Bumbershoot has become one of the most unique and best-loved contemporary festivals in North America. It is one of Seattle’s largest cultural criterion as each year thousands of people from across the country attend the acclaimed festival that features live music, comedy, visual arts, theater, dance performances, film, and more. In order to help you get the tickets you all desire, we will give you the know-how, so you can make the most out of your ticket buying process. Bumbershoot will take place on September 1-3 2017.
The lowdown on tickets.
Tickets go on sale around nine months in advance, but if you sign up for the email list, you will be notified for early access to discount tickets. You can buy your tickets at bumbershoot.com or at the festival gates. You should get your tickets early to ensure admission and lock in the best possible price. The longer you wait the higher your ticket cost will be! You can also buy from ticket resell sites like SuperSeats if passes sell out before you have a chance to buy.
You will be able to buy single day passes as well as 3-day, VIP, and Emerald City VIP passes once they go on sale. (VIP and Emerald VIP Passes are only for 21 and over) For more information about specific passes and prices go here. The passes you get, no matter if they are one day, multiple day or VIP, will come as a wristband in mid august with activation instructions included in the shipment.
If you think tickets are too expensive to pay for it all at once Bumbershoot offers the opportunity to make payments on 3-day GA and 3-day VIP passes during the summer months leading up to the festival. If you are interested, you might want to take a look at their payment plans. The first installment is due in July, so if you are buying after that point, it might not be an option.
Your ticket will not guarantee you entry and/or a seat for all festival events. All performances have a limited capacity and it is advised to arrive early to secure admission. VIP and Emerald City VIP pass holders have access to the preferred viewing locations at certain venues depending on individual venue capacity.
You are waiting for tickets to go on sale…now what?
Planning your trip should be done well in advance, there are many hotels in the neighborhoods surrounding Seattle Center and in downtown Seattle but they may fill fast. If you stay downtown, you can save money by walking or taking an alternate method of transportation such as a King County Metro bus or The Seattle Center Monorail.
If the hotel or place you are staying is a bit of a distance, The Seattle Center has a lot of public and private parking lots, but due to the popularity of the festival, parking can be a bit difficult to find. Consider public transportation as mentioned before, or coming on foot, bikes, or maybe even carpooling. You should allow yourself plenty of time to find parking and know that some lots are “cash only” so be prepared for that. There is free bike parking available on Broad Street near the Space Needle.
Comedy passes are available every day at the comedy pass booth, You are allowed up to three comedy passes per person/ticket per day. Passes will be available while supplies last, so you should get there early enough to secure a pass. You may still be able to see a comedy show if you don’t have a pass, but you will have to wait in a stand-by line; there is no guarantee into the show since it is first come first serve. Pass holders must arrive at the venue no earlier than 30 minutes before, but no later than 15 minutes to the performance time. Unclaimed seats for pass holders will be open to those in the stand-by line 15 minutes before the show.
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There are no age restrictions at Bumbershoot, so children are allowed. Parents should use their own discretion as to what is suitable for their kids to experience. There is a children’s program for 12 and under in the Youngershoot Kids Zone. Strollers are allowed on festival grounds, but they are not available to rent so you will need to bring your own.
No outside food or beverages are allowed into the festival grounds with the exception of one 20 oz sealed water bottle per person. Bag checks will be enforced. Animals are also not allowed except for service animals. For a full list of prohibited items at Bumbershoot visit their site.
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