Geek About Town: October

At long last, October has (almost!) arrived!!! That’s right, the best month of the year is upon us? Not only is it the time for ooky, spooky, cozy, warm, chilly, knitwear-centric, hot-beverage-filled, swirling-leaves, stay-inside-under-the-covers wonderfulness, but it’s also the month of our convention!!!! Though GeekGirlCon ‘18 certainly takes the cake in terms of exciting events this month, check out all of the other greatness coming your way this month and revel in the majesty of October!

Wednesday, October 3rd: Haunted Healing: Confronting Intergenerational Trauma

  • 7:00pm – 8:45pm
  • The Seattle Public Library
    Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104 
  • Haunted Healing: Confronting Intergenerational Trauma through Film and Poetry

    ​Traces of America’s dark history still haunt us today. Join us as we confront this haunting through art and conversation. The program will feature a screening of Daryn Wakasa’s short horror film, SEPPUKU (2017), which treats the lingering effects of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans as a form of intergenerational haunting. Poet Melissa Bennett will share writing that explores the painful resonances of the boarding school and mental health systems that separate Native people from their culture, home land, language, faith, family, and community. Wakasa and Bennett will then discuss their work in conversation, exploring overlaps in Japanese American and Indigenous history, and creative possibilities for healing in community. The coming together of these two communities is an important alliance for the historical moment we find ourselves in now. The event will be followed by a short convivial gathering in order to create additional space for conversation and connection.



Friday, September 7th – Saturday, September 8th: Representing Immigrant Survivors of Violence – Part One

  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Seattle Central Library
    1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is hosting a two-part FREE training for advocates working with immigrant survivors of violence. Both sessions are free to attend, and will be held at Seattle’s Central Library in the Washington Mutual Room.

    In Part I, experienced NWIRP legal staff will provide training on:
    – A brief overview of the U.S. Immigration System
    – Specific forms of relief available to immigrant survivors of violence
    – Enhanced safety planning
    – The latest updates that community members need

    To attend, you MUST RSVP for the free event at this link:


Thursday, October 4th: Poetry Series: Alice Walker

  • 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Benaroya Hall
  • This is a reading by Alice Walker.

    Walker is an internationally celebrated, prolific writer, poet, and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry.

    Alice Walker’s third and most well-known novel, The Color Purple, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award in 1983, making Walker the first Black woman to win both honors. The Color Purple has since been adapted for the silver screen and the Broadway stage.


Thursday, October 4th: Nicole Chung with Ijeoma Oluo

  • 7:00pm – 8:15pm
  • The Seattle Public Library
    Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • What does it mean to lose your roots―within your culture, within your family―and what happens when you look for them? Nicole Chung, in conversation with Ijeoma Oluo, talks about her search for her birth family and her personal identity.

    Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up―facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from―she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth.

    With the same warmth, candor, and startling insight that has made her a beloved voice, Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. “All You Can Ever Know” is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets―vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.


Friday, October 5th – Sunday, October 14th: The Social Justice Film Festival 2018

  • 6:30pm
  • Social Justice Film Festival
    9425 35th Ave NE, Suite E, Seattle, Washington 98115
  • 7 Days. 37 Films. 5 Venues around Seattle.

    With the theme of Hope and Democracy, this year’s films explore government by the people in the world today. Who belongs? Is it healthy? How are people shaping it and owning it?

    Amidst turbulent times, our festival reveals the bright and most human moments. Sometimes they are flashes where creativity sparks activism. Sometimes persistence and perseverance are True North.

    Come see what’s happening in the world. Prepare to be inspired.


Saturday, October 6th: Dogtoberfest

  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Urban Feed & Garden
    4878 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98108
  • Great local brews, dog costume contest, raffle prizes and amazing community spirit all come together at Urban Feed and Garden’s Dogtoberfest.

    Urban Feed and Garden in partnership with Counterbalance Brewing Company, Perihelion Brewery, Jellyfish Brewing Company, Flying Lion Brewing, Georgetown Brewing and Lotus Pet Food bring you an afternoon of beer tasting and fun in support of Vet Techs Without Borders.

    Gates open at 1pm
    Costume contest at 2:30
    Live Music by Peter Radermacher

    $10 entrance (donation) includes 2 drink tickets. Addition tasting available for $5/2 tastings. 21 and over.


