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August 31 - September 2
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A rich orchestration of artistic zeitgeist, Bumbershoot is the perfect celebration to close out the summer with its Seattle Center location as a park-like oasis in the middle of vibrant downtown Seattle.
Over its decades-long history, Bumbershoot has brought music superstars and exciting new discoveries to its stages and has also established itself as more than a music festival, setting a precedent for other arts events across the country by adding big-name and emerging comedians, dance performances, literary icons, visual art installations, fashion, science, theatre and culinary exhibitions.
Each year, thousands of people from across the country flock to this acclaimed festival, which has become one of the biggest and beloved festivals in North America, while maintaining its Northwest spirit and innovative roots.
The name Bumbershoot was chosen both as a knowing nod of respect to Seattle’s most famous weather pattern and as a symbol of the overarching mission of this festival: to be an umbrella for all of the arts. Since 1972, Bumbershoot has been a multi-disciplinary arts festival showcasing the best of music, comedy, dance, film, literary arts, performing arts, theatre, visual arts and more. Spanning the Seattle Center grounds, a campus originally created for the 1962 World’s Fair, Bumbershoot has continued its legacy of celebrating innovation and the search for what’s next.