Time For The Seattle Street Fairs

Dee Dee Rainbow at Fremont Solstice Parade

My Favorite Seattle Artist/Street Fair Personality

Deedee Rainbow

As the cooler weather continues plans for summer street fairs continue in Seattle full speed ahead. In my view the street fairs, free concerts in the parks, and of course the incredible musical and artistic talents (the people) made growing up and living in Seattle the fantastic experience that it was.

Originally, I attended the University Street Fair way back in the very late 1960’s. What a wild group of artists, vendors and street acts for a 7th, and 8th grader to mingle with! Even then, I recall my 7th and 8th grade art/ceramics teacher, then known as Deedee Raible was blessing the crowds with her stunning vibrant dress, multi colored afro, and vibrant personality.

Not only did she treat me like a human being in Middle School, when I felt like an alien, but over the years as my Landlady, and an ordained Minister, Deedee continues to amaze and inspire love all around her…just for being herself.

Coming up is my all time favorite street fair usually on the Summer Solstice, The Fremont Street Fair. I loved this fair above all due to the fact that I lived in not one, but 2 different homes near the Fremont Street Fair. The first, on 39th & Dayton Avenue was close enough to walk to the fair, had a view of Mt St Helens, but none of the downtown Fremont area.

Every year we threw a party for the fairgooers at this house. It was perfect because we could mingle at the fair and make the invites as we went, on the fly at the fair. Friends would get the chance walk up to our home with a pretty decent sized yard, eat Bar B Que, and refresh themselves after going to the fair. The walk back to the fair or their car…or the city bus would take only a few minutes.

The second residence, right on 36th and Linden Avenue next door to the Fremont Baptist Church had a birds eye view of the Fremont Bridge, and the fair.

This was before tall buildings were approved along the canal and before apartment buildings were built along 35th. When you can see the Waiting For The Interurban Statue, and walk to the Fremont Street Fair from home in 3 minutes life IS good!

My next favorite “fair” would have to be the SeaFair Hydroplane Race on Lake Washington. For myself and close family & friends it was a not-so-secret, but exclusive group that met at a friend who, when he passed away made sure to include in his will that this party be held at the home every year at the north turn of the hydros.

Now, I can not mention any names here. But I CAN say if you don’t mind loud screaming hydroplanes, tons of boats, mild weather and traffic snarls this is a great way to see Seattle, and it’s people. Go take in the HydroPlane Races! If you own a boat make sure you have a lot of food & water, your first aid kit, enough fuel and of course there are laws about life preservers.

The massive amount of boaters on the “log boom” may make it difficult to get a front row seat but you don’t necessarily need that. A good set of binoculars a sense of humor and a lot of patience is all you need.

The finale of the hydroplane races of course, not to be overlooked is the show the Blue Angels puts on over the 20+ mile long Lake Washington. They come screaming overhead from the Mt Baker side at short lasting levels of deafening introduction over your heads at incredible speeds… and before you know it they have impressed and stunned you as you find yourself looking upward to the sky, mouth dropped open with amazement.

Go ahead Seattle, get on down to the Fremont Street Fair! Visit the Website Here.

Don’t forget the August 30th through September 1st Bumbershoot Festival at the Seattle Center! Click Here to visit the website for more information.

Have Fun This Summer Seattle! Love SeattleGirlMakesGood.


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Susan Allen welcomes you to her Seattle Girl Makes Good Weblog.

Here you’ll find a lot about my home town, Seattle Washington, present town, Bakersfield California and a lot about the internet business, how to design your own profit pulling online business and much more.

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