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. Thank you to our partners at Frederick County Public Libraries, the C. Burr Artz Trust and Hood College for presenting October First Saturday, and to Navy Federal Credit Union, the Common Market Co-Op and Flying Dog Brewery for supporting!



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  • Join us in the Carroll Creek Amphitheater from 4-7PM for a family-friendly beer garden with Flying Dog Brewery, featuring a Dog Halloween Costume Contest at 6PM.
  • All ages are welcome (must be 21+ with valid ID to drink) and entry is free. $5 beer inside.
  • The Dog Costume Contest will award prizes for a Big Dog Winner, Small Dog Winner, Owner’s Look Alike and Spookiest Pup. Prizes are a $20 Downtown Frederick Gift Card for each winning doggo and a Flying Dog swag bag for the overall winner.




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

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!

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Enjoy all-day live music at throughout downtown at the following locations:

  • 5-8pm | Mike Schirf @ Posh Boutique, 35 N Market St
  • 6-9pm | Eric Dubbin @ The Potters’ Guild of Frederick, 14 S Market St
  • 6-9pm | Eric French @ Velvet Lounge, 203 N Market St
  • 6-9pm | Domenic Cicala @ Hometown Harvest Kitchen, 50 Citizen’s Way
  • 6-9pm | Hard Swimmin’ Fish @ Ec’clectibles, 13 E Patrick St
  • 6-9pm | The Elmer Lord Band @ Wander Hemp Company, 27 S Market St




  • Stop by 30 N Market St from 6-9PM for some special family-friendly programming provided by Frederick County Public Libraries! 6:30-8:30PM > Magic from Joel DeWyer and 6-9PM > Spooky Sensory Boxes and Fortune Readings
  • Also at 30 N Market join us for fun activities with this month’s sponsors Common Market Co-Op (11am-6pm) and Navy Federal Credit Union (1pm-6pm).
  • 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.
  • Flying Dog Brewery is hosting a special First Saturday Beer Garden in the Carroll Creek Amphitheater from 4-7PM, featuring an extra spooky Dog Costume Contest at 6PM! Admission is free and the event is family friendly (must be 21+ with valid ID to drink).
  • Free S’mores with Frederick County Public Libraries from 6-9PM at 110 E Patrick St (in front of the FCPL Administrative Office).
  • 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 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-5pmColonial Jewelers  •  1 S Market St
We are celebrating our 73rd year in business this October. Every year we celebrate by offering a store-wide sale, so now is the time to take advantage and #getitdowntown!


10am-9pmEc’clectibles  •  13 E Patrick Street
Join us as we reveal our newest addition – an iconic American Made product founded as a way to revitalize a city.


10am-9pmPosh Boutique LLC  •  35 N Market St
Sip and Shop as you kiss our summer collection goodbye!


10am-10pmI Made This! Pottery Studio  •  10-b N East St
Lots of Pottery Shapes to Paint, including Halloween!! Enjoy our Fun, Friendly, and Relaxing Studio. Food and Drinks are Welcome. No Reservations needed. Open LATE, till 10pm.


11am-3pmPopUp Frederick  •  59 S Carroll St
Get it downtown at Sky Stage, handmade and local! This pop up features 10+ artists, makers & bakers – with a mix of paintings, flowers, pottery, jewelry, home goods, glassware, baked goods and more! Co-sponsored by PopUp Frederick & Frederick Arts Council.


11am-6pmHippy Chick Hummus  •  59 S Carroll St
Sampling our seasonal spicy pumpkin hummus as well as our extra dark chocolate hummus, plus lots of locally grown fall lunch specials available and the patio is open all day!


11am-6:30pmVISIONS extraordinary eyewear, etc  •  16 N Market St
Celebrate OctoberFest all day with special prices on all German frames!


11am-8pmLebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium  •  214 N Market St
Here for a very short time, enjoy a flash-back to our Oregano White Balsamic Vinegar! The last of summer’s oregano bumper crop in a bottle – you will L.O.V.E. it!


