News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


Solstice Music Festival Line Up Announced

April 18th, 2015 by Cara


Building on the success of the inaugural Solstice Music Festival last year, organizers recently announced the 2015 lineup featuring a heavily local lineup.

The Fremont Fair features two stages; The Redhook Main Stage & Reyka Vodka Waterfront Stage. All shows on the Waterfront Stage are free and programming is done by Fremont’s Nectar Lounge.

The Redhook Main Stage hosts the Solstice Music Festival with hip hop group Deltron 3030 and two-time Grammy-nominated Presidents of the United States of America headlining on Friday and Saturday evenings respectively.

Tickets are available now.

Here is the full line up for the Redhook Main Stage:

FRIDAY JUNE 19, 2015:

  • Ayo Dot & the Uppercuts
  • Ra Scion
  • Headliner: Deltron 3030


  • Fox and the Law
  • Ayron Jones and the Way
  • Headliner: Presidents of the United States of America

Don’t miss the Solstice Parade at 3pm

Let the countdown begin!



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Time for a Solstice Celebration!

June 20th, 2014 by Cara

In case you haven’t heard, it’s solstice time! The Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade takes place this weekend and our not-so-sleepy neighborhood will be full to the brim with festivities, live music, and of course visitors!

Bold Hat Productions, the organizers behind the fair has put together this fun Fremonster’s Guide to the Fair:


Here are a few other tips we think Fremonsters might find useful:

Sunrise today was at 5:11am (kudos to anyone awake to witness it) and Sunset this evening won’t be until 9:11pm. Today, June 21st is the official Solstice!

The Redhook Main Stage (where the Concert series is taking place) is on 35th street between Phinney Ave N and Evanston Ave N dubbed the “Rocket Block.” And very importantly, the Main Stage Beer Garden is located on the South side of the street. The concert series bands will perform from 5:30-10:45pm.

If you rely on street parking, don’t move your car. Just don’t do it. The Rock and Roll Marathon is also going on downtown. Traffic is no way to celebrate the Solstice.

The street closure for the Solstice Parade begins on Saturday at 2:30pm, the Painted Cyclists (aka Naked Bike Ride) hits the roads at 2:45pm, and the parade begins its progress at 3:00pm.

Want a change of scenery? Head to the Solstice Celebration at Gasworks Park on Saturday featuring Honk! Fest West with brass bands, food, and another Beer Garden! Festivities carry on until 9PM

Beer Gardens!
– All the Fremont Fair beer gardens are CASH ONLY
– The Fremont Fair beer gardens will be pouring Budweiser plus three of major sponsor Redhook’s brews: Redhook IPA, Redhook ESB,  and Redhook Audible.

The Art Cars have moved! They are now located closer to the Fremont Canal near the Burke Gilman.

Learn more about the Solstice Parade and Gasworks celebration on the Fremont Arts Council website.

You can also get the lay of the land here:


Happy Solstice!!!

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Happy Earth Day!

April 22nd, 2014 by Cara

IMG_20140410_133736_642Happy Earth Day everyone!

All across the media, at schools, workplaces, and on the Google homepage our society is recognizing Earth Day. We are lucky to live in a place that places such great emphasis on sustainability, innovation, and recognizing our environmental impact.

For what takes place on Earth Day beyond the shared images of planet earth, healing hands, and woodland critters (which are very cute) visit According to their site, “More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”

More Celebrations to Come

Less than 2 months until we can celebrate the Earth in a uniquely Fremont fashion! The Solstice Festival and Fremont Fair will take place on June 20-22 and you don’t want to miss a minute of it!

New this year will be the Solstice Concert Series and the parade moves to a new time. Keep an eye out for Fremont Universe’s coverage of the event and our Festive Fremonster Guide with tips for local Fremonsters and friends during the festivities.


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41st Annual Fremont Fair, Solstice Parade Return June 16-17

January 12th, 2012 by Sean Keeley

Coinciding with the Fremont Arts Council’s Solstice Parade, the 41st Annual Fremont Fair will take place June 16th and 17th this year.

A collection of performances by local bands, arts and crafts shopping, food and drink, artistic expression and fun for young and old – all coming together to celebrate Fremont’s “delibertas quirkas” culture, the Fair is one of Fremont’s can’t-miss attractions every year.

The Fremont Arts Council’s Solstice Parade will kick things off at noon on Saturday, June 16. Claim your spot early, the event annually draws over 50,000 spectators to cheer on the floats, wacky characters and, of course, painted nude bicyclists.

Sunday, June 17, is Dads and Dogs Day at the Fair, featuring a pup parade. Humans can join in too so long as it’s cool with their pooch.

