The word bumbershoot first appeared in America around 1915–20. It is thought to be an alteration of the umbre- part of umbrella plus a respelling of -chute (as in parachute).
The arts festival known originally as Festival ’71, then as Festival ’72, was dubbed Bumbershoot® in 1973. The name was chosen to describe the Festival as an umbrella for all of the various arts and performers it encompasses.
Now in its 43rd year, Bumbershoot has consistently drawn artists representing the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts to Seattle every Labor Day weekend.
North America’s largest urban arts festival, Bumbershoot takes place in the heart of the city at the 74-acre Seattle Center.
Over 100,000 visitors from near and far spend the weekend experiencing groundbreaking local, national, and international artists in all arts disciplines and musical genres at venues large and small, indoor and outdoor.
Bumbershoot also features a variety of food, merchandise, and urban craft vendors throughout Bumbershoot grounds—there’s plenty to eat, see, and do all weekend long.
Bumbershoot is produced by One Reel, in collaboration with Seattle Center.