If you didn’t come to El Camino for Cinco de Mayo this year, you missed our first ever backyard beer garden. That’s okay though, it was such an amazing success, we’ll definitely try it again this summer. Who knows, maybe during Fremont Fair weekend, June 22-23, 2019 right after the 31st Annual Fremont Solstice Parade on Saturday afternoon.
1:00pm is the official start time for the Solstice Parade, but there’s been some, ahem, jostling of the nude cyclists’ appearance this year. In March, the Fremont Arts Council announced that the official Solstice Parade floats would go before the bicyclists, followed by the infamous mass gathering of nudies. The Council wanted to give the cyclists more room along the route with less impact on Parade participants and the thousands of spectators lining the streets.
However, just days ago, the nude cyclists were reinstated at the beginning of the procession. The Fremont Arts Council made an announcement on its Facebook page: “This year’s “stray” cyclists (read “nudies”) can line-up from 11:30am to 12:30pm at N. Bowdoin and Leary Ave… At 12:30pm, the parade route is closed and cleared by Seattle Police. If you’re a cyclists wanting to enter at the beginning of the parade, you’ll have to take an alternate route up either 39th St or the Burke Gilman Trail to get to the start at Bowdoin and Leary. At 1pm sharp, the Solstice Cyclists will enter the parade at Leary Ave and continue straight through the route to Gas Works Park. There will be no looping this year in order to cut back on congestion.”
That’s the official word, folks.
We are of the mindset that it’s going to be a total shitshow and everyone is going to need a drink after the melee. That’s where El Camino comes in! Step out of the chaos and enjoy one of our famous margaritas or cool off with an adult slushy in our quaint Mexican hideaway.
Celebrate the longest day of the year in true Fremont style, then visit a couple craft tables, listen to some live music… and then come back to El Camino for more. Our Mexican restaurant and bar is open all weekend. We’re located right by The Rocket, behind Triangle Spirits. Look for Saturn and you’ll see The Rocket. Really, you will.
If you’re thinking of joining the parade in your birthday suit, here are some pro tips from Seattle PI for letting it all hang out (while you’re peddling). The Fremont Summer Solstice Celebration is one of the best traditions in Seattle. You can enjoy an eye-full and a belly-full in one fun, unique weekend. And what is Fremont Solstice without an El Camino margarita?
Don’t just take our word for it. We recently revisited this Thrillist article by Bradley Foster. He listed El Camino as one of The Most Underrated Restaurants in Seattle, with the caveat that, “This place isn’t technically underrated, as anyone you ask about (El Camino) will only have great things to say about it. It’s more like this venerable Mexican joint in the shadow of Fremont’s iconic rocket is seriously overlooked. El Camino’s bar is the best place in the city to celebrate your birthday, first dates, day drinking on the back patio, or just eating delicious Oaxacan food made with Northwest ingredients.”
See you Solstice Weekend!