Fremont Solstice Fair & Solstice Parade every June coincides with the Summer Solstice. The funky, friendly Fremont neighborhood celebrates all aspects of community: art, spirit, sharing, 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.
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
Fremont Fair on Saturday and Sunday features live music stages, a craft market, beer garden, art cars, fair foods, and much more! The Fair benefits the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization that supports Shop Local, procures and maintains most of the public art, works to develop the community, and promotes business and education opportunities in the Fremont neighborhood.
The Fremont Solstice Parade on Saturday afternoon is celebration of life and art that winds through downtown Fremont to Gas Works Park (starts at Leary Way NW & 2nd Ave NW). 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.
Sunday: Dog Parade on Sunday afternoon. $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.
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 the parade, nor tolerates 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.
2019 Fremont Solstice Festival and Parade Schedule
Live Entertainment & Beer Garden: Saturday, June 22: 11am – 8pm. Sunday, June 23: 11am – 5:30pm.