Time to level up: a Guide to PAX West 2023

The video game convention featuring panels, cosplay competitions, and lots of sweet vendors is in town.


Whoa — hope your thumbs are ready for all of this action.

Photo via PAX West

Jump for joysticks — PAX West is ready to play again. The final boss-sized expo at Seattle Convention Center will celebrate video + tabletop gaming culture with demos, panels, tournaments, and colorful cosplay throughout Labor Day weekend. Passes start at $71.

Be sure to peruse the full schedule + keep an eye out for booths from local indie producers like tinyBuild + Ska Studios.

But in case you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the options, here are some top events to get your head in the game.