January First Saturday

First Saturday means all day activities, holiday lights, late-night shopping and dining, live music on the street, and a free trolley to guide your way! During January Saturday, wind down from the hectic Holiday Season by taking it slow and soaking in the winter magic of Downtown Frederick.

Whether you’ve lived here for years, or you’re a first time visitor, First Saturday is a great time to discover something new about Downtown Frederick. Thank you to our partners at Plamondon Hospitality Partners for presenting January First Saturday!


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

Looking for a place to stay? Check out downtown accommodations here. You can also find many great places to stay located outside of Downtown Frederick. Visit the Tourism Council of Frederick County’s website for a full list of hotels, bed & breakfasts, vacation rentals, cabins and camping and check out our special First Saturday rates available at participating hotels!

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Stop by the lobby of the Weinberg Center for the Arts to warm up with Plamondon Hospitality Partners!

  • Take a spin on their prize wheel for a chance at free gifts.
  • Enter their drawing to win items like a free room night or Marriott giftcard.
  • Warm up with a cup of free hot cocoa and cider.




Kick off the new year by spending a romantic evening for two in Downtown Frederick!

  • Check the blog for a complete list of Date Night Ideas in Downtown Frederick!
  • Bask in the glow of the holiday lights, which decorate storefronts and twinkle in trees overhead.
  • Stroll along candlelit streets, admiring the luminaries that will be lining Market & Patrick Streets.
  • Catch a glimpse of the glowing boats along Carroll Creek.
  • Make a reservation for two at your favorite downtown restaurant and follow it up with an evening of shopping and site seeing.




The all-day free Scavenger Hunt with Surelocked In Escape Games! Pick up your clue sheet at 5 N Market St.

Our 2018 Get it Downtown magazine! Stop by the First Saturday Kiosk at the corner of Market & Church Streets to pick up your free copy.

Stock up on Downtown Frederick Gift Cards, available for sale at the Visitor Center (151 S East St) as the perfect gift for anyone.

Get a taste of something delicious at Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium and The Kitchenette.

Feeling a yearn for art? Local artists will be displaying their work at the Potters’ Guild of Frederick, The Little Pottery Shop, Gallery 322, NOMA Gallery, and The Muse.

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.




Downtown businesses each celebrate the holidays 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!

10a-11a  Welcome Home Realty Group | 224 E Patrick St

New Year – New Home! Find your best path to homeownership by attending our FREE Home Buyer Workshop & Breakfast. Get expert advice on the home buying process, down payment assistance programs, and getting mortgage pre-approval.

10a-9p  Potters’ Guild of Frederick | 14 S Market St

Chase away the winter blues at the Potters’ Guild of Frederick Gallery! Featuring handmade ceramics with icy blues and snowy whites as well as luminaries to give a little extra light and warmth on these chilly winter days.

10a-10p I Made This! Pottery Studio | 10B N East St

Make your next Date Night at I Made This! Enjoy our fun, friendly, and relaxing studio with lots of pottery shapes to choose from. Open late, till 10pm. Your favorite food & drinks are welcome!

11a-9p Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium | 214 N Market St

Fusti Tap: Start the new year off right! Come try our Spiced White Balsamic Vinegar. We have a limited amount of this delicious golden vinegar, so get some before it’s gone!

11a-9p Relish Decor | 38 E Patrick St

Relish Décor has everything you need for a fun night in. After a busy holiday season, enjoy time your  friends and loved ones in the comfort of your own home.

11a-9p The Little Pottery Shop | 117 N East St

Visit our holiday open house and take a look at our wide selection of fine art and pottery. With over 150 local and national artists to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect handmade gift this holiday season.

12p-6p Surelocked In Escape Games | 5 N Market St

Come one, come all to our monthly Scavenger Hunt! Test your wits and compete for prizes while exploring Downtown Frederick! Clue sheets can be picked up at 5 N Market Street between 12-6pm. Good luck and may the best team win!

12p-9p Gallery 322 | 322 N Market St

Our group exhibit, “Reminiscences,” is full of romantic images and memories to brighten any couple’s first date, or thousandth date…warm up with a sip of wine from 5-9pm.

1p-9p Posh Boutique | 35 N Market St

We’re all about a good old-fashioned retro date night. We’ll offer couples gourmet chocolates and some wine to sip on while you shop. After you make a purchase of $50 or more, let us take a polaroid of you and your partner for your to take home!

2p-4p Weinberg Center for the Arts | 20 W Patrick St

Cartoon Fest 2019: Join us for this family-friendly annual event as we showcase beloved classic cartoons from the past! Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for military, seniors and children, and $4 for city employees.

3p-9p The Kitchenette | 217 N Market St

Stop by for a sweet treat for you and your date (while supplies last).

5p-8p Premier Group of Long & Foster | 244 N Market St

Come out to the First Saturday Coat Drive to support local charities.

5p-9p NOMA Gallery | 437 N Market St

NOMA artists are often admired, but who do they admire? Find out in NOMA’s Artist Invitational 2019. This wildly diverse exhibit is a treasure trove of local talent and will run through Jan. 27. Opening reception 5-9pm.

5p-9p The Muse | 19 N Market St

In her new exhibit, “Artist’s Healing”, Lauren Hoffman moves away from her PopArt style that has made her popular, turning to nature and its act of healing for inspiration. Check out her collaged paintings and meet the artist!




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.




January 5, 2019 3:00 PM


January 5, 2019 9:00 PM

Fees & Tickets


This event has no entrance fee

Event Venue


Downtown Frederick