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 (COVID-19)

With Governor Hogan’s executive order prohibiting gatherings of 10+ people, Downtown Frederick Partnership has decided to cancel this year’s First Saturday events, until all stay-at-home orders have been lifted and it is once again deemed safe to allow public gatherings. These decisions are not taken lightly as we understand the impact on our downtown community. In place of these events, we will be hosting First Saturday Online, a virtual version of our favorite community event.

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 shopping, dining, 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 next trip to Downtown Frederick!

Access travel and parking information for Downtown Frederick here and download a map of downtown businesses.

Planning to stay a 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