The Big 2017 PAX West Party List – Parties, events, concerts and more!

Ayyyyy y’all asked for it, so here it is: the 2017 PAX West Party List!

I still have a hard time calling it “PAX West” instead of just PAX or PAX Prime. Whatever. It continues to be a fantastic gathering for gamers and geeks, and everyone else. As usual, we’re here to throw down with ya and post up a bajillion events.

From afterparties, to fundraisers, to meetups, PAX provides some of the best times for the gaming industry. It’s the final big event before the Fall gaming season kicks into gear, and as usual we’re all super excited for it.

Anyhoo, enough rambling. Here’s the list!

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PARTIES


Tuesday, August 29


Fighting GameWorks 95: Twas the Week before PAX West – 6-11PM @ GameWorks Seattle, 1511 7th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101Tix: Free – Info: Facebook | 21+, feel free to bring your own fight sticks


Wednesday, August 30


Overflow #002 – 7:30-11:30PM @ Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 3C9Tix: $15, EventbriteInfo: Facebook | Featuring Mega Ran + Sammus, Together We Are Robots & MORE! Pre-PAX party in Vancouver!


Thursday, August 31


Pre-PAX Board Game Night – 4PM-late @ Seattle Sheraton Hotel, 1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101RSVP: Free – Info: PAX Message Boards | This event is ALL AGES!! It’s also FREE! And there are NO SIGNUPS!!! Just show up and have a great time.


Stack-Up Pre-PAX West Meet Up – 4:30-7:30PM @ Postdoc Brewing, 17625 NE 65th St, Ste 100, Redmond, Washington 98052RSVP: Free – Info: Facebook | Join the Seattle Stack and the Staff of Stack-Up.org for a meet up at Postdoc Brewing in Redmond the day before the craziness happens at PAX West!


Fourth Annual ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House – 5-9PM @ Microsoft Visitors Center, 15010 NE 36th Street, Building 92, Microsoft Campus, Redmond, WA 98052RSVP: Free | EventbriteInfo: Website | The latest ID@Xbox games, hundreds of gamers, and a special hands-on opportunity with Guest titles: Forza 7, Super Lucky’s Tale, and Forgotten Anne!


Women In Games International Seattle chapter pre-PAX Meet-up – 6-8PM @ Pine Box, 1600 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122RSVP: MeetupInfo: Come meet and hang out with like-minded women from the games industry. All are welcome.


The 2017 Pre-PAX Start of Term Feast – 6:30PM @ Barça, 1510 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122Tix: $27.31, EventbriteInfo: The Start-of-Term Feast is a yearly, buffet style, catered dinner held at Barça the night before PAX, in prep for the TWDT.


Dungeons & Drag Queens: A Live Comedy Adventure – 7-10PM @ Timbre Room, 1809 Minor Ave., Seattle, Washington 98101Tix: $10 | Stranger TicketsInfo: Facebook | It’s slay or be slayed in an original adventure, played live on stage for one night only.


The Quest for PAX West: Geek Out! Trivia Night IV – 7:30-11PM @ Raygun Lounge, 501 E Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98122 – RSVP: Free – Info: As geeks converge on the convention center of this quiet town, our intrepid hosts prepare to regale you with queries concerning all manner of media.


Nindies@Night – 8PM-Midnight @ Museum of Pop Culture, 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109RSVP: Free – Info: Nintendo | The event is open to the public and offers a chance for people interested in speaking to developers and checking out unreleased indie games coming to Nintendo Switch.


The Triwizard Drinking Tournament 2 – 8:30PM @ Capitol Hill, Seattle (See diff routes here) – Register: Free, EventbriteInfo: PAX Forums | 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


Hyperkin PAX Meetup – 9PM @ Elephant & Castle, 1415 5th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101RSVPFree | GoogleInfo: reddit | We’ll have our SmartBoy and RetroN HD for you all to play, but mostly we want to hang with our fellow con-goers during the “calm before the storm.” First couple of people to show up will get a special gift + some drinks on us!


