Find unbeatable shopping in Downtown Frederick, with many shops open 7 Days a Week through Christmas.
Downtown Frederick boasts more than 200 locally-owned businesses, all located within convenient walking distance of one another. Don’t forget your masks when visiting Downtown Frederick this season! 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.
As you stroll along our historic streets, take advantage of the abundance of heated outdoor dining options for a quick bite at one of Downtown Frederick’s 50+ restaurants or 9 independent craft breweries and distilleries. Enjoy ambient music wafting through the air most weekends, and — of course — SHOP LOCAL this holiday season!
Click the links here for additional information about shopping and dining in Downtown Frederick, and click below to learn more about online shopping, outdoor dining options and additional visitor information for Downtown Frederick.
Parking is FREE in Downtown Frederick every weekend from Thanksgiving through News Years!
Enjoy free parking in each of downtown’s five public parking garages and on-street metered spots every weekend from November 27 through the end of the year (8AM Saturdays through 6AM Mondays).
Additionally, downtown parking is free all day on Thanksgiving Day (November 25), Frosty Friday (November 26), Christmas Day (December 25) and New Years Day (January 1).
Find additional parking information for Downtown Frederick at parkfrederick.org
Downtown Frederick Holiday Gift Guide
With more than 200 locally-owned businesses, Downtown Frederick is the perfect shopping destination this holiday season. Get started on your list with our ultimate Holiday Gift Guide, curated just for you by the businesses of Downtown Frederick. Each picture is clickable and links to the business where you can find that product! Happy shopping!!!
Sailing Through the Winter Solstice by Color on the Creek Annually, Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins in November, when a number of boats, transformed through the creative minds of many Frederick friends, set sail on the Creek. The fleet has grown from one boat the first year to 22 sailing boats and 3 land-locked boats in the 2021-22 season. Learn more at coloronthecreek.com. The fleet includes gaff-rigged ketches, yawls, three-masted schooners and pirate ships, moored with their sail outlines, rigging and decks lit up every day from dusk till dawn. If you can’t imagine it make sure to come by and take a look at the amazing flotilla! It’s not just fun. Vote for your favorites at just $1 per vote. All proceeds raised will flow to Color On The Creek and other participating Frederick County based charities. The event runs from launch week in November through early March 2022.
Sailing Through the Winter Solstice
Located at 331 N Market St. A weekly outdoor bazaar featuring a variety of vendors and products, every Saturday throughout the year. More information: instagram.com/downtownsaturdaybazaar
Downtown Saturday Bazaar
Holiday lights, decorations and a million more reasons to visit Downtown Frederick this winter.
Downtown Frederick is decked out from top to bottom this holiday season! Find Sailing Through the Winter Solstice in Carroll Creek Park through February, enjoy the millions of Holiday Lights twinkling in the trees overhead as you stroll the streets of downtown, and do something the whole family will love with our Operation Sparkle holiday lights scavenger hunt.Photo Tour of Holiday Decorations Photo Tour of 2021 Sailing through the Winter Solstice
Something Fun for Every Age
Not sure where to start? We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite ideas for how to spend a day in Downtown Frederick. Find more great ideas and inspiration at downtownfrederick.org/blog.
Everything to know for February First Saturday: Fire In Ice
Your guide to everything Downtown Frederick this Fire In Ice Where to eat See a list of all the good places to eat. Whether it’s a quick bite, food trucks, or the best vegan options, Downtown Frederick has it all! Map of Activities See the full list of activities for February First Saturday below or click here for an interactive map to help you navigate the excitement. Text Updates Sign up for free text message updates by sending FIREINICE to 888777. This is an opt-in text messaging service that will provide critical traffic-related updates and public information during February First Saturday. You will be automatically unsubscribed after the event. How to get Downtown Take the shuttle! Free Parking is available at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium (21 Stadium Drive). You can take the free shuttle to the Frederick Visitors Center, open until 5pm, and avoid the downtown parking hassle. The Shuttle will run from 2pm – 10pm. The last shuttle from Frederick Visitors Center will leave at 9:45pm. Masks are required to ride the shuttle. Park in any of the Downtown garages for a $6 flat rate, starting at 12pm on First Saturday. We recommend bringing $6 cash with […]
Who is open on the Holidays?