Sunday, October 7th: 4th Annual Frock Swap – A Women’s Clothing Exchange

  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Ballard Elks Lodge #827
    6411 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, Washington 98107
  • It’s time to start cleaning out your closets and refreshing your wardrobe again, ladies! We are holding our 4th Annual Frock Swap – A women’s clothing exchange, at the Ballard Elks on October 7th! This year the event will be benefiting Jubilee Women’s Center, a local non-profit which supports women in need to build stable and fulfilling futures.

    Last year we donated over $9000 to programs supporting women in need and a truckload of the leftover clothing for their clients. And all the women who came to shop, went home with lots of great new clothing for their wardrobes.

    Drop-off period will be September 3rd – October 3rd, upstairs at the Ballard Elks Lodge, in the closet outside of the bar. Weekdays after 3pm, Saturdays after 1pm and Sundays after 10am. We’ll have signs to let you know where to put your things. (Be sure to sign the drop-off roster, so we can give you your discounted General Admission the day of the event!).


Monday, October 8th: Seattle’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2018: March and City Celebration

  • 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Westlake Park
    401 Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Mark your calendar for this year’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration!!!!

    This year we will be honoring our youth!

    9:30 Gathering



    Celebratory March to City Hall



    Celebratory Program- including speakers, singers and dancers

    Closing of City Celebration


Monday, October 8th: 5th Annual Indigenous People’s Day Celebration

  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
    5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Seattle, Washington 98199
  • Save the date for United Indians of All Tribes Foundation’s annual Indigenous People’s Day Celebration!
    Join us in the festivities at Daybreak Star Cultural Center honoring Native communities in the Puget Sound region.
    Our theme this year revolves around honoring Native womxn, and we will be joined by activists Luana Ross and Jeri Moomaw as well as performances from Indigenous dance groups from around the country.

    Schedule of Events:
    4:00pm – Doors open
    5:00pm – 7:00pm – dinner is served
    6:00pm – official program begins.


Thursday, October 11th: Seattle Harvest Brewfest 2018 – (Beer, Cider, Wine & More)

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Tickets and Event Info can be found here –

    Nothing goes with the onset of autumn better than hearty, earthy beer, cider and wine. The second annual Seattle Harvest Brewfest celebrates these fall favorites in grand fashion. Head to the innovative event space WithinSodo to sample seasonal releases that include fresh hops, barrel-aged and more favorites. Your ticket includes unlimited sample pours and food samples at the festival highlighting great local libations.


Thursday, October 11th: This is the Place: Women Writing About Home

  • 6:00pm – 6:45pm
  • 910 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Your Host:
    Margot Kahn is the author of the biography Horses That Buck, winner of the High Plains Book Award, and co-editor of This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her work has appeared in Tablet, River Teeth, Crab Creek Review, The Rumpus, Lenny Letter, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Margot celebrates 20 years in Seattle this fall.

    Your Authors

    Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of the story collections What We Do With the Wreckage, This Life She’s Chosen and Swimming With Strangers. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares Solos, North American Review, One Story, and The American Scholar, among others. Her awards include the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the PEN/O. Henry Prize. She lives with her family near Seattle.
    Elisabeth Eaves is the author of the memoirs Wanderlust and Bare. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Best American Travel Writing, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Vancouver, Elisabeth lived in Cairo, London, and Paris, spent 10 years in New York City, and now resides in Seattle. Together with her husband, Joe Ray, she founded Type Set, a co-working space for writers.

    Tara Conklin’s first novel, The House Girl, was a New York Times bestseller, #1 IndieNext pick, Target book club pick and has been translated into 8 languages. Her second novel, The Last Romantics, is forthcoming in March 2019 from William Morrow/Harper Collins. Tara was born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, grew up in western Massachusetts, and lived in London and New York before settling in Seattle.

    Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collections Terrible blooms (Copper Canyon Press, 2018) and Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. She’s received awards and fellowships from the NEA, Pushcart Prize, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She lives in San Francisco.


Thursday, October 11th: 12th Annual Alaska Native Day in Seattle

  • 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • Seattle Indian Health Board
    611 12th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98144
  • This event celebrates Alaska Native people living in the Seattle area. Wear your traditional clothes, bring arts and crafts, and share your stories and pictures.

    A free family event, open to the community! Enjoy food and entertainment, and enter to win door prizes.


Friday, October 12th: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7pm – 10:45pm
  • Wayward Coffeehouse
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • Do you love board games and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! Come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon ( game nights with our friends at Wayward ( They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!


