Events for Gamers’ PAX West 2019 Party List (2nd Update)

It’s that time of year again! PAX West 2019 is at our doorstep, and with it the parties, meetups, and other events gamers of all stripes in the Seattle area may want to check out.

Like our GDC 2019 event and party list from a few months ago, this list is curating only the publicly listed and searchable events out there. But if you are hosting an event at PAX West 2019 you want added (or removed) to the list, let us know.

Keep an eye out for further updates, as the list is made as current as possible just before PAX West 2019 kicks off.

Thursday, August 29th:

Event: ID@Xbox Open House 2019
Time: 5-9PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Microsoft Building 33, 16070 Northeast 36th Way, Redmond, WA 98052
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/idxbox-open-house-2019-tickets-68575718821
Description: “Play more than 50 upcoming ID@Xbox titles, including several new announces and first playables! Meet the developers of some of our most highly anticipated titles, and get a 1:1 hands on experience with them and their game.”

Event: The Start of Term Feast
Time: 6-8:30PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: No
Location: Rhein Haus Seattle, 912 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-start-of-term-feast-tickets-63078291869
Description: “The Start-of-Term Feast is a yearly dinner held in Capital Hill the night before PAX West that gives PAXers, both new and old, a chance to hang out, eat a ton of great food, and get to know each other! It also gives everyone attending The Triwizard Drinking Tournament, a chance to eat before a merry night of drinking and charity fund raising which you should totally sign up for!”

Event: PAX Countdown at PAX West
Time: 7PM-1AM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: None required
Location: Neighbours Nightclub & Lounge 1509 Broadway, Seattle, Washington 98122
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/329431081277019/
Description: “It’s time to return to Seattle to kickOff our 6th ANNUAL PAX West GGP Party. Join us for an evening celebrating PRIDE and Gaming with DJs spinning, cocktails pouring, an Oculus Quest Lounge and a night full of revelry!” No PAX badge required, except proof of being 21+to join in the fun.”

Event: Geek Out! Trivia Night!: PAX West Edition
Time: 7:30PM-9:30PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: None required
Location: Raygun Lounge, 501 E Pine St Seattle, Washington 98122
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2934669033270282/
Description: “Get ready for an influx of gamers as the weekend of PAX West begins with Geek Out! Trivia! There will be prizes and fun to be had. See you there!”

Sudsy in Seattle

As Seattle is a craft beer hub, expect to see this featured at many age 21+ parties (photo: (photo: CC0 license)

Event: The Triwizard Drinking Tournament 2019
Time: 8:30 PM-11:30 AM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Limited
Location: Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/triwizard-drinking-tournament-2019-tickets-63084176470
Description:  “The Triwizard Drinking Tournament is a yearly charity pub crawl hosted by the Penny Arcade community in which the four houses of Hogwarts are split into two teams of fifty and unleashed upon Capitol Hill for a night of merrymaking and fund raising.”

Friday, August 30th:

Event: True Dungeon at PAX West
Time: Through Monday,September 2nd.
Cost: $68
Tickets available: Limited
Location: The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2417030781904764/
Description: “An amazing two-hour, seven-room, live-action, escape room adventure awaits you at PAX West! Do you have what it takes to solve group puzzles and fight animatronic monsters to complete this highly immersive adventure? Come play what Wil Wheaton, Patrick Rothfuss and Gary Gygax have said is an amazing event. Almost 8,000 tickets sold out at this year’s Gen Con.”

Event: Guild Wars 2‘s Living World Live Event
Time: 9AM-?
Cost: Free
Tickets available: No ticket required
Location: Moore Theatre, 1932 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Link: https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/join-us-for-a-special-live-event-on-august-30/
Description: Join the Guild Wars 2 team for about 45 minutes or so, for a live announcement about the next chapter to come in Living World. The first 500 attendees get a swag bag, and the event will be first-comes-first-served with no badge or other ticket required.

Event: DigiPen Alumni PAX West Reception
Time: 5:30-8:30 PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Tap House Grill, 1506 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pax-west-alumni-reception-2019-tickets-64702106743
Description: If you’re among the merry band of DigiPen alumni, this meetup hosted by the game development school at a Seattle bar at PAX was organized just for you.

Event: Screenwave Media Checkpoint @ PAX West
Time: 6-9 PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: ReBar, 1114 Howell Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/screenwave-media-checkpoint-pax-west-tickets-70923591371?
Description: “Take a break from the convention floor & join us in a relaxed atmosphere with lo-fi chill beats to network to! This event is open to everybody 21+, no badges required, and you’ll receive 2 complimentary drink tokens & concessions with an industry business card.”

Event: The MIX Seattle 2019
Time: 6-11 PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location:  Block 41, 115 Bell Street, Seattle WA 98121
Link: https://www.mediaindieexchange.com/event/the-mix-seattle-2019/
Description: “At The MIX Seattle, guests can play unreleased amazing indie titles with the teams creating them! This year’s event will return to the spacious and stylish Block 41 where the MIX Seattle started a few years back. We’ll have food and drinks available to purchase, giveaways for prize packages, and more!”

