The summer solstice happens every year between June 20th and 22nd and is not only the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, but also marks the onset of summer. There is no more unique way to celebrate the Summer Solstice in Seattle than at the Fremont Solstice celebration. Here are some of the highlights:
Fremont Solstice Parade
Known for its creativity and “anything goes” fun vibe, the Fremont Solstice Parade is not to be missed. This truly one-of-a-kind event features stilt walkers, gorgeously vibrant floats, dancers, giant puppets and so much more! Produced by the Fremont Arts Council, this year’s parade will include 60 community based ensembles sharing their amazing talents. The parade kicks off on Saturday, June 22nd at 1pm at 39th St. and Leary Way and winds it’s flamboyant way to Gasworks Park. You won’t believe your eyes as the longest day of the year burns bright in the streets, and just as you think you’ve seen it all… enter the painted cyclists. A Fremont Solstice Parade tradition, the painted cyclists will ride this year at 2:30pm in all their colorful, naked, beautifully body-painted glory.
Love the parade? Get there early to ensure prime seating. To keep it going, make sure to make a donation as the Green hat parade ensemble passes by!
Directly following the Fremont Solstice Parade continue the party at the Fremont Fair! The weekend long festivities begin on Saturday, June 22nd at 10 am and run through Sunday, June 23rd at 6pm (get the exact hours here). Six blocks of Fremont’s neighborhood will be completely taken over by beer gardens, an incredible craft market, and Seattle Arts cars. There will also be plenty of fabulous live music including the Delvon Lamaar Organ Trio, the Black Tones, and Petty or Not. Check out the complete line-up here.
The Dog Parade
On Sunday, June 23rd at 2:30pm take a “paws” and check out the dog parade. It kicks off from the COLA tent located at 34th Avenue. Proceeds benefit COLA and help increase and improve our dog parks, build community, and provide education. Learn more about COLA here.
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