There’s also the Fremont Beer Garden, Seattle Art Car Blowout and four performance stages.

Fremont Fair is a benefit for Solid Ground, a local poverty-focused nonprofit who produced the Fair for nearly 40 years. The remaining funds collected in the beer gardens and onsite donation boxes go into the Fremont Chamber of Commerce’s grants program and are awarded to non-profits to fund projects that benefit the Fremont community.

For more information, visit

Photo courtesy of Tom Wright Photography

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Take The Fremont Fair Survey, Help Make The Event Even Better

July 8th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Did you attend the 2011 Fremont Fair or do you own a business in Fremont that was open during the fair? Well then you’re perfect for this…

The Fremont Chamber of Commerce and Fremont Arts Council are looking for your help in making the fantastic Fremont Fair fantasticer (not a word, but you get what I mean).

All you need to do is take this nine question survey and you’ll be helping to make next year’s fair even better than this one. And this one was pretty good, IMO.

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Bluebird Bringing Locally-Sourced, Artisan Ice Cream To Fremont

June 30th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

As you know, Bluebird Ice Cream is coming to Fremont. We had a chance to speak with owner Josh Kessler-Reynolds about the store, how they plan to work with other Fremont businesses and what kind of yummy goodness we can expect.

Why did you choose Fremont for your 2nd shop?

Fremont is the Center of the Universe, right? Apart from that, it’s just such a dynamic neighborhood. I can tell you that when friends and family visit, my girlfriend and I always include an afternoon in Fremont as one of the stops. The neighborhood just seems to offer a lot. From a more specific business perspective, the new neighbors [Hotel Hotel, Pie, Dubliner, etc.]…provide a fantastic compliments to Bluebird Ice Cream.

On the kind on ingredients Bluebird uses...

For those unfamiliar with Bluebird: it’s small batch, locally-sourced, artisan ice cream. We strive to make all of our flavors the-best-you’ve-ever-had: If you try a sample, you’ll want a full scoop. We source locally, taking advantage of our natural surroundings (like fruit from Remlinger Farms) as well as the wealth of like-minded artisan food makers in Seattle (Elysian Stout ice cream, anyone?) It’s ice cream made from local dairy, with all-natural and organic ingredients.

Along with Theo, who provides Bluebird with their chocolate, what other Fremont businesses do you plan to work with?

We love Theo. There are more special collaborations in the works between us. Pie and Ice Cream is an obvious match, so I would hope for some exciting things to happen between our two businesses. We’ve done some stuff with Homegrown, and I consider those guys to be great colleagues of mine. I hope for further collaboration and cross promotion in the future. Caffe Vita just up the street will be collaborating with us, and next door to that Bluebird Ice Cream will soon be available at all Via Tribunali locations. When we have our grand opening (Aug 1st? No promises.) We’ve already been discussing with the Pie girls and the guys at the Hotel Hotel hostel upstairs about hosting some kind of block party, along with the Dubliner, so keep your eyes out for that. I’d encourage anyone who has a place that they want to serve Bluebird ice cream to send an email ( and we’d love to supply your favorite restaurant, market, or grocery store.

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Bluebird Bringing Ice Creamy Goodness To Fremont

June 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

We recently noticed that almost all of your dessert options were covered in Fremont. However, when it comes to dessert, there’s always room for one more.

If you attended the Fremont Fair, you might have noticed Bluebird’s Ice Cream Cart or even sampled some of their yummy ice cream. If you liked it, good news. Bluebird is opening up a “microcreamery” on Fremont Ave in between Pie and the Dubliner.

This will be Bluebird’s second store, their first is located in Capitol Hill, And if you’re not familiar with, they’re all about local and fresh ingredients.

The ingredients we use are almost entirely local, organic whenever possible. The dairy comes from all-natural, hormone-free cows in Washington and Oregon. The stout is brewed at the Elysian, and the coffee is roasted at Stumptown. All of the fruit comes from the Northwest. The baked goods are from Seattle bakers that we think supply good-quality, local, natural products.

The plan is for the store to be opened at some point this summer. In the meantime, follow along with Bluebird on Twitter and Facebook.

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Fremont Fair & Solstice Parade Images, Photos, Links And More

June 20th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

And so, another Fremont Fair comes to an end. A good time was had by all in spite of Saturday’s weather and Fremont’s many vendors, bars, restaurants and coffee shops seemed to be pleased with the weekend that was.

My favorite costume? The bioshock-underwater-diver-radioactive-gator-fighting-stilted guys. How bout you?

Below find some links to the many stories and recaps about the weekend as well as some photos courtesy of Tom Wright Photography and Lucy Pearce.

