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Get ready! Capitol Hill Block Party is upon us. Fear not, brave one—we’ll help you find your way through five stages of music, nearly 100 bands, multiple beer gardens, and hundreds of sweaty bros all squeezed into the Pike-Pine Corridor. Yes, it’s hot (and it might be raining). And yes, it’s crowded. But after the last 21 years of explosive growth, Capitol Hill Block Party has managed to strike a well-honed balance between big festival acts with wide appeal and local treasures that are waiting to be discovered—and it all takes place right here in our own backyard.
Come for the headliners like EDM royalty Diplo, hiphop supergroup Run the Jewels, and LA-based indie folk makers Lord Huron. But stay for the other lesser-known but still fantastic performers like alt-hiphop artists Mykki Blanco and Lizzo—who will surely slay with their fiercely original styles. Watch the emotional evolution of folk-pop singer Angel Olsen unfold on stage, and witness Perfume Genius gracefully beguile with songs from his gorgeous new album. And of course, this year’s CHBP, as always, is heavy on the local talent—if you haven’t caught them already, Prom Queen, CHARMS, Gifted Gab, and Mommy Long Legs are all must-sees.
You can find the full schedule on our Capitol Hill Block Party calendar, where you'll find descriptions, music clips, and critics' picks. You can also click "Next" on the photo above to see an overview of each day's schedule (pro tip: right click on the image to save it and print it from your computer, or take a screenshot on your phone for future reference). We've also made lists of our critics' picks for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday—each of which also includes a Spotify playlist for the day. Plus, we have the details on other related events, like the opening party on Thursday, the panel series on Friday afternoon, and Pettirosso's special CHBP weekend lineup.
Not going to Block Party? Check out our list of five other music festivals you can attend this weekend, or check out our reliably comprehensive music calendar.
Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA 98122