Since 1971, Bumbershoot has drawn artists representing the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts to Seattle Center for Labor Day weekend. And Bumbershoot 2012 does not disappoint. From Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3, downtown Seattle will be filled with loads of music and experiences that appeal to a wide audience. Bring the kids, bring your friends to Bumbershoot, 2012! And hurry! Ticket prices increase on Wednesday, August 15.

The music at Bumbershoot encompasses a huge variety of genres, including Global Beat with Ana Tijoux, Bombino, Cascadia ’10, Debo Band, and Omar Souleyman. There will be Burlesque with The Atomic Bombshells, the Seattle Symphony “Untuxed”, jazz and blues that include the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, the legendary Tony Bennett, and the Ty Curtis Band. And rockers won’t want to miss the Dirtbombs, Light, Reignwolf, Fishbone and more. Check out the complete music lineup online HERE.

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For the 10 and under crowd, there are hands-on activities in Youngershoot, thanks to The Children’s Museum Seattle and the Pacific Science Center. This free kids’ zone for kids and their caregivers includes dancing demonstrations from countries like Vietnam and Latin America, a puppet show, family yoga class, a “Rockin’ Roadshow” performance by Radio Disney, and science shows from the Pacific Science Center.

If it’s warm outside and you’re ready to cool down, head in for some theatre or the 1 Reel Film Festival. Catch a family-friendly short, or one of the films voted best of SIFF 2012.

Just like the variety of music, there are plenty of food vendors for your tastebuds. From smoothies, ice cream and desserts to pizza, falafel, burgers and salads, you’ll find your fill at the food vendors located around Bumbershoot’s grounds at Seattle Center.

The festival is open each day from 11:00am to 11:00pm, but the gates close for entry at 10:00pm.

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There are only TWO ENTRANCES to Bumbershoot this year at Seattle Center:
Thomas Street (between the Space Needle & Monorail) and
Mercer Street (between the Bagley Wright and Intiman Theatres)

Tickets are available ONLINE at a reduced price through August 14, 2012. You can purchase a one-day pass or a 3-day pass for the entire festival.

Tickets are sold at different levels. Platinum and Gold Pass holders enjoy special access to venues, a reserved seating area at the Mainstage, and an exclusive, air-conditioned lounge with light refreshments and a quiet area to re-energize yourself. These premium passes are now available in single-day and multi-day options.

Children 10 and under do not need a ticket, and may enter any Bumbershoot venue, including the Mainstage. However, some content may not be suitable for young children; parental discretion is advised. All children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

For more details on Bumbershoot 2012, visit the website at

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