Founded in 1972, the Fremont Fair is one of Seattle’s most beloved neighborhood street festivals, featuring a weekend of eclectic activities that celebrate the quirky community of Fremont, the self-proclaimed “center of the universe.” Held Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19 (and to coincide with the Summer Solstice), the event draws more than 100,000 people to shop, eat, drink, mingle, groove, and enjoy all manners of creative expression. Artistic highlights include craft and art booths, street performers, local bands, wacky decorated art cars, the free-spirited Solstice Parade produced by the Fremont Arts Council, and many other oddities that personify Fremont’s official motto “Delibertus Quirkus” – Freedom to be Peculiar.
The parade gets underway on Saturday, June 18 at 11:00am with street closures, chalk fairies and stages. The painted cyclists (wearing only body paint) start their parade at the corner of 3rd Ave NW and NW 36th St – at 11:45am, painted and ready to roll! The parade ends at GasWorks Park, where the festival goes until 7:00pm.
RedHook is celebrating its 30th birthday and will be at the fair with two beer gardens. There’s also a wine garden, thanks to Proletariat Wine Company and Small Lot Co-Op. You can enjoy a glass of wine, a view of the Fremont Canal and incredible live performances on the Verizon Wine Garden Stage.
Activities will include a one-hour hatha yoga class at the Center of the Universe. Located at the PCC Waterfront Stage on the west end of the Fair, Laura Yon-Brooks will lead a solstice-inspired, yoga practice for all levels on Sunday, June 19. Also on Sunday, there’s a Dads and Dogs Day Puppy Parade, and a Grilling Competition. There are arts and crafts and activities for kids. For more information go to http://www.fremontartscouncil.org.
The Fremont Fair, produced by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, fundraises for a number of area non-profits including Solid Ground, a local poverty-focused non-profit who originated and produced the Fair for nearly 40 years.