Downtown Fremont

Our Vision:

Every community deserves to have a central Downtown place where people come to connect, communicate, and celebrate. Downtown is the social heartbeat of a community where social and economic exchanges take place, celebrations are held, friends run into each other, and cultures mix.

Want to see how a Downtown gets built?

Check out our videos chronicling the completion of Downtown's main street, "Capitol Avenue -  Connect, Communicate and Celebrate," and then see how it all started with "Capitol Avenue - Building the Backbone of Downtown Fremont!" 
Arts/Culture and Events in Downtown Fremont
  • Fremont Street Eats -  Check out Fremont Street Eats at Town Fair Plaza (corner of Capitol Avenue and State Street) weekly every Friday from May through October from 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm.  Produced by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and Food Truck Mafia, this event hosts multiple food trucks offering a diverse mix of culinary treats.
  • Burger and Brew Fest - Featuring delicious brews and tasty foods, the Fremont Burger and Brew Fest was held on May 25 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at Town Fair Plaza. As one of the Bay Area’s most delicious events, the event features Bay Area craft breweries, an assortment of wines, burgers, and sliders from local food vendors, restaurants, and live entertainment. 
  • Fremont 4th of July Parade - Stop by annually to watch the star-spangled excitement of creative floats, specialty units, marching musical bands and guest celebrities!  
  • The Fremont Festival of the Arts - The Fremont Festival of the Arts, which is produced by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, will celebrate 36 years of fun in the sun!  It is the largest free street festival west of the Mississippi River and is held the first weekend of August.    
  • Festival of India and Parade - The Festival of India and Parade is celebrating 27 years!  The Festival of India and Parade traditionally is held the third weekend of August.
  • Downtown Date Night- This fun event held in September features Fremont Street Eats, complete with gourmet food trucks, and an outdoor movie on the big screen.  Enjoy a night under the stars!
  • Trick or Treat on Downtown Safety Street - A "spirited" Halloween event for adults and children alike!  Join in on the festivities with Fremont Street Eats and the City's Recreation Services Division and enjoy this "spooktacular" event during the Halloween season.
Demolition of the Temporary Town Fair Plaza 
Downtown Fremont is definitely on the rise! An array of activity has taken place in the Downtown over the past couple of years, including demolition of the former Town Fair Shopping Center buildings in preparation of the future Downtown Event Center. Demolition is complete and construction for the Downtown Event Center and Plaza is underway. The project is anticipated to be completed in spring 2021.

The City of Fremont closed the temporary Town Fair Plaza in mid-September 2019 to make way for the construction of the Downtown Event Center and plaza, which is Phase 1 of the Civic Center project. Community events including Fremont Street Eats, Downtown Movie Night, and Trick-or-Treat on Downtown Safety Street relocated along Capitol Avenue between Liberty Street and State Street.

The Town Fair Plaza was created as a temporary community space to pilot event ideas and concepts that Fremont residents brainstormed and showed interest in. Feedback from these events will be incorporated into the future permanent one-acre downtown plaza and 13,400-square-foot downtown event center.

Downtown Art in Public Places

Turning Point at State Street Park - The art installation Turning Point is integrated within State Street Park, Downtown Fremont's first public park, located at Paragon Apartments, 3700 Beacon Avenue.
Richard Deutsch

Turning Point consists of several inviting granite seating groups and three large-scale stainless steel sculptural elements that combine to create a welcoming environment, and provide the plaza with a unique sense of place. The artist, Richard Deutsch, worked closely with the Paragon developer and city planners to develop a vision for the plaza in keeping with the modern, urban future of Fremont while at the same time referencing the several ethnic groups that compose the community today.

Downtown Fremont Rotational Public Art Program

sculpture with hands and faces

Downtown Fremont is welcoming a new visitor — The Solacii! The Solaciiwill be on display at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Fremont Boulevard from June 14, 2019 through May 2021. The Solacii is part of the Downtown Fremont Rotational Public Art program, which is intended to contribute to the vitality of the Downtown by displaying exciting artwork for a two-year rotating basis.   

The Downtown Fremont Rotational Public Art Program is financed through private development fees and showcases various artwork in an effort to support the arts and create a sense of identity for the areas in which they’re installed. 

Past Installations 

The first Downtown installation, ‘Heartfullness,’ was a sculpture by artist Katy Boynton and was on display from September 2015 through January 2017.

The second Downtown installation, "Space Glow," was a sculpture by local artists Patricia Vader of Martinez, CA and Joe Bologna of Alamo, CA, was on display from May 2017 through May 2019.

Downtown Event Center and Plaza to Break Ground 

Phase 1 of the Civic Center Master Plan Project, a new 13,400-square-foot downtown community center and 1-acre  plaza, is breaking ground on October 25, 2019 The project will facilitate the programming needs of Fremont’s diverse and creative community. Anchoring the corner of Capitol Avenue and State Street—downtown’s heart—it will become the center of community activity and serve as a new destination for traditional community center functions such as community meetings, receptions, local business events, and economic development conferences. The design features a grass space at the center of the site which will provide unique flexibility for programming of community events and activities, including active games/sports, food trucks, concerts, maker fairs, markets, and more. 

For questions about Phase 1 of the Civic Center Master Plan Project, contact Clifford Nguyen with the City of Fremont at 510-284-4017.

Want to Learn More about the Downtown?

Where is the Downtown located?
Downtown is 110-acres anchored by Fremont City Hall and within walking distance to the Fremont BART Station. It is located north of Fremont Boulevard, south of Paseo Padre Parkway, west of Mowry Avenue, and east of Walnut Avenue. View the map.

How are we working to enhance the Downtown? 
The Downtown Community Plan is the blueprint that will guide our work. This provides the development community with the direction and certainty that they need to invest in our community while preserving the goals and vision the community has for the Downtown.

Artist Renderings 
Check out our slideshow to get a flavor of what we envision for the Downtown.
Or view a 360 degree 3D projection of the State Street and Capitol Avenue intersection, featuring our new Civic Center and mixed use retail.

Downtown Development

  • Locale @ State Street - 157 residential units with 21,000 square feet of ground floor retail located on the corner of State Street and Capitol Avenue.  This development will include 14 buildings in which some buildings are currently leasing and some are under construction. Two buildings are residential buildings with parking structures and ground floor commercial space. View the site plan.  
  • Capitol Villas -  13,400 square feet of ground floor commercial space and 44 residential units located on the corner of Capitol Avenue and Hastings Street.  Public and residential parking will be provided by 75 parking spaces in the basement and ground floor garages. The project is currently going through the building permit review process.
  • Progress continues on Capitol Avenue improvements making Downtown more walkable and bikeable to and from the Fremont BART Station. Phase III wrapped up and enhances connections from Capitol Avenue across Paseo Padre Parkway and through the Gateway Plaza shopping center to the BART station.  Enhancements include: decorative pedestrian lighting,  raised green buffered bike lanes, a protected intersection at BART Way and Civic Center Drive, new crosswalks, parking spaces, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulation ramps.  Way-finding signs to help pedestrians and bicyclists find their way around will be strategically placed from the Fremont BART Station to Paseo Padre Parkway.  

  • Planning is also underway for the construction of Phase 1 of the Civic Center Master Plan, which will include a new event center and plaza. These amenities will provide indoor and outdoor space for the community to gather, connect, and celebrate. 


Contact Information

Meet our Team

The City's Land Use Initiatives Manager collaborates with key City staff, and external partners such as service clubs, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, neighborhood organizations, arts and cultural organizations, and educational institutions to help the Downtown continue to thrive.

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    Cliff Nguyen
    Land Use Initiatives Manager
    City of Fremont