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Fremont Fair & Solstice Parade: Schedule, Times, Events And FAQ

June 17th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

All the hours you’ve spent riding your bike, preparing your stomach for massive amounts of food intake and painting your naked body are about to pay off. The Fremont Fair is this weekend and the Solstice Parade is Saturday.

Are you ready? Just in case, here’s everything you need to know.

Fremont Fair

Days & Time: Saturday 10am to 8pm, Sunday 11am to 6pm.

Cost: FREE! (However, donations are encouraged via tipping at the beer garden or making contributions at the information booths. Donations will benefit Solid Ground, a poverty-focused, non-profit, who produced the Fremont Fair for many years, as well as the Chamber’s grant program.)

Vendors: Full list here. Vendors located west of Fremont Ave North on N 35th Street and North 34th Street/Canal Street.

Special Events & Areas:
Yoga for the Solstice presented by Planet Earth Yoga and KIND Snacks – Sunday, June 19 at 10:30am
Dads & Dogs Day Puppy Parade – Sunday, June 19th at 2:30pm
Dads & Dogs Day Grilling Competition – Sunday, June 19th, 1:00-2:15pm
Fremont Abbey Arts for All (located just west of PCC and The Red Door on 34th St.)
Seattle Art Car Blowout (Burke Building Upper Parking Lot)

Parking: Yeah, good luck with that. Honestly, take the bus if you can (5, 26, 28, 30 and 31) or bike in (Bike Corrals are located along the park at 1st Ave NW and Canal Street). There is no light rail access in Fremont. If you absolutely have to drive, your best bet is to head up Fremont Ave. and park north of 41st St. in the residential areas. Folks like me who live up there won’t like it, but, we’ll deal for a weekend. Get more info on getting here at the Fremont Fair site.

Bathrooms: There are four port-o-potty areas set up so you don’t have to keep sneaking into Starbucks (N 34th St and Phinney Ave N, 1st Ave NW and N 35th Street, N 35th street by the big purple slide, Evanston Ave N).

Solstice Parade

Day & Time: Saturday, June 18th at Noon

Route: Begins at the intersection of N 36th Street and Leary Way, runs through downtown Fremont, ending at Gasworks Park.

So, Is Everyone Naked Or What?: Well, a lot of the bicycle riders that are in the parade will technically be partially or fully naked but they’ll also be covered in bodypaint, not to mention other add-ons (fairy wings, fancy hats, etc). No one’s gonna be running around shoving their private parts in your face, it’s a celebration, not a sideshow.

Do I Have To Get Naked, Too?: No, you don’t have to. Plenty of parade-goers are donning clothing and most everyone watching is clothed. Then again, nobody’s stopping you either.

Where’s The Best Place To Watch?: Pretty much anywhere on 36th Street is good. Take note, a lot of folks set up shop early with chairs and blankets. If you want a “front row” seat, get there ASAP.

Are Restaurants, Bars & Coffee Shops Open Along The Route?: Are you crazy? Of course they are. Grab an outdoor table if you can and settled in.

Can I Take Pictures Of The People In The Parade?: Sure, though please remember this is less of a “let’s take photos to make fun of these people” kind of event and more of “I gotta take a photo of that cool costume” kind of event. FYI.

Have fun this weekend and we’ll all check back here Monday for our favorite moments, photos, costumes and stories from the weekend. Happy Solstice, everyone!

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Fremont Has No Excuse Not To Practice Yoga Now

June 15th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Seriously, try as you might to avoid practicing yoga, you won’t be able to avoid it much sooner. One way or another, yoga is going to get you.

Way No. 1 – The grand opening of Sweat Hot Yoga (3516 Fremont Place N.) is today, Wednesday, June 15. Check out the website here for info and class times. Owner Rebekah Santiago will be giving out one free unlimited month of yoga to a person in each class today. Good odds. We spoke with Rebekah about the new studio in April.

Way No. 2 – Planet Earth Yoga is bringing Solstice Yoga to the Fremont Fair. Grab your mat and join them as they celebrate the solstice with a hatha yoga practice in the Center of the Universe. Located at the PCC Waterfront Stage on the west end of the Fair, Laura Yon-Brooks will lead a solstice-inspired, one-hour yoga practice for all levels. Please pre-register you and your yoga mat.

Way No. 3 The Summer Outdoor Yoga Series lets you practice yoga in beautiful outdoor settings while also helping children in need. Every two weeks, they meet in a different location and ask for suggested donation of $10 or gently used kids’ clothing. All proceeds to benefit Treehouse for Kids. ( They’ll be at Gasworks Park on June 30th, Greenlake in July and Fremont in August (spots TBD).

