August First Saturday (Art Attack!)

First Saturday means all day activities, late-night shopping and dining, live music on the street, and a free trolley to guide your way! During August First Saturday, celebrate the visual and performing arts in Downtown Frederick with local artists on the street, public art installations, and more!

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 Downtown Frederick. Thank you to our partners at The Common Market Co-Op and Paul Davis Restoration for presenting August First Saturday!


Download First Saturday Brochure Here



Start planning your trip today. Access travel and parking information for Downtown Frederick at and download a map of downtown businesses.

Staying the whole weekend? Plamondon Hospitality Partners and Downtown Frederick Partnership have teamed up to offer 15% off your stay the first weekend of every month. Choose from six fantastic hotels all with a special price that’s 15% off rack rate. Extend your visit and do it in comfort!

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  • Take a break from your busy First Saturday plans and relax in our community designed blue furniture scattered around the streets. Sit back, and cool off from the summer heat in between shopping from 3-9PM!
  • The family-friendly First Saturday Scavenger Hunt with Surelocked In Escape Games! Stop by 5 N Market St to pick up your clue sheet any time after 12PM (noon). Just turn it back in by 9PM for your chance at a prize basket from participating locations!
  • Feel inspired by artist exhibits, meet & greets and hands-on activities at many downtown businesses. More info on back.
  • Stop by 30 N Market St for an interactive mural installation with Paul Davis and Face Painting from 2-5PM.
  • Robert Strasser will be doing a live pottery demo from 3-9PM in front of Bravura Arts and Framing
  • Take a stroll with The Frederick Catotones! Sing along with the quartets as they serenade you with acappella music! 3 separate, one hour performances at 3PM, 5PM, and 7PM.
  • Hop aboard the FREE TROLLEY, which makes its loop through Downtown Frederick from 3-9PM. Pick up locations include 117 N East St, 40 S Carroll St, 33 E Patrick St, 124 N Market St and 428 N Market St.




Enjoy live musicians performing at the following locations.

  • 3-4pm | The Frederick Catoctones @ All Around Town
  • 4:30-7pm | The Jimi Cupino Project @ Cowork Frederick
  • 5-6pm | The Frederick Catoctones @ All Around Town
  • 5-8pm | Mike Schirf @ NOMA Gallery
  • 5-8pm | Acoustic Chicks @ Posh Boutique
  • 6-9pm | James Calderon @ Potters’ Guild of Frederick
  • 6-9pm | Eric French @ Velvet Lounge
  • 6-9pm | Domenic Cicala @ McClintock Distilling
  • 6-9pm | Hard Swimmin’ Fish @ Ec’clectibles
  • 7-8pm | The Frederick Catoctones @ All Around Town




Each month, find artists creating live works inspired by Downtown Frederick. All pieces will be on display & available for sale during our First Saturday Art Show in December 2019! This month’s artist is…

  • Robert Strasser will be doing a live pottery demo from 3-9PM in front of Bravura Arts and Framing




Downtown businesses each celebrate First Saturday with their own unique events. From in-store tastings and events, to artist and vendor exhibitions or even a downtown scavenger hunt… there’s always something new to explore!

