Music Festivals in Seattle

Seattle is home to a number of music festivals throughout the year.
Some of the most popular music festivals include Bumbershoot (Labor Day weekend), Northwest Folklife Festival (Memorial Day weekend), Capitol Hill Block Party (July in the Capitol Hill), Upstream Music Fest + Summit (June – Pioneer Square), Sasquatch Music Festival (it’s at the Gorge Amphitheatre, Memorial Day weekend), Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival (Benaroya Hall in July), and more. Don’t miss out on your favorite music festivals. Buy tickets and VIP packages for music festivals 2024/2025 in advance.

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Here are some well-known music festivals in Seattle:

  1. Bumbershoot: It’s one of Seattle’s largest cultural touchstones. Every Labor Day weekend, Seattle Center becomes the epicenter of art, music, and performance. The music lineup usually involves a mix of big-name headliners and local acts across genres like rock, hip-hop, electronic, and more.
  2. Northwest Folklife Festival: This community-powered festival is dedicated to promoting arts and culture. It happens annually over the Memorial Day weekend at Seattle Center. There are musicians, dancers, and artists from every corner of the Pacific Northwest.
  3. Capitol Hill Block Party: This annual event is usually held in July in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. It’s known for bringing together some of the best local talents with rising stars and larger established artists. The genres span indie rock, hip-hop, electronic, and more.
  4. Upstream Music Fest + Summit: This multi-venue festival and conference, founded by Paul Allen, takes place in Pioneer Square. It was designed to highlight local talent and encourage the growth of the Seattle music scene.
  5. Sasquatch! Music Festival: Although not technically in Seattle (it’s at the Gorge Amphitheatre, a couple of hours’ drive away), Sasquatch! is one of the biggest music festivals in the Pacific Northwest. It typically features a mix of indie rock, singer-songwriters, hip-hop artists, and comedians.
  6. Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival: Held at the Benaroya Hall in July, this festival features free outdoor recitals and in-hall concerts for classical music lovers.