Locals refer to Fremont as “The People’s Republic of Fremont,” and it is also known as the “center of the universe.” It has gone through many changes over the past decade but has managed to hang on to its counterculture reputation. There is an annual Fremont Fair and the Solstice Parade (June 20), where cyclists don their birthday suits for a body-painted bike ride.
The Burke-Gilman Trail winds through Fremont, providing scenic, walks or bike rides to Ballard (west) or Gas Works Park (east). The vibrant Fremont Sunday Market fills the area with artwork and tasty eats from local vendors.
Famous landmarks are all over this neighborhood. From a statue of Vladimir Lenin salvaged from Slovakia to the Fremont Troll, an 18-foot-tall concrete sculpture of a troll crushing a Volkswagen Beetle in its hand, the Fremont Rocket, a Fairchild C-119 tail boom modified to resemble a missile, and the outdoor sculpture Waiting for the Interurban.