The Fremont Fair- Keeping Summer Solstice Splendidly Strange Since 1971

“Delibertas Quirkas” may well be the best (and likely most succinct) way to describe our favorite neighbor, the delightfully different Fremont neighborhood.

For those of you who weren’t Latin majors (probably all of you) “Delibertas Quirkas” means “freedom to be peculiar” and Fremont certainly embraces this motto readily, but never quite as much as at the annual and highly anticipated Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade.

The Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade are a traditional kick off to Summer around these parts, and are guaranteed to have something for everyone. With nearly 400 artists, craft vendors, food booths and more, you’re bound to find something beautiful, delicious or at least interesting around the city’s most well-loved street festival.

Worried there’s only booths to peruse? Fear not! The Fremont Fair is as diverse an event as Fremont is itself and the Crown Jewel and most famous part of the whole shebang is the Solstice Parade. If you’ve never attended, its sure to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. People powered floats, stilt walkers, giant puppets, dancers, musicians and the world-famous nude bicyclists all gallivant through the neighborhood from the intersection of 3rd and Leary Way to Gas Works Park in a display of color, joy and body paint unique to this event.

The parade takes place on Saturday at 1 PM and its canine counterpart will be on Sunday at 2:30 PM. That’s right, the festivities would not be complete without the Dog Parade! Led by Seattle’s beloved Blue Thunder, hordes of pretty pooches, dressed in their finest (accompanied by their people, of course) will strut along 34th avenue in what might be the cutest and cuddliest parade you’ve ever seen.

After that, check out the Art Cars, an incredibly unique display of over 75 pieces of art on wheels. You’ve never seen cars ‘tricked out’ quite like his before!

If that’s not enough excitement for you, be sure to bring your dancing shoes, as the fair features two all-free stages of musical groups and DJs scheduled throughout the weekend, including a mix of well-known and up and coming local acts.

And of course, there will be plenty of delectable food to feast on, including plenty of local favorites and a wonderful beverage garden featuring libations from this year’s event sponsors, Casa Noble Tequila and Corona.

The Fremont Fair is fun for the whole family and a Seattle-centric event you won’t want to miss.

Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade 2017 Hours-
Saturday June 17th:
Craft Market- 10 am-8 pm
Music- 11 am- 9 pm
Solstice Parade- 1 pm

Sunday June 18th:
Craft Market- 11 am-6 pm
Music- 11 am- 5:30 pm
Dog Parade- 2:30 pm

 

For more information about this colorful celebration including anticipated musical performers and food vendors, click here!

An Evening at the Beach

If you need a nice reprieve from winter’s dreariness, the No Bones Beach Club is one possible place to hang out.  Tucked into a narrow space one half block south of Mighty-O Donuts off Market St. in Ballard, No Bones serves vegan food in a relaxed tiki bar environment. Subdued lighting, palm fronds, colorful hanging lanterns, surf boards, and tiki god masks create a Polynesian, or coastal feel. A place to confide in a friend or friends over snacks or a drink, or even meet a date (as witnessed by the sharp-dressed couple occupying one corner).

Cauliflower Wings, No Bones Beach Club

On weekends, one can choose something off their brunch menu, or in the late afternoons and evenings most days, there are snacks, sandwiches, salad, fried avocado tacos, as well as other grub and cocktails (both alcoholic & non-alcoholic) to choose from. On the snack menu, the Cauliflower Wings have a nice crunch and come in two tasty varieties: coconut buffalo flavor with a spicy kick to dip in ranch sauce, or ginger sauce which has a sweeter taste. Another snack that appeals even to this confirmed meat & cheese lover is the Northwest Nachos, which are smothered in fresh ingredients, drizzled with a delicious mild cashew & smoked poblano queso, then topped with abundant cilantro.

Guava Margarita and Northwest Nachos

The relaxed ambiance seemed to extend to our server as well. She was friendly and helpful, and didn’t give the feeling one had to rush to leave, even on a busy Saturday night.

Each month, No Bones Beach Club contributes part of what they earn to different animal rescues. So you can feel good about taking a break at the beach on a chilly winter’s evening.

No Bones Beach Club
5410 17th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

HOURS
Closed Mondays
T-TH 4pm–9:30pm
F-SA 11am–10pm
SUN  11am–9pm

Get Your Oompah On! Ballard Oktoberfest

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If you’re into local craft brews, pretzels, and German oompah band music, check out this weekend’s 2nd Annual Oktoberfest in Ballard. According to The Ballard News, on Saturday, Sept. 17th, four local breweries will be hosting this mini event in a fun way, providing at least one Oktoberfest variety beer and a food truck at each location.

Leading a procession of impromptu participants from one brewery/taproom to another will be The Oompah Machine, a travelling oompah band, who were first assembled last year during the first Ballard Oktoberfest. They will lead a procession between the four breweries, which are only 2-3 blocks apart, for those who’d like to continue with the revelry. The traipsing between places starts at Reuben’s Brews at 2 pm, and then continues to Stoup Brewing (3 pm), Lucky Envelope Brewing (4 pm), and then on to Populuxe Brewing (5 pm).

The event is sponsored again this year by Verity Credit Union, who will be providing free pretzel necklaces! And commemorative steins will be available for sale at each location.

For more brew and kinship on a larger scale (and in a nearby neighborhood), check out the Fremont Oktoberfest the following weekend: Sept. 23, 24, and 25.

