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 September First Saturday, we’re celebrating the locally-made products that make Frederick’s retail community so rich.
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 Common Market Co-Op for presenting September First Saturday, and Navy Federal Credit Union for supporting!
Download First Saturday Brochure Here
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…
Stop by 30 N Market St from 11am-6pm to tell us why you LOVE Frederick with Common Market’s community spirit board, plus a fun Love Your Local Financial Advisors game with Navy Federal Credit Union.
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!
From 11am-5pm, get crafty with Collective Church at 124 N Market St. Take part in a Downtown Frederick-themed craft that all ages can enjoy. Plus you’ll get to take your design with you!
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.
Pyrophoric will be pulling out all the stops for a thrilling fire dance performance at the Carroll Creek Trellis from 8-9pm.
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.
LIVE MUSIC + ENTERTAINMENT
Enjoy live musicians performing at the following locations.
- 5-8pm | Mark England @ DISTRICT Arts, 15 N Market St
- 5-8pm | Mike Schirf @ NOMA Gallery, 437 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 @ Posh Boutique, 35 N Market St
- 6-9pm | Hard Swimmin’ Fish @ Ec’clectibles, 13 E Patrick St
- 6-9pm | The Elmer Lord Band @ Wander Hemp Company, 27 S Market St
Each month, find artists creating live works inspired by Downtown Frederick. Pieces will be on display & available for sale during our First Saturday Art Show in December!
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!
217 N Market St
3 Year Anniversary! — It’s our birthday, but you get the presents! Help us celebrate our three year anniversary.
|10am-9pm||Crème de la Crème |
207 N Market St
Julie Vos Trunk Show — Julie Vos, designer of beautiful 24K gold jewelry, will be displaying her items all day.
|10am-9pm||Posh Boutique LLC|
35 N Market St
Come get the last items of summer!
|10am-10pm||I Made This! Pottery Studio|
10-b N East St
Enjoy our fun, friendly and relaxing pottery studio. Choose your shape and paint away!! Great for all ages. Big selection of shapes to paint, including holiday pottery. Open late!
|11am-5pm||National Museum of Civil War Medicine|
48 E Patrick St
Independent Grey’s Reenacting Group — Members will be at the museum throughout the day, dressed in Civil War attire and explaining the pivotal impact of the April 19th Baltimore Riot. Included with museum admission.
|11am-8pm||Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium|
214 N Market St
Fusti Tap: Cracked Black Pepper Olive Oil — Come take a crack at this brand new olive oil! We’ve never before had Cracked Black Pepper Olive Oil, and this is truly worth the wait! Come try it today, while it’s here for a limited time.
|11am-9pm||Eastside Artists’ Gallery|
313 E Patrick St
Once again with Gusto — All 13 members share artwork of various mediums. Light refreshments at 5pm.
|11am-10pm||North Market Pop Shop|
241 N Market St
Taste of Fall at the Pop Shop — Ice Cream oh my! Come see what is Poppin’ at the Pop Shop!
|12pm-5pm||Everedy Square & Shab Row|
125 N East St
Renn Fest in the City — Henna Tattoos, Tarot Cards, 1pm Belly Dancing, 2:30pm Sword Fight Demo, Live Music and more!
|12pm-6pm||Surelocked In Escape Games|
5 N Market St
Free Scavenger Hunt — Scour the streets for clues and compete for prizes in our free, monthly Scavenger Hunt! Clue Sheets can be picked up from 12pm – 6pm at 5 N Market St and winners receive free tickets to One Vast Adventure: Frederick at War. Happy hunting!
|1pm-3pm||Lee Andersen Factory Store|
1 N Market St
Falling for Lee Andersen’s Wearable Art — The team at Lee Andersen’s Factory Store will be launching the new Fall line of Lee’s wearable art clothing. Come join us for this big event!
|2pm-5pm||The Delaplaine Arts Center|
40 S Carroll St
Artist Talk, Reception and Creative Outlet — Artist Talk with Lisa DeLoria Weinblatt @ 2pm; Reception for artists: Laughlin, Weinblatt, Molina, Sperry and Kleinhans from 3-5pm; Creative Outlet with Romare Bearden from 3-5pm.
|3pm-4:30pm||National Museum of Civil War Medicine|
48 E Patrick St
Frederick Occupied: Walking Tour of Civil War Sites — Historian John Lustrea takes visitors on a guided walking tour of Downtown Frederick, visiting sites related to the September 1862 crossing of the Potomac River, when the Army of Northern Virginia invaded Maryland. This is a “pay-what-you-please” program.
|3pm-5pm||Dancing Bear Toys & Gifts|
15 E Patrick St
Fun with Wikki Stix! — Make your very own Wikki Stix creation! This activity will be fun for all ages, supplies are limited to the first 50 participants.
122 E Patrick St
Frederick Artists Night — Abstract art exhibit by local artist Jonas Raider & music by singer-songwriter Todd Walker.
|4pm-8pm||Potters’ Guild of Frederick|
14 S Market St
In the Kitchen — Everything tastes better in a handmade dish! Our exhibit features works celebrating pottery for food created by our 23 gallery members. Eric Dubbins will entertain from 4-8pm.
322 N Market St
10th Anniversary Celebration — Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Gallery 322 with our artists, plus the opening reception of a very special exhibit: The Best of Gallery 322.
19 N Market St
Michelle Quader Jewelry and Art Pop Up Show — Meet our featured artist, Michelle Quader of New Market! We will have her expanded line of jewelry which includes her fine silver jewelry as well as her copper line of jewelry.
437 N Market St
Chimaera — Join us for an opening reception for Lisa Tayerle’s solo show of mixed media prints and found object sculptures. Her work, featuring hybrid monsters, deities and magical beings, runs through September.
|6pm-9pm||Wander Hemp Company|
27 S Market St
Live Music at Wander! — Come out for a night of local music! Dance, sing and pick up your locally-made CBD products.
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.