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August 1, 2017 > The ultimate summer festival returns

The ultimate summer festival returns

Submitted By Denise Lamott

The 34th annual Fremont Festival of the Arts returns to Downtown Fremont on Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6. Sponsored by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, the largest free art, wine, and music festival west of the Mississippi will offer activities and entertainment for all ages. This years festival will have over 500 artisan booths, food trucks, beer, wine and margaritas in branded glasses, and continuous live music on two stages. A festive combination of street performers includes face painters, henna tattoos, balloon artists and more, and the fabulous Kid City will amuse the youngest festivalgoers with lively rides and shows.

Artists booths will showcase handmade works of art crafted by talented artists from all over. From paintings and drawings, to jewelry and clothing, to household decorations and furnishing, every piece of beautiful art sold at the Fremont Festival of the Arts is a unique or rare find with many being one-of-a-kind pieces.

The Gourmet Marketplace will be selling ingredients and condiments such as unique rubs, spice blends and marinades, designer oils and vinegars, and flavorful chutneys and relishes. The ultimate foodie will also appreciate perusing the handmade pastas and jerkies, varietal honeys, seasoned and candied nuts, and a wide variety of delectable desserts. Wine, beer, and margaritas are $5 with the purchase of a $6 festival-branded glass. There will even be fun kids cups for slushies.

In addition, the festival will offer a variety of food for sale, including famous fair favorites such as funnel cakes and Philly Cheese Steaks. Food trucks will be on hand selling the hottest in street food and food-truck cult favorites. Many of the food partners for the festival are run by non-profit organizations that use this opportunity as one of their major fundraising sources each year. Over the past three decades, an estimated $11 million has been raised at the festival for the local communities.

A special Business Marketplace is not to be missed! Festivalgoers can benefit from special deals and promos offered by participants, as well as some free prizes and giveaways. Businesses may include a gym or healthcare facility, a school or newspaper, and an animal shelter or home remodeling company.

The youngest festival attendees will get to experience the fabulous Kid City with activities and performers just for kids. Kid City will feature magicians, jugglers, balloon animals, carnival rides, arts & crafts and so much more.

The Fremont Festival of the Arts is also holding its first ever En Plein Air Contest. En Plein Air is a French expression for Òin the open air.Ó This competition invites local artists to create and compete on festival grounds during festival hours. There are three categories of the competition: Painting, Photography, and Chalk Art. All competitions will take place on Saturday, August 5 from 11 a.m. Ð 5 p.m. A winner will be announced on the main stage at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and the 1st and 2nd place winners will be on display all day Sunday at the festival. 1st place winners will receive $175 cash and a ribbon, 2nd place winners will receive $75 cash and a ribbon. Winners will be determined by a panel of three judges on the following criteria: skill, composition, and creativity. Registration is $15 per person, per category. But hurry Ð there are a limited number of slots available in each competition. Visit to register.

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will again co-sponsor a free bike valet service during the festival. In 2016, the event drew an estimated 400,000 visitors, and the bike valet service, operated in partnership with Bike East Bay, provided a secure, efficient and convenient alternative to commuting by vehicle. With the added strain of finding available event parking, festivalgoers can rely on the bike valet to securely store their bicycles, allowing them ease of priority access and the freedom to enjoy the festival. The valet is equipped to accommodate 300+ bicycles at any given time. Scooters and skateboards can also be checked into the bike corral. The bike valet will be located on Paseo Padre Parkway at Mowry Avenue and will be open to accept bicycles from 10 a.m. Ð 6 p.m. on both days. For more information regarding this free service, contact (925) 551-6995 or

Admission to the festival is free. For more information and an updated list of vendors and entertainment, visit

Fremont Festival of the Arts
Saturday & Sunday, Aug 5 & 6
10:00 a.m. Ð 6:00 p.m.
Downtown Fremont
Paseo Padre Pkwy & Walnut Ave, Fremont
(510) 795-2244

Entertainment Line-up:
Saturday, Aug 5
Stage 1 Ð Walnut:
10:30 a.m. Ð 11:45 a.m.: Garage Band Academy
12:15 p.m. Ð 1:45 p.m.: Brandon Pasion
2:15 p.m. Ð 3:45 p.m.: Andre Thierry
4:15 p.m. Ð 5:45 p.m.: Sol Peligro

Stage 2 Ð Paseo Padre:
10:30 a.m. Ð 11:10 a.m.: Steve Fread
11:20 a.m. Ð 12:00 p.m.: Steve Fread
12:15 p.m. Ð 1:45 p.m.: The Sky Kings
2:15 p.m. Ð 3:45 p.m.: Taryn Cross
4:15 p.m. Ð 5:45 p.m.: Bump City Reunion

Sunday, Aug 6
Stage 1 Ð Walnut:
10:30 a.m. Ð 11:45 a.m.: Krissy and Ericka
12:15 p.m. Ð 1:45 p.m.: Two of Us
2:15 p.m. Ð 3:45 p.m.: Rachel Steele & Road
4:15 p.m. Ð 5:45 p.m.: Tortilla Soup

Stage 2 Ð Paseo Padre:
10:30 a.m. Ð 11:45 a.m.: Across Party Lines
12:15 p.m. Ð 1:45 p.m.: Idea Band
2:15 p.m. Ð 3:45 p.m.: Luna Fish
4:15 p.m. Ð 5:45 p.m.: Long Train RunninÕ

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