We work extensively with Seattle Center to make Bumbershoot enjoyable and accessible for all patrons. Our website, Access Guide, info booths and maps are here to inform those who need special accommodations. We also have a team of dedicated Access Volunteers on-site during Bumbershoot to provide assistance during the Festival.
In some cases, Bumbershoot may transform existing access points at Seattle Center, so please download an Access Guide and review while making your Festival plans. In advance of Bumbershoot, questions and concerns can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org until one week before the Festival begins. During the week prior to the Festival, please send questions via Twitter @Bumbershoot, or call 206.673.5060 to get answers before arriving at Seattle Center. Do not send email during the week prior to the Festival, as we may not receive it or be able to answer until after Bumbershoot.
Tickets for patrons with permanent disabilities are discounted off standard admission, while supplies last, and will be for sale at Festival gates pending quantities are available and the Festival is not sold out (government-issued ID required). Please note that this price is only for the patron with permanent disabilities and only available on the day(s) that are not sold out. Any patron wishing to guarantee their admission to Bumbershoot is encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. Advance (discount) prices are available through August 30.
At the Festival, tickets will be sold at the following two (2) gates:
• On Mercer Street between the Bagley Wright and Intiman Theatres
• On Thomas Street at 5th Avenue, between the Space Needle and EMP
Please note that during the Festival, some of the existing accessible parking spaces at Seattle Center will be relocated. The same number of accessible parking spaces, however, will be provided.
Accessible parking spaces can be found at:
- Level 1 of the Mercer Street Garage
- 5th Avenue garage
- 1st Avenue garage
- Dozens of private lots surrounding Seattle Center
Interpreted Performances at Bumbershoot
The list of performances with American Sign Language Interpreter will be posted later this summer.
We offer a limited number of wheelchairs at the Armory Info Booth. To borrow a wheelchair, complete a form and present valid photo identification; ID will be held until the wheelchair is returned. If wheelchairs are in high demand, your use may be limited to two hours.
Bumbershoot offers free ID bracelets to help reunite individuals with permanent disabilities who become separated from their family or guardians. At any Info Booth, complete a short registration form with your contact info and get a numbered bracelet. In the event an individual is separated from you and brought to the attention of Bumbershoot Staff, we will contact you immediately.
We Have Help for You
If you need assistance at any time while you’re at the Festival, we have a team of Access Volunteers dedicated to assist patrons with disabilities on Bumbershoot weekend. You may request an Access Volunteer at an entrance gate or the nearest Info Booth.
Information Booths are located:
- East side of KeyArena
- Between the Armory (f.k.a. Center House) and Memorial Stadium.
- Northwest of the Fountain Lawn (also the Comedy Pass booth)
- Inside the south doors of the Armory (f.k.a. Center House)
Several items of interest for people with disabilities are detailed in our Access Guide, including seating areas and a map of barrier-free access to all of Bumbershoot’s indoor and outdoor stages. If at any time you have difficulty figuring out which way to go, just ask any Bumbershoot usher or staff member to point you in the right direction.
Accessible Seating at Bumbershoot Venues
Bumbershoot’s indoor venues feature accessible seating areas. If a venue entrance is not accessible, patrons with disabilities and one attendant will be escorted to an alternative accessible entrance. Please see the Access Guide for more details.
Seat Availability/General Admission Policy
The Bumbershoot ticket provides access to all Festival events and performances, but indoor venues have a set capacity and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any further questions, please contact us via the methods described above (email, phone, or Twitter).