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Guide to Fremont Festival and Other Summer Solstice Celebrations

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It’s the 41st annual Fremont Fair, celebrating all the fun and funkiness of the Summer Solstice! Join in over Father’s Day weekend, and don’t for get the Solstice Trail Run, Skandia Midsommarfest, or Orcas Island Solstice Celebration to fill your month of June with activities!

Fremont Fair
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
June 15, 16 and 17
Phinney Street and N. 35th St
between 1st Ave NW and Fremont Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103
http://www.fremontfair.org

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 annually in mid-June 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 of the festival 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 Fremont Fair is produced by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and funds raised benefit 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.

It all kicks off on Friday, June 15 at 4:00pm with a Friday Pre-Party! Entertainment happens on the Redhook Main Stage and the Main Stage Beer Garden! Celebrate the Solstice until the sun goes down while you quench your thirst on your favorite summer brews and listen to live music on the Redhook Main Stage.

The parade gets underway on Saturday, June 16 at 12:00pm and ends at Gas Works Park with a festival from 1:00pm – 7:00pm.

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 17 at 10:30am. Also on Sunday, there’s a Dads and Dogs Day Parade! There’s $10 registration fee to COLA, Citizens for Off Leash Areas, required per dog family. Dogs will parade through the Fremont Fair grounds starting at 2:30pm led by Tubaluba, a great brass band!

Other Solstice Celebrations include:

Grand Ridge Solstice 5 Mile and 10 Mile Trail Run
Tuesday, June 5
6:30pm
Grand Ridge Regional Park
27000 SE 79th Street
Issaquah, WA 98027
http://www.evergreentrailruns.com

The park is a well hidden jewel in the Pacific Northwest. The groves of western red cedar trees and sword ferns in the central part of the ridge provide a combination of lush green shades and soft, foliage covered trails that feel great under the feet. This run will traverse all the way down the north side of the park to give you a view of the most beautiful areas in the park. Run a 5 Mile and 10 Mile course, fully supported with snacks, aid station and hot soup at the finish! Register online.

We the People Power
Saturday, June 16
1:00pm – 7:00pm
Gas Works Park
2101 Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
http://www.fremontartscouncil.org

In the playful spirit of the Fremont Solstice Parade, original activities offered at We the People Power will include a Cardboard Village (with solar lighting!), adventures in urban farming, make-your-own household cleaners, hula hooping (and corporate tax-looping), hands-on crafts, solar cooker construction, a soap box stage, roving performers and much more.

Over 35 local organizations will host creative and fun activities with environmental, social justice, fair democracy, sustainable business and other people-powered themes. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to meet people from a range of groups doing exciting work in our community and world – from Solar Cookers International, Verity Credit Union and the Just Garden Project to Citizen Advocacy 101 as taught by former D.C. lobbyist and director of the citizen empowerment organization, Knowledge as Power.

Summer Solstice Celebration
Wednesday, June 20
5:00pm – 8:00pm
DeLille Cellars Carriage House Tasting Room
14208 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE
Redmond, WA 98052
425.877.9472
http://www.delillecellars.com

Help welcome the arrival of Summer and the release of the winery’s highly anticipated 2011 Rosé! Cost: $20.00 club members, $25.00 non-club members. To purchase tickets call the Carriage House.

Summer Solstice Parade and Celebration
Saturday, June 23
12:00pm
Orcas Island
North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
http://www.orcasislandchamber.com

The 14th Annual Summer Solstice parade and celebration returns to Eastsound! The whimsical and always colorful foot parade will wind its way up North Beach Road ending at the Stage on the Green for local music and dance performances. The event is FREE and coincides with the Orcas Island Farmer’s Market (10:00am – 3:00pm), and the annual Garden Homestead Tour.

Summer Solstice Benefit
Saturday, June 23
White Center Food Bank
206.762.2848 or 206.713.0031
http://www.whitecenterfoodbank.org

There will be no better place to spend the longest day of the year than looking at sweeping views of our gorgeous Puget Sound and the deep hues of a magnificent sunset. Thanks to long time food bank supporters Lynne Ingalls and Mike Wald, the White Center Food Bank will benefit from a Summer Solstice cocktail party on June 23 at their West Seattle home, sure to inspire generous giving. Special guests will include State Senator Sharon Nelson, State Rep. Eileen Cody, State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon and County Councilman Joe McDermott at this first time event. Suggested donation to attend the Summer Solstice Benefit is $50, tickets are limited, all proceeds go directly to White Center Food Bank. Summer is often a slower time at the food bank when it comes to both financial and food donations, this event will assist us in keeping our warehouse full and families served during the summer season. Call for tickets.

“The Astrology of Being Queer” & Summer Solstice Ritual
Saturday, June 23
2:00pm
The Venus Moon
226 Main Ave. S
Renton, WA 98057
425.271.3373
http://www.thevenusmoon.com

There will be a Summer Solstice Ritual for all at 2:00pm, followed by a lecture and workshop with astrologer Andy Gehrz “The Astrological Detective”. See what your astrological chart says about your sexual orientation and gender and how to navigate your identity in the world! Free Natal Chart provided to those who pre-pay and pre-register by Summer Solstice (Wed. June 20)! Cost: $20/person. Call or stop in to pre-register.

Skandia Midsommarfest
Sunday, June 24
11:00am – 4:00pm
Saint Edward State Park
14445 Juanita Drive N.E.
Kenmore, WA 98028
http://www.skandia-folkdance.org

A FREE family-friendly celebration, including Scandinavian solstice music and dance performances, kids’ activities, craft and food vendors, and participatory dancing.

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