Capital Hill Block Party

Capital Hill Block Party

The newest of the traditional summer festivals, the Capitol Hill Block Party is really more of a whole neighborhood party, focused around a few of the excellent music venues that are within the South Capitol Hill area. It takes place in the newer south end of the centrally located, densely populated Capitol Hill neighborhood, an area known for great food and excellent nightlife. The Block Party involves shutting off certain streets to allow easy access to multiple music venues under a single ticket price. Because of the logistics involved and the limited space, this is not as large of an event as other similar festivals, including Seattle Center’s Bumbershoot, or the Gorge’s Sasquatch Festival, so while the names headlining are less well known, they are carefully chosen, interesting bands and groups, and the tickets are significantly cheaper.

Capitol Hill has always been the Seattle neighborhood that is most renowned for its nightlife, bars and music, so it seemed a logical next step to open up their block party to the entire city by making it an engaging, exciting and enormous event. The Block Party’s neighborhood origins keep it striving to be local, booking a larger percentage of Seattle acts than most festivals of its size. In addition to the local bands, the block party strives to truly support the block(s), its restaurants and shops. The funds that are raised through the Block Party also go back into local events, as the show is a fundraiser for two great Northwest music-related non-profit organizations: The Vera Project and the public radio station, KEXP. You can also find local pro-music politicians and other related non-profits at the event.

In addition to music, which is the main focus of the event, the Capitol Hill Block Party brings in craft stalls and various other vendors, including food carts.

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