Best Festival: Fremont Solstice

The people have spoken.

Every year Seattle manages to turn Fremont Solstice into our own little Carnivàle. Produced by the Fremont Arts Council, it’s an exhibition of creativity, ingenuity, and design as well as a celebration of music, art, food, and drink. Decorated floats, performers, and the ever-present horde of nude bicyclists wind their way through the neighborhood beginning at the intersection of North 36th Street and Leary Way all the way over to Gas Works Park. Every year brings something new, making it a festival well worth checking out.

First runner-up: SIFF

Second runner-up: Bumbershoot

Honorable mention: Northwest Folklife, Pizza Fest

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