Written By Daniel Pacheco
Bumbershoot in Seattle is a traditional “summer’s over” party, with most area schools starting the Tuesday or Wednesday after Labor Day. It is a music festival, but it has always been much more than that, and it is definitely a people-watching spectacle. I love the ability to get in and make your way through different acts. It gives you an opportunity to be exposed to different music genres.
Seattle Local Tips: This festival is BIG. There is a lot to see and do, and it helps to go in with a plan. Review the line-up before going in, and get a loose idea of where you want to be and when.
The number one complaint year in, year out, is parking. Either finding it, or if you found it, the price (ouch) you have to pay for the privilege. Luckily, if you are a Seattle Oasis guest, 75% of our properties are within walking distance, and all are a quick Lyft away. With the housekeeping out of the way, let’s get to the fun.
First Off, Don’t Miss the Chance to be Spontaneous.
Yes, I realize I just told you to go in with a plan. And do. But allow for time to linger over acts that tickle your ear. Headliners this year are, among others, Tyler the Creator, Lizzo, HER, The Lumineers, Rezz, and Taking Back Sunday. These spaces will fill up quickly. But as you are making your way around, keep an open mind for local rapper Sol, amazing vocalist Gallant, or comedian Neal Brennan. There are over ninety music musical acts and 19 comedic acts so don’t get tunnel vision.
Don’t Be Afraid to Bring the Kiddos to Bumbershoot in Seattle:
Youngershoot is the younger side of Bumbershoot in Seattle, sponsored by the Children’s Museum. There are special exhibits and interactive opportunities for the under 10 set. It consists of an smaller area segregated from the rest of the Seattle Center campus, with music, art and acts tailored to little ones. In addition, Bumbershoot in Seattle is tagging which acts, in the general line-up, which are kid friendly.
Seattle Local Tip: If going with little ones, the crowds are smaller earlier in the day. Strollers are permitted, but discouraged, just FYI.
Spend the Day:
Bumbershoot in Seattle is more than just music. There is comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre and visual arts. You can also practice yoga, see a Laser Dome show, and check out the Sub Pop pop up. Food is good enough to write home about. Offerings from Matt’s In The Market (a personal fave), BokBok Fried Chicken, Gracia, Little Uncle, Wood Shop BBQ and more will keep blood sugar levels steady. In addition, the Armory locations are also open during the festival, so beer, wine and vegan options are available.
One Last Pro Tip:
The weather is generally quite nice. Like, sunny and hot nice. So don’t forget to pack your bag with sunscreen, water, and a hat. And if you’re planning on staying for the evening bands (which I highly recommend), you’ll want a sweater or hoodie. Most importantly, HAVE FUN! Check out the best Seattle attractions! Contact us today!