Fremont is situated directly north of Queen Anne on the other side of the Lake Union Canal. The Fremont Neighborhood Council says this about the area “A former maritime industrial center turned counter-cultural mecca turned high tech cluster, Fremont is known for quirky public art, lively nightlife and mix of housing.” When you step foot in Fremont you can certainly feel a different vibe.
Fremont is famous for its public art. There is a statue of Lenin salvaged from Slovakia after the fall of the U.S.S.R. Another landmark is the Fremont Troll, an 18-foot-tall (5 m) concrete sculpture of a troll crushing a Volkswagen Beetle in its left hand, created in 1990. There are also two Apatosaurus dinosaur topiaries that were purchased from the Pacific Science Center for $1.
One of Fremont’s most notable events is the annual Fremont Solstice Parade and Fair. Started in 1989 the fair quickly grew to tens of thousands of spectators. The rules for participating include no logos, no motors and no words. People spend months preparing floats and costumes. An unofficial tradition started a years ago that right before the parade, groups of naked bicyclists ride down the parade route with their bodies painted in elaborate costumes such as super-heros, cartoon characters and other pop-culture references.
You start to understand why the neighborhood is referred to as “the Center of the Universe” for those looking for a something a little off-center.