Seattle Center is currently operating in a limited capacity according to restrictions mandated by Washington State and the City of Seattle. Event activities and official public gatherings are currently restricted on the grounds. Seattle Center Armory and Artists at Play Playground are closed to the public until further notice. Please consult our homepage, events calendar, and safety page for additional information.
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.