10am-2pmPosh Boutique LLC
35 N Market St
Come check out our special Friends & Family event!
11am-5pmPearl Clothing
127 E Patrick St
“Painted on Pearl Workshops” —Local Artist Sam Reeves will be conducting Art to Wear Workshops, helping participants embellish Pearl Clothing with paint and stamping techniques.
11am-8pmLebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium
214 N Market St
“Flash Back: Fresh Lime Vinegar Is Here”— Just in time for the end of summer, we have our Fresh Lime White Balsamic here for a limited time! Come taste it when we tap it today & get some before it’s gone!
11am-9pmNorth Market Pop Shop
241 N Market St
Cool Down at the Pop Shop — Come have a taste of our local creamery ice cream!
12pm-1pmWeinberg Center for the Arts
20 W Patrick St
Take a FREE tour of the historic Weinberg Center for the Arts. Discover Art Deco architectural details, immerse yourself in local theatrical lore, & access backstage areas normally off-limits to the public.
12pm-4pmGWC Artwork
328 E Patrick St
Meet our featured artist! The featured artist Be available to meet the public and we will have light refreshments noon to 4 pm
12pm-4pmEveredy Square & Shab Row
125 N East St
“Dog Days on East Street,” an event for your pup! Vendors onsite, cool off tent, 2pm Look Alike Contest & Most Talented Pup Contests.
12pm-8pmMcClintock Distilling
35 S Carroll St
Rye Whiskey and Bourbon Release — McClintock Distilling will release their next batch of award winning aged whiskies at the distillery and hosting music and cocktails all day.
12pm-6pmSurelocked In Escape Games
5 N Market St
Free Scavenger Hunt — Come one, come all to our monthly, family-friendly game! Test your wits and compete for prizes while exploring downtown Frederick!
Clue Sheets can be picked up at 5 N Market Street anytime between 12 Noon and 6 PM. Happy Hunting!
1pm-3pmDancing Bear Toys & Gifts
15 E Patrick St
I ART the Dancing Bear! — Join us at the Bear for a Summer craft that’s fun for all ages!
1:30-2:30pmNational Museum of Civil War Medicine
48 E Patrick St
“Embattled Freedom – Health and Medicine in Civil War Refugee Camps” — Join Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, as she discusses medical care in the refugee camps of the Civil War.
2pm-8pmPotters’ Guild of Frederick
14 S Market St
“Brain Freeze 2019”— Come to the Potters’ Guild of Frederick Gallery for Brain Freeze 2019 to enjoy delicious South Mountain Creamery Ice Cream and choose your one of a kind pottery bowl to take home. Your generous donations support the Frederick Rescue Mission.
2pm-5pmDistrict East
880 N East St
“Beer Tasting with Narragansett Brewing Company” The fastest growing brewery in the Northeast brews favorite Summer beers like Del’s Shandy, Watermelon Shandy, and Fresh Catch Blonde Ale.
5pm-7pmDISTRICT Arts
15 N Market St
“Perfectly Misunderstandable” — Hand cut paper artist Rosa Leff opens her new exhibition about how we perceive the people and places around us.
5pm-9pmThe Muse
19 N Market St
“Maier Mercantile Leather” Krissy Maier of Maier Mercantile will be at the shop with her large selection of crossbody bags and hipsters. Each piece is made one of a kind with upcycled leather! Get ready for fall!
5pm-9pmEastside Artists’ Gallery
313 E Patrick St
“Members Show” August is highlighting the creativity of the thirteen members of Eastside Gallery. Enjoy art in a variety of mediums – painting, mixed media, fiber arts, photography, jewelry, ceramics.
5pm-9pmNOMA Gallery
437 N Market St
NOMA Gallery will be featuring the work of Judith Kornett, Jim Roberts, Brian Slagle and Virginia Sperry for the month of August. Pleas join us for a meet the artist reception.




While you’re here, take advantage of the free trolley! The trolley runs every 15 minutes from 3pm – 9pm and has five convenient stops throughout downtown. It’s completely free! Just hop on and ride. Download a trolley route map here.

  • Little Pottery Shop | 117 N East St
  • Delaplaine Arts Center | 40 S Carroll St
  • Patrick Street Stop | 33 E Patrick St
  • Brewer’s Alley | 124 N Market St
  • Bravura Arts and Framing | 428 N Market St


For additional information about Downtown Frederick, stop by the First Saturday Kiosk located at the corner of Market Street and Church Street, each First Saturday from 3-9pm.




August 3, 2019 3:00 PM


August 3, 2019 9:00 PM

Fees & Tickets


This event has no entrance fee

Event Venue


Downtown Frederick, MD