Artistic highlights include craft and art booths, street performers, local bands, wacky decorated art cars, the free-spirited Solstice Parade produced by the Fremont Arts Council, and many other oddities that personify Fremont’s official motto “Delibertus Quirkus” – Freedom to be Peculiar.
The annual Fremont Fair is a funky, festive way start to each summer. It takes place this weekend (June 19-20, 2010), and is a celebration of “the Summer Solstice and the best of our community: art, spirit, sharing, celebration and working together to help each other.”
In addition to the typical food and vendor booths found at many of the other local festivals, the Fremont Fair includes several music stages and the colorful Summer Solstice Parade, preceded by the annual procession of the Fremont Solstice Cyclists (who generally wear little or nothing more than body paint). Also featured are the Fremont Abbey Arts for All (hands-on activities), the Ecozone (footprint-reduction information), the Seattle Art Car Blowout (third largest of its kind in the country), and other performances and hands-on activities. For stage schedules and further information, visit www.fremontfair.org or pick up an official program on site.
The Fremont Fair draws quite a crowd (reportedly upwards of 10,000 folks) to the smallish Fremont community (particularly for the Parade on Saturday), so bring patient attitudes and bike or take public transportation if possible. (Otherwise be prepared to spend some time finding legitimate parking and doing some walking.) Directions to the Fair and a map of the Parade’s route can be found at www.fremontfair.org/getting-here.
The Fair runs 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. The Solstice Parade is at noon on Saturday. Further information can be obtained via the links provided below or by emailing [email protected]
The Fremont Fair is free but donations are encouraged. All donations benefit local area nonprofits, including Solid Ground (a local human services agency dedicated to fighting poverty and reducing neglect).
For more information, see the following online resources:
Fremont Fair (official website)
Fremont Arts Council
Fremont, Center of the Known Universe (Fremont Chamber of Commerce)
- Fremont Fair (2010, Seattle Weekly)
- Quirky Solstice Parade, Fremont Fair usher in summer (16 June 2010, Madeline McKenzie of The Seattle Times)