August First Saturday

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.



August First Saturday is brought to you with Support from Curaleaf

Curious about Cannabis? The Curaleaf team of experts will be on site to answer all of your questions about medical and adult use cannabis. Join them for a day of fun, education, assistance with medical cards, giveaways and more!




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 our events calendar to see what’s happening.

Open Studio Demo Day @ Frederick Book Arts Center, 10am-4pm
Spin Art @ Luv Pup, 11am-3pm
Slap Drum Playing and Engage People with Folk Dance @ UNESCO Body & Mind Wellness Club, 11am-5pm
Fresh Local Flowers from Glenn Leigh Farms @ Vintage MC, 11am-6pm
DISTRICT Arts Presents “Truth” by Robin Davisson @ DISTRICT Arts, 11am-7pm
Back to School Prep Rage Event @ Crash and Catharsis Rage Factory, 11am-8:30pm
FREE Home Buyer/Seller Seminar @ The Agency, 12pm-2pm
Let’s Melt Those Prices @ Bailey’s Treasures, 12pm-6pm
Brain Freeze is Back! @ The Potters’ Guild of Frederick, 12pm-7pm
Al Fresco @ Gallery 322, 12pm-8pm
Open House @ Studio Christin, 1pm-5pm
Create Your Own Comic Book! @ Dancing Bear Toys and Games, 2pm-4pm
Jewelry-Making Demo with Beth Carey! @ The Muse, 2pm-4pm
Color Guard on the Creek @ The Carroll Creek Amphitheater, 2:30pm-5:30pm
Frederick Artists Night @ Cowork Frederick, 4pm-8pm
Opening Reception for THE SOLITARY FIGURE: Drawing & Sculpture by Homer Yost @ Gaslight Gallery, 4pm-8pm
“Le Salon” @ TAG/The Artists Gallery, 5pm-8pm
Musical Bingo Cabaret @ Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 7:30pm-9pm


Every First Saturday, the streets are filled with live music and entertainment.

Kristin Meyer @ County Permits Building, 30 N Market St
Marleigh Hill @ Magpie Fibers, 154 N Market St

Acoustic Chicks @ Gallery 322, 322 N Market St
Papa Uke @ Luv Pup, 119 E Patrick St

DJ LEX @ County Permits Building, 30 N Market St
Hard Swimmin’ Fish @ Dancing Bear Toys and Games, 15 E Patrick St
25th Anniversary Concert Series @ Velvet Lounge, 203 N Market St


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 this weekend!


Access travel and parking information for Downtown Frederick at and download a map of downtown businesses here.

Public Restrooms can be found in the Church Street (17 E Church St) and Carroll Creek (44 E Patrick St) Public Parking Garages. Restrooms are open daily from 9AM-10PM and cleaned regularly by the City of Frederick following all relevant guidelines.

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!



August 5, 2023 11:00 AM


August 5, 2023 9:00 PM

Fees & Tickets


This event has no entrance fee

Event Venue


Downtown Frederick