Fremont Solstice Parade and festival welcome summer in Seattle

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It’s summer in Seattle, and what better way to celebrate than a parade and festival in the city’s funkiest neighborhood? Fremont prides itself in being quirky and unique. It’s the only place I’ve explored that has a giant troll under a bridge.

Fremont’s Soltice Parade isn’t the typical parade, either. It’s open to anyone who wants to participate. No motorized vehicles, printed words, or logos are allowed. Participants use creative artistic expression to communicate their messages.

The parade returns tomorrow, June 16, at 1 p.m. It starts at NW 39th Street and Leary Way NW and ends at Gasworks Park on the north shore of Lake Union. Expect to see puppets, stilt walkers, dancers, floats, musicians, and cyclists among the revelers.

Although spectators are welcome to watch, they’re encouraged to follow the parade to Gasworks Park, where the Fremont Solstice Celebration starts when the parade ends.

The celebration’s theme this year is Variete! Aerialists, fire dancing, DJs, live music, a Pun Slam, and interactive fun are among the entertainment highlights. Refreshments include beer, ales, and cider, along with hearty food from an assortment of food trucks.

And, best of all, the celebration is free!

View the celebration’s entertainment schedule.

The celebration runs from 1 to 10:15 p.m. Parking can be challenging in Fremont and Gasworks Park, so I recommend public transit. Plot your commute at the King Country Metro Trip Planner (bus) or Sound Transit Trip Planner (light rail).

For more information, visit the Fremont Arts Council website.

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