Dine out for Downtown

Framingham Downtown Renaissance
Spurring growth in our urban core
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TUESDAY | July 11th | 4 pm - 9 pm | Skybokx 109 | 319 SPEEN STREET
We need 20 RSVPs by July 8th!  RSVP here today!

Why Skybokx 109?  Why Natick?!?

1) GroupRaise "Change the World over Dinner" is a fundraising platform that helps non-profit organizations quickly and easily set-up and organize funders.  

2) No Framingham restaurants participate in GroupRaise.

3) Don't worry - we'll be promoting our great downtown businesses at the event (door prizes)!

4) We want our downtown businesses to keep all their profits to support venue enhancements and employee growth! 

5) Got a fundraising idea?  Email us with the details!

Can't attend?  Donate here today!

Help sustain our vast mission!

  1. Comprehensive waste management in a dense, mixed-use environment
  2. Collaboration with the Framingham Police Department to help protect on-street parking for customers
  3. Development of a new storefront sidewalk usage model
  4. Creation of the Downtown Framingham Business Coalition to increase cohesion, technical assistance, and activism 
  5. Calendar of robust events that aim to drive repeat foot traffic
  6. Activity flyers for all ages and interests
Mark your calendars - full details coming soon!
get excited!  links will be up soon!
We're proud to be here!
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Office Location: 75 Hollis Street Framingham, MA 01702
Mailing address: PO BOX 227 Framingham, MA 01704

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almost Summer Saunter

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almost Summer Saunter
   Friday, June 16th 
embark on your next social adventure

almost Summer Saunter Top 6

  1. Discover great things, new and different, from our spirited community
  2. Create personal connections to our small-business heroes
  3. Burn calories walking between venues
  4. Relax with others without any pressure to drink or spend
  5. Participate in fun games and cherish wonderful memories
  6. Go ahead and brag about your experiences on social media
Get to know the locals who bring the 'almost Summer Saunter' to life!

here's your adventure line-up

6 PM

Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company 
       81 Morton Street  

  • Friending Bingo!
  • Warm, friendly staff




7 PM

Springdale Beer Barrel Room
    102 Clinton Street       

  • Springdale Scavenger Hunt
  • Great assortment of interactive games!

Experiments in IPA land


8 PM 

Deluxe Depot Diner
417 Waverly Street  

  • Downtown Historical Trivia
  • Rustic ambiance and Depot Test Kitchen!

Read here about the talented young manager!


9 PM

 Pho Dakao
101 Concord Street

  • Art Expression Table
  • Lively jazz to lift your spirits

Featured in the Phantom Gourmet


10 PM

    El Mariachi  
    358 Waverly Street 

  • Dance off & Karaoke!
  • Colorful ambiance and tasty bites

Get to know the owners and read reviews!



11 PM

102 Irving Street

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  • Adventure passport
  • One FDR shirt (choice of two designs!)
  • Collectible almost Summer Saunter coaster
  • Reusable shop local bag (Framingham will be plastic-free in 2018!)
  • One domestic draft from Danny Sullivan's
* ticket-holders who attend ALL stops get a chance to win a shirt from their favorite summer saunter spot (where available)
the great downtown revitalization! 

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June Downtown Digest

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Safe, Sound, and Prosperous

The Framingham Police Department (FPD) just released a snapshot of downtown crime data, which revealed a drastic reduction in reported crime from 2015 to 2016.  
Overall, there was a 75.8% decrease of reported crimes from 2015 to 2016 in downtown Framingham.
The most frequent offense, suspicious activity, decreased by 77.2%.

