supporting local through the pandemic

Open for Business in Downtown Frederick

During this time of adjustments in social events, work schedules and travel, we encourage you to remember our many small businesses in Downtown Frederick and to continue supporting them even if you cannot visit them physically. Many Downtown Frederick shops, restaurants and businesses are open, and are taking extra steps to ensure their spaces are clean and safe for customers. Follow guidance from public health officials regarding social distancing and proper health etiquette when visiting businesses and public spaces.


Masks Required:

  • Don’t forget your mask when visiting Downtown Frederick! Our businesses thank you for keeping our community safe and helping to keep their doors open.
  • Per the Governor’s July 29 Executive Order, anyone over the age of five is required to wear face coverings in the public spaces of all businesses across the state, as well as outdoor public areas whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.

Public Restrooms:

Free Parking:

Downtown Frederick offers FREE PARKING every weekend from Thanksgiving through New Years. See below for more info.

Heated Outdoor Dining:

Looking for options to eat and drink in a comfortable outdoor setting? Downtown Frederick has you covered! Many restaurants, breweries and distilleries have expanded their heated outdoor dining areas into parking spaces (parklets), sidewalks, parks and alleys.

  • Outdoor dining is available 7 days a week during normal business hours
  • See below for a list of downtown restaurants with outdoor dining spaces

To learn more about the permitting process and specific details of Pop Up Dining in Frederick, visit

Shopping Local:

Downtown Frederick’s small businesses are ready to provide you with a safe shopping experience! From curbside pick-up options, to Shop ‘n Ship one-stop shops and online shopping experiences — it’s never been easier to shop small for the holidays.

  • See below for a list of online shopping options, businesses offering Shop ‘n Ship services and more info about Curbside Pick-up.

Outdoor Dining

The following restaurants, breweries and distilleries offer outdoor dining in Downtown Frederick. Hours are likely to change, and reservations may be required. Check with individual establishments for their current operating procedures. Scroll through the locations below, or view a complete list at


Shop Local Online

Small businesses are the lifeblood of the Downtown Frederick economy — so if you can’t make it out to shop safely in-person, support small businesses by shopping local online. The following downtown businesses offer online shopping, online ordering and online gift cards. Scroll through the locations below, or view a complete list at


Shop ‘n Ship

Take care of your gift list in no time by shopping at any of Downtown Frederick’s participating Shop ‘n Ship businesses. These shops will do it all for you, offering wrapping and shipping services right from the store! Scroll through the locations below, or view a complete list at


Supporting Local through the Pandemic

The safety of Downtown Frederick’s residents, workers and visitors is of the utmost importance to Downtown Frederick Partnership. We want you to know that we are monitoring all recommendations and updates from government officials surrounding COVID-19 and we will inform our stakeholders of relevant changes. The first priority for everyone is to take appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our entire community remains healthy.

For a list of events happening in Downtown Frederick, visit For a list of resources that are available to small businesses located in Downtown Frederick, visit


Parking & Curbside Pickup in Downtown Frederick

Parking is FREE in Downtown Frederick every weekend from Thanksgiving through News Years. Enjoy free parking in each of downtown’s five public parking garages and on-street metered spots every weekend (8AM Saturday through 6AM Monday) from November 28 through the end of the year.

Additionally, downtown parking is free all day on Thanksgiving Day (November 26), Frosty Friday (November 27), Christmas Day (December 25) and New Years Day (January 1).

Find additional parking information for Downtown Frederick at


Curbside Pickup Zones are available in designated areas throughout downtown, allowing for 10-minute free parking on the street and 30-minute free parking in garages. Customers may use these spots to quickly park and pick up orders from nearby retailers and restaurants.

Curbside Parking Zones are handicap-friendly. Visitors with a current handicap placard or tag are able to park free at any designated Curbside Pick Up Zone for up to one hour.

See a Map of Curbside Pick-up Zones

Finding the Best Time to Visit

If you want to visit at the quietest time, the Partnership has created a downtown foot traffic meter. The data shown in the chart below is a compilation of parking garage traffic for July-September 2020. This foot traffic meter is an approximation only. Visitor totals will change depending upon special holidays, events and weather.

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.