Welcome to Downtown Frederick’s favorite event — First Saturday! The first Saturday of each month downtown comes alive with on-the-street entertainment, late-night shopping and dining and something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’ve lived here for years, or you’re a first time visitor, First Saturday is a great time to discover something new about Downtown Frederick.

Each season, First Saturday features a unique theme that celebrates a different aspect of Downtown Frederick’s eclectic vibe.

  • Spring (March, April & May) highlights the unique architecture and spaces throughout downtown.
  • Summer (June, July & August) is all about the performing and visual arts.
  • Fall (September, October & November) features all things local — like food, craft beverages, design and handmade goods.
  • Winter (December, January & February) is a celebration of light and cheer, with our largest First Saturday of the year (Fire in Ice) taking place each February.

IMPORTANT EVENT UPDATES (added March 18, 2020)

With Governor Hogan’s executive order prohibiting gatherings of 50+ people (changed to 10+ people on March 19) and the recent announcement from CDC recommending the cancellation of these events over the next 8 weeks, Downtown Frederick Partnership has decided to cancel this year’s April  and May First Saturday events, which were scheduled for Saturday, April 4 and Saturday, May 2. These decisions are not taken lightly as we understand the impact on our downtown community.

Currently, many Downtown Frederick businesses remain open on a daily basis, and are taking extra steps to ensure their spaces are clean and safe for customers. We encourage you to continue to support our small businesses during this difficult time. If you need any information about food delivery and takeout, remote shopping options, or how to buy gift cards (spend money now to support local businesses, treat yourself to a prepaid activity later in the year!) — we are constantly updating our website with this information at downtownfrederick.org/covid-19. Thank you for your support!


Start planning your trip today. Access travel and parking information for Downtown Frederick here and download a map of downtown businesses. While you’re here, take advantage of the free First Saturday Trolley, which circulates downtown between 3-9PM each First Saturday. Download a trolley route map here.

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!

View First Saturday Hotel Rates