Downtown Digest April 2017 Volume 1: Issue 1

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Framingham Downtown Renaissance April 2017
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DOWNTOWN DIGEST - APRIL 2017 
warm hearts ~ open minds ~ hard work ~ prosperity

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!

DOWNTOWN EVENTS

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!
DINE DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT WEEK APR 17 - 23
Taste of Downtown Framingham April 23rd
Mural Mile Road Race & Kids Dash
Saturday, May 6th 9:00 am

SMALL BUSINESS NEWS

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

 

COMING SOON! 

- 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
 

WEEKLY ENTERTAINMENT

** Subject to change and not all inclusive!

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

Wednesday
- 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


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


Friday
- 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


Saturday
-  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


Sunday
-  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

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

- 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 

 

PEOPLE IN ACTION

ON THE HORIZON

  • 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

AVAILABLE SPACES

 

PARKING RESOURCES

#WeAreDowntownFramingham
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reflections from those who live, work and play in our downtown
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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! 

Schedule:
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

Parking:
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

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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.
Live music.

We gotta say -- we always have the best soundtrack for this event! This year we've got rock, dance beats, big band and ska, y'all. And we couldn't bring it to you without our veteran Fall Festival music heroes from Centre Music House and Amazing Things Arts Center hooking us up with sound this year :) Our music is proudly and kindly sponsored by Bernardi Auto Group, Tosti's Service Center and MAPA Translations and Language Solutions!

Music will be performed by The New Limits, Aug Stone, DJ Haze and headlined by Johnny Fireseed. We want you guys to move and groove your way into fall, so we have local dancing warriors from our downtown Brazilian capoeira studio, Casa da Bahia to inspire you!
You are what you eat. 
The food this year will knock your socks off! We have everybody's favorite fresh lemonade from When Life Gives You Lemons, the most awesome Velma's Kettle Corn, sweet delights à la Juniper Farms Ice Cream Truck and South of the Border tacos and burritos from our downtown guys at Taqueria Mexico, yo!
To your health!

We're some well-adjusted people here, and that's a big thanks and shout out to Fall Fest veterans, Chiropractic Solutions

Our favorite downtown dentist, Atlantis Dental will be here once again as well, with lovely giveaways that will make you smile wide.

And we are very proud indeed to include safety in that bill of good health -- with Framingham's Finest, our true blue community police officers who you know from seeing them on the sidewalks of downtown will be here, too!
There's magic outside. It's here for you to enjoy.
Borrow a kayak or canoe and paddle around on the Pond that was once connected to Downtown Framingham. Rediscover this beautiful hidden gem of ours on a lovely nature walk and remember how fun it is to just go outside and play. Boats sponsored by Align Credit Union!
 
Historic Harmony Grove.
 
Meet a new downtown Framingham company that brings it all together -- the 1854 Cycling Company Bikes. Bags. Abolition.

The thing that makes Farm Pond historically significant is its place in the anti-slavery movementCome learn about this incredible moment in history!
Animals on parade.

FramBark! You know it's gonna be cute. You know it's gonna be very doggone cute. And you're gonna like their Dog Costume Parade! So come on down and bring your friendly dog on a leash to try out the FramBark mobile agility course! And let Fido sport a cool Halloween canine get up for the parade! Polka Dog Bakery will be here, too. Yummy treats for your buddy.
Love horses? We sure do. Four beauties from the National Lancers of Framingham will be here, too. A sight to see along the shores of Farm Pond. Generously sponsored by Kiessling Transit!
Grateful we are.
The event, presented by FDR, is a collaborative project between local businesses, nonprofits, healthcare providers and art studios -- just to name a few. All coming together to support the great comeback of Downtown Framingham!

A very special thank you to the following
Farm Pond Fall Festival sponsors. We really appreciate your generous support! And to Framingham Parks & Recreation, well, you made it happen.

And thanks, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) for mowing the trail!
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Six Mile Moment

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We hope you will make Downtown Framingham your place to see the RACE this Patriot's Day!
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six mile moment

Boston Marathon in
Downtown Framingham

Cheer on the runners as they FLY past the SIX!