GarciaBellamy presents: PAX Countdown 2017 – 9PM-1AM @ Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101RSVP: FREE, FacebookInfo: 21+, Join us for the largest night before PAX party. Free Pizza, some free drinks, games, and Dance away to the geeky tunes of DJ King of Pants. Hosted by GarciaBellamy/ Queer Geek! Seattle, Pink Party Prime 9, MidBoss (and 2064: Read Only Memories), and Seattle Gaymers & Seattle Geeks.


Friday, September 1


Runic Games’ Hob PAX West Party – 5-9PM @ Raygun Lounge, 501 E Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98122 – RSVP: Free – Info: Facebook | Join Runic Games and their community as the celebrate the upcoming release of Hob!


Middle-earth: Shadow of War Community Meetup – 6-8PM @ Coterie Worklounge, 1414 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101Tix: Free  to register | EventbriteInfo: 18+, Come grab some free food, drinks, and hands-on time with the game — all with your fellow Shadow of War fans. The first 100 guests will receive a limited edition gift!


Life Is Strange: Before The Storm afterparty with What’s Good Games – 6-9PM @ Unicorn, 1118 E Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98122RSVP: FreeInfo: You’re invited to relax at PAX West 2017 with us and the incredible developers from Deck Nine Games, to celebrate the launch of the first episode of LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM.


Taco Bell Arcade – 6PM-12AM @ Vude, 308 9th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109RSVP: Free | Call 206-219-5092 from 12PM-8PM to reserve a time – Info: Now’s your chance to try the Steak Quesarito $5 Box for free and be one of the first to play the new Xbox One X console.


Night of Gaming for Good on Top of the World – 6PM-1AM @ Columbia Tower Club, 701 5th Ave, 76th Floor, Seattle, WA, 98104Tix: $49-$219, ShindiggInfoFTW Events and Calliope Games are proud to present the Night of Gaming for Good on Top of the World, PAX Edition, benefiting The Imagine Guild for Seattle Children’s Hospital!


Guild Wars 2 Fifth Anniversary Party – 7PM @ Hard Rock Cafe, 116 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101RSVP: No Badge Required, Open to All – Info: Website


Trion PaX MiXeR – 7-10PM @ Sole Repair Shop, 1001 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122RSVP: Free, EventbriteInfo: The first 300 people will take home an awesome Trion Worlds Beer Stein!


HuskyCon Official PAX West Meetup Party – 7PM-Midnight @ Elephant & Castle, 1415 5th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101Tix: $0 GA, $40 VIP, EventbriteInfo: Facebook | General Admission is free, $40 gets VIP ticket with exclusive hoodie


RORA & Friends PAX West Party – 7:30PM @ The Crocodile, 2200 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121Tix: $10 Adv, $12 Door | TicketflyInfo: Performing: Blood Code, Cosmicosmo, Strider


The MIX PAX West Indie Game Showcase – 8-11PM @ Block 41, 115 Bell Street, Seattle, WA 98121Tix: $10, EventbriteInfo: The MIX celebrates innovative indie games across many genres and platforms


Indie PAX Party by Game Jolt & DreamHack – 8PM-1AM @ Fred Wildlife Refuge, 127 Boylston Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102Tix: FREE | EventbriteInfo: Facebook | 21+, Come grab a drink and play some indie games with us and their creators at one of Seattle’s coolest venues!


PAX West Afterparty hosted by Riot Games – 8PM-2AM @ Showbox SoDo, 1700 1st Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134Entry: Require PAX Badge to get in – Info: Facebook | First come, first served entrance into event. Open to all PAX attendees and co-hosted with a collection of your favorite community creators and personalities.


Unreal PAX After Party – 9PM-1AM @ Box House, 124 S Washington St, Seattle, WA 98104Tix: FREE with RSVP or Badge – Info: Website | COSPLAY OK! LIVE DJ’s! 21+! Drink Specials!


