First Saturday in downtown frederick

Welcome to Downtown Frederick’s favorite event — First Saturday!

First Saturday is a day to show your love for local! Support local businesses by shopping with an independent retailer, eating at a local restaurant, supporting local artists and exploring Downtown Frederick. Where you spend your money matters. 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 our beautiful downtown.

Many downtown businesses celebrate First Saturday with their own unique events. From in-store tastings and gallery openings, to artist and vendor exhibitions… there’s always something new to explore! Click into each month’s event listing to see what’s happening.



Important Event Updates (COVID-19)

Don’t forget your mask when visiting Downtown Frederick! Face coverings are required in all public buildings, as well as outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible. Spread joy. Shop safely. Wear a mask.

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 supporting our small businesses during this difficult time. If you need any information about shopping, dining, or how to support local businesses remotely — we are constantly updating our website with this information at 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 here.

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


Thank you to our FY21 First Saturday sponsors for making these events possible!



First Saturday Media Sponsors



First Saturday Hospitality Partner


Each year, the Partnership tackles strategic initiatives to bring more residents and employees to Downtown Frederick, offers an exciting season of events and works closely with downtown businesses and partners to continue to strengthen and improve Downtown Frederick.