We encourage you to come to downtown Framingham during the day or night, just as we do!  Not only will you add "more eyes on the street", but you will also enjoy the bright lights, smooth sidewalks, friendly people, and the cultural ambiance.   Please continue to support our Fire Department, Auxiliary Police Force, Emergency Medical Services, Department of Public Works, and of course, our Police.  These departments work together vigilantly to create a safe, walkable downtown where everyone can really enjoy life!  Special thanks to FPD Crime Data Analyst, Kate Curtis-Bozio, and FPD Public Information Officer, Lt. Grigas, for supplying this important data to the Framingham Downtown Renaissance.  We have also placed a new grant request for complimentary security features.  


almost Summer Saunter Community Stroll
Friday, June 16th | 6 pm
Spend the evening walking between great venues, chatting with hard-working locals, and enjoying music and conversation in this wonderfully diverse area.  There is zero pressure to drink alcoholic beverages or even spend money at every venue.   We're here to build community and enjoy walking!
$10 ticket includes:
1) T-shirt
2) almost Summer Saunter coaster
3) Complimentary domestic draft from Danny Sullivan's (with ID)
4) Adventure passport
5) Reusable shop-small bag

* attend ALL stops & get a chance to win a shirt from your favorite saunter spot!
Downtown Framingham Business Coalition
Tuesday, June 27th | 9:30 am
Deluxe Depot Diner | 417 Waverly St
- update on on-street parking management
- update on outdoor seating roll-out
- appeal for one waste management vendor
- quarterly business survey
- roll-out Downtown Discount Club! 
Dine Out for Downtown
fundraiser meal to share your dreams for downtown!
Tuesday, July 11th | 4 pm to 9 pm
Skybokx 109 | 319 Speen Street Natick, MA 

Our neighbors at Skybokx 109 in Natick are excited about the resurgence of downtown Framingham, and they are giving back 15% of meal proceeds so that our non-profit can continue its vital work!  Please RSVP today, and join us to discuss your hopes and dreams for downtown Framingham.
Watch this clip to learn all about the great people who work downtown!


five areas we're committed to enhancing
1)  Comprehensive waste management
- A consensus-building appeal letter will be sent in June to all businesses, landlords and property owners to promote the use of one responsive and accountable vendor.
- A request for proposal (to include a downtown commercial recycling center) will be released in September.

2)  Contingency plan for managed on-street parking
- In May, a petition was signed by business leaders in the Downtown Framingham Business Coalition requesting a contingency plan to manage on-street parking during the absence of meters.  
- The feasibility and implementation of this contingency plan will be addressed at the next  Framingham Traffic Roadway and Safety Committee meeting on June 14.

3)  Sidewalk usage guidelines
- In May, storefront businesses along Concord Street and Union Avenue were canvassed about preferences for storefront sidewalk usage.
- In May, usage guidelines were formulated that included liability and insurance matters.
- Meetings with key Town of Framingham department stakeholders will be held to ensure complete compliance with ADA regulations.

4)  Data collection and assessments of heavy trucking
- Data collection of heavy trucking movements will commence in June with support from our partners MEDIA BOSS and Bullard Building, LLC.  This evidence-based research will inform the impacts of extra heavy trucking in our mixed-use environment that includes walkers and cyclists.
- Data collection results will be shared with pertinent community and government stakeholders.

5)  Open space planning
- In May, we met with Town of Framingham planners and members of the Sudbury Valley Trustees to evaluate potential sites for improved green space usage which also highlighted challenges from contamination and marshlands.
- Will review models for standing-up a committee to oversee a potential new community garden location along with identifying participants to manage the garden.
- Will work in the field to collect public feedback on the usage of open spaces and how these spaces can enhance the quality of life for those who live or transit near them.


MetroWest Moves presents this survey to gauge food availability and barriers to food access.  Results will guide healthy eating and active living initiatives.


- Mega Realty (16 Union Ave) ,  BRZ Insurance (107 Concord), and the new MMA / Jiu Jitsu Studio (12 Concord) are in the midst of serious internal demolitions

- Amazing Things Art Center is holding its spring appeal!  Donate today!

- ATOS Boutique (100 Concord) 
revamped its storefront window display

- Bella Woodworking (113 Concord) installed a beautiful new business sign

- C&N Installation found a new home in Suite 204B of the Bullard Building after the December fire

- Danny Sullivan's (102 Concord) installed a new tap system

- Deluxe Depot Diner now serves our downtown micro-roaster, Hogan Brothers Coffee

- El Mariachi (358 Waverly) installed a great new patio

- Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company (81 Morton Street) 
is seeking musicians (email info@exhibit-a-brewing.com)

- Frescafe (82 Concord) added tacos, taco salad, and quesadillas to the lunch menu

- Jack's Abby (100 Clinton) recently added a brunch menu along with its new seasonal craft brews

- Sabor de Casa (40 Hollis) opened its doors!  Try their hot dogs and sandwiches.  

