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Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival

As one of the nation’s oldest and most well loved festivals, Bumbershoot has been a cultural institution, starting in 1971 at the Seattle Center and currently in its 39th year. The festival is held every Labor Day weekend and is named for the colloquial term that joins the words “umbrella” and “parachute.” Bumbershoot began as a city funded project that sought to lift people’s spirits during an economic depression. In its first year, Bumbershoot featured a myriad spectacles, including dance, theater, folk music, arts and crafts, art cars, body painting, a Miss Hot Pants Contest, amateur motorcycle races, and light shows.

Today, Bumbershoot offers similar activities ranging from music, to theater, literary arts, visual arts, hands-on activities, food, merchandise, and also hosts a number of urban craft vendors.

Who You’ll See

Bumbershoot will be hosting a long list of performers, including indie/alternative musicians, comedians, and those in visual and literary arts. Notable musicians will include Sheryl Crow, Modest Mouse, Katy Perry, Franz Ferdinand, Metric, Vivian Girls, Matt & Kim, and so many more. Performing comedians include Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Reggie Watts, Charlyne Yi and others. You can also expect to see David Cross, the writers of LOST, McSweeney’s New Fiction and Christian Lander of Stuff White People Like.

Other Festival Activities

The question here is, what can’t you do at Bumbershoot? Festivalgoers will be given the choice between live music performances, comedy, theater, dance, film, urban crafts and literary and visual arts. At Bumbershoot, if you want it, you got it.