Seattle’s Bumbershoot Music Festival Is Cancelled For Second Year In A Row

Emma Colosia Emma Colosia

Seattle’s Bumbershoot Music Festival Is Cancelled For Second Year In A Row

It’s official, Bumbershoot Festival has been canceled this year too.

It’s been two years since we enjoyed live music during Labor Day Weekend at the Bumbershoot Festival. In 2019, headliners such as The Lumineers, Tyler, The Creator and LP made us dance and sing for two straight days without imagining that not long after, the pandemic would change everything.


The festival organizers said that this year’s COVID-19 restrictions would not allow the event to be hosted until 2022.  Seattle Center and One Reel shared a press release where they announced a new collaborative effort to figure out how to bring the festival back next year. They promised to put together an exploratory committee to look at the history of the event and analyze its success over the years.

“The goal will be to continue the Festival’s heritage as an affordable, multi-disciplinary arts event celebrating regional, national and international arts and entertainment,” they wrote.



The event began as a city-funded music festival in 1971 and earned a nationwide reputation, with thousands of tourists traveling to Seattle every year. 

Over the past few years, Bumbershoot had become massive and dealt with several obstacles. In 2019, one of the headliners, Lizzo, canceled at the last minute and after a barricade collapsed and injured four concert-goers, raising concerns about the festival’s organization.

Stay tuned for updates!

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