Festival Info




A burst of excitement; a dynamite experience that inspires, excites, and ignites all the senses. Exp: “Mary, get it in gear! We’re gonna be late for the Freakout!”

Back in 2013 in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, a few scrappy friends came together to produce the first version of what would eventually become known as Freakout Festival. Now in its 9th year, the festival has found its home in historic Ballard and proudly offers one of, if not the most diverse festival lineups in the northwest. Freakout offers a place for audiophiles to shake off their fall rain jackets, get rowdy and tap into a collective psychedelic music experience.

Freakout Festival is a comprehensive sensory experience. The weekend offers gritty guitars complemented by hypnotic light shows, along with tasty libations to enjoy while checking out bands that you’re unlikely to catch elsewhere in the PNW.

In recent years, Freakout Festival has been featured in Brooklyn Vegan, Rolling Stone France, KEXP, the Seattle Times and more.


It Takes a Village

Whether you’re attending, playing or working Freakout Festival, we hope that you come expecting a sense of community and leave with more friends than you came with. We believe that kindness and decency always comes first, and we look forward to celebrating excellent music and familiar faces… especially after a year like this!

No description can ever capture the feeling of experiencing live music, so you should probably stop imaging and just buy a ticket. See you there.


Here's what to know

Expect options when it comes to tickets this year. Looking for a 4-day pass? We've got you covered. Can't make the whole festival? Grab a Friday + Saturday pass or a day ticket – whatever makes the most sense for you. There will be great bands to see every night of the festival, just about everywhere you turn in Ballard.


Looking to help out?

Freakout Festival goes down each year with the help of some incredible volunteers. Sign up for a shift through the link below and you'll receive a free day pass to party down after your shift.



Possibly the greatest radio station in the world, our good friends at KEXP, specifically El Sonido, will be closely involved in curating strong local talent for this years fest.


The Vera Project is an all-ages nonprofit space dedicated to fostering personal and community transformation through collaborative, youth-driven engagement in music and art. A music venue, screen print shop, recording studio, art gallery, and safe space for radical self-expression, VERA is a home to Seattle’s creative community.


Based in Austin Texas, Tito’s Vodka is distilled from corn and naturally gluten free! Tito’s will be featured at our Main Stage Bar with proceeds benefiting the Vera Project.


Elysian Brewing Company operates three locations and a production brewery in Seattle, Washington. Known for classic styles, flexibility and innovation, Elysian has brewed over 350 different recipes since opening in 1996.


Topo Chico is sparkling mineral water sourced and bottled in Monterrey, Mexico since 1895. Freakout is excited to have Topo Chico quenching our thirst and mixed in our cocktails all weekend!


NRMAL® es una comunidad internacional con base en México, con la diversidad y equidad como valores centrales. Cada año realizamos un festival que integra conciertos, arte y gastronomía en una experiencia íntima y cercana que provoca creatividad, camaradería y un verdadero amor por la música.

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