Labor Day weekend in Seattle means Bumbershoot. A bumbershoot is an umbrella, which is commonly needed in Seattle, though ironically early September is usually quite dry. Bumbershoot in Seattle is also the annual music & arts festival that has been taking place for the last 40 years on the grounds of the Seattle Center. The festival is a combination of local and national artists featuring music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre and the visual arts.
Bumbershoot attracts 150,000+ visitors over the 3-day weekend, and one ticket gets you in to pretty much everything there, though this year you’ll need a special ticket if you want to see the mainstage acts. This year’s Bumbershoot has some great mainstage acts including The Decemberists, Weezer, Mary J. Blige and Bob Dylan. (Yes, Bob Dylan is still with us…) I’m going to try to see some personal favorites including Neko Case, Hole and The Dandy Warhols.
If music is not your thing, you can bust a gut at the Comedy Stage, check out some thespians at the Theatre Puget Sound Stage, watch some high-wire motorcycle rides, or just pig out at all of the food stalls.