May First Saturday (Mayfest)

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.




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 to see what’s happening today.

Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch @ Showroom, 8am-4pm
Free Swedish Dishcloth Samples @ The Kitchenette, 10am-2pm
Human Library @ Frederick County Public Libraries, 10am-4:30pm
Live Family Theatre! Tomás and the Library Lady @ Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 10:30am & 1:30pm
A Flower for Mom @ Rust, 11am-1pm
Magical Fairy Mother’s Day Event @ Frederick Social, 11am-2pm
Meet the Jellyfish Artist : Lindsay Elizabeth @ Art Collective, 11am-2pm
Flower Bar by Whispering Flower Farm @ Federated Charities, 11am-4pm
Market Days @ Frederick MADE, 11am-5pm
Sip, Relax, Enjoy!… Potter’s Craft Cider Tasting @ Frederick Gift Basket Co., 12pm-4pm
Make Your Own Body Scrub @ Peace, 12pm-5pm
Mayfest Mania @ Bailey’s Treasures, 12pm-6pm
Fusti Tap: Kalamata Olive Oil from Greece @ Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium, 12pm-7pm
Changing Light @ Gallery 322, 12pm-8pm
Handcrafted Teapots @ Potter’s Guild of Frederick, 12pm-8pm
Ice Cream Tacos @ South Mountain Creamery Ice Cream Shop, 12pm-9pm
Mother Earth @ Eastside Artists’ Gallery, 1pm-7pm
Exhibition Opening: Meet Artist Wen-Hao Tien @ Gaslight Gallery, 1pm-8pm
Artist Reception and Live Painting @ The Muse, 2pm-4pm
Rediscovering Harriet Opening Reception @ NOMA Gallery, 3pm-7pm
Open House @ United Steam Fire Engine Co #3, 4pm-8pm
Frederick Artists Night w/Julie Maynard @ Cowork Frederick, 4pm-8pm
Infinite Growth: An Exhibition of LGBTQ+ Artists Opening Reception @ Frederick Arts Council, 5pm-8pm
Marc Weinberg and Lusmerlin Opening Reception @ TAG/The Artists Gallery, 5pm-8pm
Visit our Resident Artists and Enjoy a Jazz Concert by the Jeff Cosgrove Trio @ Y Arts Center, 5pm-9pm
Live Mixing by DJ Genius @ Frederick Social, 6pm-9pm
DISTRICT Arts Presents “Spring Fling” First Saturday Reception @ DISTRICT Arts, 7pm-9pm
Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick @ Brewer’s Alley, 7:45pm-9:15pm
Mike Brooks and friends with Still Familiar @ The Weinberg Center for the Arts, 8pm & 10pm



Looks like the weather got the best of us today. Come downtown again on June First Saturday, and our chalk artists will give it another shot!

As a special celebration of spring, you can (usually) find unique works of art all over the sidewalks of Downtown Frederick during May First Saturday. Chalk artists create their masterpieces throughout the day, and they remain on display all day (weather permitting).




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

Kristen Rebecca @ County Permits Building, 30 N Market St
Scott Bussen @ Vintage MC, 119 E Patrick St




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!

View First Saturday Hotel Rates




Businesses are free to set their own policies with regard to face coverings. Please be considerate of staff who may not yet be vaccinated, and wear your mask if requested. Safe shopping, everyone!

Spread joy. Shop safely. Wear a mask.



May 7, 2022 10:00 AM


May 7, 2022 9:00 PM

Fees & Tickets


This event has no entrance fee

Event Venue


Downtown Frederick