Event: 4th Annual Night of Gaming for Good on Top of the World, PAX Edition!
Time: 6PM-1AM
Cost: $89-$99
Tickets available: Limited
Location: Columbia Tower Club, 701 5th Avenue, Floor 76, Seattle, WA, 98104
Link: http://pax2019.shindigg.com/
Description: “Join us for an evening with the gaming community to celebrate and play games we love, partake in fine dining, enjoy Top of the World views, and win gaming raffle prizes. All to support a great cause: our beneficiary, the Imagine Guild, supports the Seattle Children’s Hospital, Uncompensated Care program.”

Event: PAX Prime Game Writer’s Dinner!
Time: 6:30-9:30PM
Cost: Free (Cash required for dining)
Tickets available: No
Location: Villa Escondida, 2203 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pax-2019-writers-dinner-tickets-68730022347
Description: This is the second year of this dinner event centered on writers in the game industry. If an escort is required from the convention center, that can be arranged. Keep in mind, payment is required for dinner, so only RSVP if you’re 100% sure you can attend.

Event: Relax at PAX with Life is Strange 2 and What’s Good Games!
Time: 7–10PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Art Marble 21, 731 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/649398132240258/
Description: “We’re stoked to announce we’re partnering with our friends at Square Enix and Life is Strange 2 for another PAX West party! Come hang out Friday, August 30th from 7-10pm at Art Marble 21. (We will be on the SECOND floor.) You might want to get there early – the first 100 people in line will get a free drink on us! And we know liquid calories aren’t necessarily the best calories, so we’ll have yummy snacks available as well. This event is free (PAX badges aren’t required) and is open to all ages until 9pm, at which point you must be 21+.”

Event: Gamedev Super!Mingle
Time: 7PM–12AM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: PennyRoyal, 2000 2nd Ave #100, Seattle, WA 98121
Link: https://mingle.super.com/
Description: Join us for the first-ever Gamedev Super!Mingle in Seattle! It’s a great opportunity to network in a relaxed atmosphere at one of the coziest places in the city.

Food and drinks are on us. Don’t miss out!”

Event: PAX West Nerd Music Showcase
Time: 7:30PM-1:30AM
Cost: Free (with PAX badge, $10 for everyone else)
Tickets available: Yes
Location: LoFi Seattle, 429 Eastlake Ave, E Seattle, WA 98109
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pax-west-nerd-music-showcase-tickets-67865805451
Description: “We’re back at the LoFi this Year, Friday Night of PAX. Come for the geek music, stay for the booze and and friendship, and prizes, and music, cause there are a ton of artists!”

Event: Indie Forest by Game Jolt, Devolver Digital and DreamHack
Time: 8-11:59PM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Boylston Avenue, East Seattle, WA 98102
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indie-forest-by-game-jolt-devolver-digital-and-dreamhack-tickets-67927120847
Description: “Come grab a drink and play some indie games with us and their creators in the Indie Forest at Fred Wildlife Refuge. We’ll have many games on display for gamedevs to show off their creations in person. Sip indie themed cocktails while grooving to DJ-blended retro tunes.”

Event: IGN | PAX WEST COSPLAY PARTY
Time: 8PM-12AM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Waitlist
Location: The Crocodile Back Bar, 2200 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ign-pax-west-cosplay-party-tickets-69067943077
Description: “Get inspired by the world of Cyberpunk 2077 and take part in one of the biggest cosplay contests ever! Create a getup based on an existing character from the game or come show your support and cheer on the contestants.” Attendees will need to be 21+ only, and no PAX West badge is needed,

Plenty of live music and DJing during PAX West

Live music, DJs and more entertainment aplenty at PAX West (photo: CC0 license)

Event: Sonicboombox PAX Afterparty
Time: 8PM-2AM
Cost: $10
Tickets available: Yes
Location: SPIN Seattle, 1511 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sonicboombox-pax-afterparty-tickets-66968421351
Description: “Sonicboombox’s first ever PAX Afterparty, featuring live DJ, dancing, cosplay, drink specials, free ping pong, photobooth & more!”

Event: Borderlands 3 Community Party
Time: 9PM-?
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: Showbox SoDo, 1700 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
Link: https://nerdist.com/article/borderlands-3-pax-west-2019-sponsored-gearbox/
Description: “Swing by Showbox SoDo (1700 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134) on Friday, August 30 at 9:00 PM Pacific for a PAX party unlike any other. Not only will it be a packed house with music and dancing to rival the Borderlands 3 trailer, Nerdist’s own Dan Casey is hosting a cosplay runway event featuring partygoers with stunning costumes and props!”

Event: MAGFest Jamspace at PAX West 2019
Time: 10PM-1AM
Cost: Free
Tickets available: Yes
Location: PAX WEST Convention Place Seattle, WA 98101
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/magfest-jamspace-at-pax-west-2019-tickets-67848222861
Description: “After nearly a decade of absence from the west coast, MAGFest’s Jamspace is returning to PAX West with a full lineup of stellar performers from all points in the nerd spectrum, as well as opportunities for anyone of the musical persuasion to get in on the action!” Note: PAX West event badge needed!

There’s a weekend and more of PAX West 2019 events on the list from Saturday, August 31 to Monday, September 2 on the next page!

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