Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find parking at Fremont Studios?
We have a page all about parking and transportation.
We highly recommend you learn more about our special partnership with Uber, Seattle’s sexiest town car service. Take advantage of the amazing offer for Festival attendees, and come to the Festival in style.
What attire is appropriate for the Festival? What do people wear?
We like being an event where people dress up in many different ways, from black-tie to high-fetish to dazzling costumes. Most of all, we want you to feel comfortable and sexy, and encourage you to wear whatever makes you feel that way.
You’ll see the full range, from casual jeans to dance club attire to full leathers to barely anything at all. The only hard rule is what Washington State law requires.
See for yourself: look over photos from our past events.
Are there age restrictions?
Yes, you must be 18 years old or older to attend the Festival, and everyone must have a valid photo ID.
You must be 21 years old or older to purchase alcoholic drinks from the on-site bars.
Who attends the Festival?
Everyone 18 years old or older is welcome and encouraged to attend the Festival. We are proud to showcase artwork that features a diversity of people, and to have a broad range of attendees.
This is not a couples-only event — singles, couples, and groups are all welcome. While our event certainly does make for a great date night, it also represents an opportunity for singles to meet new people.
We feature such a broad range of art and activities that everyone will find something they enjoy at the event… whether you are an avid art lover or a people-watcher or an after-party dancer… there’s something for you.
Can I take photos during the event? Will photos be taken of me?
Please see the sidebar about this on our Photography page.
Is sex allowed?
No, sex is not allowed at the Festival. Alcohol is served, which also means nudity is not allowed.
The Festival is a sexy, flirtatious environment, but it is not a sex event.
What happens if someone is giving me unwanted attention?
While there is no harm in flirting, “no” means no. Everyone is expected to communicate and be respectful of boundaries, and typically everyone is.
We have trained, professional security throughout the space, so in the rare case that unwanted attention is persistent, you can report this to any of our security staff. They will be wearing clearly identifiable uniforms. The situation will be dealt with promptly and politely.
I can only attend one day. Which day should I go?
Each day at the Festival has special highlights.
The main difference between the first and second weekend is that the first weekend gives you the first chance to see and purchase art, and the second weekend features our mainstage performances. The first weekend we are also part of the Fremont Fair, and the second weekend is Seattle Pride.
I’m coming from out of town. Do you recommend any hotels?
We are proud to partner with Hotel Max, Seattle’s sexiest and most artistic hotel. All the details are available on our page about accommodations.
Is your venue wheelchair accessible?
Yes, with a few qualifications. View our page detailing accessibility.
What art will be at the Festival?
Plan to enjoy an immersive experience of world-class visual art, erotic short films, glittering performances, captivating literary art, interactive installations, vibrant after-parties, enlightening lectures and workshops, a wildly popular Festival Store, and so much more.
How is the art selected?
Please read our post on how the visual art exhibition comes to life.
For all Festival art: visual, film, performance, literary, installation and Festival Store art, we put out a corresponding Call for Art, and a team or Director curates the submissions.
If you are interested in showing your work in future years, please sign up for our free newsletter to stay up to date on our Calls for Art and other important announcements.
How can I stay up to date on all your exciting news?
Can I see the art any time June 16-24?
No. The Festival is open at Fremont Studios only on the weekends, June 16-17 and June 22-24. That is where the art exhibition is being held.
The Festival has special events and activities mid-week, June 18-21, but these are off-site from Fremont Studios.
Please view our event schedule for full details.
Should I buy tickets in advance?
Yes, we encourage everyone to purchase tickets in advance. Last year we sold out of our Full Festival Passes and Saturday passes, and this year we’re anticipating even larger crowds. To make sure you can attend, purchase your tickets now.
Additionally, our Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 tickets are in tiers, so the first few hundred tickets are available at a lower price. Purchase your tickets early to secure the lowest rate.
Note that advance tickets are only available online.
I can’t afford a ticket. How can I attend the Festival?
If you can’t afford to attend, volunteer!
We reward our volunteers with entry to the event. Fill out our quick volunteer form and we’ll be in touch with details about volunteer opportunities and rewards.
There are also a variety of $10 ticketing options: Saturday, June 16; Sunday, June 17; Daytime only (11am-6pm) on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23; After-party only (11pm-2am) on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. Some of these $10 tickets are available at the door only.
Sunday, June 24 is a $10 suggested donation, open 11am-7pm.
Is the art available for sale?
Yes, the visual art is available for sale. Prices range from $200 and up.
We also feature thousands of prints, cards, sculptures, and other artwork in our popular Festival Store, with pieces to suit every budget and taste.
How do I learn more about the art, and purchase it?
We have a team of trained on-site Art Guides who are there to teach you about the art and assist you in purchasing the pieces you love.
Art Guides have one table in each of the two main rooms, identified by balloons. Please feel encouraged to approach them and ask for assistance.
The Festival Store has its own team of trained volunteers, ready to answer your questions and assist you with purchasing items specifically in the Festival Store.
How can I support the Festival?
We are produced by a 501c3 nonprofit and could not exist without the support of hundreds of volunteers, sponsors, donors and more. If you believe in what we are doing, please join us in bringing it to life.