Geek About Town: October

It’s hard to believe that fall is in full swing. But fall means GeekGirlCon!

After the con, October has a lot to offer. Check out some other geeky, delightful, and Halloween frightful events happening throughout the month.

Friday, Sept. 29: GeekGirlCon Kickoff party!

  • Starts at 7 p.m. — Living Computer Museum
  • Free with GeekGirlCon pass, $10 without pass
  • This year our theme is Geeky Anniversaries! 2017 is a big year in geekdom—Harry Potter is turning 20, Sailor Moon is turning 25, and Star Wars is turning 40. To celebrate, we’ll be hosting a contest to determine which of the three is the ultimate fandom. Guests can pick their favorite fandom and complete activities to earn points for their team. Read about how to earn points here.

Saturday, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1: GeekGirlCon

  • Starts at 9 a.m. Saturday morning Washington State Convention Center
  • Buy your passes here!
  • At our two-day convention on September 30 and October 1, 2017, GeekGirlCon sets up an inclusive environment in the heart of downtown Seattle to celebrate every geek and honor the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; gameplay and game design; and beyond. If you’ve never been to GeekGirlCon—or perhaps you’re still reveling from last year’s fun and curious about what’s to come—click here to read what you can expect.

A look at a previous GeekGirlCon!

Tuesday, Oct. 3: Harry Potter Trivia

  • Starts at 5:30 p.m. —Neumos in Capitol Hill
  • 21+, tickets start at $6.95
  • Muggles, witches, wizards, and house elves are all invited to show off their Harry Potter knowledge at this trivia event. The first 100 people in The Runaway will be be given priority entry.

Thursday, Oct. 5: Brew at the Zoo

  • Doors open at 6 p.m. — Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle
  • 21+, tickets start at $32
  • Enjoy a brew tasting while learning about animals at the Woodland Park Zoo in this after-hours, adults-only event.

Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8: BrickCon 2017

  • Starts at 10 a.m.  — Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
  • Starts at $8
  • View thousands of models created by adult LEGO® Hobbyists from around the nation and the world! Build your own masterpieces with LEGO® parts at our Building Zone! Purchase current, past and custom LEGO® sets, parts and minifigs at this Brick Bazaar.

Image: BrickCon

Monday, October 9: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebratory March and Celebration

  • March starts at 9 a.m. — Westlake Park in Seattle
  • Free to march
  • Join the third annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day March from West Lake to City Hall. At City Hall, feast on a traditional meal and hear from community leaders. Indigenous singing and dance groups will present their songs and dances.

Tuesday, Oct. 10: Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America

  • 6:30 p.m. — Seattle First Baptist Church
  • $5
  • Since January’s record-shattering women’s march, the leading voices of political resistance to the Trump administration have been women’s. Editors Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding gather some of the brilliant perspectives from this new feminist movement in their collection Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America.

Thursday, Oct. 12: Hearthstone & Cupcakes

  • Starts at 7 p.m. Cupcake Royale in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood
  • Free event
  • eSports start-up RumbleMonkey is hosting a casual hangout for Hearthstone players. So if you’re a competitive player, this is a great Meetup to practice at. If you’re also just starting out, it’s a great place to learn from more experienced players.

Friday, Oct. 13: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • Starts at 7 p.m. — Wayward Coffeehouse in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood
  • Free event
  • 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, it’s free!  

Saturday, October 14:  KawaiiWeen: A Creepy Cute Celebration

  • Starts at 12 p.m. Nagomi Tea House – 和みティーハウス
  • Free event
  • For the celebration of all things kawaii and spooky, Mahouto Market and Kawaii in Seattle are excited to collaborate and put together a fun Halloween-themed event. This is a special one-day event which will feature an Artist Alley, Cosplay Contest, Coloring Contest and Photobooth by Fearless Photoworks.

ARTWORK by MiS0HAPPY, via KawaiiWeen: A Creepy Cute Celebration event

Saturday, Oct. 14: Parenting While Queer

  • 2 p.m. Plymouth Church Seattle
  • $5
  • This event is bringing together parents from across the LGBTQ spectrum to share about their home lives–from navigating inquiries from curious strangers, to adventures in explaining how babies are made, to everyday tasks of teething and curfew negotiations.

Thursday, Oct. 19: Lit Crawl Seattle

  • Starts at 6 p.m. Start point to be announce soon, follow event page here.
  • Free
  • Come to Capitol Hill to hear great literature and great performances as you bar hop through one of Seattle’s best parties. With new voices and familiar favorites, hop around Seattle Literary hotspots, from Hugo House to Elliot Bay Books as well as your favorite Capitol Hill bars.

