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Fremont Oktoberfest is here!

September 19th, 2014 by Cara


The 18th annual Fremont Oktoberfest benefitting the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. The beer-centric event opens at 5pm this evening, tickets are available here. The festival will take place between Phinney Ave N and 1st Ave NW along N 35th Street and N Canal Street. The Sunday Market will take place as normal on N 34th Street.

The most notable change this year is that Friday and Saturday remain 21 and over but Sunday is now Family Friendly! Children and dogs are welcome for free with a paying adult.

For the full festival rundown visit this page with a very useful infographic.

Festivities include but are not limited to…

The Tasting Garden:

Image from Fremont Oktoberfest's Facebook

Image from Fremont Oktoberfest’s Facebook

The Buxom Beer Garden with liter steins and boots for the photo op

The Oktoberfest 5k Run on Sunday at 10am. Not into running? There is also the Street Scramble scavenger hunt at 10:30am.

There will also be live music, an indoor sports bar, food and of course, the Miss Buxom contest.

Again, this event benefits the Fremont Chamber of Commerce who’s mission is to ”strengthen the business climate and improves the quality of life in the Fremont area.” This includes supporting local schools, art groups, community events, and promoting Fremont as the “Center of the Universe.”

Not planning on participating in the festivities?

Expect increased traffic and crowds in Fremont all weekend. 

Festival hours are as follows:

  • Friday, September 19 – 5:00pm-12:00midnight* (21+ Only)
  • Saturday, September 20 – 11:00am-12:00midnight* (21+ Only)
  • Sunday, September 21 – 11:00am-6:00pm** (Guests under 21 admitted for free when accompanied by paying adult)

Attendees are encouraged by the organizers to cab, Uber, or have a designated driver.

Welcome to the “Center of the Brewniverse!”

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Art, Dancing, and Cider!

September 5th, 2014 by Cara

Don’t let the summer adventures slow down! Fremont has even more fun festivities for you in September including these highlights from this weekend:


Fremont First Friday

Pick up a brochure from one of the venues and map your route. Canvas! Paint and Sip studio is the most recent addition to the venue roster. Also be sure to swing by Osprey Letterpress which is tucked away on canal street. The venue provides even more interesting things to look at in addition to the art.


Live Music at Nectar

Nectar pulls out all the stops with dance music blending afro beats and latin music on Friday, to funk on Saturday, and partnering with Dusty Strings for Uke Heaven on Sunday. Ticket prices range from $10 to $25 day of the show and you can bet the garage door will be open for a weekend as nice as this!


Schilling Cider House Grand Opening

It’s here! The Schilling Cider House will have it’s grand opening this Saturday September 6th from 11am-11pm. The new cider-centric bar will have 32 rotating taps with exclusively cider. A wide selection of bottled and canned ciders are also available. Find out more about the Grand Opening festivities here.

The new Cider House is located on N 34th Street just across from Blue Moon Burgers. Don’t let the scaffolding deter you! Schilling Cider House and Old School Frozen Custard are both open while the exterior of the building gets a facelift.

The Schilling Cider team put in extensive hours revamping the space and tailoring it to celebrate the already passionate cider fans and convert plenty more. It’s Washington Cider Week to boot! You can expect even more cider events in Fremont over the next 10 days.

You can read more about the Schilling Cider story in our previous post “Schilling Cider set to open cider bar in Fremont.”


The cold cases are stocked and the taps are ready to go!



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Fremont Bridge Closure this Weekend

September 4th, 2014 by Cara

SDOT’s current painting project will close the Fremont Bridge completely this Saturday and Sunday from midnight until 7am. Pedestrians and bicycles will have an opportunity to cross at 1:20am and 2:20am. Cars will have a signed detour.

This is an August 26th update from SDOT:

Crews have been busy working inside the “heel” of the bridge on the north side of the ship canal – the area under the bridge that pivots down when the part you see goes up.  They’ve been hauling out road grit and pigeon guano, pressure washing and scraping paint, and – yes – priming and painting this area for a month now.

Crews have also strung cables below the northern bascule, from the base of the bridge toward the center or “toe” of the bridge.   These cables will support a containment system which protects the Ship Canal from anything might fall during the work: rust, scraped paint, tools, paint drips, etc.