- Sofa Cafe (181 Concord) held its grand opening.  
Three paint + coffee events are on June 9, 10, & 11

Springdale Beer Barrel Room (102 Clinton) expanded its summer hours and rolled out new brews

- Studio 3 English (35 Tripp Street, Studio 3) just opened and starts community ESL classes on July 17

- Sweet Home Furniture is coming soon to 145 Concord Street


- Atlantis Dental - 118 Concord Street -   Dental Receptionist

- Jack's Abby - 100 Clinton Street - Digital Marketing Coordinator, Beer Hall Staff


these partners have helped us achieve shared goals for downtown prosperity 
During the spring semester, Framingham State University students in Professor Colleen Coyne's business writing course visited downtown Framingham and formed strategies to regularly draw students downtown.  One group researched how students should be introduced to downtown Framingham, including plans for a moonlight breakfast event.  The second group studied how to effectively advertise and market a live entertainment event to students.  As a non-profit, we cannot fully express how wonderful it was to visit and work with these inspiring students.
This spring, Atlantis Dental participated in three of our events.  They have personally sponsored the Mural Mile Road Race and the brewCycle events. They are a faithful participant in our annual marathon celebration.  Dr. Sumbul Naqvi is an active director on our Board of Directors, and she helps with the Downtown Framingham Business Coalition.  This partnership reinforces and sustains growth (and great teeth, too)!
Cheryl Cohen of Cheryl Cohen Mosaics Art Center in Holliston just provided us a wonderful donation to ensure we can continue our important work and pay our administrative expenses.   We are so grateful for Cheryl's faith in our work and mission, and Cheryl is a wonderful neighbor in Ashland.  
Again, we're so grateful for the leadership from Jack's Abby Brewing Company and the entire management and staff at the Springdale Beer Barrel Room.  They encouraged us to use their space to hold our first ever Taste of Downtown Framingham, and they are committed to raising up other businesses and restaurants in our downtown core.  This selflessness and team spirit will blanket our downtown with continued success.
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company not only serves great craft brews, but they also seek to support downtown.   The leadership team was extremely gracious in supporting our recent brewCycle event, which promoted cycling and walking infrastructure while also catalyzing a culture change that seeks respect for all modes of travel.  


what it takes to be a game-changer
Adam is the Department Head of Social Studies for Grade 8 at Wellesley Middle School, and he is on the Town of Framingham Transitional Bylaw Review Committee.

“It is amazing to me how much Framingham’s downtown has changed in just the past few years. The addition of a thriving arts scene and so many new, different restaurants and breweries are putting downtown Framingham on the map as a place to visit for our residents and for people who live across Metrowest. I love getting the word out that there is much to do and see; I know when I take friends from out of town to meet up there, they are impressed and envious of the cultural diversity we are lucky to have in our home. I can’t wait to see what the next few years has in store for our downtown.”  
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brewCycle  Sunday, May 21st | 12- 4 pm 
The Framingham Downtown Renaissance is keeping the momentum high in Downtown Framingham
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official Bike Week Boston event!

We've shut down the 80 block of Morton Street.
Explore the best FREE block party in Framingham

experience the
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company outdoor beer garden.

go Downtown - bike - walk - or park at 37 Waverly Street

brewCycle TOP 5

  1. Voice your support for enhanced walking & cycling infrastructure
  2. SURPRISE your kids with a FREE cycling safety rodeo
  3. Never get stuck again - try the FREE fix-a-flat bike clinic hosted by n+1 cyclery
  4. Check out new and vintage bikes from our local, small-business cycling companies,      n+1 cyclery & 1854 Cycling Company
  5. Shrink your carbon footprint while you savor the great GottaQ BBQ Truck, enjoy jams from the sustainable Holt Hill Audio, and sample one of the many great craft brews from Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company


