First Saturday is a monthly celebration of Downtown Frederick’s shops and restaurants, where we challenge you to shop small on the first Saturday of each month! Although there’s nothing we’d rather do than gather together for summer evenings filled with music in the streets, late-night shopping and dining, it’s comforting to know that we can still extend our appreciation and support to the many small businesses that are the heartbeat of Downtown Frederick… just in a slightly different way than we’re used to. Shop Small with us, as we take First Saturday ONLINE! Tune in to the Facebook event at any point on the First Saturday of each month. We’ll have local shopping and dining features all day long, share ways that our community can band together during this difficult time, and maybe even have a surprise guest appearance (or two)! Thank you to this amazing community for all of the support you’ve already shown… and we’ll “see” you soon for First Saturday Online! See which downtown businesses are open at downtownfrederick.org/covid-19
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For the first time ever, Visit Frederick is pleased to announce a Summer Restaurant Week for Frederick County! From August 24-30, participating locations throughout the county will be serving up unique multi-course meals at appetizing prices. Restaurants will offer a variety of menus for indoor, outdoor and to-go dining. Visit an old favorite or try something new… Frederick County is full of delicious dining options! All costs are exclusive of tax, beverages and gratuity. Reservations strongly recommended. For more information, visit www.frederickrestaurantweek.com. Restaurant Week pricing key: $: $15 – $19 $$: $20 – $29 $$$: $30 – $39 $$$$: $40+ Participating Restaurants: list coming soon
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Each year, the Partnership tackles strategic initiatives to bring more residents and employees to Downtown Frederick, offers an exciting season of events and works closely with downtown businesses and partners to continue to strengthen and improve Downtown Frederick.
Why We LOVE Downtown Frederick!
With our one-of-a-kind specialty shops, restaurants and people, Downtown Frederick stands out. We have a personality all our own…friendly, vibrant, eclectic and thriving.
Downtown business owners are passionate about what they do. They spend time in their shops and restaurants to make sure you are well cared for.
Downtown residents make this community home. A neighbor’s friendly face, an afternoon happy hour with friends, an evening stroll with the family — THERE’S ONLY ONE DOWNTOWN FREDERICK.
The Latest News in Downtown Frederick
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Business Diversity in Downtown Frederick
For more than 30 years, Downtown Frederick Partnership has worked to make our community a better place. This city is our home, its residents are our neighbors and we recognize how fortunate we are to live and work here — a place that’s filled with energy, excitement, passion and drive, a place where no two people are exactly alike but we’re all dedicated to building a better tomorrow. Much of our work revolves around Downtown Frederick’s small business community — the people and places that create the vibrant spirit that attracts so many of us to Frederick. When you shop or dine downtown, it’s so much more than a simple transaction. You’re a neighbor supporting a neighbor, a stranger turned friend, a favorite regular or a welcomed first-time visitor. Getting to know a business is pretty easy, just walk in the door and say hello. We wanted to expand that conversation and give our business owners a chance to introduce themselves by self-identifying in a new way on our website. Using our new Business Diversity page, you now can search for businesses that are woman-owned, owned by a person of color, veteran-owned, LGBTQ+-owned, have an ASL-fluent staff member, and many […]
Shop Independent this Independence Day
First Saturday has always been a celebration of the unique shops, restaurants and small businesses that are the heartbeat of Downtown Frederick — but this July, the Partnership is taking First Saturday to a place it’s never been before…
Art on Main: Virtual Tile Project
Art on Main We have a virtual art project for our community… all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate! Download your flower template from downtownfrederick.org/artonmain and get creative. More about the Art on Main project: This fall, the five Main Street communities of Frederick County — Brunswick Main Street, Main Street Thurmont, Middletown Main Street, Town of New Market and Downtown Frederick Partnership — will be installing temporary public art sculptures in each of our downtowns. The sculptures will be composed of brightly glazed mosaic tile designs and will be in place for one year. To help decorate our sculpture, we’re looking for 60 community members to draw their own unique flower designs between now and June 27. Sculpture artist Parran Collery will then translate these designs into tiles and incorporate them in the final piece. Learn more at downtownfrederick.org/artonmain