Watch out for that pigeon guano!

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Dog-centric in the Center of the Universe

August 28th, 2014 by Cara

There are plenty of happy pooches in Seattle during the summer! They get to run, swim, and explore with their owners often with plenty of panting involved. However, most owners have to return to work after the weekend or maybe can’t venture as far as their pup would like to. For dogs who don’t enjoy spending all that extra time  inside, Fremont-based Jogs for Dogs offers an innovative solution. Jogs for Dogs (or JFD) pairs and coordinates payment between dog owners with runners to get dogs out and exercising.


Jogs for Dogs was founded by Brendan Fahey during his time at the University of Washington. An avid runner and dog lover Brendan began running dogs, and soon he needed help. Brendan hired friends and fellow students a like to help get dogs out and running. After graduating he realized a different model was needed to meet the growing and evolving needs of both clients and runners.

We caught up with Brendan earlier this year  after the debut of the new Jogs for Dogs website and app. Here’s what we learned:

1. What makes Jogs for Dogs an important service?

JFD connects Dogs, who might otherwise not get some great exercise, with fun and energetic Runners who are looking for an awesome running partner.  There are lots of services for dogs, but JFD is unique because it is Just One Runner, and One Dog, and of course, it’s Running, not Walking. JFD Runners run because they love it, it’s fantastic exercise, and it’s a sweet way to make really good money for an hour of your time.

2. Why did you choose Fremont for JFD headquarters? How does being here affect or influence Jogs for Dogs, if at all?

 Well of course if we had to be someplace, the Center of the Universe is a good place to start. Jogs For Dogs is all about “creating a fun platform for people to connect with one another.” And in a sentence, I’d say that’s pretty similar to Fremont.
JFD is a tech company rooted very solidly in “real non-tech” reality. In other words: we use technology to enable a very real marketplace (that has actual tangible value) to function.  And so, we were looking for a place that has a great tech vibe, and also a great “real-world” feel. Fremont is perfect. Google shares a block with a chocolate factory. You’re as likely to run into a Facebook Engineer as you are a Brew-master.  And of course, from Fremont you can run some of the coolest runs in the city…whether you’re circling Lake Union, running the Queen Anne Crown, or doing the Ballard/Fremont Bridge Loop.
Like many other Fremont business Jogs for Dogs fits the Seattle, and Fremont lifestyle, however it is not just limited to Seattle. Jogs for Dogs offers connections to runners in Portland, San Francisco, and even London!
Have a dog that needs a jog? Connect with a runner in Seattle or another major US city here.
Interested in becoming a runner? You’ll want to get JFD certified! Find out more here. You can also connect with JFD on their Facebook.
Fun Fact: The Jogs for Dogs logo is taken from a photo of Brendan and his dog Scout! You can often see them running some of the runs Brendan mentioned above.

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Fremont Outdoor Movies honors the late Robin Williams

August 22nd, 2014 by Cara




On Wednesday Fremont Outdoor Movies honored the late Robin Williams with a screening of one of his most well-known films. Initially the Outdoor Movies crew did not reveal with film would be shown hinting at Patch Adams, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, or The Dead Poets Society.

Robin Williams passed away earlier this month on August 11th. After being active in comedy, film, and TV for over forty years his death sparked an overwhelming response from the public through nearly every available medium. The big screen was no exception.

When the film began Wednesday evening Mrs. Doubtfire claimed the honors, a film with both humorous and serious themes set in San Francisco a city to which Williams had strong ties. A smaller but dedicated crowd than normal attended this weekday screening.

Sally Field and Robin Williams in a scene from Mrs. Doubtfire at the Fremont Outdoor Movies

Sally Field and Robin Williams in a scene from Mrs. Doubtfire at the Fremont Outdoor Movies

The Fremont Outdoor Movies schedule continues this weekend with a cult-favorite: The Big Lebowski on Saturday evening. The Dude costume contest included. This is a 21+ showing.

The final movie of the season will be shown Saturday August 30th and promises to be prehistoric


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Stairway Project Completed in North Fremont

August 14th, 2014 by Cara

If you live in Fremont you know about the hill. Yes, that big one. Fremont Ave gradually rises from the canal up to 45th but the streets to the west are a fair bit steeper. Among the twisting roads on the hillside are several public staircases to increase pedestrian access to the area.