Don’t see your favorite place on our list? This is only a start. Be sure to check with individual businesses for their most up-to-date hours. x Business NameDec 24Dec 25Dec 31Jan 1Art GalleriesDISTRICT Arts – 15 N Market St✓✓✓The Delaplaine – 40 S Carroll St✓Gallery 322 – 322 N Market St✓✓NOMA Gallery – 437 N Market St✓✓✓TAG/ The Artist Gallery – 501 N Market St✓✓✓ServicesQuality Shoe Service and Repair – 319 N Market St✓Time Bomb Tattoos & Curiosities – 26 S Market St✓✓✓Wastler’s Barber Shop – 48 N Market St✓✓Entertainment & InformationClue IQ: An Escape Room Experience – 103 S Carroll St✓✓✓Surelocked In Escape Games – 5 N Market St✓✓✓Visit Frederick – 151 S East St✓Food & BeverageBrewer’s Alley – 124 N Market St✓✓✓Bushwaller’s – 209 N Market St✓✓✓✓Coco Cabana – 129 N Market St ✓ ✓ Cucina Massi – 111 E Patrick St✓✓✓District East – 880 N East St✓✓✓Firestone’s Culinary Tavern – 105 N Market St✓✓✓Firestone’s Market – 113 N Market St✓✓Frederick Coffee Co & Cafe – 100 N East St✓✓✓Frederick Fudge & Ice Cream Co – 253 E Church St✓Gravel and Grind Cafe – 15 E 6th St✓✓Jojo’s Restaurant & Tap House✓✓✓Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium – 214 N Market St✓✓North Market Pop Shop – 241 N Market St✓✓ ✓ Olde Towne Tavern – 325 N Market St✓✓✓✓Old Mother Brewing – 526 […]
Downtown Frederick Holiday Gift Guide
Looking for that perfect gift to wow the ones you love? We’ve teamed up with the businesses of Downtown Frederick to curate the ultimate Holiday Gift Guide… just for you! Check out this year’s shoppable guide to all things local at downtownfrederick.org/giftguide.
Downtown Frederick is Open for the Holidays!
With more than 250 unique stores and restaurants, Downtown Frederick, Maryland is a shopping destination unlike any other. In an era of increasing online shopping, it’s important to remember that shopping small makes a big difference. An impressive 99% percent of our downtown retailers are independently owned — which means you can enjoy a guilt-free shopping experience, knowing that 67 cents of every dollar spent at a small business stays in the local economy. So before you turn to the internet or head to the mall, take a spin through Downtown Frederick and visit the amazing independent retailers that you won’t find anywhere else. Many of our shops even stay open 7 days a week during the holiday season! Keep reading for a list of those shopping locations, which will be open every day from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Many shops even extend their hours over the weekends, staying open late ’til 8pm on Fridays & Saturdays (these businesses are marked with an * in the list below). Find a complete list of shopping and dining in Downtown Frederick at downtownfrederick.org/get-it-downtown SHOPPINGBrick and Mortar Mercantile *29 E Patrick StThe Candy Kitchen *52 N Market StChappelle Candle Co.25 E Patrick StCharm […]
Maxwell Ave Fence in Downtown Frederick
Maxwell Ave is a highly-trafficked alleyway in the heart of Downtown Frederick. Providing a connection between the Carroll Creek Parking Garage, C. Burr Artz Public Library, Carroll Creek and Patrick Street – there are easily hundreds of people a day who traverse through this small piece of the city. To help brighten things up a bit, the Partnership and Hood College partnered together to repaint a fence… adding a bit of cheer along the way! Thank you to everyone involved! Especially to Dream House for helping us pick the color palette, The City of Frederick and National Museum of Civil War Medicine for letting us try something new with their fence, and to Hood College and members of our board for volunteering their time and labor! Step 1: Prep + Prime Before the new colorful motif could go into place, we first had to prep our canvas. This meant pulling weeds, sweeping around the base of the fence, scraping off old paint and adding a fresh coat of primer. Thank you to our hardworking board members for volunteering an evening to help get everything prepped and ready! Step 2: Bring on the Colors A group of about 15 Hood College […]
Hood Student Discount Program
As Hood students make their return to campus, Downtown Frederick businesses are ready to welcome them back with open arms and 10% off! Look for the blue and white window decals to find more than 50 downtown businesses who proudly offer a 10% discount to Hood students. Just show your valid Student ID at the time of purchase and be sure to ask the business about any restrictions that may apply. Participating businesses are listed at downtownfrederick.org/student. Restrictions may apply, and businesses reserve the right to opt out of the program at any time. See a List of Participating Businesses
With Love, From Frederick ❤️
February is LOVE LOCAL month in Downtown Frederick! From special events and one-of-a-kind experiences — to unique gifts and handmade chocolates, Downtown Frederick knows how to do Valentine’s Day right. See what’s coming up this week, and let the countdown to V-Day begin! Love Letters for Local We know that loving local happens all year long, but this month we want to shout it from the rooftops. As you’re out enjoying our beautiful downtown, stop and take a selfie with our new Heart on Market, or celebrate Love Local month with a Valentine’s Day classic — the Love Letter. Let our small businesses know how much you love them! Write a thoughtful note to a downtown business (or two). We’ll take care of delivering it for you, and will even pick one letter a week and buy the author a $250 gift card to the business they love. Drop off a hand-written love letter at one of our specially marked mailboxes, or write a virtual valentine online at downtownfrederick.org/lovelocal. Mailbox Locations:❤️30 N Market St❤️12 N East St More About Love Letters for Local Thank you to the Delaplaine Foundation for making this project possible! Everybody Loves Chocolate Find sweets for your sweetheart at one of Downtown Frederick’s chocolate shops: The Candy Kitchen, Zoë’s Chocolate Co. or The […]