Dr. Sumbul Naqvi (center) leads Atlantis Dental at 118 Concord Street.  She is a health care and wellness pioneer who has volunteered without hesitation to help spur growth in downtown Framingham.   Dr. Naqvi chose to sponsor brewCycle because she champions environmentally friendly policies that call for enhanced infrastructure to support improved walking and cycling downtown. Be sure to visit the Atlantis Dental booth, where you can even recycle your toothbrushes!  
Manny and John are the brothers that keep downtown Framingham produce-secure with their expansive selection of fruits and vegetables at Tesoro Supermarket at 80 Hollis Street.  Stop by their table this Sunday to stay hydrated...and don't forget to recycle!
Become a brewCycle sponsor today!
It turns out security on a Sunday is pretty expensive, but we recognize the high value and need for events just like these in our diverse downtown.  
Bring your family to the Springdale Beer Barrel Room at 102 Clinton Street from 5 to 9 pm on Sunday, May 21st.  There will be a suggested donation at the door, and the event will be open to everyone!  Please support this great fundraiser led by our FDR partners from Jack's Abby and Springdale Beer. 
In need of live music?
Amazing Things Art Center has you covered!
Head to the Amazing Things Art Center at 160 Hollis Street to catch the New Sound Assembly and Women of Note at 3 pm on Sunday, May 21st!  The Amazing Things Art Center is wonderful non-profit that partners with FDR to bring you live entertainment and fine art!
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Insight from the Executive Director 

Question 1:  So what exactly do you do?
Answer:  In short, we drive community and economic development focused solely in downtown Framingham.  The Framingham Downtown Renaissance (FDR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation committed to forging the necessary investment to generate jobs and income, increase community connections, and support human-scale, walkable design.                                           
Question 2:  How do you do it?

Answer:  Using the Main Street America Model, we follow this four-point approach:

a) economic vitality
We have formed the Downtown Framingham Business Coalition to bring the businesses together to discuss and implement cross-collaborations, financial assistance sources, marketing, comprehensive waste management, and other mixed-use property dynamics.

b) design
We drive continuous attention and seek improvements to the downtown environment by working with property owners, business owners, and government officials to enhance and preserve building facades, storefront window design, pedestrian access, signage, open space usage, and public art.  

c) promotion 
We organize community events with our public and private partners to demonstrate a positive, memorable sensory experience while also creating a renewed interest and awareness of all downtown Framingham has to offer. Community events are designed to cultivate repeat foot traffic in our downtown.

d) organization
FDR is led by an Executive Director and 15-member board comprised of public and private stakeholders who express sincere interest, requisite skills, and the relevant experience required to advance downtown Framingham.   Aside from the Executive Director, assistance also is provided by student interns and volunteers.

Question 3:  Where does the funding come from?

Answer:  A Community Development Block Grant funds one full-time position. Operating funds are provided through generous private and public donations, event fundraising, and grants.  


Public Board Meeting
Thursday, May 11th | 8 am 
Framingham Town Hall | Ablondi Room
block party + outdoor beer garden

Saving the Earth with Bikes & Beer
Sunday, May 21st | 12 pm to 4 pm
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company 
81 Morton Street
Downtown Framingham Business Coalition
Tuesday, May 30th | 9:30 am
Sofa Cafe | 181 Concord Street
- parking and wayfinding
- pathway to outdoor seating
- comprehensive waste management
almost Summer Saunter Community Stroll
Friday, June 16th | 6 pm
Stay tuned for our venue list, entertainment line-up, and fun community icebreakers!  