The new staircase replaces an older staircase connecting Greenwood Ave N and Palatine Ave N between the 43rd and 44th Street blocks. The new staircase is more open and already in use, especially on sunny days. Interested in learning more about Seattle’s stairways? Check out Seattle Stairway Walks: Fremont for tips and tours.

The newly completed staircase

The newly completed staircase


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Starbucks Switches It Up

August 12th, 2014 by Cara

Regulars at the Fremont Starbucks will have to change their pre-caffeine route following Starbuck’s move last week. Starbuck’s is now located in the space formerly occupied by Peet’s which has sat empty for the past year. After closing both locations for a couple of days the new location was ready for business last Friday.

The new location will offer all the same Starbucks products including a Clover Machine. However there will be increased seating especially with the addition of an upstairs. This move has also required the Fremont Starbucks to hire additional staff and the store plans to continue it’s participation with the Fremont Art Walk in the new space.

Starbucks moves one block south to 34th Street and Fremont Ave N

Starbucks moves one block south to 34th Street and Fremont Ave N

While speaking with the store manager, Nicole, she described a natural progression that led Starbucks to make this move and that they realized it was a good thing long term. After 21 years in Fremont, they understand the importance of the community.

At this new location Nicole aims to have a “great community presence” by building on their pre-existing partnerships with artists, maintaining a notice board, and serving as a space for customers and the Fremont community.

A Grand Opening celebration is being planned for September, you can find out more on the Fremont Starbucks Facebook page.

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Fremont Bridge Lane Closures for Facelift

August 11th, 2014 by Cara

SDOT began work this week to paint the Fremont Bridge which is no easy task considering the immensity of the project itself along with the bevy of boats, bikers, walkers, and of course, vehicles that cross the bridge every hour. Here are the most important details about the closures:

Beginning this Monday and continuing for the next several weeks the northbound traffic lane and east-side walkway will be closed from 7am-3pm Monday through Friday.

There may also be a couple of weekend closures the first of which will occur on September 6-7th. However, these closures are only scheduled for the wee hours of the morning. From 3am-6am on Saturday and 12am to 6am on Sunday. (Heads up bar-goers crossing from Queen Anne!)

You can find the full project description here as well as this great explanation about how tricky it is to repaint a bridge here, both from SDOT.

We are also pretty big fans of the Fremont Bridge here at Fremont Universe, check out our post about the bridge for more fun facts.

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Shakespeare and Sunsets

August 10th, 2014 by Cara

For the past two weekends Wallingford Playfield has played host to some characters. Betram and Helena to be specific, along with Antipholus and Dormio from Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well and The Comedy of Errors respectively.

These characters and the performances they appeared in were part of Green Stage‘s  Shakespeare in the Park, now in it’s 26th season. This year’s performance calendar includes Othello, Love’s Labour’s Lost, All’s Well That Ends Well, and The Comedy of Errors.

Saturday August 2nd was a double feature of All’s Well That Ends Well and The Comedy of Errors in Wallingford. The late sunset and dynamic clouds make it an inexcusable evening to be inside.



Shakespeare in the Park is a Seattle summer tradition. For over 25 years Green Spaces has provided free productions geared towards families and fun. It all began with the Taming of the Shrew in 1989 and this year they complete Shakespeare’s canon with a KABOOM!


The simple yet celebrate setting at Wallingford Playfield

As part of the Backyard Bard performances All’s Well and Comedy use a simple cloth backdrop and clever costumes that four actors shift through with the familiarity of a routine. The audience is a range of ages, especially for these condense 45 minute shows. Folding chairs, rocks, blankets, and bare grass are the priceless theater seats.

This performance was worth wandering to Wallingford! For the remaining Shakespeare in the Park shows check out the Summer Performance Schedule.

What did you do this Saturday? If it was something awesome in the area let us know on Facebook or at 

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Drop your ballot off today!

August 5th, 2014 by Cara

Today is the last day to submit your vote in the Official Primary and Special Election Ballot for King County. For the City of Seattle the ballot includes Proposition 1 to establish the Seattle Park district which has had vocal arguments for and against the measure.

