with the first annual Black Frederick Festival, with live entertainment, food trucks and vendors galore. But that’s not the only thing happening downtown this weekend…nope! You’ll find a night market, a delightful handmade earring class, an end of summer bash with vendors, cocktails and food trucks, and to cap it off, the 100th Anniversary Mountain City Elks Parade. Whew! We’re tired just thinking about it. Don’t worry though; we’re going to have a weekend rally so that we can have ALL THE FUN in Downtown Frederick. Downtown Frederick Night Market Friday, August 25, 5-9pm 223 N Market St Join Chappelle & Co. for the first Downtown Frederick Night Market! Enjoy vendors, music, food and FREE BEER (21+ with ID) 🍻 This will be a fun block party for the community. Black Frederick Festival Saturday, August 26, 11am-5pm Carroll Creek Park Join us as we share, celebrate, and educate the Frederick community about the richness of Black culture at the inaugural Black Frederick Festival! With a full day of entertainment, food and vendors, you’re sure to have a good time! End of Summer Bash @ […]
Downtown Frederick’s Top 5, August 18-20
It’s almost like you can feel fall waiting in the wings to make its grand entrance, but we’re still feeling substantial summer vibes in Downtown Frederick. It’s the perfect time to cool down with some ice cream from one of our wonderful shops and stroll the streets looking for those special back-to-school items before school starts next week, whether for the kiddos or their grown-ups. From early morning yoga to a special story time, you’ll always find something special happening in Downtown Frederick. Free Pop-Up Yoga & Gongs with Sol Yoga & The Center . Sound . Mind . Body @ Carroll Creek Amphitheater Friday, August 18, 6am-7:30am Carroll Creek Amphitheater Join us on Friday, 8/18 @ 6am for a FREE Pop-Up Yoga class on Carroll Creek!! As a result of the incredible community we have built in collaboration with The Center for Sound, Mind & Body and Downtown Frederick Partnership, the FOX 5 Morning Show will be featuring us for a pop-up class. Please come out and join us for this free & fun class of yoga & gong-infused sound bathing. Class will begin at 6:30am but students are asked to arrive by 6am. Brain Boost: Hacked in the […]
Downtown Frederick’s Top 5, August 11-13
There’s an eclectic mix of fun activities happening this weekend in Downtown Frederick. It’s never too soon to start thinking spooky, and a downtown ghost tour will get you excited for fall (even though Halloween isn’t for 83 more days!). You can stop by a Maker’s Market, free your creativity and grab a paintbrush, take in an author event, or even spilt your sides laughing at comedy night. No matter the day, there’s always something to do in Downtown Frederick! Historic Frederick Ghost Tours Friday, August 11 & Saturday, August 12, 8-9:30pm Meet in front of Brewer’s Alley, 124 N Market St True Documented Stories of the “Paranormal” with “Maryland’s Oldest Operating Ghost Tour. Take a Remarkable Journey through Frederick’s Gruesome and Bloody Past. Nearly 300 Years of War, Executions and Revenge. Uncover Politically Savvy and Defiant Citizens, Patriots from the Revolutionary War, Beckoning Soldiers from the Civil War, and so much more! Historic Frederick – Where The Dead Come Out To Play! Tours are 90-minutes in length and leisurely cover 1.2 miles. Not Recommended for Younger Children. Still cameras and flashlights permitted. No video or audio recording allowed. Frederick Maker-Fest @ Frederick MADE & New Spire Arts Saturday, August 12, 12-5pm 15 W […]
Downtown Frederick’s Top Five, August 4-6
Top Five is back, and we’re ready to share spectacular events sure to kick-off your August in the most delightful way. First Saturday is always a good time, and this weekend downtown is bursting at the seams with demos of all sorts, markets, gallery events and shows. You can get things started on Friday with an interactive community drum circle, then let the good times flow from there. No matter what, there’s always something happening in Downtown Frederick! Interactive Community Drum Circle @ FAC’s Sky Stage Friday, August 4, 5:30pm-6:30pm 59 S Carroll St A free, interactive drum circle/music/movement experience hosted by Noteable Progressions Music Therapy Services every 1st Friday. Bring an instrument or pick one up from the selections offered. All ages and abilities welcome! Suggested Donation $5. Brain Freeze @ Potter’s Guild of Frederick Saturday, August 5, 12pm-7pm 14 S Market St Come to the Potters’ Guild of Frederick at 14 S. Market Street on Saturday, August 5 from Noon to 7pm to enjoy delicious farm-fresh ice cream donated by the South Mountain Creamery (@smcdairy) and choose a handcrafted, one of a kind bowl to take home. Proceeds will be donated to the Frederick Rescue Mission (@frederickrescuemission). Tickets on sale […]