July 30, 2013 > Festival of the Arts celebrates 30 years
Festival of the Arts celebrates 30 years
Submitted By the Fremont Chamber of Commerce
Photos By Courtesy of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce
Do you come for the handcrafted art, free concerts or festival fare? Do you spend most of your time at the Wine Garden, Business Alley or Kid City? Perhaps you will be lured by the car show, a new addition this year. Most likely it's all of the above, because you won't find any event that offers more to enjoy for a better price than the "Fremont Festival of the Arts."
"The Fremont Chamber of Commerce is always excited to host the largest free street fair west of the Mississippi," said President and CEO Cindy Bonior, "and the 30th anniversary is especially meaningful."
Nearly 400,000 guests will converge on central Fremont Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4. Festival veterans advise comfortable shoes and sunscreen, because you won't want to miss any of the booths lining four walking miles from Paseo Padre Parkway to State Street between Mowry, Beacon, and Walnut avenues.
As always, the Festival offers an assortment of singular art, unique gifts with a variety of media, styles, and prices to suit every taste and circumstance. Six hundred artisans from around the nation will offer whimsical trinkets, breathtaking photographs, environmentally sustainable clothing, stylish accessories, handmade soaps, and everything in-between.
Whether you love to cook or love to eat, explore the Gourmet Marketplace on Capitol Avenue for specialty and hard-to-find epicurean treats. Packaged delicacies range from homemade fudge to flavored olive oils... goodies that are sure to be a hit at your next dinner party - if they don't disappear first. And this year, visitors can also purchase a gift for the cigar aficionado in your life from our new cigar vendor!
For instant gratification, appease your taste buds and sense of social responsibility by patronizing dozens of food and beverage booths throughout the Festival. Linguica sandwiches, funnel cakes, Silly Spuds, Dove bars, sodas and other refreshments consumed over the years have helped raise more than $9 million to support nonprofit organizations such as the Fremont Rotary Club, Tri-City Ecology Center, Holy Trinity Church, and James Logan High School Forensics Club. Even purchases at the Food Truck Court - tempura short rib sliders, gourmet pizza, Kashmiri lamb chops, etc. - will benefit local organizations. As always, those over 21 years old are invited to imbibe responsibly with the purchase of this year's collectible and refillable wine glasses, beer mugs, and margarita tumblers.
Take a break from shopping and pull up a chair or hit the dance floor at one of two professional sound stages. This year's headliners include Davey Pattison who will rock Saturday afternoon with the sounds of classic rock, and on Sunday, you'll be on your feet dancing to Pride & Joy with the timeless pop/soul music of our time in an electrifying high-style show. Other performers run the gamut from jazz to country to R&B.
Nothing is quite so nostalgic as muscle cars, fins, and fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview mirror. Classic cars will be on display on Beacon Street, near the Paragon Stage, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
Also new this year, Beacon Street will be open to embrace our new neighbors, Paragon Apartments, as a welcome addition to Fremont's growing downtown. They will host the Paragon Stage located on Beacon at State. Enjoy smooth jazz and rocking classics all weekend long.
Children can get antsy while adults shop for handmade art, rock to tribute bands, and drool over classic cars. Fortunately, Fremont Festival of the Arts doesn't neglect the next generation. At Kid City, the Boy Scouts will provide interactive learning activities, games, arts and crafts, rides and children's entertainment for the whole family.
Festival goers also have the option of relaxing in a cool, peaceful Wine Garden oasis to enjoy a seat in the shade, accompanied by a sampling of wines and food. Guests will enjoy premium wines poured by wine experts along with a sumptuous catered buffet, provided by the Marriott Fremont Silicon Valley. All Wine Garden guests also receive a complimentary 2013 Festival wine glass and drink ticket that can be used outside the Wine Garden. Tickets are limited, so get yours early by visiting www.fremontfestival.net, the Chamber website at www.fremontbusiness.com, or by contacting Kathy Fouts at (510) 795-2244, ext. 102.
State Street's Business Alley showcases a variety of local merchants and service providers. Check out these businesses, and you may discover a great new product or service in your own backyard.
No matter what brings you to the "Fremont Festival of the Arts," we look forward to seeing you there - and to entertaining festival goers for another 30 years.
Fremont Festival of the Arts
Saturday, Aug 3 - Sunday, Aug 4
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Paseo Padre Pkwy. to State St. between Mowry, Beacon, and Walnut avenues)
(subject to change)
Paseo Padre Stage
(Paseo Padre Pkwy and Walnut Ave)
Saturday, Aug 3:
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Max Cruise (Rock)
Noon - 1:30 p.m.: Roger Steen Band (Rock)
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Rogue (Classic Rock)
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Davey Pattison (Classic Rock)
Sunday, Aug 4:
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: April & The Paradigm (Pop/Rock)
Noon - 1:30 p.m.: Pacific Soul (Party Band)
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: The Department of Rock (Classic Rock)
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Pride & Joy (R&B/Soul)
(Beacon Ave near State St)
Saturday, Aug 3:
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Groovy Judy (Rock)
Noon - 1 p.m.: Tablues (Blues)
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: The Dunniway (Rock)
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.: The Canyon Band (Country)
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: The Audible Twitch (Pop/Rock)
Sunday, Aug 4:
10:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.: Sharon Xavier deSousa (Cabaret)
Noon - 1 p.m.: Allan Hutty (American Songbook)
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: California Blues Machine (Blues)
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Lunafish (Rock and Blues)
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: 3 O'Clock Jump (Swing)