Need to resources to review the topics and hear the arguments? Here are a few:

The official King County Primary and Special Election information page.

The Stranger’s Slog Election blog makes their suggestions including endorsing the Proposition 1 measure.

The Seattle Times has additional coverage of the election with editorials and  their endorsement against Prop 1.

To return your ballot it must be:

a) mailed and postmarked August 5th

b) returned to an accessible voting center, the closest one is at Seattle Union Station and will be open until 8:00pm today

or c) taken to a ballot drop box by 8:00pm. The nearest location for Fremonsters is the drop box outside of the Ballard branch of the Seattle Public Library. For other locations refer to this site.

Got a stuck envelope? King 5 has some tips to help you out!

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Photo Contest Fun

July 30th, 2014 by Cara

Last weekend we had a little photo contest because#itsalwayssunnyinfremont This one from Instagrammer @nichollsaaron caught our eye because of it’s unique view looking south. Mt. Rainier, sailboats and the Aurora Bridge all at once! Check it out:



Thanks for letting us share your photo @nichollsaaron! Hope you’re enjoying the sun.

What should our next photo contest be Fremont?
Send us your ideas to today!

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TGIF: Thank God it’s Fremont

July 25th, 2014 by Cara

Happy Friday Fremont! The sun heard the weekend was coming and decided to show it’s face again. Get ready for a hot, sunny, Seattle weekend.

To celebrate the return of the sun Fremont Universe is having a sunset photo contest! Submit your sunset photo from Friday or Saturday evening this weekend by using #itsalwayssunnyinfremont and tagging Fremont Universe on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Please submit your photos by Noon on Sunday July 27th. Again, photos should be of the sunsets this weekend, please be honest and we’ll take your word for it!

Here is a sunset we enjoyed from Lake Union earlier this summer. Where will you see the sun set tonight?

Here is a sunset we enjoyed from Lake Union earlier this summer. Where will you see the sun set tonight?

There are of course, more than a few fun things happening in our neighborhood this evening but here are a few to get your brain buzzing with the possibilities:

Factory Flicks at Theo featuring Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at 6pm (All Ages, $15, RSVP online)

Fremont Outdoor Movies featuring Rushmore doors at 7pm (All Ages, $5)

High Dive presents Rock featuring In Cahoots, Left Hand Smoke, and Strange Jerome at 9:30pm (21+, $8)

Nectar & The PBJ present POLECAT, Spare Rib & The Bluegrass Sauce, and Jacob Navarro of Spoonshine at 8pm (21+, $12)

Clips Beer and Film Tour benefitting the Nature Consortium in Gas Works Park at 8pm (21+, Free Admission, $$ for beer, food, and games)

Know about other events we’re missing out on? Let us know at

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Nectar hosts the 2nd annual Planned Parenthood Benefit Concert

July 17th, 2014 by Cara

It’s a concert title you might have to read twice:

We ♥ Seattle: Second Annual Planned Parenthood NW Benefit Concert

But the line up is pretty straight forward. Seattle band La Luz will be headlining with Jason Webley, Golden Gardens, and The Gods Themselves. It promises to be an evening of great music for a cause.

The concert will specifically benefit Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest’s Someone You Know Fund which ”helps provide preventative reproductive health care services to uninsured and low-income individuals in our local community.”

What is also cool about this benefit concert is that 100% of the money earned will be contributed to the Someone You Know Fund! All of it!

You can purchase tickets online here for $15. Limited VIP tickets are also available for $30.

Happy Friday Folks!




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Leafly provides “Cannabis 101″ in Fremont today

July 8th, 2014 by Cara

With recreational cannabis shops set to open today in Washington a lot of questions have arisen. How will it work? What will legal marijuana, the product itself be like?

Leafly, a cannabis information community online, will be at five food trucks around Seattle from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm today. This special event will focus on “educating residents about safe, responsible cannabis consumption, giving out free lunch and passing out “Cannabis 101” flyers that include info on WA cannabis laws and tips for responsible consumption.”

Other topics that will be covered including:
- What first time cannabis consumers need to know
- Consumption methods (vaporizers vs. smoking vs. edibles, etc.)
- Reviewing the new recreational cannabis laws in Washington
- Hot to choose strains (or types) of cannabis
Leafly will also be sharing information about the new industry, and what future goals the industry has.

