Historic downtown Livermore continues to be an important gathering place for residents, business, and visitors. A strong downtown association is working to preserve the historical nature of the city center, as well as make it a walkable and attractive area for shopping, dining, entertainment, and cultural activities. Besides numerous boutiques and restaurants, downtown Livermore includes a 10-screen movie theater, a 500-seat cultural arts theater, a year-round farmers’ market, and even interactive fountains for cooling off during warm summer days. Besides the Wine Country Festival, and the Chili Stampede, other popular downtown events include the Downtown Halloween Carnival, and the Holiday Sights and Sounds Parade and Tree Lighting.
Founded in 1869, and officially incorporated in 1876, Livermore is located in the Livermore Valley, part of the Tri-Valley region of Livermore, Amador, and San Ramon valleys. It sits on the easternmost edge of Alameda County, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and is considered the gateway to the Central Valley. The 26.4-square-mile city is approximately 44 miles from San Francisco, and 33 miles from Oakland, to the west, about 30 miles from San Jose to the south, and about 40 miles from Stockton in the Central Valley to the northeast. About 90,000 people make Livermore their home.