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The Fremont area features a variety of things to do and wonderful places to explore. Whatever your age or interests, there’s something to see in and around Fremont.

The Cultural Arts Complex in the Gary Soren Smith Center for the Performing Arts brings music, theater and dance performances to the Fremont area. The Fremont Symphony Orchestra performs concerts there from September to May.

The Fremont Art Association Gallery presents exhibitions of many local artists. The Olive Hyde Art Gallery offers gallery exhibits introducing an array of traditional and contemporary art.

Stage 1 Repertory Theater showcases local talent in popular productions. The Independent Broadway West Theatre, located in the historic Irvington district, produces five full-length plays each year.

Niles Depot Museum, once the junction of two major rail lines, is home to the Tri-City Society of Model Engineers and to the Jim Sullivan Memorial Library, which has over 500 books on railroad history. The Museum of Local History includes a country store, livery stable, early movies made in Niles and a fossil section.

Fremont Main Library is one of the largest public libraries in northern California. The building is home to the Maurice Marks Center for Local and California History and the Alameda County Business Library. There are three branch libraries in the Centerville, Irvington and Niles districts.

The Fremont area is also replete with much-anticipated community events. Just a few examples include the annual Fremont Festival of the Arts during the first week in August, the Farmers Markets in Centerville and Irvington and the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton.

In nearby Niles, every year on the first Saturday in June, visitors can experience Charlie Chaplin and Essanay Studio Day. The annual Niles Antique Fair offers vendors displaying antiques, collectibles and miscellaneous flea market fare. The Ohlone College Super Flea Market also sells trinkets and treasures on Saturday mornings. Old Mission San Jose and Museum features one of 21 historic Franciscan Missions, the only California mission in the East Bay. Each year on the weekend nearest June 11, a festival offers arts and crafts, ethnic cuisine and mariachi music.

On the first weekend in August, the Annual Fremont Festival of the Arts is the premier event for music and art in the Bay Area. It is the largest outdoor, free festival in all of California, offering events and activities for people of all ages.

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