Saturday, October 13th: Wizards Assemble Pub Crawl – Seattle

  • 4:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Seattle, Washington
  • The World’s Biggest Wizard Crawl returns for 2018, and this year’s event is better than EVER!

    Hundreds of Wizards descending on the streets of the city!

    Our famous menu of themed drinks at all venues!

    Discounted regular drinks & food specials exclusively for us

    All cover charges waived

    Costume Competition – 1st, 2nd & 3rd Prize



Saturday, October 13th: Seattle – Water Lantern Festival

  • 2:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Green Lake, Seattle
    Seattle, Washington 98103, 98115

    Tickets are on sale for the Seattle Water Lantern Festival presented by One World.

    Get your tickets at

    One World Water Lantern Festival is an amazing experience where you’ll witness the magic of lanterns as they light up the water.

    This event will be coming to Seattle on Oct 13, 2018 at The Bathhouse Theatre. Get your tickets now before they sell out!


Saturday, October 13th: Shaun King is Speaking in Seattle on How to Make Change

  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Seattle! I’m coming back there soon! This date is very likely to change and we’re still working on the venue, but we want to go ahead and start planning together now ok?

    Go ahead and RSVP on here now ok?

    Just know this – it’s going to be great and we’re going to have some very special guests!


Sunday, October 14th: Cameron Esposito: Person of Consequence

  • 8:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Neptune Theatre
    1303 NE 45th St, Seattle, Washington 98105
  • STG Presents & AEG Welcomes Cameron Esposito: Person of Consequence (+ special guest Andy Iwancio) to The Neptune on Sunday, October 14th.

    General Admission Seating
    All Ages / Bar with I.D.

    Tickets are $28.00 (not including fees. On sale Friday, June 8th at 10:00am.


Monday, October 15th: Booktoberfest: Readers Speakeasy At Smith Tower

  • 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Smith Tower
    500 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • Find out what happens when a bunch of readers get together for drinks in Seattle’s most spectacular watering hole.

    This event is 21 and over, and drinks are on you. Admission is free, but registration is now closed, as the program is full!

    We know it’s tempting to curl up and read at home, but we think that you should venture out and join us this October 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a bookish cocktail hour at the Smith Tower Observatory bar overlooking Seattle and Puget Sound. Grab a beer or a cocktail and mingle with other book lovers, or just gaze at one of Seattle’s most inspiring views. Share what you’re currently reading and your favorite (or least favorite) books and authors. Bring a book, bring a friend, and don’t forget your photo ID.

    For this night only, Smith Tower is waiving the usual ticket price for access to the Observatory and speakeasy-style bar. Bring your library card or know your library card number for the chance to win prizes. This event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., so feel free to drop by anytime!


Sunday, October 21st: Mourning Market

  • 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • 109 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98109-5404, United States
  • We’re baaaaaaack! And IT’S SPOOOOOOKY TIME!!! What not a better way to celebrate HALLOWEEN than coming to Mourning Market! Come and join us at Seattle’s Premier Dark Theme Market. Get DRESSED UP in your finest, darkest garb. Spend the day strolling through El Corazon all the while shopping with over 35 of the Pacific Northwest’s spookiest artists. Visit with friends, and enjoy some drinks!
    Mourning Market is all Ages. $1 entrance fee. Kids are FREE. We are also giving out 50 “body bags” full of great donations from our vendors and sponsors to the first 50 paying attendees through the door. Come early because these go FAST! See you Sunday October 21st 2018


Tuesday, October 23rd: Salsa Dance in the Glasshouse

  • 6:15pm – 8:00pm
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
    305 Harrison St, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • Step into something new and ignite your passion by learning the art of salsa dancing at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

    Designed for couples and singles of all skill levels, Century Ballroom’s instructor Hallie Kuperman will keep you inspired while learning the basic steps and techniques in Dale Chihuly’s beautifully lit Glasshouse.

    Admission to the galleries is included before class begins. Tickets must be purchased online prior to the event.


Friday, October 26th: Prohibition Sucks: A Vampire Speakeasy

  • 7:30pm – 12:00am
  • The Factory Luxe
    3100 Airport Way S, Seattle, Washington 98134
  • Join us for an immersive night of underworld libations October 26, 2018 as we raise money and awareness for the NW Honey Bee Habitat Restoration. Enjoy passed hors d’oeuvre designed by renown chef, Shawn Martin and classic era cocktails with a vampire twist will be crafted and served by Seattle Bartending. Singers and dancers will entertain you and transport you to another moment in time.

