Destinations: Bumbershoot weekend - Friday to Sunday

Friday, August 31, 2018

Labor Day weekend in Seattle means Bumbershoot - the huge 3 day arts festival at Seattle Center.

Three days of music, film, comedy, art, food, poetry. It starts on Friday at 1pm and the music goes until 11pm. Same for Saturday and for Sunday.

Here's what Bumbershoot says about itself:

Now approaching half a century, Bumbershoot is one of Seattle's largest cultural touchstones. Each year, thousands of people from across the country flock to Seattle Center to attend this acclaimed festival, which has become one of the biggest and most-loved contemporary festivals in North America, while having maintained its Northwest spirit and innovative roots.

The name Bumbershoot was chosen both as a knowing nod of respect to our city’s most famous weather pattern, and a symbol of the overarching mission of this festival: to be an umbrella for all of the arts.

Its seeds were planted in 1971 with Festival 71 -- the brainchild of then Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman. The next year Bumbershoot was born: a multi-disciplinary arts festival showcasing the best of comedy, dance, film, literary arts, music, 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.

All the information and ticket sales are on the Bumbershoot webpage.


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