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.
The programming at Bumbershoot strives to be a contemporary microcosm of what is current across all disciplines and genres within those art forms, giving our audience opportunities few other festivals in the world offer.
A RICH PAST, AND A COLORFUL FUTURE
Bumbershoot is one of Seattle's largest cultural touchstones. Each year thousands of people across the country flock to Seattle to attend the acclaimed festival, which has become one of the unique and most-loved contemporary festivals in North America.
Bumbershoot’s diverse programming includes live music, comedy, theater, film, visual arts, dance performance, and more.
Founded in 1972, One Reel is a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts organization striving to inspire audiences to become year round arts patrons; challenging artists to create & explore; and training the next generation of arts & events industry professionals. Current One Reel projects include City of Music Career Day, Mayors Arts Awards and Pianos in the Park. For more information, visit onereel.org.
AEG Presents Pacific Northwest owns and operates the Showbox and Showbox Sodo venues in Seattle and produces the Marymoor Park Concert Series at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA each summer. Recent AEG productions in the Northwest include Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Adele, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and the Foo Fighters. The office produces a diverse array of one-off club to arena level concerts and events annually in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia and supports AEG Present’s national touring divisions. Visit www.showboxpresents.com to check out all of our events and upcoming shows.