- Enzo's Bakery & Luncheonette is now open at 63 Hollis Street

- Xfinity is now open at 100 Concord Street  

- Mega Realty is growing with the expansion into both 16 and 18 Union Avenue

- Topo Athletic is a recent addition at 1 Grant Street 

- A new ice cream shop is undergoing construction at 24 Union Avenue  


- Anastasia's Oven & Grill - 12 Union Avenue

- Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company - 81 Morton Street 

- n+1 cyclery - 57 Waverly Street

- Deluxe Depot Diner - 417 Waverly Street

- Jack's Abby - 100 Clinton Street
leading the way in downtown Framingham
Property:  Bullard Building (erected in 1920 at 410 Waverly Street) 

Property Owner:  Brian Li (since 2012)

Company:  Bullard Building, LLC

Investments:  new HVAC system, new chill tower, painted facade, power-washed awnings

Upcoming enhancements:  replace lower roof through J&R Roofing, pave parking lot

Renewable energy project:  conducted engineering study to place solar panels on roof that are anchored by concrete.  Solar panels help preserve the roof.  New system will cover 100 percent of utilities and deliver a 20 percent return on investment.

a) collaborates with the Framingham Police Department and business owners to develop a safe, walkable area in Irving Square, especially near the Bullard Building.

b) assisted student researchers from Harvard and MIT to support their feasibility study on affordable housing in the Bullard Building that resembles the multi-million dollar Station Landing in Medford.




three partners who help us realize shared goals for prosperity 
Each year, Middlesex Savings Bank makes a very large sponsorship donation to the Framingham Downtown Renaissance to help us execute the Six Mile Moment party at intersection of Concord and Waverly streets. Because Middlesex Savings Bank has no shareholders, the bank can focus on making downtown Framingham a better place to live and work.  We are so grateful for this commitment to downtown Framingham! Kudos to Ben and Jim for being so gracious and great to work with!
Thank you to CORE Fitness for being a downtown leader of fitness and fun! We're striving to create a community that values walking and living a healthy lifestyle.  We're so lucky to have your enthusiastic support!  We look forward to working together on future community-building events with your team.  Great job at the Mural Mile Road Race.
As CEO of the MetroWest Community Federal Credit Union, Joseph Mansour has been heavily involved in supporting Framingham's community events for several years.   This year, Mansour and his team supported the inaugural Mural Mile Road Race, and we are grateful that this downtown credit union backed an event held at the intersection of art and wellness!
what it takes to be a game-changer
Brett is a Documentation and Project Manager at BNY Mellon Asset Servicing and serves on the Boards of Directors at the Framingham Public Library and Framingham History Center.
"I do Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews of the downtown restaurants, and I do a blog about Framingham that has a lot of downtown-related posts (http://framhamster.blogspot.com/). One of my current quests is to boost downtown's visibility as a craft beer mecca - my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts help with that."  
funding public arts projects in downtown Framingham
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Mural Mile
Road Race + Kids Dash + Art Fest
Same-Day Registration:  417 Waverly Street | Deluxe Depot Diner (FREE shuttles will bring runners to the race start at 438 Franklin Street).  

Mural Mile Race Start:  9:00 am | 438 Franklin Street (near Dunkin Donuts)
200 Meter Kids Dash:  9:30 am | 64 Franklin Street (near Taylor Rental)

FREE ArtFest + Music: 9 am-12 pm | 417 Waverly Street | Deluxe Depot Diner 

~ The ArtFest is FREE to the Public ~
both races end at 42 Franklin Street followed by ArtFest


  1. Register early!  Visit the FDR Table at tomorrow's Earth Day Festival!
  2. Meet the wonderful folks who lead the Greater Framingham Running Club and learn how to join the club.
  3. Burn calories and enjoy the spring air along Franklin Street.
  4. Participate in live mural painting with our famed contemporary artist Sorin Bica.
  5. Celebrate public art and live music in the Deluxe Depot Diner parking lot. Just like the marathon, but EVEN more fun! Generate support for additional public art projects in our robust downtown.


Together, Rich and Chris Chesmore were Framingham's power couple for more than 30 years.  Now, Chris carries on the legacy of her husband, Mr. Ready-Set-Go!
Chris Chesmore continues to volunteer at the Boston Marathon with her family at the Ashland water stop, in memory of her husband, Rich.  
Get an inside look at Chris' Mural Mile video here!


