Celebrate the Summer Solstice: 2010 Fremont Fair

Events, free — By Michelle Schusterman on June 15, 2010 at 5:22 am

A good friend recently sent me a link to the official website for this year’s Fremont Fair, and like that, my weekend plans were set.

Every summer solstice since 1972 has been welcomed with a party in the quirky Seattle neighborhood of Fremont, otherwise known as the “center of the universe.” We’re talking over 100,000 people engaging in all things creative; arts and crafts, live music, painted cars, street performers and the highlight – the Solstice Parade.

The festival is this Saturday (June 18th) from 10am-8pm and Sunday (June 19th) from 11am-6pm…although the party will most likely continue in Fremont’s bars and restaurants long after the fair closes up. The Solstice Parade will appear in all its body painted glory at noon on Saturday. The primary location for the fair is west of Fremont Ave North on North 35th Street and North 34th Street/Canal Street.

If you’re coming from another part of Seattle, it’s best to take the bus – there’s no official parking at the fair. Coming in from out of town? Check out these hotels close to all the fair action:

Chelsea Station on the Park

University Inn

Watertown Hotel

This is a free-spirited event, and while event planners do their best to make this a family-friendly fair, keep in mind some parade participants treat body paint as a replacement for clothes. The Fremont Fair is totally free, although you’re welcome to donate. The proceeds go to several non-profits, such as Solid Ground, which focuses on relieving poverty.

Hope to see you at the fair!

[Image courtesy of .curt., feature image courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives]

Tags: "family friendly", Events, fair, festivals, fremont, Kid Friendly, seattle

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