So there you go. Come July, I’ll be randomly stopping people on 35th St. from time to time to check their warrior pose, so you better be ready…

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Sunday Is Dads & Dogs Day At Fremont Fair

June 13th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Moms, kids and cats…I hope you enjoy the Fremont Fair on Saturday because Sunday is all about Dads and dogs.

  • Dads & Dogs Day – PCC Grilling Competition, Sunday, June 19 from 1:00-2:15pm: PCC Natural Markets and Weber Grills are hosting a grilling competition on the PCC Waterfront Stage Sunday, June 19 from 1:00 to 2:15pm. Bring your dad down to the Fremont Fair for a chance to judge the competition and see which PCC Natural Markets chef prevails!
  • Dads & Dogs Day – Dog Parade, Sunday, June 19 at 2:30pm: You won’t want to miss this puppy parade, with support by Daily Ticket, and led by Tubaluba! Paralleling its human counter part- the Fremont Art Council’s Solstice Parade- fairgoers are invited to bring their four-legged friends on Sunday to participate in this fun pup precession, or simply puppy watch along the parade route. The parade starts on the West end of the Fair next to the Bike Corral. A $10 donation will get you a professional digital photo of you and your pup, a dog goodie bag, and a chance to win a sweet raffle prize with proceeds benefiting Solid Ground. Have Fido dress up or come al naturale!

For more information and a complete schedule of activities, visit

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Solstice Parade Updates: Donations, Body-Painting Party & More

June 9th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Fremont’s Solstice Parade is approaching and there’s lots of things still to do, plan for and, of course, paint.

The Fremont Art Council is still on the lookout or donated materials to help them build their floats, artwork and other items for the parade.

While cash donations help us buy supplies and materials for the studio, we rely on other “scrounged” or donated materials to create fantastical art for the Fremont Solstice Parade (We can’t make all this great art without stuff!)

The place to make your donations is the The Powerhouse Solstice Studio (3940 Fremont Ave. N.) and they’re accepting through June 18th. Swing by between 6-9pm Monday through Friday or 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday. For a list of what you can donate and what they do not want (both lists are very large so read them carefully), check out their site.

What if you’re thinking about cycling in the parade but have never done it before and don’t know what to do day-of? FAC is here to help. The Solstice Cyclists will be hosting a body-painting party at corner of 3rd Ave NW and NW 36th St at 11:45 a.m. for the start of the parade on the 18th. To join the painting party, email

And if you need more info on best practices for riding in the parade, check out the official rules. Well, they’re more like guidelines, but you’ll see why they’re in place:

Don’t be creepy. Seriously. Don’t stare at people. Don’t take photographs without permission. If you’re not getting painted or helping someone get painted, don’t come.

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Fremont Fair: Award Winning Chef Tiberio Simone Book Signing

June 6th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Greenwood resident Tiberio Simone’s book, “La Figa: Visions of Food and Form” features pictures of food artfully placed on naked human bodies. Using the human body as his canvas, and natural fresh ingredients as his paint, Simone’s elegant and tasteful nude images are the culmination of a five year collaboration with photographer Matt Freedman.

The James Beard-Award winning chef will be signing copies of La Figa on June 19th at the Tasty Delectable Collectible Booth at the Fremont Fair from 12-2pm.

Get more info on the book and Simone at, find out more about Tasty Delectable at their website and find out more about the Fremont Fair here.

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40th Annual Fremont Fair Is Almost Here

May 31st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

If you live in Fremont, you’ve been seeing the tell-tale signs that spring is coming for a while now. The Fremont Art Council is getting their floats ready for the Solstice Parade. And there are Fremont Fair posters and handouts scattered throughout town.

As for the Fair, it’s rapidly-approaching (June 18th, 19th). There are so many things to do at the fair, it’s hard to list them all. The folks running the extravaganza sent over this handy list of bullet points for the uninitiated to know all the must-see and artsy activities that weekend, including:

