Seattle, WA for The Fremont Solstice Fair/Solstice Cyclists

When an entire neighbourhood proudly claims a motto like ‘de libertas quirkas,’ (‘free to be peculiar’) you know they know how to party. I lived in Fremont three years, and attended the fair for two of them. It really is a spectacle.

If a good ol’ fashioned fair romp is your thing, head on down to downtown Fremont in mid-June (2016 dates are June 17 – 19) for live music, art shows, buskers, a community yoga sesh, great food, beer, and a parade. This little city nook is already famed for its unrelentingly chill vibes, great restaurants and bars, Sunday farmer’s market, and…um…this guy: http://fremont.com/about/fremonttroll-html/ – the fair just kicks it up a notch.

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, pitch your knickers (or don’t – your choice!) and join the Solstice Cyclists on the ride of a lifetime. This now-infamous Fremont tradition began when, several years ago, the actual Solstice Parade was crashed by a jolly band of streakers. In a glorious demonstration of its desire to be inclusive (and…uh…just to have a lot of friggin fun), Seattle embraced these rogues and gave them a home. So strip down (as much or as little as you want – there’s not a lick of judgement from anyone either way), paint up (they even have a paint party prior to the ride…not kidding: http://www.solsticecyclist.org/paint-party-rules/) , and cruise!

Main Photo Credit: Paul Gordon, https://www.flickr.com/photos/34444455@N05/albums/72157620221720548
Peep the action from years past: https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=fremont%20solstice%20cyclists&w=all

Insider Tip

The parade begins at 3rd and Leary and ends at Gas Works Park. The park in and of itself is seriously kickass – the fact that there’s a post-parade party there just makes it a basically unmissable attraction.

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