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Written by Northwest Event Show Team Member- Victoria Blasich

Are You Ready?

The Northwest Event Show is happening soon! If you are an event professional or have attended trade shows before…you’ll know what is coming next. That’s right! A Know Before You Go! Read through all the info and get ready to make the most out of your experience at NWES2019! P.S. There are many exciting changes this year!

The Basics

Show Location

Washington State Convention Center

705 Pike Street

Seattle, WA 98101 

The main entrance of the building located at the corner of 7th Ave & Pike Street. Show registration located in the North Lobby on the 4th floor.

Show Dates & Hours

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

·       Registration opens at 7:00 am

·       Keynote Breakfast with Julius Solaris at 7:30 am (VIP All Access passes only)

·       Tech Bar opens at 9:00 am

·       Expo floor opens at 10:00 am

·       Panel Discussions begin at 10:30 am

·       Workshop Sessions begin at 11:00 am (VIP & Advanced EDU passes only)

·       Expo floor closes at 4:00 pm

·       Welcome Reception at 5:00 pm

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

·       Registration opens at 7:00 am

·       Event Innovation Lab 9:00 am (additional application required)

·       Expo floor opens at 10:00 am

·       Panel Discussions begin at 10:30 am

·       Workshop Sessions begin at 11:00 am (VIP & Advanced EDU passes only)

·       Expo floor closes at 4:00 pm


Driving & Parking

The Washington State Convention Center is well-marked from I-5.

If you are arriving by taxi or other car service, the best drop-off locations are on Convention Place, between Union and Pike Streets, or on Pike Street, between 7th and 8th.

We recommend parking in one of the two garages operated by the Washington State Convention Center. The WSCC Main Garage or Freeway Park Garage.




1100 Fifth Avenue | Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 1-800-853-3914

Special Group Rate: $219 USD per night

Rate Available Until October 29, 2019

Check Availability: Click Here!


11808 Howell Street | Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 1-206-973-1234

Special Group Rate: 5% discount off of our current standard rate online



Pre-Show Prep & Packing


The average temperature for Seattle in November is 51 degrees Fahrenheit / 11 degrees Celsius. Expect some rain and wind. Coat check is available at show registration located in the North Lobby on the 4th floor.

What should I wear?

Dress for success! The Northwest Event Show is the best networking and education event for event professionals in the Pacific Northwest. We suggest business casual, with comfortable shoes – since you’ll have lots of walking to do to see all the incredible vendors.

The AC will be on, so a light jacket or sweater may be advisable. A jacket with a hood is recommended if you will be adventuring outdoors. Rain will most likely be in the daily forecast. There will be a free coat check by registration on the 4th floor, next to the top of the escalators for any outerwear or large bags/purses you don’t want to carry with you on the show floor.

Dress code for the Welcome Reception is still business casual, but feel free to dress up a little!

What should I bring with me to the showfloor?

  • Reusable water bottles

  • Personal ID

  • Business cards (if you are here for networking!)

  • Laptop/Tablet/Notebook for taking notes

  • No need to bring a bag! All attendees will get a bag to carry swag and networking material, a 2020 Event Guide and lanyard with their badge.

At the Show

Download the Show App

Download the NWES app, ConnecxMe, an easy to use way to stay connected throughout the show and view our full schedule! Download the ConnexMe native app on the Apple Store / Google Play, with the event code: NWES

Registration & Badge Pickup

Registration is located in the North Lobby on the 4th floor of the Convention Center at the top of the escalators. When you check-in, please have your ID ready.

If you haven’t purchased your pass, you can do so on-site!


Internet & WIFI

There is free WIFI for all attendees. Simply connect to “NWES2019”. No password needed

Information Desk

Located just inside the doors of the show floor, it is a perfect place to stop by and get any of your questions answered. Want to know where a specific vendor is located on the show floor? Looking for a solution to an event issue and aren’t sure where to start?

Find the signs that say “Have a Question” and our staff will be happy to help!

Shuttle Service

Butler Seattle is powering our daily shuttle from various locations around Seattle to the Convention Center. We are offering shuttle services from these locations to the Washington State Convention Center.

  • Amazon, 300 Boren Avenue

  • Amazon, 1918 8th Avenue

  • Bellevue Hyatt Regency, NE 8th Avenue

  • Microsoft Conference Center, Building 33

  • University of WA Graduate Hotel, 4507 Brooklyn Ave NE

  • Find out Exact locations and times, full schedule.

Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception is open to all attendees aged 21 and over and will be hosted at Block41.  We are celebrating NWES’s 25th year! With 2 live bands, food and drinks, you’ll have a blast networking and enjoying what a Seattle event is all about. Learn more all about it and the bands that will be rocking out by clicking HERE.

You will need your NWES badge and ID to gain entrance to the Welcome Reception. Only those who are 21 years and older will be admitted into the NWES Welcome Reception,

No need to pay for a ride! There is a shuttle service from the Convention Center to Block 41 that is powered by Butler Seattle. Shuttles begin leaving the Convention Center at 4:30 from the charter zone and will be running on a continuous loop.


Advanced Education Sessions & Mindfulness Lounge™

If you have an Advanced EDU Pass or an All Access VIP Pass, you’ll have access to the education workshops located off the main show floor, and the Mindfulness Lounge™. Be sure to check those daily schedules for the lounge and sessions and build out your daily plan to make the most out of your time at the NWES.


There you have it! Almost everything you need to know before you go to the Northwest Event Show! Feel free to check out our FAQ’s as well!  

If you haven’t already gotten your pass, don’t miss out! You can register here today! We can’t wait to see you!



Victoria Blasich– Event Marketing Manager at Freemind Seattle. A boutique marketing agency focused on creating distinctive marketing campaigns and impactful event strategy to help you connect with your customers in cool and unusual ways.