Love Letters for Local
We’re declaring February LOVE LOCAL month for Downtown Frederick! We know that loving local happens all year long, but this month we want to shout it from the rooftops. As you’re out enjoying our beautiful downtown, stop and take a selfie with our new Heart on Market, or celebrate Love Local month with a Valentine’s Day classic — the Love Letter. downtownfrederick.org/lovelocal Love Letters for Local This February, let our small businesses know how much you love them. Write a thoughtful note to a Downtown Frederick business (or two) that you love and drop them in one of our special mailboxes, or online at downtownfrederick.org/lovelocal. We’ll take care of delivering it for you, and will even pick one letter a week and buy the author a $250 gift card to the business they love. Writing a Love Letter Drop off a hand-written love letter at one of our specially marked mailboxes, or write a virtual valentine online at downtownfrederick.org/lovelocal. Mailbox Locations: 30 N Market St12 N East St Make sure to include the business name & your email or phone number on the outside of your envelope. We’ll need to contact you if you’re our lucky gift card winner! Happy Love Local month Frederick, and thank you to the Delaplaine Foundation for making this project possible! See how […]
How to Spend your Downtown Frederick Gift Card
How to Spend your Downtown Frederick Gift Card You got a Downtown Frederick Gift Card over the holidays, and now you’re wondering how to use it! With more than 190 businesses that accept the card, your options are basically limitless — but here are a few of our favorite suggestions to get you going. Our biggest tip? Spend it now!! Help our downtown businesses make it through these winter months by spending your gift card in January, February or March. Winter months typically are slower for any small business, and after the year we’ve all had… you could use an excuse to “treat yourself,” and the businesses could use a little extra cash in their registers. It’s a win-win situation all around! Using your gift card now also makes it last longer! While the funds on your card never expire, you do need to use your card at least once every 12 months in order to avoid a $2.50 monthly inactivity fee. Every time you use your gift card, that 12-month countdown restarts — so as long as you use your card at least once a year you can avoid these fees entirely! Not ready to leave the house just […]
Holiday Traditions in Downtown Frederick
We’ve decided to let you in on a little secret… okay, FOUR little secrets to bring a bit of holiday cheer to you this season! Our staff is feeling merry and bright so we’re sharing our annual holiday traditions with you as you find new, and cherish old, ways to celebrate with your loved ones this year. Kara Norman (Executive Director): Her holiday tradition: “Every year I look forward to doing all of my holiday shopping in our downtown shops and restaurants as showing our love for local is definitely an important tradition in our house. My family and I plan a full day of shopping and dining as we check everyone off of our list. Shopping local ensures unique and thoughtful gifts while creating lasting memories with your loved ones as you shop.” How this tradition is 2020-approved: “My daughter is finally old enough that she gets to play elf this year and help me with all of our holiday shopping! It’s a great way to bond with her as we shop with our masks on.” Danielle Doll (Associate Director): Her holiday tradition: “I like pretending I’m a tourist in my hometown during the holidays. I like to pick a […]
10 Reasons to Shop Early this Year
10 Reasons to Shop Early this Year This year has been more than a little challenging for everyone, but through it all — we’ve been reminded time and time again of how much we love this community, of how supportive people can be to one another and of how much our small businesses matter. The holidays are one of the most magical times to visit Downtown Frederick, MD. Our walkable, historic downtown offers more than 200 independently-owned businesses, parking is FREE every weekend from Thanksgiving through News Years, and public health measures are in place to ensure your experience is safe and enjoyable. So, while shopping local is the obvious choice after such a difficult year for so many, here are a few reasons why you should get out there and take care of your holiday list early this year. Need some ideas? Check out our 2020 Downtown Frederick Gift Guide here! 1. Small retailers rely on the holiday season to survive In a regular year, retailers rely on the holiday season to generate at least 19% of their annual sales. So if you have a favorite business (or 3 or 4) that you know you couldn’t live without, make […]
Downtown Frederick’s Holiday Gift Guide
