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! Anyone over the age of five is required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces across the state, as well as outdoor public areas whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.
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 28 through the end of the year (8AM Saturdays through 6AM Mondays).
Additionally, downtown parking is free all day on Thanksgiving Day (November 26), Frosty Friday (November 27), Christmas Day (December 25) and New Years Day (January 1).
Find additional parking information for Downtown Frederick at parkfrederick.org
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 about 25 boats in 2020. 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 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. We vote for our favorites – $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 the first weekend in February, when Downtown Frederick celebrates February First Saturday: Fire in Ice.
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Located at 331 N Market St. A weekly outdoor bazaar featuring a variety of vendors and products, each Saturday through February 27. More information: instagram.com/downtownsaturdaybazaar
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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.
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.
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 Can you feel it?! The weather is getting chillier, the leaves are starting to fall, and pumpkin spice has officially made its seasonal debut. After a summer spent inside, we have some great ideas for safely spending this fall season out and about with your family. 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 […]
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 […]