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Bumbershoot’s 50th Anniversary: What to Expect, Where to Eat, and More

Bumbershoot — the largest music and arts festival in the Pacific Northwest — is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The festival name is derived from a slang term for umbrella in the hopes that by amplifying the diverse artistic community that calls the Pacific Northwest home, we realize we’re all under the same umbrella.

Embark on a journey filled with creative talents across music, art shows, speakers, exhibitions, and food while the festival runs from September 2-3 at the Seattle Center.

Music Lineup

Offering an eclectic musical lineup, attendees can anticipate everything from indie to rock to hip-hop, electronic to folk, and everything in between. Headliners for this year's festival include Sleater-Kinney, Zhu, The Revivalists, and Jawbreaker.

With multiple stages hosting simultaneous performances, attendees can curate their experience and explore other acts, which include AFI, Brittany Howard, Fatboy Slim, and Phantogram. 

Artist Lineup

Explore the wonderful world of art. From a 17-year-old fashion designer to an immigrant choreographer, Bumbershoot offers an array of talents aimed at nurturing creativity. Art installations and interactive displays transform the festival grounds into a mystical wonderland.

Culinary Lineup

Catering to foodies, the festival lines up gourmet food trucks and stalls representing cuisines from around the globe. Dip into some locally sourced ice cream with Shug’s or appease all of your senses when you feast on MexiCuban, no matter what you are craving Bumbershoot is likely to have something to satisfy your appetite.

Where to Stay in Bothell

Bothell is the perfect home base for festival attendees. For a quick — less than half an hour — drive, Uber, or Lyft to the venue, stay in one of Bothell’s many hotels including:

Pro tip: Book your hotel through our Sip & Stay offer and taste your way through Washington Wine Country after the festival.

If you’re more of the outdoorsy type, check out our many options for sleeping under the stars.


What to Do When You're Not at Bumbershoot

Outside of having some of the most comfortable pillows to rest your head on, Bothell offers a variety of unique experiences worthy of extending your trip — including fantastic food and drink options. When you’re done rocking out for the day, grab a drink or two, food, or all of the above from Kro Bar, The Bine, and The Hop and Hound.

Pro Tip: If you’re looking to go winery hopping with friends or family in Woodinville Wine Country when you're not at Bumbershoot, reserve a King County Metro Community Van. Rides are only $2.75 per passenger and you can plan the route yourself!


Learn more about the festival, including the full festival line-up, ticket prices, and more here.

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