Fremont Fair and Fremont Solstice Parade 2024

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📸: Fremont Fair

📆 Saturday, June 22nd – Sunday, June 23rd

Some things just scream Seattle.

The Fremont Arts Council’s annual Fremont Solstice Parade is quintessential Seattle, right up there with socks and sandals. Or Subarus. Held each summer to celebrate the solstice, the parade is one part of the larger, two-day Fremont Fair. What makes this procession such a prominent display is the naked bike riders who lead the way. 

For 33 years, the community of Fremont, aka the Center of the Universe, has heralded the arrival of summer this way. Watch as over 60 different groups, including probably your neighbors and friends, stroll the streets with giant puppets, floats, dancers, stilt walkers, and bands in a dazzling display of lively creativity. The parade is people-powered, meaning no motorized vehicles are allowed.

A map for the 2024 Fremont Fair in Fremont, Seattle, Washington.

During the weekend, over six blocks of the Seattle neighborhood become home to hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, beer gardens, and live music on two stages. This year’s performers include rockers Down North, brass band Super-Krewe, and funk music collective Marmalade, promising a line-up that’ll ignite the crowd. 

I recommend getting to the parade early to secure a spot. It starts on Saturday, June 22nd around 1 pm. Beyond art, crafts, and clothes, numerous food options will be available. Here are a highlighted few, but the full vendor list will be posted online

And perhaps the best thing about this event is its inclusive spirit. It’s not just for spectators but for everyone who wants to be a part of it. So, if you suffer from FOMO, grab a BIKE, SLAP ON some BODY PAINT, and REGISTER!

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Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.