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Guide to Capitol Hill Block Party

July 18, 2011 1:38 PM

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The Capitol Hill Block Party has been an annual Seattle event since 1997. The Party showcases over 70 of the best Northwest and national bands and DJs. There are three stages playing music over three days, rain or shine – Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24 in Seattle’s South Capitol Hill neighborhood.  It’s a celebration of independent music and culture, thought, and progressive politics. You’ll find excellent independent craft booths, local non-profits, pro-music politicians, and fundraisers for neighborhood charities.

Hours:
Friday, July 22 – 3pm to 2am
Saturday, July 23 – 1pm to 2am
Sunday, July 24 – 1pm to 2am

Advance tickets are available until July 22nd at http://www.thestranger.com/blockparty3daypass . You can also buy tickets at the gate the day of the show on a first come, first serve basis. Get your tickets in advance to avoid the lines! The festival box office will open on July 22nd at 8am, July 23rd at 1 pm, and July 24th 1pm

Getting There:
The main entrance to the Block Party is at E Pike Street & 12th Avenue. At this entrance you can purchase tickets, pick up will call tickets. There is another entrance on E Pine Street at 10th Avenue. There is no will call at this entrance, so if you have a ticket or want to purchase a ticket, you can enter at Pike and 10th. The Block Party is easy to get to via foot, bicycle or bus. Parking  is limited.

Cost: Three Day Passes are only $75. $27.50 for single day advance tickets, $30 day of show. There will be no reissues for lost or stolen tickets. All sales are final. Kids under the age of 5 years old will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Two stages, the Neumos and CHA-CHA stage are 21+ only, and you must have current, valid ID to enter.

Food and Drink:
There are lots of vendors at the Party with food for purchase, as well as many local area restaurants. I’ll probably need extra cash while I’m there, what’s the deal? There’s a big  beer garden, and you can also drink at several bars inside the festival perimeter. You must be over 21 with a current, valid ID to drink at the beer garden or in the local bars.

Re-Entry into the Party:
The Block Party allows re-entry with your ticket stub and a bracelet. Make sure you keep your ticket stub when you enter. Re-entry will not be permitted without both the bracelet and your ticket stub.

There’s an app for that The new Capitol Hill Block Party App is now in the iTunes store. Put the schedule in your pocket! Use it to see when your favorite bands are playing, view a map of the stages or check-in on Facebook. It’s super simple and it’s free!

Of Special Note:
You will be searched upon entry to the festival.  NONE of the following are allowed in the Block Party:  weapons, projectiles, alcohol, dogs, cameras with detachable lenses, audio/video recording devices with external microphones, glass bottles, cans, wagons or carts, coolers, backpacks larger than 17″ x 12″ x 10″, chairs, cane umbrellas, laser pointers, air horns or other noisemakers, tents, flags, lounge chairs, instruments, drugs or drug paraphernalia. If you’re noticeably inebriated or high, you will not be admitted, and you’ll be escorted out (and no refunds) if you cause a disturbance.

The following items ARE ALLOWED: Cameras without detachable lenses, fanny packs, sealed bottled water, small backpacks/satchels (they’ll get searched), hats, sun block, lighters.

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