The Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade is back for 2013!
One of the biggest and most unique events in Seattle is coming up this month. The Fremont Fair and its zany, exuberant Solstice Parade is this weekend: June 17 and 18! The highlight is the parade and the naked bike ride on Saturday, but there will be food, shopping, and festivities all weekend long.
Read on for everything you need to know about this weekend’s festivities!
The Fremont Fair takes place over two days, with food, live music, craft vendors, and a parade on each day. You’ll be able to shop for eclectic handmade and vintage goods from over 300 vendors! (Perfect timing for those of us who procrastinated on finding a Father’s Day gift.)
There will also be two stages for live music as well as several beer gardens and many food vendors.
The highlight of the weekend is without a doubt the Fremont Solstice Parade. The parade takes place on Saturday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m. The parade starts 3rd and Leary Way, continues along 36th Street, turns right on Fremont Ave. N, takes a left on N 34th St, and ends at Woodland Park Ave N. just before Stone Way.
We strongly suggest arriving early to get a good viewing spot before the parade starts at 2:00.
Dress in your most whimsical or artistic attire if you’d like, and be prepared for rain or shine!
You’ll get to watch creative floats, brightly-dressed dancers, stilt walkers, giant puppets, and all sorts of unexpected costume themes march in the parade.
And if you miss it, don’t worry: there is also a dog parade on Sunday!
And, of course, we can’t forget about the famous Fremont naked bike ride! An unofficial but essential part of Saturday’s Solstice Parade, the naked bike riders have painted their bodies and led the procession since the early 1990s. It started as a prank and grew over the years until it had thousands of participants. This year’s plan is for participating bicyclists to meet up fully painted at Gasworks Park at 1:00 p.m. prior to the parade.
Ready to get weird this weekend? You can find more information about parking, restrooms, and more at the event website.
The Fremont Fair
When: Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18
Cost: Free! (Vendor prices vary)
The Fremont Solstice Parade
When: Saturday, June 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: starts at 3rd and Leary Way and ends at Woodland Park Ave N. just before Stone Way