The ULTIMATE PAX West 2019 Party List

You come to a road: Select your party path now!

We love a good time, and the various PAX(es) seem to be the best. With PAX West coming up soon, we’re ready to have the GOODEST time.

I mean, uh, the BEST time. The ULTIMATE time.

And that’s why we’re back with our amazing annual party list! For 2019, we’re bringing the heat once again. With so many events in Seattle, we’re making sure that you have the best list at your fingertips and will be updating this bad boy daily! So, sliiiiide on down the page, and make sure to follow all the links!

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Game on, beautiful people!

PARTIES


Wednesday, August 28


Schlitzkrieg 2019 – PAX Community brewery tour
Early-Late
@ All around Seattle
Info: Penny Arcade Message Boards | The SchlitzKrieg is a beer tour for locals and out-of-towners alike, and focused on tiny up and coming nano-breweries that you probably won’t find in the store. Throw in a little local history, an interesting scenic ride, and you’ve got a great way to spend a day outside of the Convention Center, where you can see more of the city than just the downtown.
Tickets: Coming Soon

Thursday, August 29


ID@Xbox Open House 2019
5-9PM
@ Microsoft Building 33, 16070 Northeast 36th Way, Redmond, WA 98052
Info: We’re calibrating our TVs and charging our controllers as we get ready to host you at our home in Redmond, Washington for an afternoon of games (lots), fun (also lots) and much, much more for our sixth annual ID@Xbox Open House from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. PT. Over 50 hand-picked gaming gems from a global roster of independent developers will be joining us, including 13 new announcements, and every-single-one will be playable.
Tickets: Free RSVP

Start of Term Feast
6-8:30PM
@ Rhein Haus Seattle, 912 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Info: 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!
Tickets: Free RSVP (Currently Sold Out, but cancellations may happen)

GGP’s PAX Countdown at PAX West
7PM-1AM
@ Neighbours Nightclub & Lounge, 1509 Broadway, Seattle, Washington 98122
Info: Facebook | 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! Our headliners, GRIMECRAFT and DJ King of Pants will keep the beats spinning and the feet jumping. Co-hosting the party are our long-time supporters Seattle Gaymers and Gay Geeks. A huge shout-out to our event supporters: Oculus Gaming, Facebook Gaming, Bethesda Game Studios, and Wave! Who is welcome here? Everyone. Like our new GGP: Gay Gaming Professionals for updates and more!
Tickets: No need to have an PAX pass or be in the industry to join the party—just be 21+ and bring your ID.

The Triwizard Drinking Tournament 2019: The Cursed Cocktail
8:30-11:30PM
@ Capitol Hill, Seattle (Different Routes After Signup)
Info: Penny Arcade Boards | 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. In 2018 we raised $4463.60 in just a few short hours with all that cash going to Child’s Play and securing bragging rights to the team that raises the most!
Tickets: Free to register, donations welcome

Friday, August 30


Guild Wars 2: Living Worlds
9AM
@ Moore Theatre, 1932 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Info: It’s almost time for you to set out on your next adventure. Are you ready to catch the very first look at an all-new chapter in Guild Wars 2‘s Living World story? Attendance is first come, first served, with no entry fee or ticket required. Grab your seat early—the first five hundred attendees will get a Guild Wars 2 swag bag with fun surprises inside.
Tickets: Free for First Come, First Served

Voodoo Ranger IPA Beer Garden
10AM-8PM Daily
@ Convention Center 1st Floor
Info: Voodoo Ranger IPA is the official sponsor of the PAX West Beer Garden. Voodoo Ranger Beer Garden will be on the first floor and is to your immediate left upon entering PAX West.

True Dungeon at PAX West
10AM-Midnight
@ The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101
Info: 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? Taking place daily!
Tickets: $68/person

MAGFest JamSpace
Daily
@ Convention Center / PAX West
Info: FULL SCHEDULE | 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!

