Bumbershoot has been a Seattle cultural institution sinces it began in 1971 as the “Mayor’s Arts Festival.” The name, Bumbershoot, is an uncommon slang term for umbrella. Originally intended as a morale boost during some regional economic strife, Bumbershoot now acts as a celebration of art, music, and culture from both local and national artists. This year’s event, the third under the new leadership of AEGLive, featured a star-studded and diverse lineup of musicians, comedians, and artists.


Festival-goers this year witnessed the vocal prowess of musicians like Solange, Lorde, and PVRIS; the lyricism of rappers like Gucci Mane, Big Sean, Watsky, and Vince Staples; and the electronic music and visual spectacle of EDM artists like Ekali, Cash Cash, Dillon Francis, Odesza, and Flume.


Alongside music, Bumbershoot also presented a spectacular comedy show headlined by comedian Margaret Cho. Off the stages, festival-goers could witness incredible acts of strength and athleticism demonstrated by street performers, group dance performances, and live painting by local graffiti artists.


In between acts, dining options were provided by dozens of local restaurants and food trucks in an outdoor food court setup.


Bumbershoot is and always has been one of the greatest events of the summer in Seattle, and this year was no exception. Check out the gallery below to see just some of the acts that graced Bumbershoot 2017’s stages.

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