The Leafly team will be at the Flair Taco Truck at 315 N 36th St Seattle, WA 98103 (Between Greenwood and N Phinney). The Leafly staff will be handing out Cannabis 101 flyers and asking your cannabis questions. The first 250 customers will receive a free lunch. Head on down and get in the know!

Leafly’s Cannabis 101 Tips – Just Say Know

Cannabis is legal in Washington, but know the ground rules:

  • To buy cannabis you must be 21 or older.
  • Consume cannabis in the privacy and comfort of your home – public consumption will earn you a $100 fine.
  • Driving under the influence of cannabis is dumb. It’s also illegal. Don’t do it.
  • Taking cannabis across state lines is illegal.

Take it slowly: Today’s cannabis is more potent than ever.  Start with small doses and remember that edibles may take more than an hour to have an effect.

Leafly is the world’s leading online information and education resource for cannabis consumers. Through Leafly, 3.5 million visitors per month research strains of cannabis that will best meet their needs, access user-generated reviews of more than 800 cannabis strains and thousands of dispensaries, and follow news and culture content intended for everyone from beginning medical cannabis patients to the sophisticated connoisseur. To learn more, visit or download the app through Apple’s App Store or Google Play.


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Fremont Troll voted 5th best quirky landmark

July 7th, 2014 by Cara

It’s a question that had to be asked, what are the quirkiest landmarks in the US? USA Today and 10 Best teamed up to find the answers.


Readers selected a strong field of landmarks including oversized men, out of place objects, and itty bitty models of famous shrines and monuments. Many of these landmarks are in out of the way places, some very out of the way but you don’t have to travel far to congratulate the Fremont Troll!

The full list:

  1. Big Tex – Dallas
  2. Longaberger Home Office – Newark, Ohio
  3. Carhenge – Alliance, Neb.
  4. Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox – Bemidji, Minn.
  5. Fremont Troll – Seattle
  6. Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo, Texas
  7. Beer Can House – Houston
  8. Enchanted Highway – Regent, N.D.
  9. Ave Maria Grotto – Cullman, Ala.
  10. Peachoid – Gaffney, S.C.

You can find the list with accompanying pictures here.

Be a part of the Troll’s future!

Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking for everyone’s help in the establishment of the Troll’s Knoll Park. Here are a few ways you can help:

1. Learn more about the project here!

2. Complete this survey about the project.

3. Attend the Trolls Knolls Public Meeting about the project on July 16th, 2014 from 6:30-7:45pm at the Fremont Abby

4. Join the “Friends of the Trolls Knoll” group on Facebook

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World Cup Fervor Continues

June 30th, 2014 by Cara

Don’t miss the US vs. Belgium Tuesday at 1:00PM! The time difference makes it tricky for many folks at work but consider taking a long lunch. Here are the spots in Fremont that will be showing the game and attracting some serious fans:

The George and the Dragon
Frequently named one of the best bars to watch “football” in Seattle, Washington, and the whole U.S. This will be a seriously spirited crowd!

The Ballroom
Opens at 1:00pm and this game is sponsored by KEXP. Don’t forget about the pizza!

Norm’s Eatery and Alehouse
Opens at 11:00am and is dog friendly! Bonus points for any dogs rocking jerseys.

The Red Door
Opens at 11:30 with a  projector screen and a great deck

Don’t forget to cheer extra loud for Dempsey and Yedlin representing the Seattle Sounders on the US National Team. You can also catch the Argentina vs. Switzerland game at 9am.

More World Cup fun:

This fun video brought to us by the Sounder’s Rave TV captures the World Cup fervor in Seattle.

Two Weeks left of Pagliacci Pizza’s Futbol Challenge

Pagliacci Pizza is giving away a Vespa during the fervor of the World Cup. Customers can pick up a special playing card in store and receive one stamp every time a slice of pizza is purchased. Collect three stamps and your card can be turned in for the drawing. The more cards you can submit, the better your odds. The winner will be randomly chose on July 21st at 12pm. Your dream Vespa days may be just around the corner.

 I Believe!

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