Bumbershoot, The Seattle Arts FestivalOne of the most interesting and original arts and cultural festivals in the country, Seattle's summer time Bumbershoot offers food, music, the arts and some wild and wacky activities. Every Labor Day weekend, Seattle residents get a taste of the arts and crafts in nearly every category. Bumbershooters are admitted for one price and roam the festival with its wandering performers, acrobats and musicians vying for their attention. It's sort of a collection of mini festivals in one larger festival. Bumbershoot is held on the grounds of the Seattle Center and places musicians and bands on 20 stages. All told,
Bumbershoot HistoryBumbershoot was started by city leaders in 1971 on the grounds of the very successful 1962 World's Fair in Seattle. With 100,000 people visiting the first event, it was a great success and the name Bumbershoot was eventually coined in 1973. Originally funded with money from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bumbershoot evolved into professional management that brought in national music acts and sought out sponsorships to support the festival. Today, the arts festival combines modern producing and scheduling with the time-tested craziness of the Seattle art scene. For years, Bumbershoot
Hours of Operation and LocationBumbershoot is held at the 74-acre Seattle Center on Labor Day weekend.
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