Alive @ Five 2020 Season Postponed due to COVID-19
May is the time of year when Downtown Frederick should be buzzing with excitement – residents gearing up for a summer full of community events, shop owners throwing open their doors to bustling streets full of visitors and urban parks filled with people enjoying the beautiful weather. While we can still count on the beautiful weather, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of our communities in ways that we could never have imagined just a few short months ago. Downtown Frederick Partnership encourages Frederick to continue staying at home and to keep following all social distancing guidelines for as long as they are in effect. It takes each of us doing our part to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and help keep our community healthy. With this in mind, the Partnership announces the following change to its summer events season: Alive @ Five is postponed until further notice. The Partnership will not launch its weekly outdoor happy hour series until all stay-at-home orders have been lifted, it is once again deemed safe to allow public gatherings and any necessary event changes can be implemented to ensure the safety of event attendees, volunteers, staff and band members. Visit downtownfrederick.org/aliveatfive for […]
Mother’s Day “in” Downtown Frederick
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so we’ve had our Mother’s Day elves (…yes, they’re real…) working away to round up the best ways to send a well-deserved “thank you” to every kind of mother out there. Many downtown businesses have done a great job pivoting their business models quickly and effectively. So, we’re thrilled to say that people can still shop for something special this Mother’s Day – it just may be in a slightly different way than they’re used to! Stores have taken their inventory online and are offering personal shopping experiences via video chat, many now provide free doorstep delivery for local orders and shipping for others, restaurants continue to offer carryout and delivery options for a special meal for mom, and nearly every type of business has gift cards for sale if you aren’t quite sure what to get her. For the mom that can figure out anything Nothing gets past the mom in your life? Make sure she has her thinking cap on this Mother’s Day for this gift! Our problem-solving friends at SureLocked In Escape Games have gift cards available for purchase so you can set a date to let mom really put […]
Unprecedented Times Mean You Have an Opportunity for Impact
Unprecedented Times Mean You Have an Opportunity for Impact Unprecedented times call on each and every one of us to support our local community. By following social distancing guidance, we can each do our part in flattening the curve, keeping others safe and preventing our critical healthcare facilities from being overwhelmed. While we’re all in this together, at times of crisis, those things we hold dear are always first in our thoughts. Friends and family. Places we love. I have had the good fortune to work for Downtown Frederick Partnership for more than 15 years. For those less familiar with the organization, the Partnership works year-round to enhance, promote and preserve the vitality and livability of Downtown Frederick. I am personally and professionally vested in this community. When I think about what I hold dear, Downtown Frederick is at the top of my list. I value Downtown Frederick as the place I go to mark life’s milestones, the place where the downtown businesses are made up of not only people I work with but also my friends, the place where I can find things that exist nowhere else in this world and the place where I feel at home. This past […]
Spring Event Changes in Downtown Frederick
With Governor Hogan’s executive order prohibiting gatherings of 50+ people (changed to 10+ people on March 19) and the recent announcement from CDC recommending the cancellation of these events over the next 8 weeks, Downtown Frederick Partnership has made the following changes to our upcoming spring events. These decisions are not taken lightly as we understand the impact on our downtown community.The safety of Downtown Frederick’s residents, workers and visitors is of the utmost importance to Downtown Frederick Partnership. The first priority for everyone is to take appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our entire community remains healthy.As an organization that is grounded in a love for our local community, we encourage you all to look for ways where you can help to safely support each other in these troubling times. Photo used in this post taken by Bill Adkins. April First Saturday & May First Saturday (Mayfest)EVENTS CANCELLED — originally scheduled for April 4 & May 2. Currently, many Downtown Frederick businesses remain open daily, and are taking extra steps to ensure their spaces are clean and safe for customers. Support small businesses remotely, even if you cannot visit them physically. Visit downtownfrederick.org/covid-19 to learn how.Bring a Broom SaturdayEVENT CANCELLED — originally scheduled for April 25. The Partnership […]
All you need to know about Frederick Restaurant Week 2020!
