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All hail! Festival season is here

Northwest Guardian

Published: 01:54PM June 12th, 2014

Blue skies and warm weather entices people to get outside and there are plenty of activities planned this summer to keep them entertained.

Organizers across the Northwest are busy preparing for multiple events set to take place in the next few months including The Bite of Seattle, Freedom Fest and the Fremont Fair.

Freedom Fest celebrates out country’s Independence Day on from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, July 4, while the Groupon Bite of Seattle is scheduled for July 18-20 at the Seattle Center.

But if you can’t wait until July to celebrate summer there’s always the Fremont Fair to help pass the time. The Fremont Fair returns this year with more music to entertain visitors all weekend long.

The Fremont Fair is scheduled for June 20-22 at Phinney Ave. North and North 35th St. in Seattle. The fair hosts more than 300 visitors and encompasses three-city blocks.

“It’s just a great celebration to kickoff summer,” John Thorburn, marketing director, said.

Thorburn said he expects more than 100,000 people to attend the event.

New this year is a larger main stage with more acts to entertain the masses. On Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21, a ticketed concert features music from The Young Evils, Tacocoat, Campfire Ok, Built to Spill, Cascadia ’10, The Flavr Blue, The Physics and the Blue Scholars. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate; a two-day pass is $35.

“There’s also a separate concert stage, it’s free and it goes on throughout the weekend.” Thorburn said. “For the concerts we anticipate probably 3,000 to 4,000 (people).”

Thorburn touts the craft booths as the largest outdoor craft market in the region.

“It’s really a big part of the Fremont Fair,” he said. “It’s a great spot for people to shop and find interesting wares.”

The fair also includes food vendors, a beer garden, Dog Parade and group exercise with Yoga for the Solstice.

The Solstice Parade is another attraction that pulls a large crowd.

The parade begins at 3 p.m. June 21. It travels from 36th St. and Leary Way to Gasworks Park. One of the main attractions to the parade is the Painted Cyclists.

There are also plenty of activities for the kids. The Big Purple Slide is back for thrill seekers and the Fremont Abbey Arts Center offers some interactive fun for kids of all ages.

“There’s lots of artistry, street performers, it’s a fun atmosphere,” Thorburn said.

To find out daily schedules go to fremontfair.com.