About

Capitol Hill Block Party is a 3-day music and arts festival, celebrating Seattle’s iconic arts and music center, Capitol Hill. CHBP takes over six city blocks for 3 days in the heart of this Seattle neighborhood, and showcases over 100 local and national artists. In a unique urban setting, the clubs, bars and restaurants within the gates participate and add another diverse element to the festival. The grounds house four indoor venues, dozens of restaurants and bars, in addition to two outdoor stages built for the event. The average demographic attending CHBP falls between the ages of 18-30, bringing together 30,000 of the most creative young professionals of Seattle, surrounding areas, and nationally.

Our ethics and esthetic are liberal and DIY. CHBP is the only independently owned festival of its size, and we strive to break out, propel and inspire new talent. CHBP is considered to be a launch pad and stepping stone for artists both regionally and nationally. We are a community-conscious organization and also run a non-profit called Sound Culture. This allows us to donate and work with the music and arts programs in the city of Seattle, annually donating to these organizations.

When?

Friday July 25th: Gates Open @ 3PM
Saturday July 26th: Gates Open @ 1PM
Sunday July 27th: Gates Open @ 1PM

Where?

The main entrance/exit to Capitol Hill Block Party is at East Pike Street and 12th Ave. At this entrance you may purchase tickets, pick up will call tickets, as well as pick up guest list tickets if you are lucky like that.

You do NOT need to wait in the Guest List / Box Office line if you already have a printed ticket. Go ahead to the ticket scanners.

The secondary entrance/exit is on East Pine Street and 10th Ave by Oddfellows Hall. At this entrance you can access the festival if you already have a hard ticket or with to purchase a ticket.

Check out our festival map for more information.

How Much Does It Cost?

3 – Day Passes are $125 in Advance
Individual Day Passes are $50 in Advance and $60 Day of and at the door.
There will be no reissue for lost of stolen tickets. All sales are final. Rain or shine
* Note: The last 4 years of the festival have sold out. We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance.

Can I pay with a credit card at the box office?

Yes.

When will single day passes be available?

Single day passes will be available in June here.

Where do I find out what time my favorite band is playing?

Please go to our Schedule page.

Is there food?

There is an eclectic and delicious selection of food in our food cart area, as well as a TON of great food at the local restaurants in and around the festival grounds. Find out more on our Food and Drink Page.

How do I get there?

Please go to our Directions and Transportation pages.

I'll probably need extra cash while I'm there, what's the deal?

ATM’s are located at nearly every business within the festival grounds [including Big Mario’s Pizza, Neumos, and the Comet], and several other businesses near by. Aka. Don’t stress, you’ll be able to find one

Re-entry policy?

You may exit and re-enter the festival with your valid wristband only.

What Capitol Hill Block Party doesn't allow

We search everyone as they enter the festival. Please see our YES/NO section for a complete list of what we do and don’t allow

Remember, we are freak friendly, so if you're uptight about people that are different from you, you might want to go to the mall or something.

What about the alcohol?

We have three great beer gardens, and you can also drink at many bars inside the festival perimeter: Big Mario’s, The Comet, Cha Cha, Wild Rose, and Moe Bar to name a few.

To drink or enter the beer garden you have to be 21 or older and have a current, valid ID. Acceptable forms of identification include an active state-issued driver’s license or ID card, an active Canadian driver’s license or ID card, military ID, or a valid passport. International driver’s licenses (except Canada) and Greencards are not acceptable. Expired ID’s also cannot be accepted.

It's Seattle, what if it rains? Or what if my favorite band cancels?

The festival happens rain or shine, and there are no refunds if it rains. There are also no refunds if the lineup changes. Everyone listed in the schedule is confirmed to play, but acts are subject to change without notice. Please check our website and Facebook regularly to find out about any changes.

I want my band to play at Capitol Hill block party, how do we submit?

Sonic Bids! Although we do not accept most solicited music, we save a few spots each year for open submissions.

Sponsors

Directions

Directions From Vancouver BC [HWY-99 > I-5 S]
Start out going west on W 12th Ave toward Cambie St. Turn left onto Granville St/HWY-99. Turn left onto W 70th Ave/HWY-99. Turn right onto Oak St/HWY-99. Continue to follow HWY-99 S (crossing into Washington, US). HWY-99 becomes I-5 South. Tale the Stewart St. exit, EXOT 166, towards Denny Way. Turn slight right onto Stewart St. Turn Left onto Boren Ave. Turn right onto Pike St. Once you hit Pike and Broadway, you will see the festival grounds, in particular, the back of the main stage and fencing. At this point you will want to search for parking in the general area. The festival is located between Broadway and 12th Ave, and between Pine Street and Union.

Directions From Portland, OR [I-5 N]
Start out going northeast on SW Naito Pky toward SW Harbor Dr. Turn slight left to take the ramp toward I-5 N/I-84 E. Turn slight right onto Morrison Bridge. Take the ramp toward I-5 N/Seattle/I-84 E/US-30 E/The Dalles. Merge onto I-5 N via the ramp on the left toward Seattle (Crossing into Washington). Take the Dearborn St/James St exit, EXIT 164A, toward Madison St. Take I-5 N exit on the left toward Madison St/Convention Center/Vancouver BC. Take the exit toward Madison St/Convention Center. Stay straight to go onto 7th Ave. Take the first right on to Madison St. Take left onto 12th. At 12th and Pike you will see the main entrance to the festival. You will want to attempt to find parking at this time. No reserved parking. The festival is located between Broadway and 12th Ave, and between Pine Street and Union.

Area Map Festival Map

Yes/No

No Outside Beverages unless Sealed
No Unauthorized Vending
No Weapons
No Animals
No Chains
No Drugs
No Skateboards
No Bikes
No Tents
No Coolers
No Laser Pointers
No Professional Cameras
No Detachable Lenses, Tripods, Zoom Lenses, etc
No Fireworks
No Audio Recording Devices
No Sharpies/Markets
No Large Backpacks
No Instruments
No Flags
No Refunds or Exchanges
No Chairs
No Video Cameras
No Umbrellas
No Glass Bottles
No Wagons or Carts
No Airhornes or other Noisemakers
No Minors in Neumos, Barboza, Cha Cha, or Havana Stages

OK Small Backpacks
OK All Ages
OK Empty or sealed water bottles
OK Chapstick
OK Hats
OK Sunblock
OK Lighters
OK Cellphones
OK Sunglasses
OK Empty Camelbacks
OK Fanny packs
OK Digital Cameras – Non Professional
OK Film Cameras – Non Professional
OK Walkie Talkies

Transportation

Capitol Hill Block Party is easy to get to via foot, bicycle, or bus! Parking near by is limited, so it is best to use another form of transportation, and better for our air anyhow!

Uber – Download the Uber app and find a car to take you to the festival instantly! >> https:///www.uber.com

Metro Bus – The Seattle Metro system can get you anywhere in the city, and it’s cheap! >> http://metro.kingcounty.gov/

Hotels

Hotel Max is a great option for accommodations over CHBP weekend and are close the festival without being stuck right in the center. Check out their availability and prices here.