April 18, 2016 :: We're so jazzed that the Boston Marathon is almost here, y'all! The SIX MILE MOMENT is the runners' time to shine, and it's all happening right here! Won't you join us for the ultimate best view anywhere?

WHERE  Located at the crossroads of routes 126 and 135 in the heart of Downtown Framingham next to the Deluxe Depot Diner, our historic HH Richardson Train Station and the fabulous Bica Mural!

WHEN  9AM throughout racetime. Parking info and race schedule here.

Get primed with music + fun Friday April 15th. 

DH + the Gentlemen

The Tavern


Watch and listen. This is a rad little show to get your blood pumping! We can't imagine a better way to kick off this 6 Mile Proud weekend than with this upbeat, hip living jukebox with a pretty cool bio.

102 Irving Street at The Tavern. 9PM.

Then it's on to Marathon Monday, April 18th! 

Get on your mark.

On the morning of Marathon Monday, join us race side in Downtown Framingham! Set up your chairs and grab your favorite spot to watch the greatest race in the world. Settle in and grab a coffee and a gorgeous breakfast sandwich on the griddle under the tent made by Deluxe Depot Diner!

Get set.

Jenny the Juggler will be on hand from 10AM till noon with face-painting, and join Danforth Art for some creative sign making, too!  And this year we are excited to be joined by Saxonville's Fireseed Arts, creating a stir through their ENVIRONMENTAL ART with a REPURPOSE!

Run a go go.

Runners will pick up the funky pace in Downtown Framingham with dramatic drumming by Marcus Santos and his aNova Brazil drummers!
And no matter if you have to work that day, don't despair... You can tune into the live stream www.sixmilemoment.com even before the race begins and watch all day long with Downtown Framingham production company MediaBoss Television behind the camera! (Check out the awesome footage produced by MediaBoss below!)
You just want to feel this 6 Mile Moment!

Stay and celebrate! 

Finish strong.

The race might be over, but don't leave in such a hurry! After-party-it-up at Amazing Things Arts Center with Afro Celtic Funk, Soulsha. Our vintage firehouse will throw up the sashes and open up the front doors for some dancing in the streets yo. Watch and listen. Starting at 3PM and running till 5PM.

Rediscover 
Downtown.

We hope you will join us and stay long after to grab a bite to eat at one of our many fabulous restaurants and cafes! From ethnic to Americana, you'll find it here. Take a look around and see the comeback of Downtown Framingham, and meet people who come here from all over the world.

This year's savings guide is full of lots of great deals from our generous small businesses. Find it at the Six Mile Moment tent and keep your eyes open for it in Friday's Framingham TAB

Gratitude.

Thanks and praise for the Town of Framingham (DPW, FPD, FFD, Parks and Rec, Community Planning and Economic Development, and more!), our fab downtown businesses and faithful volunteers. Congratulations to all of them for making this amazing day happen!
Special (massive and huge) thanks go out to MediaBoss Television for organizing the entertainment and livestream broadcast -- and for their vision which started this whole thing! Each year they bring their passion and skill to the Six Mile mark. The make it a real event and put us on the map!
And a very special thanks and shout out go to Middlesex Savings Bank, generous sponsor of the SIX MILE MOMENT and Framingham Downtown Renaissance! Stop by and see Jim & Kerri at Mile Six for Black Cow Ice Cream, too! 
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RAVE DANCE PAINT

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.

Photos taken at Dj Karleboy party in Sorin Bica's studio Summer 2015.

Bring clothes to paint in or just dance! Tapas and light beverage offered. Cash bar. This is a 21+ only event -- get your tickets here.

100% of ticket sale proceeds will be dedicated to the Gateway Mural Fund.

Listen.

December 12th with FDR! Pure magic.

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!

 

Winter Wonderland kicks off on Small Business Saturday!

DOWNTOWN FRAMINGHAM | 5th ANNUAL

WINTER WONDERLAND

& 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!

Go to these links FMI about the holidays here ::
www.amazingthings.org
www.pacmetrowest.org

www.danforthart.org
www.fountainstfineart.com

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

 

CANCELED :: 4th Annual Celebration of Farm Pond | OctoberFEST

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!

Limited Edition Gateway Mural Labels

Limited Edition Gateway Mural Labels

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!