Frederick Restaurant Week is coming March 2nd through the 8th. Time to look through the amazing restaurants and make a reservation! During Restaurant Week, lunches and dinners are offered at various special prices starting at just $15. All costs are exclusive of tax, beverages and gratuity. Reservations are strongly recommended through the individual participating restaurants. Be sure to check out this year’s incredible menu offerings below or visit frederickrestaurantweek.com for more information! Make sure to keep an eye out on all the amazing drink deals that will be going on downtown as well! Come out and enjoy discounted prices on locally crafted beers, wines, and spirits. Participating Restaurants 200 Monroe | 200 Monroe Ave. ~ Menu | ReservationDinner200 Monroe will have you wishing for just one more bite. Make reservations now because you must try their Yukon Gold potato gnocchi with garlic shrimp. Bella Trattoria | 129 N Market St. ~ Menu | ReservationLunch & DinnerGive the boxed spaghetti night a rest this week and try Bella Trattoria in the heart of Downtown Frederick. Their delicious butternut squash ravioli will leave you with just enough room for a cannoli that taste just like the ones in Northern Italy. Black Hog| 118 S Market St ~ Menu | Reservation […]
Redevelopment of Historic Whitehill’s Row in Downtown Frederick
What appears to be an inconspicuous row of three-story homes nestled along B&O Ave, is actually an exciting redevelopment project for the southeast corner of Downtown Frederick, Maryland. Originally built by Frederick businessman James Whitehill in 1858, the block of homes sit adjacent to the MARC train Brunswick Line, which offers weekday commuter service between Frederick and Washington D.C. For many years, the buildings were left largely unmodernized and, most recently, served as residentail rental units. However, in 2018, Frederick County natives Michael Gordon and David Bauer purchased the properties and have been busy rehabilitating the units into modernized four-bedroom, three-bathroom homes. After more than a year of painstaking renovations, the rewards of Bauer and Gordon’s investment are obvious. Each home features four levels of living space – from a fully renovated walkout basement level all the way to the third floor bedrooms – they left no detail unfinished. During a property tour with Bauer, he pointed out the many historic features they were careful to retain in the finished design, including the 34 windows across the front façade, which are all original to the building. The Partnership is featuring this project as an example of the exciting redevelopment projects […]
Dining Guide for February First Saturday (Fire in Ice)
Downtown Frederick is full of amazing dining options, so you’ll never have to go far to find a great meal! For a complete list of downtown eateries, click here. To help narrow down your choices during February First Saturday (Fire in Ice), we’ve broken out a few popular dining categories for the restaurants listed below. Keep scrolling all the way to the bottom… and happy eating! Black Hog BBQ & Bar118 S Market St11am – 10pmBrewer’s Alley124 N Market St11:30am – MidnightBushwaller’s Gastro Pub209 N Market St11am – 2amCafe Nola4 E Patrick St9am – 2amCakes To Die For154 N Market St9am – 9pmCellar Door5 E Church St11am – 2amDöner Bistro50 Carroll Creek Way #110 11:30am – 11pmFamily Meal882 N East St7am – 10pmFirestone’s Culinary Tavern & Raw Bar105 N Market St11am – 9:45pm (Kitchen) 11am – 1:30am (Bar)Firestone’s Market113 N Market St10am – 9pmFrederick Coffee Co & Cafe100 N East St6am – 10:30pmFrederick Fudge & Ice Cream253 E Church St11:30am – 9:00pmHippy Chick Hummus237 N Market St10am – 6pm Hometown Harvest Kitchen50 Citizen’s Way11am – 9pmJoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House16-18 E Patrick St11am – 2amLa Paz Mexican Restaurant51 S Market St11am – 10pmLazy Fish10 E Patrick St12pm – 10pmLe Parc […]