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 November First Saturday, celebrate the start of the Holiday Season in Downtown Frederick.
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 Wegmans for presenting November First Saturday, and Navy Federal Credit Union for supporting!
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PARKING & TRAVEL
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!View First Saturday Hotel Rates
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS…
- You could win $100 just by shopping in Downtown Frederick! Between 5-9PM, stop by the Partnership table at 100 N Market St (right beside the First Saturday Kiosk) to pick up your copy of Get It Downtown magazine. Show receipts from any 2 businesses included in the magazine and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $100 Downtown Frederick Gift Card. Receipts shown must be for purchases made on Saturday, November 2, 2019.
- 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 between noon-6pm. Just turn it back in by 9PM for your chance at the big prize!
- Feel inspired by artist exhibits, meet & greets and hands-on activities at many downtown businesses. More info on back.
- WFRE is doing a live broadcast from 2-4pm at Brewer’s Alley, 124 N Market St.
- 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.
Stay cozy and warm with free s’mores roasting stations around downtown! All stations are open from 5-9pm and available while supplies last.
- Citizens Fire Company, alleyway next to 15 E Patrick St
- Artifacts Glass Gallery, 43-b S Market St
- United Steam Fire Engine Co #3, 79 S Market St
LIVE MUSIC + ENTERTAINMENT
Enjoy live musicians performing at the following locations.
- 5-8pm | Ed Barney @ A Lit’le Irish Too, 143 N Market St
- 5-8pm | Dave Koronet @ NOMA Gallery, 437 N Market St
- 6-9pm | Eric Dubbin @ Potters’ Guild of Frederick, 14 S Market St
- 6-9pm | Mark England @ Gallery 322, 322 N Market St
- 6-9pm | Domenic Cicala @ Posh Boutique, 35 N Market St
Each month, find artists painting live scenes inspired by Downtown Frederick. Paintings will be on display & available for sale during our First Saturday Art Show in December!
Also this month, stop by 30 N Market St from 3-9pm to see local poet and self-published author Distinee Gayle at work. She’ll be set up with a vintage typewriter to create custom poems for anyone that walks by.
FREE CARRIAGE RIDES
During November First Saturday, enjoy a free carriage ride through Downtown Frederick! The wagons will be led by a team of Belgium Draft Mules and/or a team of Percheron horses and hold 12 people. There will be two carriages in operation, with rides leaving approximately every 15 minutes from 4-8pm in Everedy Square & Shab Row (306 E Church St). Rides are available on a first-come basis.
- Pick-up Location: Everedy Square & Shab Row, in front of Footlights Dance & Theater Boutique (306 E Church St)
- Carriages leave every 15 minutes on a first-come basis from 4-8pm
LOCAL SHOPPING & EVENTS
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-9pm||Ec’clectibles • 13 E Patrick St|
|Our store has been transformed to a Holiday Wonderland filled with all new decorating and gifting ideas! The Gnomes are back! Our ornament selection is the largest in the area. Kick off your Holiday shopping and decorating with us!|
|10am-9pm||Posh Boutique • 35 N Market St|
|Sign & Shop your way through our final sale items of the season.|
|10am-10pm||i made this! pottery studio • 10-b N East St|
|Holiday Pottery Painting at the studio! We have a great selection of pottery to paint, lots of ornaments, mugs and more to choose from. Food and drinks welcome. Fun for all ages! Open LATE til 10pm and no reservations needed.|
|11am-8pm||Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium • 214 N Market St|
|Come and taste the original fall flavor during our First Saturday Fusti Tap—Crisp Apple White Balsamic. Only here for a limited time, this vinegar is incredible for any Thanksgiving dish or Holiday Cocktail!|
|11am-10pm||Black Hog BBQ • 118 S Market St|
|Go hog wild with our all day Happy Hour at Black Hog!|
|12pm-6pm||Surelocked In Escape Games • 5 N Market St|
|Come one, come all to this family-friendly game! Test your wits and compete for prizes in our monthly Scavenger Hunt. Happy hunting!|
|1pm-6pm||Rockwell Brewery • 880 N East St|