PAX West DigiPen Alumni Reception 2019
5:30-8:30PM
@ Tap House Grill, 1506 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Info: Join the Director of Alumni Relations, the Career Services team, and all of your fellow DigiPen alumni in this great reception!
Tickets: DigiPen Alumni

4th Annual Gaming for Good On Top of the World
6PM-1AM
@ FTW Events, 701 5th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
Info: Come spend an evening with the tabletop gaming community at what is hailed as the swankiest PAX West after-hours party! Celebrate a love of gaming in a gorgeous setting at the top floor of the Columbia Tower: enjoy a buffet with a 76th floor view, sip on geeky-themed cocktails, play board games all night, and win prizes from a huge raffle prize pool donated by the tabletop gaming industry. All to support vulnerable families at the Seattle Children’s Hospital!
Tickets: $79-$250

Relax at PAX with Life is Strange 2 and What’s Good Games!
7-10PM
@ Art Marble 21, 731 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109
Info: Facebook | C’mon, like you didn’t see this coming. ;) 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. We’re also raffling limited Life is Strange 2 posters at the event. Winners will have the opportunity to take a photo and meet Co-Creative Director Michel Koch! ♥ Britt, Andrea and Steimer
Tickets: This event is free (PAX badges aren’t required) and is open to all ages until 9pm, at which point you must be 21+.

Video Games Are A Drag
7-10PM
@ Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101
Info: Facebook | Kremwerk proudly presents a video game-themed drag show, just in time for PAX weekend, where all performers will be showcasing performances inspired by all things Nintendo, Sega, Atari, & beyond!
Tickets: $8 StrangerTickets

PAX West Nerd Music Showcase
7:30PM-1:30AM
@ LoFi Seattle, 429 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98109
Info: 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!
Tickets: Free with PAX Badge, or $10 Eventbrite for everyone else

The MIX Seattle
8-11PM (General Admission)
@ 115 Bell Street, Seattle WA 98121
Info: The MIX is teaming up with Raw Fury again in this celebration of innovative indie games, returning to Seattle during PAX West week! 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!
Tickets: Register HERE

Indie Forest by Game Jolt, Devolver Digital and DreamHack
8PM-Midnight
@ Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Boylston Avenue, East Seattle, WA 98102
Info: 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. 21+ only! Have a game to share? We’ll have many open tables where you can bring a laptop and show it off! Get ready to meet people, play games, and kick PAX West off indie-style!
Tickets: Free (21+) Register on Eventbrite

IGN & Cyberpunk 2077 Cosplay Party
8PM-Midnight
@ The Crocodile, 2200 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
Info: 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. Check out the official contest rules and information.
Tickets: Free (21+) Register on Eventbrite

Sonicboombox PAX Afterparty w/ Voodoo Ranger IPA
8PM-2AM
@ SPIN, 1511 6th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101
Info: Facebook | Sonicboombox’s first ever PAX party featuring live DJ, dancing, drinks, cosplay, photobooth, free ping pong and more at SPIN, just across the street from the convention center (same venue where we did Capcom’s DMC5 Pizza Party)! Complimentary pint of Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA for the first 500 fans! (Limit 1 per fan, while supplies last)
Tickets: $10 in advance, $20 at door

Saturday, August 31


The Informal, Unofficial PAX 5K: Episode Five
9-10AM
@ Waterfront Park, 1401 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
Info: For the 5th year (sorry we skipped 2017) we are running an informal, unofficial 5K at PAX West. We’ll meet at 8:45AM on Saturday, August 31 at the fountain in the Waterfront Park and start the run at 9am. The run (or walk) is a nice flat course along the water. Even more details about the course is located in our original 2013 post.
Tickets: FREE! Come and have fun!

Retro Gaming Weekend
10AM
@ Living Computers: Museum + Labs, 2245 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134
Info: ATTENTION ALL 80s FANS: Join us during Pax weekend for our retro gaming experience! Check out our very own 80’s themed area, BitZone, located on the first floor that includes all of our 80s games, working old-school Nintendo and more.
Tickets: $22 at door, all ages

Voodoo Ranger IPA Beer Garden
10AM-8PM Daily
@ Convention Center 1st Floor
Info: Voodoo Ranger IPA is the official sponsor of the PAX West Beer Garden. Voodoo Ranger Beer Garden will be on the first floor and is to your immediate left upon entering PAX West.

True Dungeon at PAX West
10AM-Midnight
@ The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101
Info: 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? Taking place daily!
Tickets: $68/person

MAGFest JamSpace
Daily
@ Convention Center / PAX West
Info: FULL SCHEDULE | 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!

