Within a few weeks of one another, the Pacific Northwest finds itself graced annually with two significant events adhering to very different festival models: MusicFestNW and Bumbershoot Festival. Running since 1995 in Portland and 1971 in Seattle, respectively, both festivals have been known for catering to a wide and varied acts across a host of stages and venue locations. In late 2013, however, MusicFestNW announced that it would be approaching 2014′s festival a bit differently, foregoing its previous SXSW-esque multi-venue model in favor of a two-stage waterfront event. Bumbershoot, by contrast, has maintained its long-running model of utilizing the Seattle Center’s many venues to showcase interdisciplinary art. Both festivals have their huge differences in terms of history, infrastructure, funding models, and artistic goals — but considering the cornerstones that both festivals have been for their local communities and beyond, it seems only prudent to compare them a bit.