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
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!
RAVE DANCE PAINT is a fundraiser event for the Front Door Framingham Gateway Mural Project. Come dance and paint all evening with artist Sorin Bica and Dj Karleboy in our one time only factory dance party.
Saturday March 19th
Former Bancroft Boxing
59 Fountain Street | Framingham
8PM till midnight.
Get your tickets now online for HALF the price at the door! Purchase here.
Online ticket price $25 | Day of show at the door $50.
Join us in Downtown Framingham for a day filled with fun and sparkle! Saturday, December 12th starting at 10AM, the ArtPOP Holiday Bazaar opens with lovely gift ideas and decorations to make your holidays special and unique. Then the real festivities begin...
10 to 11:30AM We have 6 very special slots in our Kaleidoscope Making Workshop for kids to learn how and make their own fabulous kaleidoscope! (Sets for sale, too.) Learn some science, technology, engineering, art and math by making 6 different types of kaleidoscopes with professional kaleidoscope maker and educator, Brenda Heddon M.Ed. The class is free, with the purchase of a $28 kit.
10:30AM Steve Anderson and Sara Brown will play some sweet acoustic classic rock to start our perfect downtown holiday weekend!
12PM or so Moonshine Alley will rosin up their bows to play some cool live bluegrass as a groovy soundtrack to the ArtPOP experience.
JoJo the Magician will also be here at noon for an hour to wow and amaze!
1PM Libby Franck will be on hand to tell some really wonderful, unique holiday stories that will go nicely with cookies and cocoa.
2 to 4PM Atlantis Dental is throwing their Star Wars Holiday Patient Appreciation Party for kids and families! Please bring a donation for the local food bank. They'll have raffles and Jedi Training for your little star warriors, pizza, drinks and dessert!
Framingham Community Theater presents "Holidays on Air!" at Amazing Things Arts Center | 2 shows! 2PM and 8PM. Check out this video of a show not to be missed. Picking up your tickets at the door? Mention "ArtPOP" or "Framingham Downtown Renaissance" and get $1 off the price!
3PM Navy Band Northeast POPS Ensemble in Nevins Hall | Holiday Concert! What a wonder-filled way to usher in the holidays. Tradition and joy.
Cookie decorating all day, and of course, some unbelievable art to admire in our pop up gallery that could just as well be known as Fountain Street Studios / FSFA East! Sorin Bica, Denise Driscoll, Cheri Clinton, Marie Craig, Becky Kisabeth Gibbs, David Wells Roth, Mary Spencer, Amy Weader, Jorie Anderson, Margie Sisitsky and much, much more have graced the ArtPOP with truly timeless works of art, from the classical to the contemporary.
As always at the ArtPOP now and through December 24th | Local crafts, fine art, jewelry, fair trade imports and more. We invite you to celebrate Downtown Framingham, come see to the new pretty lamp posts that have been installed and be a part of the new positive energy driving our great comeback. We wish you good health and prosperity in the new year, and all the warmth and joy this holiday season brings. Come soon, visit often!
DOWNTOWN FRAMINGHAM | 5th ANNUAL
& ArtPOP6 holiday bazaar
Launch the season on SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY with us in Downtown Framingham!
T’is the season to buy local.
Come join us at 40 Union Avenue in the former Fitts Insurance office on November 28th | 12 to 5 PM across from the Memorial Building to launch our ArtPOP6 Holiday Bazaar (open daily through December 24th)! Headlined by Sudbury's favorite fair trade global imports gift shop, Mango Tree Artisans — come celebrate the holidays and the magic of the giving season in Downtown Framingham. Scarves, jewelry, coffee, celebrity baristas, cookie-decorating, magic, arts and local crafts galore!
Stars light the way. Holidays around the world, all right here!
Starlights make it Downtown Framingham, and this year, come take a bedazzled fantasy tour of our storefronts along Concord Street, Union Avenue, Hollis and Irving Streets. Lots of culturally diverse shops and restaurants have opened over the past year, and there’s lots to discover!
vendors line-up & events schedule
Week 1 November 28th – December 4th
❄ SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!