    Don’t miss this one of a kind Halloween party as we escape the real world while raising money for an amazing cause!

    Must be 21+
    Great Gatsby Black Tie Costumes required

    Gluten Free options will be available.

    There will a raffle, each ticket will receive 1 free raffle ticket with more available at $2.00/ticket at the event.

    Drinks will be $5/ticket online and $6/ticket at the event


Friday, October 26th: Steamposium 26-28 Oct 2018

  • 1:00pm
  • Seattle, Washington
  • All of us here at Steamposium hoped you had a hauntingly good time like we did for 2017! The fun isn’t over. Steamposium is gearing up for 2018 with an offer of discounted ticket prices for a limited time: Founder Early Bird Pass at $55 and Early-Bird VIP Experience at $350.00. By getting them now, you will lock in a great deal to enjoy many exciting events like Shake that Brass, activities, panels, awesome guests, celebrities and more for Steamposium 2018, October 26-28th. Join us by ordering tickets at
    Like and follow to stay current on all things Steamposium:

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    Be a Vendor for Showroom of Steam:
    Aether Artist Alley:


Friday, October 26th: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7pm – 10:45pm
  • Wayward Coffeehouse
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • Do you love board games and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! Come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon ( game nights with our friends at Wayward ( They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!


Saturday, October 27th: Planned Parenthood Clinic Defense

  • 8:45am – 11:00am
  • 2001 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122-2959, United States
  • “40 Days for Life” is upon us so we can expect an increased number of anti-choicers and harassers outside of clinics across the country. Therefore, it is more important than ever to show up as clinic defenders, with supportive smiles for patients and workers. Our goal is to take back the political space that they have staked out and let them know that their behavior is unacceptable.

    ***We will be having an orientation to clinic defense at 8:45 and starting our defense at 9:00***
    If you have never been to a clinic defense, please plan to come at 8:45. We will meet across the street from the clinic. (Sometimes people cluster on the side of the street that the clinic is on– generally look for pink items of clothing and pro-choice signs)

    Please note: this Planned Parenthood will be open during this defense, so our tactics in blocking the anti-choicers will be centered on ensuring that we are creating a supportive presence for patients. We ask that if you have not done a clinic defense before, please arrive 15 min early for training on deescalation tactics.


Saturday, October 27th – Sunday, October 28th: GeekGirlCon

  • Saturday 8:00am – 7:00pm, Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Washington State Convention Center
    800 Convention Place, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • YAY!!! This is our show!!!!! Get ready for the best event of the YEAR!!!!!!!
  • GeekGirlCon returns for 2018! Join us for our EIGHTH convention in downtown Seattle to celebrate that which makes your geeky heart sing!

    Our convention will take place in the same building as GeekGirlCon ’17, the Conference Center at the Washington State Convention Center on October 27 & 28, 2018.


Tuesday, October 30th: Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana

  • 7:30pm
  • University Lutheran Church (University District)
  • 1604 NE 50th St
  • Seattle, WA 98105
  • Dungeons & Dragons has become one of the most iconic game brands in the world. Since its genesis in 1974 the game has expanded far beyond its humble beginnings, and its scope increased by magnitudes after its induction into the publishing realm of Wizards of the Coast, based in Washington. To take us on an unprecedented journey through the visual evolution of the brand, Michael Witwer and Kyle Newman join us on Town Hall’s stage with highlights from their book Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana.
  • This team of authors offer us a look at never-before-seen sketches, large-format canvases, rare photographs, one-of-a-kind drafts, and more. They share artistic findings from the archives of Wizards of the Coast, the personal compilations of top collectors, and conversations with the designers and illustrators who created the distinctive characters, concepts, and visuals that have defined fantasy art and gameplay for generations. Sit in for a crash course in gaming history, and explore the most comprehensive collection of D&D imagery ever assembled.

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A recent English Lit grad, Hanna is an enthusiastic Hufflepuff who spends as much time as possible reading, writing, and engaging in in-depth critical analyses of the graphic novels, old SyFy shows, and the Bachelor franchise with anyone who will listen. When not developing intense crushes on (inconveniently) fictional characters or outlining a variety of stories she might hopefully get around to writing one day, Hanna can usually be found listening to comedy podcasts while googling 1960’s NASA launches.

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