Fremont Fair

It’s coming. The weekend that unites tree-hugging hippie moms, gawking teenagers, and quasi-sketchy graybeard voyeurs. Yes, I speak of the Fremont Fair—more commonly known as the site of the Summer Solstice Parade (at noon today). Or, alternatively: “Dude! Naked people riding bikes!” Calm down, horrified parents; your children have surely seen worse online. Families shouldn’t overlook the rest of the (generally clothed) activities, live music, and good food. The Balagan Theater will perform excerpts of The Taming of the Shrew in Canal Park (10:30 a.m. both days), while Cirque Du Soleil’s Rene Bibaud practices her rope routine (1 p.m. Sunday). The I Heart Rummage gang is also holding a two-day sale, and double-dutch teams will jump at amazing rpms today (3 p.m., Waterfront Stage). For art- and car-lovers alike, there’s the weekend Art Car Blowout, where jalopies are adorned with ribbons, sparkles, paint, and glue; these are fairy-tale automobiles you’ll want to take home. (I’m still looking for the “Woodland Nymph”-themed car I saw several years ago.) Meanwhile, the fair’s educational EcoZone provides what might as well be the fair’s motto: Come for the breasts, save the planet. BRITT THORSON

Sat., June 20, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., June 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 2009

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