11am-9pmPotters’ Guild of Frederick  •  14 S Market St
Check out our Happy Harvest exhibit celebrating all things fall from ceramic pumpkins and gourds to serving dishes for the upcoming holidays.


11am-9pmEastside Artists’ Gallery  •  313 E Patrick St
“From the Western Front: Nationalism and War,” paintings by Johan Lowie & Doug Moulden. A series on WWI – specifically, the war as it took place in Belgium. Joined by The Poets of Slant Light.


11am-10pmNorth Market Pop Shop  •  241 N Market St
We will be sampling our seasonal favorites pumpkin ice cream and cider!


12pm-4pmEveredy Square and Shab Row  •  East & Church Streets
Health & Wellness Fair featuring over 15 health and wellness professionals onsite. Learn more about your health options.


12pm-4pmRelish Decor  •  38 E Patrick St
Create a DIY trick-or-treat tote! Paint a spooky tote for all your Halloween treats for just $7. We’ll even have glow-in-the-dark paint! All ages welcome.


12pm-6pmSurelocked 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 from 12 noon – 6 PM. Happy hunting!


12pm-9pmHometown Harvest Kitchen  •  50 Citizen’s Way
It’s a Pumpkin Takeover! Pumpkin Boozy Shakes, Pumpkin Sundae, Pumpkin Ice Cream, Pumpkin Food Dishes & More!


12pm-9pmDISTRICT Arts  •  15 N Market St
DISTRICT Arts, in conjunction with The Bodice Project, is hosting a breast cancer awareness sculptural exhibit during Breast Cancer Awareness.


1pm-5pmEmbark Skate Shop  •  238-B N Market St
We’re partnering with local skateboarder/artist Joeskull for an afternoon of Live Spray Paint Art Demonstrations, including “Space Art” and grip tape demonstrations.


2pm-6pmCreme de la Creme  •  207 N Market St
Meet Jordan from Jaybirds Jewelry and Gems, who creates beautiful locally made jewelry and gem stones. Wine and refreshments will be served.


3pm-4:30pmNational Museum of Civil War Medicine  •  48 E Patrick St
Join our historians for the last First Saturday walking tour of 2019. “Death & Destruction” focuses on the worst aspects of the city’s experience during the Civil War. Visitors will walk the same streets as Union and Confederate soldiers and hear the words of those who witnessed the chaos as the Civil War came crashing into the city. The program begins in the museum lobby and is “pay-what-you-please.” Register ahead of time to hold your spot, as space is limited.


3pm-5pmDancing Bear Toys & Gifts  •  15 E Patrick St
Come create with the Bear! We’ll Make a fun fall craft for kids of all ages. Supplies are limited to the first 50 participants.


4pm-9pmUnited Steam Fire Engine Co #3  •  79 S Market St
October is Fire Prevention month and the theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” Visit the fire house to learn the small but important actions you can take to keep yourself and those around you safe.


5pm-7pmFirestone’s Market  •  113 N Market St
Help us welcome Kim MacDonald, the owner and pastry chef behind Bakehouse Cakes & Pastries, and maker of all the delicious cookies, brownies, muffins and more that we sell here at the Market. Kim will be passing out samples of some of our favorite seasonal goodies from Bakehouse!


5pm-9pmThe Muse  •  19 N Market St
Our 8th annual Lend a Hand community art auction comes to a close. Meet the artists, learn about our chosen charity, The Buddy Project, and place your final bids! Here is your chance to bid on amazing original art while helping out your community. 100% of all sales from the canvases and finished art pieces will be donated to The Buddy Project!


5pm-9pmNOMA Gallary  •  437 N Market St
Opening reception for “Liminal Spaces & Mind’s Eye,” feat. new mixed media works by Andrea McCluskey and iPhone photos by W.T. Remington. Work on view through October.


5pm-9pmGallery 322  •  322 N Market St
Homer Yost welcomes visitors to the opening of his solo show, “New Sculptures and Drawings.”


7:30pmGhost 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.



October 5, 2019 3:00 PM


October 5, 2019 9:00 PM

Fees & Tickets


This event has no entrance fee

Event Venue


Downtown Frederick, MD