Solstice Parade and Fremont Fair welcome summer
Fremont Fair, June 20-22, and Solstice Parade, June 21, Seattle.
Seattle Times staff
Featuring Built to Spill, Blue Scholars, Tacocat, Campfire OK, Cascadia ’10, The Flavr Blue, The Physics and Blue Scholars, 5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday (June 20-21), Fremont Fair Main Stage, Seattle; $20-$35 (206-633-0422 or fremontfair. strangertickets.com).
The Fremont Fair celebrates the longest days of the year this weekend with music, art cars, kids’ activities, food, arts and crafts vendors and Saturday’s one-of-a-kind Solstice Parade.
A new feature this year, ticketed concerts on the main stage, kicks off the fair Friday evening and continues Saturday.
The popular Solstice Parade starts with a mass of nude and/or body-painted bicyclists riding the route before the official Fremont Arts Council’s mobile art, marching ensembles and creative floats parade without written words, animals or motorized vehicles. The parade ends at Gas Works Park, collaborating with Honk! Fest West hosting live music, art activities and food vendors at Gas Works from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The fair Saturday and Sunday features hundreds of vendors, beer gardens, entertainment, food trucks and the Art Car Blowout display of 75 creatively decorated vehicles.
All ages are welcome, with children’s art activities and family-friendly entertainment hosted by Fremont Abbey Arts Kids Area, chalk artists, magic acts, jugglers and buskers around the festival area, and the Big Purple Slide, back this year after a year’s absence
Dogs have their day Sunday, the only day they’re allowed to accompany their people at the Waterfront and Center beer gardens. Dogs of all shapes and sizes join the Sunday Dog Parade through the fair grounds at 2 p.m., with a $10 per family entry fee to benefit COLA, Citizens for Off Leash Areas.
Parking in the area is extremely limited and some streets are closed for the event. Coming on foot, by bike or on the bus is suggested. Saturday’s traffic is complicated by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon at Seattle Center, causing several street closures. Besides the ticketed concerts, the fair is free; donations to benefit local nonprofits are collected throughout the event.
Madeline Mckenzie: firstname.lastname@example.org