Visitor Info



Surrounded by mountains and bodies of water, Seattle features gorgeous views, clean air and plenty of outdoor activities to take part in. Far from being perpetually rainy and gray, the Summer offers blue skies and warm temperatures. This leads to an equally comfortable Fall with ideal weather for hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing and snowboarding later in the season, making the weekend of Decibel a wonderful time to come to Washington. Recently ranked #2 by Bloomberg Businessweek, Seattle simultaneously encourages a growing technology workforce and also a vibrant, eclectic arts community. Five companies on the 2006 Fortune 500 list are based locally, including the headquarters for Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Weyerhaeuser, Nintendo and of course Starbucks. At the same time the city fosters a strong DIY spirit and showcases an abundance of galleries, museums, theaters, live music venues, recording facilities, music retailers, radio stations, and film productions. It has more arts-related businesses per capita than any other major U.S. city, along with having the largest number of bookstores and being considered one of the most literate. The film industry is also very supported, each year hosting SIFF, the biggest and most attended film festival in the country. Within Seattle the most populated neighborhood is Capitol Hill, where much of this years’ Decibel Festival will be held. The Hill is known for being extremely accepting of all people, representing a diverse cross-section of subcultures. Arts, and especially music, are a huge focus in this area – all clubs are within walking distance from each other, each have their own personalities and many feature live music or DJs most nights of the week. Besides music venues, you’ll find plenty of coffee shops, internet cafes, restaurants, and loads of shopping. For a break from the more urban aspects in Capitol Hill, Cal Anderson Park provides a great place for recreation (softball, ultimate Frisbee, kickball) and Volunteer Park offers an educational sanctuary, housing both its own conservatory and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. We look forward to welcoming you to Seattle during Decibel this year!


W Seattle returns as the official hotel partner of the 2013 Decibel Festival. Situated in the heart of downtown Seattle, the hip and contemporary, 26-floor W Seattle offers 415 deluxe guestrooms, including 9 suites, and is crowned by an illuminated steel and mesh pyramid visible throughout downtown. Shortlisted as a nominee for the International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, W Seattle’s recently restyled Living Room is the perfect place to mix and mingle, see and be seen. Intoxicate your senses sipping on signature cocktails while listening to the latest music from W Seattle’s resident DJ. At the Trace bar, you’ll find dynamic hand-crafted cocktails and liquor from regional distilleries, a wine list featuring area vintners and other beverages including interesting varietals of sake and locally brewed beers. Trace restaurant offers a broad array of flavors with a sense of what’s “now” and what’s “next”. Their menu highlights seasonal products from the region’s top farms and purveyors merged with a hint of Asian notes including innovative sushi prepared daily at their 10-seat sushi bar. Two reserve your discounted hotel room at the W Seattle; please visit the W Seattle Reservation Page or call our Central Reservations at 877-946-8357 PLEASE NOTE THAT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OFFER, RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY SEPTEMBER 16TH (SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY)


This year’s will call will be located at Broadway Performance Hall (1625 Broadway – centrally located on Capitol Hill). In addition to serving as will call this year, Broadway Performance Hall will house the box office, press area, merchandise, dB Conference and dB in the Park (BPH Plaza). In other words, you can consider Broadway Performance Hall the the official hub of the 2013 Decibel Festival. If you have questions, go there and dB staff will be able to assist you, or you can email Will call hours are as follows: * Tues, Sept. 24 ~ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM * Wed-Fri, Sept. 25-27 ~ 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM * Sat, Sept. 28 ~ 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM ALL PASSES MUST BE PICKED UP DURING THIS TIME Tickets for individual events may be purchased in advance through the venue or at the Will Call/Box Office area at Broadway Performance Hall. For most events you can also purchase tickets at the venue the night of the event, but it is encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid being denied entry to a sold out event. Credit cards will be accepted at will call and merchandise areas.


In order to gain entry to a bar in Seattle, you must be 21 or over and have a valid form of identification (whether it is a passport, a drivers license or a government issued identification card). Bring your ID absolutely everywhere because all bars and venues in Seattle WILL check your ID and will most definitely refuse you entry if you do not have it. Bars are open until 2:00 AM, but will often stop selling drinks at 1:30AM (1:45 AM bar time). Grocery stores and other corner stores now sell alcohol (spirits), beer, and wine, and will continue to do so until 2:00 AM. For a list of local grocery stores, please view the GUIDE TO CAPITOL HILL or the GUIDE TO DOWNTOWN, which lists the hours and phone numbers for stores close to the venues (SEE MAPS BELOW).


Capitol Hill and Downtown are just crawling with free WiFi hotspots. Most coffee shops will have free Wifi (many, if not all, of the coffee shops on the maps above offer free WiFi).


Please carpool to Decibel Festival!  RickyRides are here to help you share your transportation or find a ride.


There are many options in terms of how you can get around while you’re in Seattle. Please check out our TRANSIT GUIDE in order to find the method of transportation that’s right for you.


Check out our picks for Capitol Hill restaurants, bars, hotels, coffee and shops. View Guide to Capitol Hill : 2013 Decibel Festival in a larger map


Check out our picks for Downtown/Belltown restaurants, bars, hotels, coffee and shops. View Guide to Downtown Belltown : 2013 Decibel Festival in a larger map