Friday, Oct. 20: Comic Book Club

  • Starts at 7 p.m. — Comics Dungeon in Wallingford
  • Free
  • Comic Dungeon’s book for October is Heathen from critically acclaimed creator Natasha Alterici (Gotham Academy) comes an Nordic fantasy adventure that defies conventions and expectations.

Saturday, Oct. 21: Magic The Gathering for Beginners

  • Starts at 1 p.m. — Mox Boarding House Seattle
  • Entry is $5, but every participant will get 2 welcome decks
  • Interested in Magic: the Gathering, but no idea how to play? Then this event is for you! This group will run you through the basic rules, and then you’ll play a series of games.

Saturday, Oct. 21: Seattle Opera Costume Sale

  • Starts at 10 a.m. — 200 Terry Avenue North in Seattle
  • Prices ranging from $1 to $100
  • Join the Seattle Opera for a costume sale. Items for sale will include: capes, overcoats, gowns, petticoats & corsets, hats, shoes, stage armor, and more

Sunday, Oct. 22 to Tuesday, Oct. 24: National Geographic Live – Into the Arctic Kingdom

  • Times vary per day, read them hereBenaroya Hall
  • Tickets start at $28
  • National Geographic Live returns for another extraordinary season of exploration. Photographer Florian Schulz gives you a closer look at the uncharted wilderness of the Arctic.

Monday, Oct. 23: An evening with G. Willow Wilson

  • Starts at 7:30 p.m.  Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
  • $20 
  • Willow Wilson lies at the epicenter of multiple fault lines of American identity. Originally a self-described “upper-middle-class American White girl with bland politics and polite beliefs,” she converted to Islam while in college, worked as a journalist in Mubarak’s Egypt, and now writes the hugely successful comic series Ms. Marvel.

A headshot of G. Willow Wilson.


Tuesday, Oct. 24: Alt America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump

  • Doors at 6:30 p.m.
  • $5
  • With a reported increase of racially motivated hate crimes and following the harrowing events of Charlottesville, VA, many of us are struggling to understand the rise of xenophobic extremists and white supremacists in our country. Seattle-based investigative reporter David Neiwert brings two decades of research to help us understand the mindsets that shape American extremism.

Tuesday, Oct. 24: The Nightmare Emporium – Horror Film Anthology

  • From 7 p.m. Central Cinema
  • $10
  • This Halloween season, Central Cinema is hosting Seattle’s first annual NIGHTMARE EMPORIUM: an anthology of short horror films produced by local filmmakers. Read the list of films showing here.

Friday, October 27: Urban Craft Fall Market

  • From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Meeting Center in Seattle
  • Free to the public
  • Want to get a head start on your holiday shopping? Urban Craft Uprising is the Urban Craft Fall Market: a one-day event where you’ll find 75 wonderful makers, right in the heart of downtown Seattle. Find jewelry, art, clothing, household items and more!

Friday, Oct. 27: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • Starts at 7 p.m. — Wayward Coffeehouse in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood
  • Free event
  • 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, it’s free!

Dice and coffee, a beautiful pairing.

Friday, Oct. 29: MoPop After Dark Happy Hour

  • Starts at 5 p.m. — MoPOP in Seattle Center
  • 21+, $15 tickets, free for members
  • Join MoPOP for a seriously spooky happy hour with exclusive after-hours access to select museum galleries including the newly -launched Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film.

Saturday, Oct. 28: Hilloween

  • Starts at 12 p.m.  Seattle Central College on Capitol Hill
  • Free
  • Capitol Hill’s favorite kid-friendly Halloween event returns and it’s sure to delight kids of all ages. It’s an afternoon full of carnival games, a costume contest, and trick-or-treating.

Sunday, October 29: The Museum of Fright

  • Starts at 10 a.m.  The Museum of Flight
  • Children in costumes get in free; tickets for adults are $10
  • Craft all-kinds of soaring, swooping, spooky fliers far below a high-flying glider. Fly witches on broomsticks through a giant pumpkin, test your mettle on the gross-o-meter in the mad science lab, touch alien blood and guts. And in the Personal Courage Wing, you’ll find Halloween games and activities including spooky aviation-themed ghost stories.

Tuesday, Oct. 31: Trolloween

  • Starts at 7 p.m.  Fremont Troll
  • Free
  • Trolloween is the birthday party for the Fremont Troll. The celebration party starts at the Fremont Troll. After the performance, the party marches away through the community with a band and everyone in costumes.

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