|Oktoberfest at Rockwell Brewery! Featuring music, arts & crafts, beer and food.|
|1pm-7pm||Artifacts Glass Gallery • 43-b S Market St|
|Local Artist/Glass Blower from Frederick, Kyle Troop, will be making custom Christmas ornaments on our side patio (located at the intersection of Citizen’s Way and S Market St).|
|1pm-9pm||Give Rise Studio • 106 N Market St|
|Calligracraft at 1pm, followed by open craft time! We’ll be hosting Heather Kopf at 1pm to lead us through decorating handcrafted Fall shapes with calligraphy and lettering. Followed by an open craft time to include wood slick ornaments that can be painted. Sign up for Calligracraft at giverisestudio.com. Drop-ins welcome during open craft time!|
|2pm-5pm||District East • 880 N East St|
|Beer Tasting with Adroit Theory, a nano-brewery located in Purcellville, VA. They make esoteric beers with an emphasis on barrel aging.|
|2pm-7pm||A Lit’le Irish Too • 143 N Market St|
|Alan Clancy will be here to present and answer questions about their Made in Ireland Shanore jewelry line. Sip & Shop. Irish dancer on site to perform.|
|2:30-3:30pm||Nat’l Museum of Civil War Med. • 48 E Patrick St|
|Join us for Gettysburg: The Aftermath, which looks at the factors that helped create this crisis, the doctors who helped treat the wounded and the creation of Camp Letterman.|
|3pm-5pm||Dancing Bear Toys • 15 E Patrick St|
|Join us for a fun paint-your-own pumpkin craft at the Bear! Kids of all ages welcome, supplies limited to the first 50 participants.|
|3pm-7pm||Luna Yoga • 34 S Market St|
|Maker’s Market! Join us for an evening of community and creativity. Come visit our updated yoga studio under new ownership while enjoying some early holiday shopping with local makers. Featuring work by Hide and Silver, Becky Jane Sews, Sally Forth Supply Co. and The Timeless Apothecary.|
|4pm-8pm||Everedy Square and Shab Row • East and Church St|
|Free horse-drawn carriage rides leaving from Footlights every 15 minutes. Rides are offered on a first-come basis.|
|4pm-8pm||North Market Pop Shop • 241 N Market St|
|Fall into the Pop Shop! Stop by and get samples of our seasonal ice creams and hot cider.|
|4pm-9pm||Crème de la Crème • 207 N Market St|
|Drop in for a taste of wine and Sip & Shop all night!|
|4pm-9pm||Potters’ Guild of Frederick • 14 S Market St|
|Celebrate the season with a special Holiday Table display featuring handmade holiday place settings, décor and serving dishes created by our talented Guild artists. Enjoy wheel throwing demo from 4-8pm.|
|4pm-9pm||United Steam Fire Engine CO #3 • 79 S Market St|
|We will be doing station tours and showing people apparatus. Also, we will be discussing fire prevention and life safety.|
|5pm-7pm||DISTRICT Arts • 15 N Market St|
|Fusion: Opening Reception! Fusion is an independently juried exhibition where the artworks reflect the “joining” of things such as media or constructs.|
|5pm-9pm||Eastside Artists’ Gallery • 313 E Patrick St|
|Five artists are featured with a mix of styles and works: acrylic painting, watercolor, abstract, ceramics, forged steel sculptures.|
|5pm-9pm||Gallery 322 • 322 N Market St|
|Join us for the Opening Reception for “Small Works” — this great selection of collectible and giftable art is available to purchase and take home tonight!|
|5pm-9pm||The Muse • 19 N Market St|
|We have knitwear designers, Eileen Fazio with her handmade knitted accessories! In addition to her popular knitted cowls & mitts, this year she is introducing cabled headbands & cowls! Meet the artist and get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping!|
|5pm-9pm||NOMA Gallary • 437 N Market St|
|“Grey Matter Meets the Big Woo” Opening Reception for artist Lisa Sheirer and guest artist Jason Mills, who are asking some very interesting questions.|
|6pm-11pm||Smoketown Creekside • 400 Sagner Ave|
|The Spook-O-Phonic Sounds of Let There Be Rock Schools…. a Halloween party with live music from the adult bands of the Frederick School of Rock!|
|8pm-10pm||Luna Yoga • 34 S Market St|
|Luna After Hours performance by JB Dunn. $5 entry!|
|7:30pm||Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick • 124 N Market St|
|Journey through Frederick’s Gruesome & Bloody Past. True Documented Stories of the Paranormal with “Maryland’s Oldest Operating Ghost Tour!”|
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.