About The Festival

The Fremont Festival Of The Arts Is The Largest Free Street Festival West Of The Mississippi.

It attracts nearly 400,000 people annually and has activities and entertainment for the entire family:

  • Over 500 top-quality Art & Craft booths
  • Unique services and special deals on products in Business Marketplace
  • Artisanal prepackaged food sales in Gourmet Marketplace
  • Food booths benefiting non-profit organizations
  • Food trucks offering a variety of delicious street eats also benefiting non-profits
  • Beer, wine and margarita sales in branded glasses
  • Kids slushies in collectible cups
  • Continuous music featured on 2 stages
  • Street performers, including face painters, henna tattoos, balloons and more
  • Kid City and Kid City West filled with rides, games, and live performances just for the youngins
  • Kid friendly performances and demonstrations on the stage in front of Kid City

The best part is admission is FREE!

A statement from Fremont Police Department:

Safety Statement for Community Events
The Fremont Police Department is saddened by the tragic incident that took place at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Our hearts go out to the Gilroy community and those affected by the incident.

Public safety is our utmost priority. We would like to take this opportunity to address our community regarding security concerns at large scale events in the City of Fremont. In preparation for each individual event, the Fremont Police Department works closely with the event organizer, as well as other public agencies to coordinate necessary resources needed to ensure a safe environment for all event participants.

The 36th Annual Festival of the Arts will take place on August 3 – 4, 2019 in Downtown Fremont. We have worked closely with the Fremont Chamber of Commerce throughout the years and have reinforced security measures progressively in the last decade. Some of the security measures provided include:

– In-depth event security assessment and threat analysis; in partnership with federal officials;
– Crash Barriers that are proven successful at preventing vehicle attacks and erratic driving;
– Video surveillance throughout the venue;
– Presence of specialized tactical personnel and equipment, and explosive detecting equipment;
– Additional police staffing at the event, to include uniformed and surveillance officers;
– Elevated observation tower.

During this festival and all other Fremont events, we ask that community members remain aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity by calling our non-emergency number at 790-6800 and selecting option 3 or by dialing 9-1-1 in an emergency. “If you see something, say something.” You can also text-a-tip by texting: Tip FremontPD followed by your message to 888777. The Police Department will utilize Nixle and Twitter during the event to send out notifications and/or alerts if necessary. To follow the department on Nixle, simply text one of Fremont’s zip codes to 888-777.


Just how big is the Festival? Take a look at some of these stats…

  • 2018 marks the 35th anniversary of the Festival of the Arts.  The first festival was held in 1983 in the Fremont Hub.
  • 18,526 ice cream bars are consumed at the Festival.
  • Approximately 13,230 glasses of wine are enjoyed during the two-day festival.
  • 23,552 mugs of ice-cold beer are poured during the Festival.
  • More than 35,000 frosty cans of soda and bottles of water are sold to thirsty festival attendees each year.
  • Nearly 10,000 pounds of ice is used over the weekend to cool off the Summer heat.
  • The Festival of the Arts generates averages 3.3 tons of recycle materials and 1.75 tons of organic materials.
  • Over 3,000 volunteers are needed to run the festival.  The Chamber utilizes at least 800 for operations, 15 people sit on the Festival Planning Committee which is supported by 5 Chamber staff.  Other volunteers work at a variety of non-profit booths throughout the festival.
  • The Festival of the Arts has served as one of the largest fund raisers for local non-profit organizations. Over $11,000,000 has been raised over the festival’s 35-year history.  Non-profits have used these monies to fund scholarships and medical research; support at-risk children and families in need; provide safe environments for high school children; fund after-school and sports activities.
  • If you lined all the booths and attractions up in a straight line there’d be almost 4 miles of Festival fun.