Join the new Club Pilates located next to Starbucks and near Whole Foods at 25 Prospect Street!  Say hello to the owner Mike Rizzo.
BRZ Insurance Shines a Light in Downtown Framingham
Rob Knows Best, Episode 1, has a twist we weren't expecting! Register for the Mural Mile Road Race & Kids Dash to find out what happens next! (Or if you're really brave, just contact Rob Levine at Levine Design!)
Local brothers Manny and John run a tight, successful ship at Tesoro Supermarket, which is a bright addition at 80 Hollis Street in Downtown Framingham.  We're so grateful to have their unwavering support!
The Deluxe Depot Diner is a historical site that unleashes great food and wonderful memories.  General Manager Larry Rodkey loves to see the parking lot brimming with live art, music, and happy people!  
Tommy's Taxi will provide you a FREE ride from the Deluxe Depot Diner (417 Waverly Street) to the race start line (438 Franklin Street).  We're excited to have their support!
Since its opening, the brewery has tripled in size and is only continuing to grow. Come visit the new brewery location and Beer Hall & Kitchen, have a pint, some fresh wood-fired pizza, and learn more. Read about the expansion!


the great downtown revitalization! 
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Downtown Digest April 2017 Volume 1: Issue 1

Framingham Downtown Renaissance April 2017
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Update from the Executive Director 

Hello, I'm Courtney Thraen, and I'm excited to take the helm at the Framingham Downtown Renaissance from the talented Holli Andrews, who created a sustainable foundation for our non-profit organization. Out dynamic downtown is the perfect setting for demonstrating a healthy, walkable area that underscores the social economy.

Background - Hailing from a small town in Illinois, I moved to Massachusetts in 2008 when I took a teaching position with the U.S. Navy at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA). Prior to MMA, I traveled around the world on two deployments as Navigator on the USS MOMSEN (DDG 92).  I appreciated the Commonwealth's international draw that produced so many exciting innovations.  I instantly knew Massachusetts would be my home.  

Why Framingham? -  After living in Plymouth, Weymouth, and Quincy, I chose Framingham because it was robust with both civic and commercial activity.  I appreciated Framingham's environmentally friendly policies, Complete Streets initiative, and transit-oriented development (TOD) strategy.  As I complete my Master of City Planning degree at Boston University, I have witnessed the critical foundation for planning and infrastructure elements take place downtown.

Strategy - Phase I is relationship-building with both business owners and building owners.  Capacity building includes support for beautification and sign and facade improvements, cross-collaborations, and workforce training through the new Downtown Framingham Business Coalition.  Phase II is outreach and engagement within the TOD zone, at major corporations, and in the greater Boston area through "downtown ambassadors".  

After five months of daily walks, I have been showered with support from business and building owners alike. Patrons from across New England come for our great breweries and often discover other restaurants and fun shops.  It's impossible to not be personally inspired by the hopes and dreams of our business owners as they spearhead the great revival of downtown Framingham.  I seek to build upon their unabashed courage by promoting an area where people can stand by their convictions while striving toward both personal and professional goals. Thank you for continuing to stand tall with the small-business momentum in our walkable, colorful urban core!


6 Mile Moment
Monday, April 17th | 10 am - 2 pm
Marathon celebration at intersection of State Routes 126 and 135
Restaurant Week
April 17 - 23
No tickets & no fuss  - just great food at wonderful prices!
Taste of Downtown Framingham
Sunday, April 23rd, 3 - 7 pm  
Springdale Barrel Room, 102 Clinton St
The owners of Jack's Abby sprouted this great idea to support the downtown's robust restaurant industry.  Buy your tickets today for this eclectic sampler from our wonderful restaurants!  
Mural Mile Road Race and 200 Meter Kids Dash
(Art Week Boston Event)

Saturday, May 6th  
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

9:00 am 438 Franklin Street (1 mile race)
9:30 am 42 Franklin Street (200 meter dash)

