October First Saturday (Spirits of the Season)

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 October First Saturday, celebrate local food and beverage. 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.

October First Saturday is presented by Downtown Frederick Partnership with support from Hood College, Frederick County Public Libraries and The C. Burr Artz Trust. Stop by the C. Burr Artz Public Library all day for family-friendly drop-in Halloween activities and find FCPL at 33 E Patrick St for pumpkin painting from 5-9pm.


Download First Saturday Brochure Here




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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Each First Saturday, musicians and entertainment can be found all over downtown!

  • The Thing, Frederick’s local music festival presented by the Frederick News-Post, will be at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater from 4-9:30pm with live music and a Flying Dog Beer Garden. Get an all-access wristband that’s good for the entire festival (buy here), or the Finale Show is $10 at the gate.
  • Enjoy family-friendly entertainment presented by Frederick County Public Libraries at 30 N Market St:

> Experience the wonder of Illusions with D’s Magic from 5:30-6:15pm

> Flabbergast the Wizard will be performing from 6:30-7:30pm

> Hear a tale from your very own Fortune Telling with Madame Vision from 7:45-8:45pm

  • Downtown Scavenger Hunt all day | pick up your clue sheet from Surelocked In Escape Games @ 5 N Market St
  • 5-8pm | music by Acoustic ChicksVelvet Lounge
  • 5-8pm | music by Michelle LockeySerendipity Market & More
  • 5-9pm | paint a pumpkin with FCPL @ 33 E Patrick St
  • 5-9pm | FCPL and McClintock Distilling present whiskey tastings and classic horror movie showings Artifacts Glass Gallery
  • 5-9pm | music by Eric DubbinThe Potters’ Guild of Frederick
  • 7-9pm | music by From the Dirt @ The Pasta Palette



Each month, find artists creating live works inspired by Downtown Frederick. Artwork will be on display & available for sale during our First Saturday Art Show in August 2019!

This First Saturday, join plein air artists Tony Mel & Donna Quesada painting live at the 5th & Market Street trolley stop, near the NOMA, 505 and Bravura Arts galleries. Experience Downtown Frederick Partnership’s year-long live art demonstrations and don’t miss the final exhibition, “A Year of First Saturdays” next summer.



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 map here.

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



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!


9a-7p      Pedego Frederick | 125 S Carroll St

Free 5 minute test rides on Pedego electric bikes! $5 off electric bike rentals.


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

FREE Home Buyer Workshop & Breakfast! Stop by our office to get Expert Advice on the home buying process, grant programs, and how to get mortgage pre-approval. We can save you time and money while making the home buying process smooth and efficient!


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

Fusti Tap: Boo! Just in time for Fall cooking, our Crisp Apple White Balsamic is back! Only here for a limited time, come taste it today when we tap the keg!


11a-10p Time Bomb Tattoos & Curiosities | 26 S Market St

Stop by and explore the opening of our Bloody Spook-tacular Art Show!


11a-10p North Market Pop Shop | 241 N Market St

Fall is here! Come sample the tastes of the season, mulled apple cider and local Creamery pumpkin ice cream!


12p-4p Everedy Square and Shab Row | East & Church St

Local health and wellness professionals will be onsite offering information about living a healthy lifestyle. 30 min classes: 1pm Tai Chi, 1pm Nutrition, 2pm Qi Gong, 3pm Why Self Care is Important


12p-8p Surelocked In Escape Games | 5 N Market St

Come one, come all to our free, monthly Scavenger Hunt! Test your wits and compete for prizes while exploring Downtown Frederick! Clue sheets can be picked up anytime between 12p-8p.


12p-6p Alchemy 119 | 119 E Patrick St

Tarot Card Readings


1p-7p Vintage MC | 103 S Carroll St

Macrame Demo. Cozy up your home this fall with some fabulous macrame. Y Knot Designs will be working her macrame magic and showing off some cool new designs for the holidays.


2p-5p VINI Culture Wine Bar & Cafe | 20 N Market St

Join us for a First Saturday wine tasting!


2p-5p The Delaplaine Arts Center | 40 S Carroll St

2PM Artist Talk with Rebecca Jacoby. 3PM Creative Outlet with kids designing a mosaic tile and our artists’ reception until 5PM!


3-4:30p National Museum of Civil War Medicine | 48 E Patrick St

Join the National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s historians for a Downtown Frederick walking tour on Saturday, October 6 at 3 PM. The program will focus on the worst aspects of the city’s experience during the course of the American Civil War.


3p-6p Crisafulli’s Cheese Shop | 8 E 2nd St

Come and sample our Frankfully Frightening Gouda! Perfect for Fall & Halloween. Organic cows milk, organic garlic, basil & spirulina.


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

Stop by for a yummy fall treat starting at 3PM! While supplies last.


4p-9p Potters’ Guild of Frederick | 14 S Market St

While celebrating Fall Harvest and Halloween, enjoy the work of Lucinda Leaman, our October featured artist. Listen to music by Eric Dubbins. Treats are available all day! Choose a complimentary magnet with purchases.


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

Join us for the closing of our annual Lend a Hand auction! Meet the artists, put in closing bids & get art for a great cause! All money goes to The League for People with Disabilities to send children affected by autism to Camp Greentop in Thurmont.


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

Expect the unexpected with Andrea McCluskey & Lisa Tayerle as the featured artists at NOMA gallery for the month of October. Please join us for an opening reception and see what amazing things these two print makers have been up to.


5p-9p Gallery 322 | 322 N Market St

Opening reception of the one person exhibition of recent work of Linda Kirvan, Broad Horizons, which explores horizons both personal and physical. The exhibit runs through October and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 – 5:00 PM.


5p-9p 505 North Gallery & Studio | 505 N Market St

Opening reception “Entanglement” with Brian Truesdale and Luc Fiedler, abstract paintings and sculpture. Commentary on the chaotic order of this world in constant transition, and shifting perspectives on matter, time, and experience.


6p-9p Vinyl Acres | 25 E Patrick St

Raise a Boh-tini to Martha and Bob’s 32nd Anniversary in Vinyl Acres Chapel of Love! All spirits welcome!


7p-9p Embark Skate Shop | 238-B N Market St

Joe Wallace Art Show.


7:30p Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick | 124 N Market St

Journey through Frederick’s gruesome and bloody past… nearly 300 years of war, executions and revenge. True documented stores of the “Paranormal” with Maryland’s oldest operating ghost tour!


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.


October 6, 2018 5:00 PM


October 6, 2018 9:00 PM

Fees & Tickets


This event has no entrance fee

Event Venue


Downtown Frederick, MD