The Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade marks the start of summer in Seattle. It showcases Seattle’s unique spirit, flavor, and creativity.
This free event takes place in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. The activities are mainly centered west of Fremont Ave N on N 35th Street and N 34th Street. The parade begins at the intersection of N 36th Street and Leary Way, and ends in Gasworks Park.
There are food stalls, a craft market, art shows, and live music throughout the weekend. The Solstice parade itself is on Saturday, June 17 at 1:00pm. It will be busy, and it is recommended attendees bus, bike, or use a ride-sharing company to arrive. Parking is extremely limited.
To learn more about the fair and see their schedule, visit their website. While you’re down there having fun, make sure you visit the famous Fremont Troll!
– Meg Humphrey
Photos by Joe Mabel (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons
May 26-29 is the 46th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival! Folklife is a yearly celebration that promotes the arts and cultures that make Washington unique. Over the four day festival, there are over 800 scheduled performances, including music, dance, film, and visual art demonstrations.
The Northwest Folklife Festival is completely free and takes place throughout Seattle Center. The programming begins at 11:00am every day and ends around 9:00pm. You can view the full schedule, see an area map, and find out what food and shopping vendors will be available on their website.
Don’t miss out on this amazing event to learn more about the great communities and artists around Seattle!
The Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival is an outstanding event that has been in Seattle’s history for over 40 years! The event is completely free and takes place in Seattle Center in the outdoor Fisher Pavilion and inside the Armory. It spans three days: Friday, April 21st through Sunday, April 23rd.
The festival has many events planned throughout the weekend including many music and martial arts demonstrations, storytelling, and tea ceremony (chado). Every day has a good mix of performances, so if you can’t make it one day, you won’t miss anything!
You can wander through exhibits featuring flower arranging (ikebana), kimono, kite making, calligraphy, sword polishing, Yoroi armor, and more! There is something for everyone to enjoy at the festival. For more details, you can check out their official website here.
– Meg Humphrey
Photos by Joe Mabel (GDFL or CC-BY-SA-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons
Being a student at Shoreline Community College gives you the opportunity to enjoy what makes this area unique. There are several Seattle attractions that will give you a discount for being a student. When you take a study break, think about checking out some of these activities!
The 5th Avenue Theater will give students 50% off same-day tickets, starting 2 hours before show time. If you’re a fan of musical theater, this is definitely one place you should visit.
At the ACT Theatre, students can see plays and musicals for only $15. The ACT prides itself in supporting new and local artists.
For science fiction, media, and popular music fans, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) is a must-see. Student tickets are $22, and be sure to check what their traveling exhibits are before you go.
The Seattle Repertory Theatre creates imaginative and lively stage plays and musicals. Students can buy $18 tickets to any of their shows.
You can see the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall for only $12. Along with classical music performances, they do special holiday themed shows and have many guest conductors from all over the world.
On a sunny day, head downtown to the Sky View Observatory. For $9, you can get the best view of Seattle from the 73rd floor observation deck.
For those students who are 19 and younger, check out TeenTix! It’s a Seattle based non-profit organization whose mission is to introduce people to the arts early. Through TeenTix, you can purchase $5 tickets for day-of events for many more Seattle area venues.
Movies at the Mural is an outdoor cinema experience like no other! Check out this summertime Seattle Center event series which is free of charge and fun for everyone! During the month of August, you can relax under the stars at the foot of the world famous Space Needle while watching movies like Galaxy Quest and West Side Story … for free!
Enjoy free live music every Friday in August with KEXP radio’s “Concerts at the Mural” series featuring local, Pacific Northwest bands like The Thermals and Radiation City. Now in its ninth year, this popular outdoor music series is a great way to experience some local culture while checking out one of Seattle’s most popular tourist destinations. Seattle Center is also home to the EMP Museum, the International Fountain, the Space Needle, and the Pacific Science Center with lots of great food options in and around the area.
The Seattle Shakespeare Company will be performing Hamlet, one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, in parks in the Seattle area this summer. The performances are free to attend, although donations are welcomed.
If Hamlet is a little too heavy for you, they will also be doing one of Shakespeare’s comedies, Love’s Labours Lost. You can see the plays in July and August. For locations and times, check the schedule.
If that’s not enough theater for you, you can also go to the Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival at Volunteer Park on July 9 and 10. (Pro tip: Lake View Cemetery is right next to Volunteer Park, so you can also go visit Bruce Lee’s grave—李小龙的墓碑.) There will be sixteen (!) plays performed in those two days. Again, this is a totally free event, but they do accept donations.