Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 3pm


The 2016 Fremont Solstice Parade takes place on Saturday June 18, 2016 in downtown Fremont. (Parade Map)  The parade begins at 3PM at 3rd and Leary Way.  The historic Fremont Solstice Parade is produced solely by the Fremont Arts Council, a non-profit organization.  We have been delighting crowds at the Center of the Universe with fantastic floats, marching bands, and other free-spirited street performances since 1989.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the Solstice Parade. Public art workshops are held early May through June to prepare for the parade.  For more information on joining the parade, please contact volunteer@fremontartscouncil.org or visit our website www.fremontartscouncil.org  for more information on ways to get involved.

Today, the parade has been made famous (infamous!) by the inclusion of the Solstice Cyclists (Solstice Cylists.org), a celebration of 1500+ naked-but-painted bike riders, who are released onto the parade route before the start of the Solstice Parade.  This event celebrates the rebel in all of us!  It is a “nude not lewd” event, where families are welcome to watch their friends bare all, paint up, and ride through the streets of Fremont!

The parade ends at Gas Works park (2101 N. North Lake Way) where the Fremont Arts Council hosts the Fremont Solstice Celebration featuring HONK Fest West, (honkfestwest.com) a music festival of local and national community street bands.  Join us for food trucks, a beer garden, art installations, and four stages of band performances.  The Fremont Solstice Celebration begins at 3:30PM and rocks the park until 9PM.

Watching the Solstice Parade is best from a VIP stage along the route, where a comfy chair, shade cover, and a host announcer is waiting for you.  To reserve a VIP seat, please contact parade@fremontartscouncil.org.  Please consult the parade map for general viewing locations and get your seats early as this beloved event fills the streets with spectators!

To support the work of the Fremont Arts Council and the Fremont Solstice Parade, please donate to the Green Hat parade ensemble as it passes by, or go directly to myfremont.org  to make donations on-line.  Fremont Arts Council is a 501 C-3 tax deductible, public arts organization.

Let your freak flag fly this Summer at the Fremont Solstice Parade and Celebration!

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Art Cars

Singing lobsters, a mobile chalkboard, and a whole lot of dental knickknacks – it wouldn’t be the Fremont Fair without the Seattle Art Car Blow-Out. The weekend features the largest gathering of Art Cars in the Northwest – over 75 decorated cars will be on display on Saturday and Sunday!

For more information on Seattle Art Cars, visit www.seattleartcars.org. To get involved, contact Kelly Lyles at kelly@kellyspot.com or Don Ehlen at DonEhlen@theinsectsafari.com

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Dog Parade

Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 2:30pm

Sunday at 2:30pm the Dog Parade, paralleling its human counter part, will march through the Fair Grounds featuring our furry friends of all shapes and sizes. Registration takes place on Sunday on 35th Avenue & Phinney, behind the big purple slide from 11am-1:30pm. A $10 registration fee benefits, COLA, Citizens for Off Leash Areas, and is required per dog family. 

COLA advocates for Seattle dogs and dog owners, working to increase and improve our current dog parks, build community, and provide education to ensure safe and enjoyable areas for dogs to exercise and play.  Learn more and become a COLA member at www.seattlecola.org.


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Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 10:30am

Grab your mat and join the Yoga for the Solstice at the Fremont Fair. Taking place Sunday at 10:30am on the Rocket Block, yoga teacher, Laura Yon, will lead a solstice-inspired, one hour yoga practice for all levels complete with summer sun salutations. Free raffle prizes will be given away from Laura Yon, KIND Bar, and Barefoot Yoga.

Click Here to Register for Yoga for Solstice.


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Fremont Abbey

Fremont Abbey Arts Center will host a variety of FREE art activities for all ages at their "Arts for All" tent next to Theo Chocolate on 35th. 

Abbey Arts ACTIVITIES include:

    • Crazy Chalk Art – Pure fun, no explanation needed!
    • Paint-By-Neighbor – Side-by-side with your neighbors, you can add your voice to a community-sized painting or create a smaller work of art that you can take home (sponsored by Artist & Craftsman)
    • Little Monster Puppets – Have fun with water colors, recycled materials, and other zany objects to make a puppet or hat adornment.
    • Music Makers – Make simple musical instruments with a recycled twist!
    • Collaborative Art - Play with glitter, beads, glue, and more and contribute to an art project that grows throughout the weekend.

FREMONT ABBEY ARTS CENTER'S mission is to curate welcoming arts & cultural experiences where people of all ages and incomes can explore and grow. Abbey Arts focuses on local music, contemporary dance, visual art, spoken word, and storytelling. Formats include multi-arts collaborative performances like the Round, intimate close-up concerts, new dance performances with live music, community gatherings like the Moth StorySLAM, dance classes, plus a variety of workshops and artistic life celebrations. Visit www.fremontabbey.orgfor more information on the Fremont Abbey and how to get involved.

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The Fremont Fair continues to embrace buskers – as you walk through the fair grounds on Saturday and Sunday keep a look out for impromptu chalk artists, musicians, magic acts, jugglers, and who knows what next!

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