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Still Time to Catch Bumbershoot in Seattle

Bumbershoot, photographer Christopher Nelson
Bumbershoot, photographer Christopher Nelson
photographer Christopher Nelson

Those in the Pacific Northwest still looking for a place to play over Labor Day Weekend, might want to check out Bumbershoot®. Established in 1971, this annual festival will occupy the 74-acre Seattle Center for a weekend featuring a diverse array of arts including live music, theater, comedy, film, visual arts, Words & Ideas, film, children’s programming, and the Indie Market featuring urban crafts.

The musical lineup includes such headliners as Foster the People, the Wu-Tang Clan, The Replacements and Elvis Costello. However, what makes this festival stand out is the strong offering of mid-tier acts that includes a number of regional peformers including Sub Pop's Afghan Wings, Bootsy Collins and Hobosexual. In addition, Bumbershoot's EDM programming includes DJs Hook N Sling, Savant, and Myon & Shane 54 making an appearance as part of “Conscious Nights at Bumbershoot” presented by area promoter USC Events. Those looking for a list of musical recommendations can check out Seattle Weekly's list of 14 must see acts.

Be sure to pick up a comedy pass to check out the range of wold-famous and locally sourced comedic offerings ranging from stand-up and sketch to podcasts and improv. Among the acts on stage include Pete Holmes, W. Kamau Bell, Ted Alexandro, Cristela Alonzo, Matt Braunger, Rory Scovel, and Beth Stelling, as well as Doug Benson’s Doug Loves Movies, Paul F. Tompkins’ Dead Authors Podcast, and StarTalk Live with Eugene Mirman and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Due to the high demand to check out these shows, one free comedy pass per person/per day will be available while supplies last. Each comedy show will have a stand-by line forming 30 minutes prior to show time for those without a comedy pass.

In between musical acts, have a seat and take in a flick at the 1 Reel Film Festival curated by the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). This festival-within-a-festival offers snack-sized shorts on a range of topics including animals, music, science fiction, music, family-friendly fare, and mature offings. Also, the Words & Ideas, Visual Arts, and Theatre lineup including writers of The Simpsons and The Onion, Ken Jennings, The Moth, and Tom Robbins.

Log on to Bumbershoot's website for the most up-to-date lineup.

Save a few dollars by ordering your tickets online and printing them at home. Total costs for ordering your tickets online are as follows: Any Day Ticket that can be used Saturday, Sunday or Monday is $75.24, a 3-Day Pass is $186.20 and a One Day Ticket available only for Saturday, Sunday, Monday is $71.24. You can also get tickets at the gate.

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