Luxury in the City Center
The Pan Pacific offers a state-of-the-art experience in the heart of downtown. After a long day at the festival, you can unwind at the on-site spa or sit back for a little channel surfing on one of the plasma screen televisions featured in each room.
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is a 5-star piece of history in downtown Seattle. Enjoy the piano bar, The Terrace, or spend a day off at the full-service health club.
When you book a room at The Maxwell Hotel, you’ll be within walking distance of the Space Needle. Should you decide to go somewhere further, each guest has free access to bicycles, allowing you to have a unique Seattle experience, and stay heathy at the same time.
It sounds like a Dr. Seuss character, but “Bumbershoot” is actually old-time British slang for an umbrella (something the locals have plenty of use for). But chances are you won’t need one to attend the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival of Seattle, Washington. Held every Labor Day since 1971 at the 74-acre Seattle Center, the festival takes advantage of Seattle’s brief summer respite from rainy weather and features 15 indoor and outdoor stages, open-air markets where local artisans sell handcrafted creations, as well as an opera house and Seattle’s famous Memorial Stadium. There is something for the whole family here, whether you want to see world-class musical acts, browse evocative and original art works for sale, or just soak up the culture of the Pacific Northwest.
Get Your Tickets
Tickets range from $35 to $45 for single day passes, all the way up to $475 for Platinum Passes, which grant three-day access and reserved VIP seating at certain live music events. For families, you can expect to get young children in for free to many areas and they can take part in a variety of events geared specifically for them. Bumbershoot features children’s programming for kids 12 and under at the festival’s Center House as a part of a larger youth program called “Youngershoot.”
Since it’s located in the heart of the city, public transportation to and from Bumbershoot is plentiful, including Seattle’s picturesque monorail, which was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and has since become emblematic of the city. The best hotels in Seattle are also easy to find nearby. Advanced booking isn’t vital, though it’s always a wise move to book early if you have a favorite Seattle hotel. The Seattle Convention and Visitor’s Bureau provides a list of hotels that are in perfect locations for anyone wishing to attend the festival.
If you’d like to check out some of Seattle’s sites and attractions, be sure to visit the nearby Space Needle for a 360-degree view of Puget Sound, or get your rock on at the EMP Museum, a Frank Gehry designed landmark which chronicles the life of local legend Jimi Hendrix alongside the history of Seattle’s famous music scene. Great family destinations include the Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises for whale watching, the Seattle Harbor Tour, the Pike Place Market, Woodland Park Zoo and The Museum of Flight.
Bumbershoot has grown greatly in popularity over the years, hosting everything from venerable performers such as Emmylou Harris and Chuck Berry, to cutting-edge sets such as Modest Mouse and Death Cab for Cutie. With eclectic food vendors, handmade arts and crafts and top-tier entertainment, the Bumbershoot Music Festival is a great way for anyone to end their summer with a satisfied smile.