One of the largest festivals of North America, Bumbershoot is an international music and arts festival that is held annually in Seattle, Washington over the Labor Day weekend. The festival is ideally held on the seventy-four acres of Seattle’s City Center that had originally been constructed for the World’s Fair of 1962. Performances cover a wide array of musical genres and take place on both indoor and outdoor stages. Artists, crafters and food vendors are set up throughout the grounds.
Renowned musicians from around the world have been coming to entertain fans every year since 1971. Some of the headlining acts have included Chuck Berry, Tina Turner Eurythmics, Etta James, and Death Cab for Cutie. The festival draws fans of rock, jazz, and folk with its myriad of annual performers. Musical performances take place on various stages throughout the three-day event.
As the festival has grown, it has expanded to include circus acts, film showings, street theatre, poetry slams, and even break dancing. This immense variety means that there is entertainment for everybody. Artists and crafters display and sell their work that includes painting, sculpture, jewelry, clothing, and so much more. There is also a vast array of food vendors that provide a wide range of cuisine and treats. The fair-like atmosphere is the perfect place to enjoy the holiday weekend.
The festival regularly receives upwards of 100,000 visitors each year during the course of the long weekend. The immense variety showcased at the festival has led to its continued popularity. It is regarded as one of the nation’s best festivals of its kind.
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