Frederick's sidewalk chalk artist showcase

Frederick's sidewalk chalk artist showcase

One of the many very talented artists who participated in the Mayfest sidewalk chalk contest

FIRE in Ice Performer

FIRE in Ice Performer

A fire dancer from Pyrophoric performs during February First Saturday

Summer blooms

Summer blooms

Bring your friends and family! Downtown Frederick is the best place to spend your summer days and nights.

Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

There's something delicious for everyone to enjoy



May First Saturday | Mayfest


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.


Thank you to our partners at Frederick County Bank for sponsoring May First Saturday!


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MAY FIRST SATURDAY, "Mayfest" is Downtown Frederick's day-long celebration of all things spring! Enjoy all-day music and live entertainment, sidewalk chalk artists and pick flowers from participating merchants to build your own bouquet!


Downtown Frederick will be alive with color this Mayfest! Balloons, paper umbrellas and public art will line the streets, making for a photographer's dream and a visitor's delight. 




10am - 4pm     Heritage Frederick | 24 E Church St

Families can pick up a self-guided walking tour packet at Heritage Frederick. They will decode the clues as they follow in the foot steps of Civil War Spy, John Babcock to solve his secret message!


10am - 9pm     Curious Iguana| 12 N Market St

We’re celebrating Mayfest with floral bookmarks! Stop by to pick up one to color at home! While supplies last.


10am - 9pm     Everedy Square and Shab Row | East St and Church St

Derby hat decorating, live music and kite flying at the corner of Church St & 2nd St!


10am - 9pm     The Muse | 19 N Market St

Clay by Laura is here with a special flower “Blob” vase for the wall or table! Watch her demo and get yours just in time for Mother’s Day. 


10am - 9pm     Shab Row Tea Emporium | 112 N East St

We will be sampling and serving tea in our cozy upstairs tea parlor!


10am - 10pm I Made This Pottery Studio | 10 N East Street, Everedy Square

A fun, friendly, and relaxing studio where anyone can enjoy painting pottery. Lots of shapes to choose from, including season spring pottery.


10:30am - 9pm     Molly’s Meanderings | 17 N Market St

Just in time for Mother’s Day, our Brighton earrings, bracelets and necklaces make the perfect gift.


11am - 9pm     Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium | 214 N Market St

Celebrate Spring with our refreshing and delicious Tangerine Balsamic Vinegar! We will tap the fusti today, and it is only here for a limited time! 


11am - 10pm     North Market Pop Shop | 241 N Market St

As a small local creamery, Trickling Springs Creamery has exciting and delicious flavors for each season and month. Come and check out the newest additions!


12pm - 6pm     Tenth Ward Distilling Company | 508 E Church St

Experience the Jude Swafford Designs pop-up shop highlighting ceramic whiskey tumblers and shot glasses. Tours and tastings throughout the day.


12pm - 8:30pm     Tiara Day Boutique | 153 N Market St                        

Trunk show featuring our jewelry designer, Ellie Mathias!


1pm – 4pm     Evangelical Lutheran Church | 31 E Church St

Free tours of the historic sanctuary and church property! Learn about the gardens and varied programs of the church. Tours take about 30 minutes. Entrances are handicap accessible.


1pm - 5pm     Quality Shoe Service | 319 N Market St

Wine & cheese with music and mingling! There will also be a drawing for a “shoe shine” basket and repair coupons.


2pm - 4pm     VINI CULTURE Wine Bar & Cafe | 20 N Market St

Linganore Wine Cellars, a popular local Frederick County Winery, will be pouring several of their favorite wines for you to enjoy. $5 per person; 21+


2pm - 4pm     Crisafulli’s Cheese Shop | 8 E 2nd St

Whispering Breeze Farm, a Maryland cheesemaker, will be in the house sampling their incredibly delicious cheese. Stop by for a taste and to meet their cheesemaker!


3pm - 6pm     Dancing Bear Toys | 217 N Market St

Join us as we make a colorful spring bracelet! Open to ages 3 and up.


3pm - 7pm     Bravura Arts & Framing | 428 N Market St

Hosting the Bee Connection to talk about the importance of bees in our environment.


3pm – 9pm     Cowork Frederick | 122 E Patrick St

Macro Photography by Eric Stavale showing super close-ups of the smallest creatures nature has to offer.


4pm - 8pm     Potters’ Guild of Frederick | 14 S Market St

Handcrafted teapots of all styles and finishes are featured, along with a demonstration on how wheel thrown teapots are made.


5pm - 8pm     Transform Center for Wellness | 332 N Market St

Enjoy a live acoustic set by Transform’s own Erica DiMecurio, LMT while you freshen your wardrobe with spring styles from LuLaRoe!


5pm - 8pm     Tomandy Gallery | 25 E Patrick St

Unique artwork by local artists Kirke Martin, combining mixed media with a contemporary style.


5pm - 9pm     NOMA Gallery | 437 N Market St

What Springs to Mind? We’ll be displaying art inspired by spring with an artist’s reception.


5pm - 9pm     Weinberg Center for the Arts | 20 W Patrick St

Free backstage tours! Discover Art Deco architectural details, immerse yourself in local theatrical lore, and explore the backstage areas. Tours leave on the half-hour.


5pm – 9pm     Gallery 322 | 322 N Market St

The opening artists’ reception for our Spring Group Show, “Feeling Green.” All are welcome!


6pm - 9pm     Ec’clectibles | 13 E Patrick St

Weather permitting, we will have Hard Swimmin’ Fish performing live at our shop!  


8:15pm- 12am     Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick | 124 N Market St

A nighttime excursion through Frederick’s dark streets and alleyways in Maryland’s most haunted city!


10pm - 1:30am     Olde Towne Tavern | 325 N Market St

Nobody’s Parents, a high energy rock cover band, will be playing at our tavern!



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 is available each month.



The First Saturday trolley runs every 15 minutes from 3pm - 9pm and has five stops. It is completely free! Just hop on and ride. Download a trolley map here.

Pistarro’s | 221 N East St

Little Pottery Shop | 117 N East St

Spin the Bottle Wine Company | 220 E Patrick St

Brewer’s Alley | 121 N Market St

Bravura Arts and Framing | 428 N Market St


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