4th Annual “Enter The Grid” PAX West Party + Chiptunes Concert!
6PM – 2AM
@ Club Contour 807, 1st Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
Info: Facebook | Join us for a radical 80’s fueled cyberpunk extravaganza, brought to you by some of the most awesome talent in the game & music industry!! What’s in it for you, aside from a fun “family reunion” with fellow industry comrades and an epic chiptunes concert? Why, cosplay prizes and FREE BOOZE, of course! (Pro Tip: arrive early to get your drink tix! ;) )
If you’ve ever thought about starting your own indie studio, and wanted to have a chill one-on-one with indie veterans, as well as the indie devs presenting at the Seattle Indies Expo, this is the event for you!!
Tickets/Agenda: Seattle Game Developers Meetup: 6PM-9PM (FREE with PAX badge, industry only), Chiptune Concert: 9PM-2AM ($5 cover charge, no PAX badge required, open to all 21+)

Huskycon PAX West Meetup
8PM-Midnight
@ Redhook Brewlab, 714 E. Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98122
Info: Facebook | It’s the annual HuskyCon meetup! It’s gonna happen! Let’s all drink beer and hang out. Catch up with your friends, maybe make new ones. I’m sure you’ll find cool new people to follow on Twitch, Instagram, and Twitter. Plus there will be alcohol so you’ll get more chatty. It happens, it’s a fact.
Tickets: 21+ to drink

Pink Party 11
9PM-2AM
@ Neumos, 925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Info: Facebook | It’s Pink Party 11, presented by ArenaNet and brought to you by Queer Geek! Bring your PAX party to our party, the premier queer geek party during PAX West. You don’t even need a PAX badge to come!
Tickets: $15, 21+ Eventbrite

J/K POP! PAX Party
10PM-2AM
@ Timbre Room, 1809 Minor Avenue #10, Seattle, Washington 98101
Info: Facebook | J/K-pop music videos, pop sets, drag performances, dance battles + more!
Tickets: $8, 21+ StrangerTickets

Sunday, September 1


Retro Gaming Weekend
10AM
@ Living Computers: Museum + Labs, 2245 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134
Info: ATTENTION ALL 80s FANS: Join us during Pax weekend for our retro gaming experience! Check out our very own 80’s themed area, BitZone, located on the first floor that includes all of our 80s games, working old-school Nintendo and more.
Tickets: $22 at door, all ages

Voodoo Ranger IPA Beer Garden
10AM-8PM Daily
@ Convention Center 1st Floor
Info: Voodoo Ranger IPA is the official sponsor of the PAX West Beer Garden. Voodoo Ranger Beer Garden will be on the first floor and is to your immediate left upon entering PAX West.

True Dungeon at PAX West
10AM-Midnight
@ The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101
Info: 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? Taking place daily!
Tickets: $68/person

MAGFest JamSpace
Daily
@ Convention Center / PAX West
Info: FULL SCHEDULE | 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!

Seattle Indies Expo 2019
12-9PM
@ Motif Seattle, 1415 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Info: SIX (Seattle Indies Expo) is a one-day exhibition for independent game developers to get together, socialize, and show off their stuff. At SIX, you’ll get to spend quality time with some of the friendliest and most down-to-earth devs around. What better way to escape the crowds of PAX than with the coolest of indie games? Check out our line-up of awesome games here, and follow us on Twitter for more news!
Tickets: FREE RSVP Eventbrite

Destiny Cosplay Meetup
1:30-2:30PM
@ Freeway Park, 700 Seneca St., Seattle, WA 98101
Info: To get as many Destiny fans & cosplayers together at PAX this year to meet up and grab some photos. Everyone is invited!
Tickets: FREE

Polish Games Industry Party at PAX West
8PM-2AM
@ Polish Home, 1714 18th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Info: Polish Game Developers are back to PAX West and organizing party for the fourth year in a row! Join us for a night of food, drinks, discussions and lots of networking! We’re bringing developers, publishers, media and partners together to explore the many ways of possible cooperation!
Tickets: FREE RSVP Eventbrite

Good Shepherd Games – PAX West Party
9PM-Midnight
@ Sodo Park, 3200 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134
Info: Tired of the same old PAX parties? We’re taking over Sodo Park to bring you this one-of-a-kind event with great local bands like ARCHIE and Chong The Nomad in an atmosphere that’s stunning and unique. Grab your free limited tickets now to be one of the exclusive few to enjoy gaming in cooperation with The Mix and imbibe several quiet drinks with friends from across the street or across the world. Be there Sunday, September 1st, 2019 at Sodo Park this labor day weekend.
Tickets: MUST Register HERE!

