Fremont Solstice Fair runs Friday through Sunday every June to coincide with the Summer Solstice*, in the funky and friendly Fremont neighborhood. Since 1972, Fremont celebrates the Summer Solstice and the best of the community: art, spirit, sharing, celebration and working together to help each other. During Fremont Fair weekend, people from all walks of life come together to shop, eat, drink, perform, smile, dance, run, converse, debate, groove and parade. There is beer, food, and merchandise for sale.
This solstice parade on Saturday afternoon is celebration of life and art that winds through downtown Fremont to Gas Works Park. The Fremont Solstice parade is most famous for its nude (though painted) cyclists who ride first at the start of the parade. Note that the Parade is not a nudist event, it is an Art event that recognizes the human body as a canvas and the joy of riding as a part of our community’s creative expression. There is a strict policy of No Lewd, Offensive, Obscene, or Otherwise Objectionable behavior. The parade isn’t just about the nude cyclists, there are giant puppets, stilt walkers, floats, dancers, cyclists, and musicians.
Is the Fremont Fair for your family?
The Fremont Fair welcomes family members of all ages. In fact, there are special activities just for kids and families. However, Fair goers should be aware this is a very eclectic and free-spirited event. Some Fair guests appear in full or partial body paint, or trace amounts of clothing and a variety of colorful costumes – this is typically limited to Saturday’s festivities, especially the parade.
The Fremont Arts Council does not support overt nudity in our parade, nor do we tolerate lewd behavior of any kind. If families have concerns, read through the Fremont Parade FAQs to determine if the Fremont Fair is right for you.
*What is the summer solstice?
The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop). The summer solstice indicates the stop of the sun to the north before it begins to move south again. The solstice also marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, when the sun reaches its northernmost point above the equator.
The summer solstice is longest day of the year and occurs sometime between June 20 to 22, depending on whether it is a leap year or other factors such as gravitational pull from the moon and the slight wobble in Earth’s rotation (you knew about that, right?).
At the winter solstice six months from now, just the opposite occurs: the sun is at its southernmost point, it is the shortest day of the year, and occurs between December 20 to 23.
Fremont Solstice Festival and Parade activities
Saturday & Sunday Festival: Hundreds of local and imported crafts vendors, food vendors, beer garden, two stages of live music and DJs, art cars (decorated cars), busker street artists (musicians, jugglers, chalk artists, etc.).
Saturday: Solstice Parade at 1:00pm (starts at Leary Way NW & 2nd Ave NW and ends at Gas Works Park) lead by nude cyclists and followed by giant puppets, stilt walkers, floats, dancers, cyclists, and musicians.
Saturday: Gas Works Park Solstice Celebration featuring live music, beer garden.
Sunday: Dog Parade at 2:30pm. $20 per family registration fee to participate. Paralleling its human counter part, featuring furry friends of all shapes and sizes. Registration takes place on Sunday on 34th Avenue, at the COLA tent from 11am-1:30pm. Required registration fee benefits, COLA, Citizens for Off Leash Areas.
2018 Fremont Solstice Festival and Parade Schedule
Two-day Festival: Saturday, June 16, 10am – 9pm and Sunday, June 17 11am – 6pm. Featuring the largest outdoor arts & crafts fair in Seattle with vendors from around the PNW, 25 food vendors, two beer gardens, and two stages playing music from the PNW-region.
Saturday Solstice Parade: Saturday, June 16, 1pm.
Sunday Dog Parade: Sunday, June 17, 2:30pm.