Every Monday (around noon) I publish a list of upcoming Seattle community events. This list arose as the result of approximately 1,257 conversations I’ve had about cool Seattle events I’ve attended which culminated with, “Shoot! I wish I’d known about that.”
I can’t guarantee that you’ll never again miss another must-see event in Seattle, but I hope this listing help you find a new experience or two.
Painstakingly curated Seattle community events list focused through a geeky lens trained on public conversation, community building, design thinking, world music, and quirky self-expression.
Q. What’s the deal with the #hashtags?
A. This events listing combines several other event announcement lists I have developed over the years.
- #SEATalks events are talks, lectures, storytelling events, networking gatherings, and similar events happening in Seattle (SEA).
- #HauteSeattle events are high-brow (as in arched clown eyebrows), often alternative, events.
- #SeattleWorldBeat events are world music and dance shows, typically with a strong rhythmic focus.
- #Design, #Tech, and #Business are the foundations of my career as a content strategist and digital publisher.
- #Journalism, #Publishing, and #Media are my original academic training and early career and remain a strong interest.
- #WordPress is my online publishing platform of choice as well as a community in which I nurture various techie, geeky, creative, and social needs.
- #Science! – because, Science!
- #Friends of mine do all kinds of interesting stuff.
- #Community is what this list is all about.
Q. Why don’t you segment the list and let me just subscribe to the categories that interest me?
A. Many reasons, but these two are most germane: 1) this is a labor of love, and the amount of labor I can dedicate to it is limited, and 2) big-data-driven media bubbles and ever-narrowing media feeds leave few opportunities for the serendipitous discovery of events outside those shared with you by marketing algorithms. My weird array of interests offers an opportunity to uncover events that you might never have heard about otherwise. If you want to publish a list like this focused through your unique lens, I’ll subscribe in a heartbeat.
Q. How far ahead of time do you list events?
A. Each event is listed the week that it happens in the “Happening This Week” section. For planning purposes, I also list events happening one more week out in the “Next Week” section (hat tip to reader Jimmy K for suggesting this). Events which are likely to sell out are listed (sometimes multiple times) in the “Get Tickets Now” section several weeks or months ahead of time. Other noteworthy events are sometimes listed in a “Get These Events in Your Calendar” section.
Q. Do you actually go to all of these events?
A. When I first started publishing this list, it was technically possible. Now – no way.
Q. May I submit events for your consideration?
A. Of course. I love knowing what’s happening in town. Please note, though, that this isn’t an open-submission list. I only include items that grab me and fit one of the hashtags above. Please look over this week’s list and some prior editions before you submit. Thanks!
Q. Are prior editions of this event listing available so that I can see what I’m getting myself into?
Q. Can I sign up for these announcements directly with MailChimp?
I’m a dual career professional. Content strategy in the mornings. Massage therapy in the afternoons. I also do a lot of community-event organizing, currently working mostly on Ignite Seattle and the WordPress open-source CMS project.