Poropalooza: Nightmare Before Poropalooza
9PM-2AM
@ Q Nightclub, 1426 Broadway Seattle, Washington 98122
Info: Facebook | Poropalooza is BACK! Dance it off at the club that doesn’t quit with some of your favorite ESports players, Influencers and with geeks from every fandom. Cosplay contest (judging starts at 9PM). Party Bus runs from the con to (8th and Pike) to the club from 8:00-11:00(ish)
Tickets: $15 COVER. $10 COSPLAYERS, ENFORCERS GET IN FREE!!!! 21+

Monday, September 2


True Dungeon at PAX West
10AM-2PM
@ The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101
Info: 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? Taking place daily!
Tickets: $68/person

Voodoo Ranger IPA Beer Garden
10AM-7PM
@ Convention Center 1st Floor
Info: Voodoo Ranger IPA is the official sponsor of the PAX West Beer Garden. Voodoo Ranger Beer Garden will be on the first floor and is to your immediate left upon entering PAX West.

MAGFest JamSpace
Daily
@ Convention Center / PAX West
Info: FULL SCHEDULE | 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!

The 6th Annual MC Frontalot & Friends PAX Party
7PM
@ The Crocodile, 2200 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA
Info: Join MC Frontalot and an eclectic group of musicians and performers as they take you on a journey to close out PAX West 2019! MC Frontalot (née Damian Hess) is the original mastermind of Nerdcore Hip-Hop and still its Final Boss.
Tickets: $15-$18 Eventbrite

Other Events


IGDA Summer Series: 2019 Annual Summer BBQ
Sunday, August 25 @ 11AM-10PM
@ Magnuson Park, Picnic Shelter #1, 6515 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115
Info: Join us on Sunday, August 25th at Magnuson Park for the third annual IGDA Seattle summer BBQ. We’ll have burgers, dogs, soft drinks, and snacks. Feel free to bring your own favorite dishes to share and yard games for friends to play. There is plenty of parking nearby and we have the shelter in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. Kids, family, and friends are all welcome. As always you do not need to be an IGDA member to attend our events and we would like to welcome all of the local groups we have collaborated with this year on events, Seattle Indies, Seattle AR/VR, Foundry 10, Seattle Ed Tech and more to join us. We will be grilling in at two times for those arriving earlier or later in the day: Lunch: 12-2pm, Dinner: 6-8pm
Tickets: RSVP/Register Eventbrite

Raffle to Win 2 PAX West Saturday Badges @ Mox Bellevue brought to you by Voodoo Ranger IPA
Tuesday, August 20/All August Long
@ Mox Bellevue, 13310 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA 98005
Info: For each Voodoo Ranger Jucifier IPA you enjoy throughout the month of August you’ll receive a raffle ticket to enter for your chance to WIN 2 Pax West Saturday Badges! Winner will be contacted on 8/20

Raffle to Win 2 PAX West Saturday Badges @ Mox Ballard brought to you by Voodoo Ranger IPA
Monday, August 26 / All August Long
@ Mox Ballard, 5105 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Info: For each Voodoo Ranger Jucifier IPA you enjoy throughout the month of August you’ll receive a raffle ticket to enter for your chance to WIN 2 Pax West Saturday Badges! Winner will be contacted on 8/26

Raffle to Win 2 PAX West Saturday Badges @ The Pine Box brought to you by Voodoo Ranger IPA
Tuesday, August 27 / All August Long
@ Pine Box, 1600 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Info: For each Voodoo Ranger Jucifier IPA you enjoy throughout the month of August you’ll receive a raffle ticket to enter for your chance to WIN 2 Pax West Saturday Badges! Winner will be announced on Tuesday, 8/27 @ 8pm. You must be present to win!

Super Smash Tournament to Win 2 PAX West Sunday Badges @ The Pine Box brought to you by Voodoo Ranger IPA
Tuesday, August 27 @ 7:30PM
@ Pine Box, 1600 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Info: Signs ups for the Super Smash Tournament to Win 2 Sunday Badges to PAX West will begin at 7:30pm, Smash begins at 8pm! 1st place wins 2 Sunday Badges to PAX West! Beer specials all night long on all New Belgium & Voodoo Ranger drafts!

Mario Kart Tournament to Win 2 PAX West Friday Badges @ Capitol Cider brought to you by Voodoo Ranger IPA
Wednesday, August 28 @ 7:30PM
@ Capitol Cider, 818 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Info: Sign ups for the Mario Kart Tournament to WIN 2 Friday Badges to Pax West will begin at 7:30pm, Racing starts at 8pm! 1st place wins 2 Friday Badges to PAX West! Beer specials all night long on all New Belgium & Voodoo Ranger drafts!

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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