Free Parking in Ballard Not Free For Long

According to this report by Kiro TV, the Seattle Department of Transportation is planning to turn 250 parking free spots in downtown Ballard into paid ones. In addition to this, there will be more time limit spots for areas where there are currently no restrictions on how long you are allowed to park. Johnathan Williams, senior transportation planner with SDOT,  states that the idea is “to create available access to businesses, so folks coming into the neighborhood can find a place to park.” Kiro TV says that the plan is to implement these changes in the spring.

The issue at hand is that with Ballard becoming more dense with the addition of new apartments and condo’s, along with a growth of new businesses, parking is at a premium. While extending paid parking times and adding more paid spots will increase turnover, it could also reduce the amount of time people spend in Ballard.

How do you feel about this? Do you agree or disagree with the plan from the Seattle Department of Transportation?

You can find more information on  this proposed plan here.

Reuben’s Brews’ Raises Money

According to this MyBallard article, Reuben’s Brewery (located in downtown Ballard) has raised over $7,000 for different local charities. Beginning last May, Reuben’s hosts a different charity or non-profit organization each Thursday and then donates $1 of every pint or growler that is sold that night to the featured organization.

Another aspect that is unique, is that Reuben’s encourages representatives from that nights featured organization to attend and raise awareness for their cause by talking about what they do. Tonight from 3pm to 8pm MEOW Cat Rescue will be the featured organization. For more information about this great weekly event, please visit Reuben’s website. 

Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl

The 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl brought to you by Tim’s Tavern is taking place this Saturday December 7th at 6:00 PM. There will be more than 20 different bars in the Greenwood/Phinney Ridge neighborhood participating in this festive event with proceeds going to help the Greenwood Food Bank.

The cost of the event is $15 with 2 cans of food or $20 without. This includes riding the various shuttles to different establishments as well as the opportunity to purchase drinks at the discounted rate. Make sure you dust off your favorite sweater and make the short trip over to Greenwood for this fun filled evening. For more information on this Greenwood Food Bank fundraiser, including the participating bars and the pick up and drop off times of the shuttle, check out the flier here.

Fremont Oktoberfest Starts Today

The annual Fremont Oktoberfest starts today as thousands of people will hit the streets of Fremont to celebrate for the 17th time, this annual tradition. It has been previously featured as a “Top ten place to celebrate in the world”.  With over 100 beers of tap for individuals to try, this all weekend event is sure to have a brew that suits you. Oktoberfest will feature both a kid friendly section as well as an over 21 beer garden. 5044573757_1fd66a6873

The tasting garden will be open as follows with last call a half hour prior to the listed closing time.

  • Friday, September 20 — 5:00pm-12:00midnight*
  • Saturday, September 21 — 11:00am-12:00midnight*
  • Sunday, September 22 — 11:00am-6:00pm**

Sunday morning is the 11th annual 5k run with the finish line in the middle of the Oktoberfest Village. While some may choose a more healthy hydration (boring), others may opt to hydrate themselves with a seasonal beer which is included in your $25 registration for the race.

Oktoberfest runs all weekend long but for more information please visit their website here.

Ballard Craft Beer Crawl

With the growing number of craft breweries that have opened up in Ballard recently, Thrillist has created a Ballard Craft Beer Crawl that you and your friends can follow. Where else in the Seattle are you able to try 8 different breweries all of which are within walking distance from each other?

Here is the order of breweries that Thrillist suggests you follow.

  1. Hale’s Ales
  2. Jolly Roger Tap Room
  3. Hilliard’s Beer
  4. Reuben’s Brews
  5. Urban Family Public House
  6. NW Peaks Brewery
  7. Populuxe Brewing
  8. Peddler Brewing Company

 

 

If you are looking to try out freshly made local beer, give the Ballard Craft Beer Crawl a try and let us know which place is your favorite. For more information about this as well as a short description of each brewery please visit the Thrillist website.

Kiss Cafe raises $$$$$ for Asher Deaver

According to MyBallard.com this past Saturday the Kiss Cafe raised over $15,000 for Asher Deaver a Ballard musician who is facing surgery to remove tumors from his head. Asher who went into surgery today was shocked at the generosity of the people who attended. Kegs of beer were donated with all of the proceeds that night going directly to a fund for his surgery. Hundreds of people cycled through the Kiss Cafe to support Asher and his worthy cause.

If you would like to donate to this cause the Kiss Cafe is also having a raffle to raise additional funds. The tickets are $10 each and you have a chance to win a 2 night stay at the Inn at Langley or an Ipad. You will be able to buy tickets through the end of this week with the winners being chosen on Monday. For more information on last Saturday’s event visit the MyBallard Blog or the Kiss Cafe facebook page!

Greenwood Street Soccer

Saturday August 10th is the 2nd annual Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament put on by Naked City Brewery, Summer Streets, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Innovators Network. This 3 on 3 soccer tournament will take place on Greenwood Ave between 85th and 87th with sectioned off fields lining the street. If you are interested in putting a team together you are encouraged to pre-register as only a limited amount of teams will be allowed to participate. 

Friday night Naked City Brewing will host a pre-tournament party from 7-10pm offering up drink specials to get everyone fueled up for the following days games. All proceeds from the event will go directly to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research.  For much more information about this event, please visit their website here.

  • Price: $150/team
  • When: Fri-Sat August 9th-10th
  • Where: Greenwood Ave between 85th-87th
  • Why: Sounds like a good time