Effective immediately, Seattle Center Armory and Artists at Play Playground are closed to the public until further notice. Events restrictions on the grounds are in place. Please consult our events calendar and safety page for additional information.
Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our City, region and country, and to align with City of Seattle Special Event Permit restrictions, Seattle Center has determined the need to cancel major events on the grounds through Labor Day. Seattle Center is currently accepting applications and bookings for events taking place after September 7.
Now approaching half a century, Bumbershoot is one of Seattle's largest cultural touchstones and is unlike all other summer festivals in North America. Each year, thousands of people from across the country flock to Seattle Center. 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. Since 1972, Bumbershoot has been a multi-disciplinary arts festival showcasing the best of comedy, dance, film, literary arts, music, performing arts, theatre, visual arts and more.