Ready Player Rum: After PAX 80s Video Party – 9:30AM-2PM @ Club Contour, 807 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104RSVP: Free | EventbriteInfo: Free cover with PAX Badge


Extra Party! (the official Extra Credits meetup at PAX West) – 10:30PM-2AM @ Raygun Lounge, 501 E Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98122 – Tix: $5 | EventbriteInfo: Come hang out with the crew of Extra Credits and fellow fans of the channel! Eat, drink, play games, find new friends, and make merry memories!


Saturday, September 2


Vainglory PAX West 2017 Halcyon Gathering – 2-6PM @ Raygun Lounge, 501 E Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98122 – RSVP: Free | EventbriteInfoFree FoodUnlock the Newest Hero: RezaRegister for the open registration tournament on Sunday (Max 8 teams)


Bar Citizen PAX West Edition – 5PM-2AM @ Capitol Lounge, 916 East Pike Street, Seattle, Washington 98122RSVP: Free – Info: Facebook | Washington Bar Citizen and the Emerald Citizens organization, in partnership with PNW Bar Citizen, proudly welcomes you to our special PAX West Edition of Bar Citizen!


Epic Games Community Meetup – 6-8PM @ GameWorks Seattle, 1511 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101RSVP: Free – Info: Website | Can start lining up at 5:30PM, Each guest will be provided with a game card to play in the arcade, and for those 21 and over, we’ll have drink tickets.


NPC Collective Presents: The PAX West Nerdcore Showcase – 7:30PM @ Funhouse Seattle, 109 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98109Tix: $0-$7, TicketflyInfo: Facebook | Featuring Sammus, Shubzilla, Kadesh Flow, MC Ohm-i, Eye Q with Death*Star & Klopfenpop, Adam Selene & Les One, Mark Dago


Gameclub @ PAX – 7:30PM @ 1927 Events, 1927 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101RSVP: FreeInfo: Play new and unreleased games from several indie devs!


NW NERD Podcast after party & cosplay contest – 7:30PM-Midnight @ Raygun Lounge, 501 E Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98122RSVP: Free – Info: Facebook | Come and show off your crafty cosplay skills


Sleepless: Retrowave + Synthpop Dance Party – 8PM-1:30AM @ Trace Lounge inside W Seattle, 1112 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101Tix: FREE | All ages – Info: Join us at the Trace Lounge for a FREE, all-ages dance party. We will also be hosting an informal cosplay contest, with the grand prize being a Galaxy Style Nintendo 3DS XL.


Warp Zone: Party After PAX – 8PM-2AM @ Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Belmont Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98102RSVP: Free! – Info: We’re hooking up a Nintendo 64 to our huge 60×20 ft. video wall, and we’ll be playing Mario Kart, Smash Bros, and Goldeneye!


Polish Gamedev Party – 8PM-2AM @ Polish Cultural Center, 1714 18th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122Tix: Free RSVP | EventbriteInfo: We’re bringing developers, publishers, media and partners together to explore the many ways of possible cooperation!


TESPA PAX West 2017 Collegiate Meetup – 8:30-10:30PM @ Hotel Andra, 2000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121Tix: RSVP for college students | SplashthatInfo: Join the largest collegiate gaming network for a full night of fun, free food, and games!


Pink Party Prime 9 – 9PM @ Neumos, 925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122Tix: $15, TicketflyInfo: 21 & over | Facebook | Bring your PAX party to your party, the biggest and best queer gaming party every year!


BioShock’s 10th Anniversary Party: Return to the Rapture at PAX West – 9PM-Midnight @ The Great Hall at Union Station, 401 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104RSVP: Free | EventbriteInfo: Join us for a night of themed food and drinks, live music from killer DJ Kristina Childs, real-life Splicers, Big Daddy and Little Sister statues, incredible photo moments and much more.