Attention Holiday Shoppers! Are you sitting down? Because we have some pretty shocking news. In the blink of an eye, the 2020 holiday season is officially upon us! Yes, we are serious… go peek at the closest calendar if you don’t believe us and let us know when you return… Now that we’re all on the same page, let’s talk about OUR personal favorite part of the holidays… holiday shopping! A lot of things have looked different this year but we’re proud of how our downtown community has remained resilient throughout the unpredictable ride that has been 2020. The support this community has shown our downtown businesses has been nothing short of amazing and we couldn’t have done it without you. Go ahead and take a pause to give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back from us to you! As we head into the holidays, your support is even more meaningful to our downtown and we hope you’ll continue to spend your days shopping and dining with our local businesses. Your dollar goes a long way in our community and we have been busy as elves behind the scenes to make your holiday experience everything you deserve. We know […]
Date Night in Downtown Frederick
There is just something about this beautiful, crisp, fall weather that makes us want to embrace the love in the air. Whether you’ve been ringing in fall for numerous seasons with the same person or you’re looking for some new arm candy as we head into this holiday season, Downtown Frederick just so happens to be the perfect place to create a spark AND keep it going. If you spent lockdown wishing for a sweetie to share it with, we have some great ideas for first dates that will break the in-person ice. Since you’ve been getting to know each other via FaceTIme, put your phone down and pick your mask up to head downtown for some safe in-person quality time. We’ve done the hard part for you and planned out everything from an early morning meet up to a night together on the town. All that’s left for you to do is explore our picturesque downtown AND the possibility of bringing your quarantine cutie home for the holidays! We’re rooting for you! On the other end of Cupid’s arrow, maybe you spent lockdown cozied-up to your longtime #1. After over six months under the same roof together, it’s possible […]
A Guide To Your Family Day in Downtown Frederick!
Your Family Itinerary Time spent with family is time well spent! From our residents to our businesses and visitors, Downtown Frederick is a destination for all kinds of families and we couldn’t be more proud. This guide provides a full list of ways to explore and enjoy Downtown Frederick as a family. As you venture downtown, please be sure to wear your mask and stay at least six feet away from those not in your direct household. For families with younger kids: Take a walk down Carroll Creek Fish, and flowers, and water, oh my! Take a relaxing walk down this beautiful and functional creek to observe the different animals and flowers that call it home. Depending on the time of year you are exploring, you will also be able to admire incredible sculptures or illuminated boats to make this mile and a half long stretch that much more magical. Grab a scoop (or two!) of ice cream Who screams for ice cream? We certainly do! As you’re exploring downtown, it’s always a good idea to drop in somewhere for a frozen treat. We’ve had our ice cream taste testers working hard to inform you on the happenin’ places to […]
About the Artists – Downtown Gallery Tour
We have spent the last couple of weeks exploring the galleries downtown and the unmatched art displayed on their walls. We hope you’ve enjoyed the expressive art on the walls of Downtown Frederick as much as we have. We’re excited to take you even further into the lives of the artists that generously share their talent with our community. This week, we are introducing the artists that dedicate their lives to creating a world for people like me and you to escape to. Each day, we will highlight artists from a different gallery on the tour so check in daily to discover the artists found on our Downtown Gallery Tour. Eastside Artists’ Gallery 313 E Patrick St To highlight the artists that can be found on this tour, we have started at Eastside Artists’ Gallery. This gallery is a co-op of local artists to Frederick. The artists here come from all different artistry backgrounds that join together for a beautiful display of talent and passion for their work. Mary Paul Barnaby Mary Paul Barnaby is a photographer and a painter. Retiring from the Air Force, she finally settled down in Frederick, Maryland after a lifetime of travel and adventure. She […]
Downtown Gallery Tour
Downtown Frederick is a vibrant art community and is the perfect place for both artists and art lovers alike. We’d like to help showcase the incredible art that resides in our downtown by taking you on a walking tour of our galleries. Downtown Frederick is honored to be one of 28 Arts & Entertainment Districts designated by the State of Maryland. Americans for the Arts defines Arts & Entertainment Districts as “well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use areas of cities in which a high concentration of arts and cultural facilities serve as the anchor attraction.” This designation ensures our downtown serves as an art-lover’s paradise. Navigate this self-guided tour on your own time, at your own pace — alone, or surrounded by loved ones. The beauty of a self-guided tour is found in the flexibility you have to create your own path and explore as much or as little as you would like. Below you will find the featured galleries on this tour and some information about each to keep in mind as you dive into the art Downtown Frederick proudly displays. Eastside Artists’ Gallery | 313 E Patrick St The first place you will find yourself as you embark on your tour […]