The Fremont Solstice Parade is Back!

The Fremont Solstice Parade is Back!

If you’re from Seattle already, then you know the Fremont Solstice makes June an exciting month! If you’re new here, you should know that or nearly 30 years, the Fremont Arts Council has been signaling the beginning of summer in Seattle with awesome festivities in the Fremont neighborhood, just a quick hop, skip, and jump away from Eleanor Apartments in Roosevelt! On June 17 and 18, visitors can enjoy a plethora of fun including a parade, great music, delicious food, and hundreds of local vendors.

Hundreds of thousands of people hit up the Fremont Festival every year so if you feel a bit overwhelmed by the scale, we at Eleanor Apartments totally understand. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with a breakdown of the things you shouldn’t miss. Eleanor is all about experiencing the best of what the city has to offer, and the Fremont Solstice Parade is definitely it!

The Music of Fremont Solstice

The Music of Fremont Solstice

*Image Courtesy of Fremont Solstice Parade

Eleanor’s apartments near Ravenna are home to all sorts of music collectors, and we know how important music is in the history of the Emerald City.

This year at the Fremont Solstice Parade, there are several shows to see, but make sure to check these out: 

Day 1

  • Dirty Revival (Corona Light Mainstage, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.)Dirty Revival Band
  • *Image Courtesy of Dirty Revival’s Facebook
  • Want to do some moving and shaking? Dirty Revival will have you dancing with epic some funk and soul.
  • Orgone (Corona Light Mainstage, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
    Orgone Band
  • *Image Courtesy of Orgone’s Facebook Page
  • Might as well keep dancing the night away with California-based Orgone. They will be taking the stage to knock your socks off with some 60s, 70s, and 80s-inspired soul music.

Day 2

  • How about some progressive bluegrass? (Or, “Newgrass”, if you’re hip to the lingo.) Coral Creek comes all the way from Colorado to pick out some wicked cool Americana tracks for the Fremont Solstice.
  • Ayron Jones & The Way (Corona Light Mainstage, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
    Ayron Jones & The Way
  • Like guitar? So does Ayron. Support some local music by checking out this ripping, guitar-driven band, named one of Alternative Nation’s “Artists to Watch”. Ayron combines the virtuosity of a Jimi Hendrix with ferocity of 90’s Seattle grunge – definitely not one to miss.

Fremont Fair Food

Fremont Fair Food









*Image Courtesy of Fremont Solstice Fair

You can’t have a festival without amazing foods for everyone to enjoy. In fact, it’s the one time of year that people get to enjoy their favorite fair food. The Solstice folks know they need to give the people what they want!  Here are some of the bites we recommend:

Kaleenka Piroshky

Kaleenka is known as “Seattle’s Original Piroshky”. It’s hard to resist fried buns filled with delectable meats, cheeses, and veggies – the perfect fair food!

Seattle Fudge

You can eat chocolate fudge at Fremont Solstice. Do we really need to say more?

Lil J’s SuperDawgs

At Lil J’s SuperDawgs, you can eat your hot dog the old-fashioned way with a squirt of ketchup and mustard, or you can go gourmet with toppings like jalapenos, tortilla chips, pulled pork, and coleslaw.

Whipped Raw Mobile

With such a large vegan population in the Emerald City, we couldn’t forget to mention Whipped Raw. They feature delicious raw treats and soft serve made from coconut water, YUM!

Panda Dim Sum

Dim Sum, anyone? You should have some – Panda only uses fresh, organic ingredients from local sources, truly delicious!

The Corn Roasters

Of course, we can’t forget about the roasted corn at Fremont Solstice! If we did, we’re pretty sure there would be some kind of an uprising.

The Vendors at The Fremont Solstice Fair

Since our apartments in Seattle are only a couple of miles from Fremont, many of our residents hit up the Solstice Fair to discover extraordinary hand-crafted products. With over 300 vendors, you can see why. Obviously, we can’t list them all, but here are the main highlights:

Clothing and Accessories

Looking for handmade bow ties and suspenders? How about a wooden hair fork? As you can see, the selection is diverse.


Seattle is a city filled with talented artists, and some of the best will be at the Festival showcasing stunning pieces.


The possibilities are almost endless here. You’re sure to find one-of-a-kind pieces.

For the home

Need to spruce up the ol’ homestead? At Fremont Solstice, you can pick up unique homegoods for to decorate your apartment at Eleanor as you’d see fit!

Children’s Accessories and Toys

Yes, there are plenty of cool goodies for the kiddos.


Okay, so it’s not like there’s a counter where people are picking puppies and kittens to buy, but there are cute critters you can visit at nonprofit booths dedicated to finding animals good homes.

The Naked Cyclists

The cyclists are arguably the main attraction of the Solstice parade. Why? Well simply put, THEY’RE NAKED…or at least partially naked, usually wearing nothing but paint. While you may be turning red right now, rest assured that it’s all in good fun! Many call it the “Naked Bike Ride”, but Fremont Solstice organizers choose to explain it as an event with “painted bodies” and “trace amounts of clothing”, and they caution against bringing children to this aspect of the Fremont solstice fair if they have sensitivity to nudity.

There is always so much going on in Seattle. Believe it or not, the Solstice Parade and Festival is just the tip of the iceberg, but it’ this incredible city that allows us to create an impeccable experience for our residents.

Our incredible location is coupled with stylish designs and finishes that promote a modern and soothing aesthetic. And, our social spaces and amenities are all about making sure residents have what they need to live happily, comfortably, and balanced. If you’re looking for apartments near Greenlake, you don’t have to look much further than Eleanor!    

Eleanor currently has apartments for rent in Seattle. You can be close to Fremont Solstice and all the other features of the Emerald City. Check out our Ravenna apartments!