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Bumbershoot is traditionally Seattle’s "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 lose 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, Lourde, Solange, Weezer and Foster the People. These spaces will fill up quickly. But as you are making your way around, keep an open mind for local act Tacocat, Latin funk group Chicano Batman, or comedian Brody Stevens. 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:
Youngershoot is the younger side of Bumbershoot, 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 is tagging which acts, in the general line-up, which are kid friendly. A couple that come to mind immediately: Smokey Brights and The Roots. Also, check out the dance acts.
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 is more that just music. There is comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre and visual arts. You can also practice yoga, see a Laser Dome show, dance and curse at the SAME TIME, 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 and more will keep blood sugar levels steady. In addition, the Amory locations are also open during the festival, so beer, wine and vegan options are available.
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