Framingham Downtown Renaissance
Saturday, November 28 | 12 to 5PM
ArtPOP6 :: HOLIDAY BAZAAR OPENING 40 Union Avenue! Music and art. Facepainting with Jenny the Juggler. Vendors and performers TBA
❄ Town of Framingham presents
Friday, December 4 | 6PM
TREE LIGHTING at the Memorial Building! A special visit by Santa in Nevins Hall. Holiday treats and music.
WEEK 2 December 5th – 11th
❄ Fountain Street Studios
Saturday, December 5 ONE DAY ONLY!
11AM - 5PM | 59 Fountain Street
OPEN STUDIOS A variety of mixed media on display. Meet the artists! Unique holiday gift ideas. In the historic Bancroft Building.
❄ At the ArtPOP6 :: Holiday Bazaar
Saturday Night, December 5th | 9 to 1PM
Stars Shine Down Rock Club Pop Up with Big Bad Wolf (Framingham), Jesse Hanson (Ashland), and the Easy Reasons (Somerville). Refreshments TBA
❄ ArtPOP6 Pop Up Gallery Reception
Friday, December 11th | 5 to 7PM
WEEK 3 December 12th – 18th
❄ At the ArtPOP6 :: Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 12
Holiday Treats + Tapas 12:30 PM. Live music!
Sunday, December 13
Cookie Decorating 2-4PM
Sunday, December 14
Design Your Own Ornaments 3-5PM. Live music with TBA
WEEK 4 December 19th – 24th
Great local shopping without the holiday rush. One of a kind finds at the ArtPOP and many boutiques in Downtown Framingham.
*** Vendors TBA
DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTY OF HURRICANE JOAQUIN AND WEATHER CONDITIONS SURROUNDING ITS POSSIBLE PATH TOWARD NEW ENGLAND, OCTOBERFEST HAS BEEN CANCELED. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
Framingham Downtown Renaissance (FDR) has permanently teamed up with the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) to host the 4th Annual Farm Pond Fall Festival on Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 11AM to 3PM at Farm Pond Park on Dudley Road, Framingham. This popular festival, renamed OctoberFEST in honor of the new FDR | MWRTA partnership is a celebration of Downtown Framingham’s historic connection to Farm Pond, with a nod to the diversity that makes it special and unique. The event will feature music, food, games, boating, art, and other activities.
OctoberFEST will offer something for all ages! Families, friends and visitors are invited to borrow kayaks and canoes (or bring your own along), dance, participate in outdoor games and make crafts. Local vendors with beautiful artisan products, jewelry, pottery, food and fall sweets will be on hand. Live music will be performed by our soon-to-be famous incredibly talented local rockers Big Bad Wolf, and Brazilian percussion combo BLOCO Afro Brazil headed by energetic front man and our favorite Berklee grad, Marcus Santos. October FEST will kick into gear at 11AM with Tobler Reggae level vibes -- and bluegrass pickers (with a 90s metal twist) Little Jed and the Phat Daddies will wind up the day.
Other star attractions include 5th generation owned Hansons Farm, the fabulous Jenny the Juggler, downtown favorite Pueblito Paisa Colombia Restaurant and the ever-amazing Jo Jo the Magician! Voluntary donations of $5 per group or family go directly toward funding the event, and free fairground-style parking is provided on site.
The event, presented by FDR and MWRTA, is a collaborative project between Centre Music Shop, the Town of Framingham, Align Credit Union, and local businesses, nonprofits and art studios, to name a few.
Bring your lawn chair and friendly dogs on leashes! We welcome one and all to join the fun that this good harvest gathering brings to Downtown Framingham once a year. Click here for a map to the event and fairground style parking on site. See you there!
A limited-edition Framingham-only run of Framingham Lager bottles will be released on Friday, June 19th featuring art by renowned local artist Sorin Bica in collaboration with the Front Door Framingham Mural Project. Bica is working with FDR to create a bold, modern, community-themed mural at the crossroads of Routes 126 and 135 in downtown Framingham. This gateway mural will establish a new distinction for Downtown Framingham -- a unique, colorful place where people will come to meet up and be part of something great!