When: August 30-September 1 Where: Seattle Center Cost: $186 for a 3-day pass or $112 in advance
More than just another music festival, Bumbershoot is Seattle’s long-running annual showcase of “art in the great northleft.” Go for the headliners (best-selling author Tom Robbins, author and 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings to name just a few), but stay for the comedy, arts and crafts and kids’ shows at Youngershoot (kids get in free).
But take heed: Bumbershoot was named after the colloquial term for umbrella, and you’ll want to bring yours as outdoor performances will take place rain or shine.
Also, D’oh-n’t miss out on a live chat with the writers of The Simpsons!
Bite of Seattle
When: July 18-20 Where: Seattle Center Cost: Free
What’s a meal without a side of entertainment? At Bite of Seattle, you’ll get to eat like
a true Seattleite when 50+ restaurants and 30+ food product companies from the Emerald City converge. Not enough? Entertainment includes nearly 100 live acts across four music stages and a free outdoor showing of the ’80s classic The Goonies, filmed in nearby Astoria, Oregon.
When: June 15-August 3 Where: Several locations around Seattle Cost: Prices vary per event
Seattle’s quintessential summer festival, Seafair features all there is to love about summer in the seaside city. Take your pick from among the eclectic mix of more than a dozen free events including parades, standup paddleboarding, ship tours, marathons and more throughout this month-long community celebration.
Whether it's for Seafair, Bite of Seattle or Bumbershoot, head south for a summer excursion
Find some old Soundgarden tapes and put on your best (worst) flannel. If a stateside escape is on your summer agenda, head south to the cultural hub of Seattle to get your fill of food, festivals and fun.
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