Bumbershoot 2024 preview: Here's what to know

Organizers with Bumbershoot, a festival that celebrates artists, dreamers and makers, announced tickets went on sale and previewed parts of the lineup.

The iconic festival has been part of the Pacific Northwest for over 50 years, and this year's event is happening Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, during Labor Day weekend. 

bumbershoot music festival seattle crowds gather in front of concert stage

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 02: Scenes from Bumbershoot at Seattle Center on September 2, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/WireImage)

Keep reading for a guide for what to expect during the two-day festival.

What is Bumbershoot?

Bumbershoot is a celebration of unique cultures, creators, innovators and a festival of arts and music for the community. The first Bumbershoot happened at the Seattle Center in 1971.

Where is Bumbershoot?

Bumbershoot takes place on the grounds of the Seattle Center. 

How to get Bumbershoot 2024 tickets?

Tickets went on sale March 8 on the ffestival's website.

Does Bumbershoot have age restrictions?

No, everyone can attend Bumbershoot, and children under 10 are free with accompanied adults. 

What is the music lineup for Bumbershoot 2024?

Headliner music acts include indie rock legends Pavement, songwriter James Blake, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Freddie Gibbs, Aly & AJ and Kim Gordon.

Other acts include BADBADNOTGOOD, Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES fame, Cypress Hill, Cal Cox, Lee Fields, Mercury Rev, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, internet meme sensation and loop pedal aficionado Marc Rebillet, and more.

The full two-day lineup:

  • Acid Tongue
  • All Them Witches
  • Aly & AJ
  • Angélica Garcia
  • Automatic
  • Balthvs
  • Black Belt Eagle Scout
  • Carl Cox
  • Corridor
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Cunningham / Bird
  • Cypress Hill
  • Dean Johnson
  • Disq
  • Emi Pop
  • Flesh Produce
  • Freddie Gibbs
  • George Clanton
  • Gold Chisme
  • Grynch
  • Helado Negro
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff
  • I Dont Know How But They Found Me
  • James Blake
  • k.flay
  • Kassa Overall
  • Kim Gordon
  • King Buffalo
  • Kultur Shock
  • Kurt Vile & The Violators
  • Ladytron
  • Lauren Mayberry
  • Lee Fields
  • Lemon Boy
  • Linda from Work
  • Lol Tolhurst x Budgie
  • Marc Rebillet
  • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
  • Mercury Rev
  • Moor Mother
  • Neal Francis
  • Oh, Rose
  • Parisalexa
  • Pavement
  • Pink Siifu
  • Pom Pom Squad
  • Psymon Spine
  • Pure Bathing Culture
  • R E P O S A D O
  • Rocket
  • Spoon Benders
  • Squirrel Flower
  • St Paul and the Broken Bones
  • Stephanie Anne Johnson
  • Sux
  • Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
  • The Divorce
  • The Groovy Nobody
  • The Polyphonic Spree
  • Thee Sacred Souls
  • TK & The Holy Know-Nothings
  • Tres Leches
  • Warren Dunes

What visual artists will be at Bumbershoot?

"Bumbershoot’s 2024 visual arts will showcase some of the region’s most talented artists," organizers said.

Chief among them is the newly launched Animation District, which will feature visual effects presentations from the VFX directors for "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse," "Ultraman: Rising," "Nimona," and more. It will also feature a "Bigfoot Deepfake Competition," experimental animation, augmented reality, gaming, and contemporary art. All of it is a preview for a yet-unannounced 2025 annimation festival.

Other artist lineups include the Century 21 District, Recess District, Fashion District, Out of Sight, Geodesic Domes, If You Know You Know, Exceptionally Underrated, and Free-Ranged Artists roaming the festival grounds.

When does Bumbershoot 2024 open its gates?

Each day, doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

What if the weather is bad?

Bumbershoot organizers said the festival is a rain or shine event, but if it's canceled because of extreme weather attendees will be notified. 

How to get to Bumbershoot

Festivalgoers have several ways to get to Seattle Center:

  • Seattle Center Monorail: Travels to and from Westlake Center and Seattle Center and it's about 10 minutes.
  • Bus Moutes Metro routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 13, 24, 29, 31 and 33. Rapid Ride D Line and routes 5 and 28 serve the Center along Aurora Ave N.
  • Parking at Seattle Center: Carpooling is encouraged and there are two parking garages.
  • Biking to Seattle Center: There are bike racks throughout Seattle Center.

Does Bumbershoot have a bag policy?

Organizers said the festival has a clear bag policy. People planning to go are welcome to bring clear bags not exceeding the dimensions 18"x18"x6".

Does Bumbershoot feature food and beverages?

The festival will have several eateries. For people who want to purchase alcohol, they must be 21 or older with proper identification, will need to get a wristband and must keep their drink in the designated drinking areas. 

Will Bumbershoot vendors be accepting cash and cards?

Bumbershoot's website said there are vendors within the Armory which will accept cash. Vendors outside the Armory are card only and there are ATM's on site.

ADA and accessibility help

Organizers said anyone who needs assistance, is encouraged to go to the ADA Center located next to the main info booth.

Will there be American Sign Language interpreters during performances?

There will be a complete list of performances with an interpreter. Organizers said the full performance schedule will be released in late August.  


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