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Photos by: J. Mabel, S. Anderson, R. Woan, D. Lichterman (Creative Commons)
Bumbershoot Seattle, USA - 01 September 2017


Getting There

Getting There

nearest bus station:
Seattle King Street Station

shuttle bus:
Seattle Center Metro: King County Metro / Monorail between Westlake Center & Seattle Center

special festival bus:
Bumbershoot Metro - Mercer St.

nearest airport:
Seattle–Tacoma (SEA)

nearest train station:
Seattle King Street Station (Amtrak)

Port of Seattle – Bell St. Terminal



VIP options
change currency
Prices in the table are quoted in USD
3-day pass775Emerald VIP Bumbershoot pass: express access, lounge, eats, drinks + pre-party.
3-day pass4503-day Gold VIP Bumbershoot pass: express access, KeyArena viewing.
3-day pass2503-day General Admission Bumbershoot pass.
1-day pass1301-day General Admission Bumbershoot pass.



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Seattle, USA

Seattle Center Park
47.622041, -122.352004
type of festival
electronic, blues, jazz, rock, folk, country, world, indie & underground, avant-garde & experimental, hip-hop & rap, r&b / soul / funk, rock & roll, acoustic & instrumental
other events
dance: dancing, extravaganza, folk; film: animation, shorts; art: creative, visual arts & installations, multimedia, painting, sculpture; theatre: street performance, circus & acrobatics, comedy & cabaret, experimental; culture: exhibitions, for kids, street party, world-class multigenre, arts & crafts; book: print & ephemera, poetry
start Fri, 01 September 2017
end Sun, 03 September 2017

Bumbershoot: Reel Vaudevillian Umbrella

Bumbershoot (or umbrella) is a 3-day vaudevillian-style music, dance, theatre, comedy & film production by One Reel (a 1931 roving Vaudeville-truck show) who since 1972 unites PNW art, pottery, poetry & home-grown acts like Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie & Macklemore with global stars like Hall & Oates, Broken Social Scene, Jane’s Addiction, Wu-Tang Clan and Elvis Costello. Bumber-umbrella shoots 85,000 fans with concerts in the world’s largest laser dome, 1 Reel Film Fest curated by SIFF, Sub-Pop Records pop-up shop, Yogashoot, A/NT Gallery shows, Flatstock 56 gig poster exhibits, B-Eats from spots like Pike Place Market fish throwers + street acts roaming the 74-acre Seattle Center grounds under the iconic Space Needle in Seattle USA.


Bumbershoot: Reel Vaudevillian Umbrella

Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival is a local and international cultural explosion, where fans can watch a diverse range of acts which include theatre & visual arts performances, films, dances, comedy and music. Originally the “Mayor’s Arts Festival” and set up with government money to help lighten the mood of townspeople, who were experiencing a local depression in 1972, the umbrella event aimed to include all sorts of artisan and local attractions, the same premise remains today, but on a much larger scale.

A Smorgasbord of Things to do

There’s a smorgasbord of things to do under the Bumber multi-dimensional umbrella, from buying local ceramic artist’s plates to watching Father John Misty on the main stage; hang out at the Laser Done – a staple of ‘Shoot since the early days when lasers were a serious novelty – or find out your future with The Oracle at the Words and Ideas area; have a bit of time off at the One Reel Film Festival where fans can sit indoors and watch short films while reclining on some comfy chairs and cooling off with the A/C or marvel at the artistic talent of the worlds top poster designers at Flatstock. Dancing comes in any and every form, from moving to your own beat from 7-midnight at the silent disco, or joining some serious moves at the breakdance competition. Plus, local restaurateurs come together to show off the best of Seattle cuisine, serving up dishes from massive oysters to Korean fried chicken and sit-down whiskey - so much more than your average festival street food. Whatever Bumberarians want to do, chances are ‘Shoot will have it!

Bumbershoot is vaudevillian music, dance, theatre, comedy & film under a giant umbrella!

contributor: Ashley Lampard
published: 22 March 2016
updated: 18 October 2016
Age: Family, a family event with something for everyone
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General: biggest in the world, popular, best in the world
Ambiance: outdoor, indoor, urban, street
Features: djs & sound systems, self-expression, debauchery, partying, live music & shows, talks & debates, workshops & labs, screenings


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Beds & Eats


Bumbershoot Accommodation


Eats & Drinks: Bars, Restaurants, Food Stalls, Water
Fresh & Clean: Toilets
Cash & Shops: Cash, Shops
Zone In & Out: Wi-Fi Zone, VIP Zone, Kids Zone, Chill Zone
Accessibility: yes
Bumbershoot Amenities
  • Bumbershoot is a smorgasbord of everything!
  • Eats include vegetarian & vegan
  • There are so many food & drink vendors that Bumbershoot has a dedicated mobile app.
  • Real WCs
  • Lockers
  • ATMs
  • Mobile phone charging




start Fri, 01 September 2017
end Sun, 03 September 2017
Bumbershoot Dates
  • Bumbershoot always takes place over the Labor Day weekend.
  • Labor Day USA usually falls on the 1st Monday of September.
Labor Day USA Dates
  • 2016: Sept 5
  • 2017: Sept 4
  • 2018: Sept 3
  • 2019: Sept 2
  • 2020: Sept 7
  • 2021: Sept 6
  • 2022: Sept 5
  • 2023: Sept 4

Season & Weather

Season: Autumn
Temperature: 13 to 23 °C

Seattle weather in September can be warm & sunny or fairly cool. The region is prone to cloudy spells, changeable temperatures, and light showers are quite common. Prepare for the chance of a good Pacific Northwest downpour with appropriate waterproof rain gear.



Tel: +206 673 5060


One Reel: 1525 11th Avenue, Seattle, Washington, USA.

AEG LIVE: 425 West 11th Street, Los Angeles, California, USA.

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