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Dos and Don’ts for the Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade

From local vendors to nude cyclists, the Fremont Fair draws visitors from near and far to kick off the start of summer.

People attending the Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade commandeering a large leopard-like puppet

Do not be alarmed by any large puppets roaming the streets — par for the Solstice Parade course.

Photo by Dennis Valente

‘Tis the season — the sun’s out, creative juices are flowing, and cyclists are about to show off their birthday suits.

The Fremont Fair, a summer kick-off event celebrating the neighborhood’s artsy roots, takes place on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23.

You’ll find 300+ crafts vendors, beer gardens, and live music — though one of the largest draws is the Solstice Parade on Saturday afternoon with its colorful floats and famed Painted Cyclists.

If this is your first time attending the festivities, here are some dos and don’ts:

Do: Support small biz vendors in the Craft Market.
Don’t: Get a caricature done of yourself unless you’re very secure in your, uh, physical quirks — trust us.

Do: Check out local bands like Screen Frogs.
Don’t: Expect live amphibians on stage.

Do: Compliment the nude bikers on their impressive body paint designs.
Don’t: Make chafing jokes (they’ve worn out their welcome).

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