This unique one mile race and 200 meter kids dash in downtown Framingham gives you a positive sensory experience that demonstrates the intersection of art and wellness. Race proceeds go to the Rich and Chris Chesmore Scholarship, which supports high school runners as they advance into college.  This is an official Art Week Boston event that features live music, interactive painting, and a chance to get your #muralmoment photo. Register and/or become a sponsor today!
Taste of Downtown Framingham April 23rd
Mural Mile Road Race & Kids Dash
Saturday, May 6th 9:00 am


Recent Openings &
Upcoming Celebrations

- Miranda Bread - 470 Waverly Street - Opened March 6th

- Danny Sullivan's - 102 Irving Street - Grand Opening March 17th

- CORE Fitness - 84 Concord Street - 2 Year Open House - April 1st

- El Pikante Foods - 40 Union Avenue - Opened April 5th, Grand Opening TBA

- Atos Boutique - 100 Concord Street - Party Saturday, April 15th



- Sofa Cafe - 181 Concord Street - Grand Opening April 10th

- MetroWest Pharmacy - 214 Union Avenue -  Grand Opening April 12th

- Sabor de Casa - 40 Hollis Street - TBA

- Metrowest Healthcare Academy - 100 Concord Street - TBA

- BRZ Insurance - 107 Concord Street - TBA 

- Martial Arts / Jiu Jitsu Studio  -  16 Concord Street - TBA

- Ice Cream Shop ~ 20 Union Avenue - TBA

- Delhi Hut - 16 Irving Street - Re-opening TBA


** Subject to change and not all inclusive!

- Jazz Show and Jams -
Amazing Things Art Center - 160 Hollis Street

- Whaddaya Know Team Trivia - 7:30 pm -
Deluxe Depot Diner - 417 Waverly Street
- Dart League - Danny Sullivan's - 102 Irving Street
- Entertainment - Amazing Things Art Center - 160 Hollis Street

- Jam in the Ham -
Danny Sullivan's - 102 Irving Street
- Entertainment -  Amazing Things Art Center - 160 Hollis Street

- Live music - Amazing Things Art Center -
160 Hollis Street
- Live music - Taqueria Mexico - 8 pm -  40 Concord Street
- Live Jazz - Pho Dakao - 8 pm  101 Concord Street
- Live music - Danny Sullivan's - 102 Irving Street
- Live music - Tropical Cafe - 85 Hollis Street
- Open Mic - Deluxe Depot Diner - 417 Waverly Street
- Live music - El Mariachi's - 358 Waverly Street
- Live music - The 4's Sports Pub - 666 Waverly Street

-  Deluxe Depot Diner -
Acoustic Sunrise (morning), Karaoke (night) - 417 Waverly Street
-  Food Trucks - Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company - 12 - 5 pm - 81 Morton Street 
-  Live music - Danny Sullivan's - 102 Irving Street
-  Live music - Tropical Cafe - 85 Hollis Street
-  Live music - Amazing Things Art Center - 160 Hollis Street
-  Entertainment - Mi Cocina Restaurant - 18 Irving Street
-  Live music - The 4's Sports Pub - 666 Waverly Street
-  Live music - El Mariachi's - 358 Waverly Street

-  Live Mariachi Band - Taqueria Mexico - 12 - 5 pm - 40 Concord Street
-  Entertainment - Amazing Things Art Center - 160 Hollis Street
-  Entertainment - Mi Cocina Restaurant - 18 Irving Street


- Atlantis Dental - 118 Concord Street - Full Time Dental Assistant
- Deluxe Depot Diner - 417 Waverly Street

- Pho Dakao - 101 Concord Street 

- Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company - 81 Morton Street

- Jack's Abby - 100 Clinton Street

- El Mariachi - 358 Waverly Street - drivers wanted

- NORTHEAST LOGISTICS SYSTEMS, LLC - 59 Fountain Street - Systems Administrator

- Sofa Cafe - 181 Concord Street

- A-Affordable Insurance - 114 Concord Street 




  • Historical / architectural tour guide training
  • Grassroots outreach in TOD Zone
  • Construction in Downtown Common and MBTA Lot
  • Urban gardening projects along Waverly Street
  • Streetscape improvements to Waverly Street and Hollis Court Parking Lot
  • Parklet adjacent to Amazing Things Art Center
  • Renovated apartments above Pho Dakao
  • Cycling advocacy and promotion in partnership with Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company, 1854 Cycling Company, and N+1 cyclery




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Downtown Framingham Shamrock Stroll!

