It's time to celebrate the arrival of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the official start of summer. Fremont's fun and quirky Solstice Parade is Saturday, and the Fremont Fair is all weekend.
Celebrate the arrival of the summer solstice — the longest day of the year and the official start of summer — in Fremont’s fun and quirky signature style at the Fremont Solstice Parade on Saturday, June 16, and the Fremont Fair on Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17.
The Solstice Parade kicks off the festivities with nude and/or body-painted bicyclists who ride the route before the official Fremont Arts Council parade of more than 60 community-based ensembles fills the street with giant puppets, floats, dancers and musicians. The free-spirited entrants are required to be people-powered — no motorized vehicles allowed — and cannot contain printed words or logos. The parade ends at Gas Works Park with the Fremont Solstice Celebration, offering entertainment, food trucks and a beer garden until 10 p.m. Saturday.
From Saturday to Sunday, the Fremont Fair brings in arts and crafts vendors (hundreds of them), beer gardens, entertainment on two stages, food trucks and the Art Car Blowout display of creatively decorated vehicles. Saturday boasts nine hours of music, with live performances on the Main Stage and a DJ dance party at the Center Stage; there will also be music on both stages on Sunday. Vendors offer a variety of traditional fair food, along with cuisine of all kinds. On Sunday, Father’s Day offerings include bouncy houses and the Big Purple Slide for kids, and everyone’s sure to enjoy the Dog Parade at 2:30 p.m., led around the fair grounds by Blue Thunder drum line. Show up between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to enter your furry friend in the event for $20 per dog family. Proceeds benefit Citizens for Off Leash Areas (COLA).
A crowd of up to 100,000 is expected at the popular parade and fair. Parking is extremely limited and some streets will be closed for the event. Coming on foot, by bike or on the bus is recommended.
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The Fremont Fair benefits the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit organization that supports public art throughout Fremont, and seeks to develop the community and promote business and education opportunities in Fremont.
Fremont Solstice Parade
Time: 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, preceded by bicyclists, 12:45 p.m.
Location: Northwest 39th Street and Leary Way Northwest to Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle
More info: fremontartscouncil.org/parade/
Time: craft market, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; beer garden and entertainment, 11 a.m. -8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, June 16-17; dog parade, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 17
Location: west of Fremont Avenue North on North 35th Street and North 34th Street, Seattle
More info: 206-633-0422 or fremontfair.com