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The Mercer Street gates open at 1:30 p.m. Saturday-Monday. No re-entry after 8:30 p.m. A Bumbershoot app is available for smartphones. Complete info:


New this year: Wristbands, with an individual embedded bar code, are issued with each ticket. You must wear your wristband each day you come to the festival. You cannot remove it until you are finished attending. The bands are nonrefundable, nonexchangeable and nontransferable. Each band allows you access to all venues, subject to capacity. (Except comedy — only a comedy pass guarantees entry to those shows. See the “comedy” portion of this story.) It doesn’t guarantee you a spot at places like Memorial Stadium and KeyArena. Children 5 and under and seniors over 70 do not need a wristband.

Availability/pricing: Ticket prices and availability vary by day, as the festival draws closer.

At presstime: a three-day pass was $189.50-$209.50; Saturday-only passes were not available, so check online for further availability. Sunday-only pass $99-$109; Monday-only pass $85-$109. VIP packages are also available, offering priority entry to venues, lounge access and other perks; $225-$750.

Box office: During the festival weekend, tickets can be purchased at the main gate on Mercer Street and near EMP on Fifth Avenue North from noon-11 p.m.


Comedy passes are available every day at the comedy-pass booth, near Cornish Playhouse. A limited quantity of free passes guaranteeing general admission will be offered for each comedy performance. Up to three Comedy Passes per person/ticket, per day will be available for individual shows, while supplies last. Each venue will have a standby line for patrons who want to attend a performance but who do not have a pass.


Parking around Bumbershoot can be tough to find and pricey. Find a list of lots at seattlecenter/transportation/parking. Or, take the bus — use Metro’s Trip Planner, or call 206-553-3000. Bike parking is available on Broad Street near the Space Needle.


• No outside beverages are allowed except for one factory-sealed water bottle (20 ounces max) per person.

• No alcohol/drugs allowed in, no glass bottles, no cans, no flasks.

• No pets, but service animals are allowed.

• No spiked jewelry and large chains.

• No totems, signs, poles, flags or anything used to display anything above the head

• No selfie sticks.

• No tents, chairs, coolers or ice chests.

• No wagons, carts or bikes on festival grounds.

• No fireworks, drones, glow sticks, laser pointers, spray paint, stickers, air horns, hula hoops or dust masks.


A limited number of wheelchairs can be checked out at the Armory Info Booth.