The Lenovo Legion Lounge at PAX West in partnership with Intel and PC Gamer – 9PM-2AM @ Hard Rock Cafe, 116 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101 – Tix: Free | TicketleapInfo: Prizes, music and more


Haute Sauce: Unofficial PAX Afterparty – 10PM-2AM @ Q Nightclub, 1426 Broadway, Seattle, Washington 98122 – Tix: $12 | HauteInfo: Facebook | Featuring Henski, Pryme, Shan Tha Don, Swervewon


Sunday, September 3


Seattle Indies Expo 2017 – 12-9PM @ Motif Seattle, 1415 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101RSVP: Free, EventbriteInfo: Website | SIX (Seattle Indies Expo) is a one-day exhibition for independent game developers to get together, socialize, and show off their stuff.


Vainglory PAX West 2017 Halcyon Gathering – 2-6PM @ Raygun Lounge, 501 E Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98122 – RSVP: Free | EventbriteInfoFree Food! Unlock the Newest Hero: Reza! 2:30pm – Tournament cut off. 3:00pm – 5:30pm – Open Registration 3v3 Tournament(Standard Mode)


ESO and TES: Legends Community Meet ‘n Greet – 7PM @ Pike Brewing Company, 1415 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101RSVP: 17+, No tickets needed – Info: Website | Join us for the opportunity to meet and chat with fellow ESO and TES: Legends players and Development and Community team members.


Pond/Underdogs PAX West Meetup – 7-10PM @ Flatstick Pub, 240 2nd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104RSVP: Free, EventbriteInfo: 21+, The Pond and Underdogs are meeting up at PAX West! Come hang out and unwind with your favorite Ponderdogs!


Poropalooza PAX After Party – 9PM-2AM @ Q Nightclub, 1426 Broadway, Seattle, Washington 98122Tix: $15 at door – Info: Facebook | COSPLAYERS AND ENFORCERS GET IN FREE!!!!


Monday, September 4


Geekaraoke’s PAX Party – 7PM-12AM @ Club Contour, 807 1st Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104Info: Facebook | Seattle Game Developers Network & Hashbang Games Presents GEEKARAOKE aka Geek Karaoke with KJ Baby Ketten and your hosts Lisa From the Future and Major Tom


PAX West Aftershow – 8-11PM @ The Crocodile, 2200 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121Tix: $12 | TicketflyInfo: Featuring Kirby Krackle, Mega Ran, MC Frontalot


Tuesday, September 5


Revenge of the Nerds ft Mega Ran and MC Lars – 8PM-1:30AM @ Nectar Lounge, 412 North 36th, Street Seattle, WA 98103Tix: $10-13, EventbriteInfo: Feat. MEGARAN & MC LARS, Sammus, & Special Guests


PAX Aftermath LAN Party – 8PM-2AM @ The Royal Gaming Cafe, Suite 200, 4341 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105Tix: $15 at door for unlimited – Info: Facebook | First come first serve, only 23 PC’s available


All Weekend


Cosplay, Tech & Beyond – 5:30PM-8:30PM @ 720 Seneca Street Seattle, WA 98101Tix: Donation | EventbriteInfo: Key Tech Labs is teaming up with Seattle’s amazing community of Cosplay Heroes and Cosplay Hubs to bring you events and contests taking place around our amazing city ALL WEEKEND LONG!


Child’s Play Charity Beer Garden – 11 AM-9PM @ 8th & Pine St lot RSVP: Free – Info: Our beer garden is located one block North of the main Convention Center entrance at the lot on 8th and Pine. 90 percent of the beer is donated and includes Goose Island, Old Stove and D’s Wicked Cider. Child’s Play will receive at least $1 from every beer purchased. Featuring virtual sports, VR, Laser tag, and more!

Author: Dalibor Dimovski

Dali is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of SideQuesting, as well as the co-Founder of CarDesignFetish and the founder of MakLink. Dali is also a car designer, deejay, and introductory beer-brewer.

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