Bumbershoot 2024 @ Seattle Center

Wrestling, rocking, and a cat circus 🎪

📸: Adam Kubota

📅 Saturday, August 31st – Sunday, September 1st
📍 Seattle Center: 305 Harrison St, Seattle
🎟 $70–$350

Seattle summer feels like Seattle summer again now that Bumbershoot is back in action. 

After a three-year hiatus, the summer festival took over Seattle Center with force for its 50th anniversary last year, attracting an estimated 40,000 people to the grounds to revel in music, art, fashion, and wrestling.  

@theticketsea 🤼‍♂️ Wrestling underneath the Space Needle 🤼‍♂️    Grit City Wrestling performed all weekend at this year's reimagined Bumbershoot Music Festival (@Bumbershoot), entertaining fest goers with cosplay wrestling and rowdy matches. It was one part of a broad slate of new programming, which included everything from nail art to pole dancing.    Glad you're back, Bumbershoot 👋 #bumbershoot2023 #theticketseattle ♬ original sound – TheTicketSeattle

Over Labor Day weekend this year, Bumbershoot will again sprawl across the many lawns of Seattle Center from Saturday, August 31st, to Sunday, September 1st. While Bumbershoot is mum on the music lineup (the official announcement comes later this spring), organizers New Rising Sun and Third Stone have dropped their arts lineup for the festival—and it’s pretty stacked

The 2024 Bumbershoot arts experience is split up into many categories. They include returning “districts” like a Fashion District with catwalks and marketplaces, wrestling and skateboard competitions located in a Recess District, a large-scale contemporary Pacific Northwest-focused art show courtesy of Out of Sight at the Fisher Pavilion, a DIY music photography show called If You Know You Know at ANT Gallery, and Bumbershoot’s microenvironment concept Geodesic Dome, featuring the popular Cat Circus from last year and a new Comedy Dome curated by Dan Hurwitz.

New this year is an Animation District held at Cornish Playhouse, where Bumbershoot will host an international competition to see who can make the best Bigfoot deepfake in what they are calling a “comedic and harrowing portrait of current deepfake technology.” Pacific Science Center will house a Century 21 District, replete with a large-scale sculpture show in the main courtyard with an exhibition—done in partnership with NASA—of James Webb Space Telescope images in the IMAX theater shown alongside live vocalists singing gospel, opera, and Gregorian chants. Mosey over to SIFF to check out Exceptionally Underrated, a Bumbershoot TV competition where local musicians will screen their original music videos for a $5000 prize. And keep your eyes peeled for Free-Range Artists doing contemporary performance art or Lion Dances around the festival grounds. 

A poster detailing the arts lineup for the 2024 Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival in Seattle, Washington

More announcements to come! Tickets, however, are available already right here

🎟 Saturday GA (Tier 2): $70
🎟 Sunday GA (Tier 2): $70
🎟 2-Day General Admission: $125
🎟 Deluxe GA Weekend Pass (21+): $350

@theticketsea Bumber is back to shoot its shot ☂️ FIVE NEW THINGS HAPPENING AT @Bumbershoot 2023: 👒 A FASHION DISTRICT: Focusing on emerging PNW designers, vintage sellers, and creators, Bumbershoot’s Fashion District includes runway programs like this one from Janelle Abbott. 🤼‍♂️ A RECESS DISTRICT: This sporty district hosts BUMBERMANIA!, an athletic performance curated by Grit City Wrestling School. The space also has double Dutch, pole dancing, a beer garden, aaaaand ~ 🛼 ROLLERSKATING: Roll Around Seatown livens up the space multiple times a day with fun roller skating performances. 🖼️ OVER 80 VISUAL ARTISTS: New Bumbershoot also means new Out of Sight, a vast survey of contemporary art in the PNW. Curators include Emily Zimmerman, Jaleesa Johnston, Rana San, and Roya Amirsoleymani. 🐱A CAT CIRCUS: Purr. Bumbershoot’s cat circus, basically a tent with kitties, invites festival guests to play with acrobatic kittens. #theticketseattle #bumbershoot2023 #labordayweekend ♬ original sound – TheTicketSeattle

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Jas Keimig

Jas Keimig is an arts and culture writer in Seattle. Their work has previously appeared in The Stranger, i-D, Netflix, and Feast Portland. They won a game show once and have a thing for stickers.