Navigating Bumbershoot

Seattle Center is located in Lower Queen Anne, bounded by Fifth Avenue North to the east, First Avenue North to the west, Denny Way to the south, and Mercer Street to the north. Simple enough, but getting there can be a problem for first-timers during Bumbershoot. Parking can be an especial hazard, though there are some options, particularly across Fifth Avenue North, where Seattle Center, Pacific Science Center, and Experience Music Project employees regularly park, though chances are that'll fill up in a hurry. So we recommend that you, like many committed drivers who regularly attend Bumbershoot, take the bus to the event. In addition to the regular lines that pass through Lower Queen Anne (the 2, 4, 8, 15, 16, 18, and others), King County Metro dispatches several special Bumbershoot shuttles during the festival, mostly stopping on Fifth Avenue North. Basically, if you can find your way home by bus from downtown, you can take any of these from the site and navigate your way back from there. Cabs proliferate in the area during Labor Day Weekend as well. There are several entrances, none better than others, though it must be said that a lot of fence hopping occurs around the entrance nearest the EMP. Though Bumbershoot teems with vendors, you can bring your own food and beverages, as long as they're in plastic containers. Liquor is disallowed, however, as are cameras, recording equipment, glass bottles, chairs, weapons, noisemakers, and narcotics. Lost and found items are located near the Center House. For more complete information, visit, or call 206-281-8111. Wristbands are required for evening Mainstage shows (e.g., Elvis Costello). Show up early to get them, since they tend to go quickly. Adult tickets are $28 (one day), $45 (two days), and $80 (four days), with ages 5–12 and 65 and over $8 per day. You can also buy VIP passes for $160 and $260. Bumbershoot 2005 Bumbershoot's been a family-oriented event since its early-'70s inception. Even so, this year's music lineup—despite Devo and later, after that band dropped out, Iggy and the Stooges—seemed even safer than usual. So we decided to search out the festival's odder corners. We don't claim to present them all in this package, but we do claim that the four events we're highlighting—the "In Resonance" sound-art exhibit; the ballet-meets-hair-metal of Buttrock Suites; stand-up comic Todd Barry; and Wreckage, the one-woman show by Lauren Weedman—will give you something you weren't expecting. Which is, of course, the entire point of an event like Bumbershoot. More Bumbershoot Bumbershoot Music Picks — Our guide to the festival's highlights. The ABCs of Bumberfood — Rich Amador of Sugee's Giant Strawberry Shortcake explains it all for you. Short Film, Long Gestation — It took 10 years to harvest Fruits—one of many titles to be shown at 1 Reel festival. Her Brand of Humor — Local lit mag brings funny women to Bumbershoot stage. No, really. Performance Picks — Are We Scared? and STREB. Visual Arts Pick Bumbershoot music schedule grid (pdf). Festival information

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