It's time to step outside your silo and enjoy the fruits of Downtown Framingham. 

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in our festive, walkable downtown! Take this epic journey with friends from near and far as we traverse Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company, Jack's Abby, Taqueria Mexico, Deluxe Depot Diner, Tropical Cafe, and our new addition, Danny Sullivan's. 

This promises to be a memorable, safe event for everyone, whether you love to drink water or a locally crafted brew! Each location will have a surprise attraction to keep you entertained throughout the night. 

Build social capital with us in the MetroWest hub of diversity, inclusion, innovation and healthy living! 

6 pm Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company | 81 Morton Street
7 pm Jack's Abby | 100 Clinton Street
8 pm Taqueria Mexico | 40 Concord Street
9 pm Deluxe Depot Diner | 417 Waverly Street
10 pm Tropical Cafe | 85 Hollis Street
11 pm Danny Sullivans | 102 Irving Street

Framingham Commuter Rail Lot (free after 5 pm)
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company
Howard/Concord Street Lot (recommended)
Deluxe Depot Diner
Hollis Court
Jack's Abby

Holiday Stroll and Pub Crawl

Join us for our inaugural Holiday Grog-style Stroll in Downtown Framingham! From Goodie Two Shoes to Hoponius Union to Wormtown Diner Car to Coronas and Singhas and Budweiser longnecks -- we'll keep the blood pumping with our multicultural Pub Crawl, music and tapas in our downtown Winter Wonderland!

Exhibit A Brewing Company | 5PM
Jack's Abby Beer Hall | 6PM
Taqueria Mexico | 7PM
Deluxe Depot Diner Open Mike with John Furr | 8PM
Pho Dakao Jazz Friday Night with Alison Keslow Trio 9PM
End at The Tavern Framingham with Little Jed & the Phat Daddies | 10PM to Closing

Dress super warm and in layers so you can be cozy on the crawl and can peel down for dancing and fun all along our route. We're so excited to trek around our new sidewalks with you under our pretty lights. Check out the Holiday Window Contest, too! Everyone should be decorated to the 9s. 

It's so fun to be in Downtown Framingham for the holidays!

Farm Pond Fall and Vintage Bike Fest


Practice the art of exploring the everyday world around you at FDRs Farm Pond Fall and Vintage Bike Fest this Sunday!
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Outside Lies Magic

The Season of Color is Here!

Framingham Downtown Renaissance (FDR) has teamed up with the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) and Cisco Cycles to host the Farm Pond Fall and Vintage Bicycle Festival. This co-sponsored event will be held this Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 11AM to 3PM at Farm Pond Park on Dudley Road, Framingham. Join us as we celebrate our historic connection to Farm Pond and welcome a new vintage bike tradition to Downtown Framingham!

Farm Pond Fall & Vintage Bike Fest offers something for everyone! Families, friends and visitors are invited to borrow kayaks and canoes (or bring your own), dance to live music, participate in outdoor games, hike the walking trail, ride ponies and much more. Local vendors with artisan items, jewelry, pottery, food and fun doggie treats will be on hand!
Vintage bicycle showdown.
If you haven't guessed by now, the folks at our own classic bicycle shop Cisco Cycles love old bikes. Antiquity. Tweed. Less cars and more style. We love that in our downtown and especially in the craftsmanship of yesteryear

Cisco Cycles is the proud sponsor and organizer of this year's addition, a community vintage Bicycle Show!  People with bikes produced through 1984 are welcomed to participate. Judging categories include the following: Balloon Tire, Randonneur / Touring, Road Racing, Track, and Tandem. Two top entries will be awarded People's Choice and Best in Show.
Kids will be kids!

There's so much for the kids, too! Boys and girls will be super amazed by homeboy Jo Jo the Magician's magic and balloons. And come early, because we have the Party Ponies again this year, thanks to our wonderful sponsor, Kiessling Transit.