  • Fremont Arts Council Solstice Parade: The 24th Annual Fremont Solstice Parade takes place on Saturday, June 18th at noon. Produced by the Fremont Arts Council, the Fremont Solstice Parade is a showcase of art via human-powered floats.
  • Dads & Dogs Day – Dog Parade: Paralleling its human counterpart, the Fremont Arts Council’s Solstice Parade, fairgoers are invited to bring their four-legged friends on Sunday, June 19th at 2:30pm to participate in this fun pup procession. Bring your puppy in creative costume or let your dog strut his or her stuff au naturale.
  • Fremont Abbey Arts for All: Grow your brain on the arts at Fremont Abbey Arts for All at the Fremont Fair. Activities include a growing brain sculpture, chalk art, smell haiku, paint by neighbor and dance-a-painting. Plus, live performers and bands on the Fremont Abbey Stage!
  • Seattle Art Car Blowout: See more than 50 funky decorated art cars on display in the Burke Building parking lot (35th and Evanston). Cars travel from across the country to create the largest gathering of Art Cars in the Northwest! You can see them parked at the Fair, but want to see the art cars in motion? The Seattle Art Car caravan leaves Macrina Bakery in SODO at 10:00am on Sunday, June 19th and will head along the viaduct, past the EMP and crawl up the counterbalance and Queen Anne Avenue before crossing the Fremont Bridge into the neighborhood. Have you cameras ready!
  • Arts & Crafts Shopping: The Fremont Fair also features boutique shopping throughout the streets with over 300 booths filled with original arts and crafts, imports and opportunities to tie dye a t-shirt or get a henna tattoo.
The Fremont Fair is free and open to the public and runs from 10:00am to 8:00pm on Saturday with the Redhook Main Stage and Redhook Main Stage Beer Gardens open until 10:00pm. On Sunday, the Fair is open from 11:00am to 6:00pm. For more information and a complete schedule of activities, visit For the up-to-the-date announcements, follow @FremontFair on Twitter or find us on Facebook.

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Fremont News, Notes, Happenings & Whatnot 1/12

January 12th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Some news and items of interest for Fremonsters…

  • Ghost Light Theatricals will premiere “Metamorphosis”, a play based on the famous short story by Franz Kafka on Friday, January 14th in Ballard. Tickets are available here.
  • The 7-Eleven franchise at 5900 Phinney Ave. N. is for sale. Who wants it?
  • Presented by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, The 40th Annual Fremont Fair is a community celebration that draws 100,000 guests to experience the quirky character of Seattle’s eclectic and artistic Fremont neighborhood.The 2011 incarnation will take place June 18th an 19th.
  • The City of Seattle’s North Recycling and Disposal Station in the Fremont/Wallingford area and the South Recycling and Disposal Station in the South Park area will be open for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday, Monday, Jan. 17, during their regular business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Seattle Author Writes Next In ‘Cheap Bastard’s’ Series, Lists Fremont Sites

December 10th, 2010 by Sean Keeley

Humor writer and Wedgwood resident David Volk released “The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle,” the latest travel book in a national series targeted at not only tourists, but locals looking to have fun without breaking the bank.

“I think it’s for everyone in Seattle,” Volk said while relaxing at Ravenna’s Espresso Express. “Times are tough, and it doesn’t look like things are changing anytime soon. It’s really all about doing the things you’d already do for less, and working within the system while having a good time doing it.”

After the series received commercial success in New York, Chicago and Boston, Globe Pequot Press decided to tackle the Northwest.

“We needed an insider’s perspective for the book,” Editorial Director Amy Lyons said by phone from Guilford, Connecticut. “This one is very much for the person that lives in Seattle.”

“I’m the perfect person to do this book because I know how to pinch pennies till they scream,” declared Volk, who makes his living as a freelance journalist. “I wrote about what I’ve been doing for years — surviving on cheap haircuts and happy hours.”

A resident of Seattle for the last 20 years, Volk highlighted some of his favorite spots and events for free and inexpensive fun in Fremont:

  • Fremont Almost Free Outdoor Cinema at Phinney Ave. N. and N. 35th St.: The granddaddy of them all, this is the gathering that launched the outdoor movie movement in Seattle. Admission free. Suggested donation $5. Saturday from late June through mid-August (pg.66).
  • Fremont Fair at Fremont Ave. W. between N. Canal and N. 36th Streets: Seattle’s only festival that comes complete with a parade featuring nude bikers (pg.256).
  • Fremont First Friday Art Walk at 34th St. below Highway 99 N. to 36th St. and west along 35th and 36th Streets to Leary Way and 1st Ave.: The one-time artsy bohemian area that calls itself the Center of the Universe may have gone so upscale that the artists who made its reputation can no longer afford to live there…This walk goes on from 6 to 9 p.m…(pg.215).
  • Fremont Wine Warehouse at 3601 Fremont Ave. N.: All tastings are free. One last bit of good news for cheap bastards: Although the store focuses on small wines, all of the wines in stock are under $25 (pg.112).

“I do so love Fremont and Wallingford,” said Volk, who used to live in Fremont before he had a family. “I could see myself living there forever.”

Tyler Steele is an intern for our sister site, PhinneyWood. He is a journalism student at the University of Washington.

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