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Celebrate the End of Summer at Seattle’s Bumbershoot

BumbershootIt may be a strange word… but it’s one of Seattle’s most beloved festivals! It’s Bumbershoot! This 3-day extravaganza features live music, visual arts, dance, theatre, comedy and plenty of phenomenal cuisine.  The 2016 festival takes place September 2-4.

The inspirations behind Bumbershoot are many- including Sky River Rock Festival, the infamous Woodstock and New York City Mayor’s Art Festival.  The original festival in 1971 took place at Seattle Center and was designed to be both recognition of the moment in history and a celebration of a bright future.  In contrast to the big time headliners of 2016 which include Macklemore and Ryan Lewis as well as Death Cab for Cutie- the original festival featured horseback rides, a women’s Miss Hot Pants contest and a logging show.

bumbershootAlong with the previously mentioned big musical names (among many others), Bumbershoot highlights talent of all kind — from a Reel 1 Film Festival, to comedian Morgan Murphy and others, to a breaking and street dance competition. Check out the complete musical line up.

And the little ones are not forgotten — “Youngershoot”is a selection of activities, arts and “adventures” for fans 10 and under. Highlights include painting, special shows, architectural building and more!

What’s in a name?
According to Mirriam-Webster’s dictionary Bumbershoot means “umbrella.”  What a fitting name for a Seattle festival!

Insider Tips:

  • BumbershootThere’s limited seating at each event (and indoor acts are even more tight) so it’s recommended you get to your favorites early and secure your seat and view.
  • Buy a Gold VIP or emerald wristband to get seating in preferred viewing locations.
  • Lockers are available- so if you feel you’ll be leaving your valuables make sure and get one!
  • Youngershoot is open to kids 10 and younger, but they must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Feel the Bumbershoot Love:

“Loved the Bumbershoot Festival! It's a wonderful weekend of music, shows, comedy, food... I didn't expect it to be so fun! Being from California, one thing that tripped me out at the festival was how people ignore the rain. I, of course was the nerd with the umbrella, but everyone else embraced the rain, dancing and rockin’ out like it was 80 degrees out. That being said, it's for all ages. I saw seniors enjoying the Big Freedia twerk contest, and youngsters listening to folk. It was seriously unlike any event I've been to in Cali, and I can't wait to go again.”Jen B, Yelp Review.

“One of my favorite festivals to go to. Good headliners and smaller acts. Relatively organized. Plenty of food to choose from. Good, relatively clean restrooms. And plenty of other activities to do!” – Jasia, Yelp Review.

“I always looked forward to bumbershoot as a high schooler! This was a great way to spend time with friends every summer….What more can you ask for?” – Emiko K, Yelp Review.

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