Here are details about travel, lodging, WiFi, food, etc.! We are looking forward to seeing you and providing you with a great festival experience!
First, determine when you want to arrive and depart Seattle! We have satellite events beginning Thursday night, Nov. 7th through Sunday afternoon, Nov. 10th.
Travel & Lodging
Many of you will be flying in to Sea-Tac Airport. The airport is about a 20 minute drive from the city, or a 50 minute light rail ride in to downtown.
Please plan for extra time if you’re using the Link Light Rail –
We have recently learned that the Link light rail service in Seattle will not offer service through the downtown corridor during the weekend of Short Run, from November 9-10. Due to construction of a new rail line, there will be no service between the SODO station and Capitol Hill. Link Light rail will still operate from SeaTac International Airport to the SODO station (near the sports stadiums south of downtown), and also between Capitol Hill to the University of Washington stations (north of downtown).
Sound Transit will run free shuttles between the SODO station and Capitol Hill that will stop at each of the light rail stations in between. These shuttles will run with the same frequency as the normal light rail schedules. Sound Transit reports that they will have staff assisting customers to help locate the shuttle buses at each entry of the stations.
Many of our Short Run guests come from out of the area and we apologize on behalf of our constantly-under-construction-city for this inconvenience. For those Short Run attendees who live locally: what else is new, right? At least there are no Seahawks or Husky games during Short Run.
Updates on this service disruption will be posted by Sound Transit:
- Travelodge Seattle by The Space Needle
- Mediterranean Inn (these top 2 are closest to the festival)
- The Ace Hotel
- The Moore Hotel
- Hotel Max
- Panama Hotel
- Or team up with some friends and rent a room or apartment via airbnb (the festival and after-party are in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood).
We have reserved a block of rooms at Travelodge Seattle Center for $99/a night. To redeem this special pricing, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (do not call the main nationwide number) and say you’d like to reserve one of the Short Run rooms. He will confirm with you via reply email. If you stay at the Travelodge you can literally walk out the front door and walk 2 blocks west to arrive at the venue.
Driving Directions: (Please follow these instructions, not Google maps)
Fisher Pavilion is one building among many within The Seattle Center multi-block campus, which shares one (geographically vague) address, 315 Harrison St.
Heading North on I-5
- Be in the left lane to exit onto Mercer St. toward Seattle Center
- From Mercer, turn left onto Fairview Ave.
- Turn right onto Denny Way
Heading South on I-5
- Same as above, except the exit onto Mercer St. is from the right lane.
Heading west (toward the Puget Sound)
- From Denny Way, turn right onto 2nd Ave. North (toward the Space Needle).
- After two short blocks, 2nd Ave. will end at a set of concrete barriers. You will see a building on the right, just past the barriers, that is Fisher Pavilion. You cannot park in this area, but you can load-in from here with your hazard lights on. Look for volunteers who will direct you to the elevator or stairs to access the inside of the building (which is one level down).
If you are taking a car service
Ask the driver to drop you off at Fisher Pavilion, 2nd Ave. N and N. Thomas, at Seattle Center.
Set up is at 10am. Please understand that we will not be allowing exhibitors in earlier than 10 am to give the organizers and volunteers time to set up the room for you. Short Run will open its doors to the public at 11 am sharp.
There is only 4-hour parking on the nearby side streets, so once you’ve unloaded please look for one of the many paid parking lots instead. There are many close-by on 1st Ave. N, Queen Anne Ave. N, and on Mercer St. that run from about $12-20 for the day. More on Seattle Center parking here.
Shipping books ahead of time
If it would be easier for you to ship your books ahead of time, please send us an email (email@example.com) and let us know your intentions. We’ll give you an address to ship to, do not ship to the venue. We will deliver the boxes to your table the morning of the fest. You are responsible for taking your boxes out. Boxes shipped to us need to arrive prior to Nov. 7th. Please do not wait till the last minute, last year we had 2 exhibitors whose boxes did not arrive in time because they sent them too late.
Fisher Pavilion is equipped with great Wi-Fi: “the new Wi-Fi system is 5,000 times faster than the old system, using a digital fiber line to transmit multiple gigabits per second.” There is no sign-in required to use Seattle Center free, open internet.
Food & Drink
Our bake sale will have sweet and savory treats from local bakeries, we’ll have coffee for sale, and many of you have pre-ordered a box lunch that you can pick up at the Bake Sale after 12:30 pm. This year we will have a food truck out front that is giving away free grilled cheese sandwiches!! Very close by is the Seattle Center Armory which offers a variety of restaurants, food court style: Plum Pantry (vegan), Skillet Counter, Blue Water Taco Grill, Eltana Bagels, Kabab, Mod Burger, Starbucks, Subway, Bigfood BBQ, Quincy’s, and Seattle Fudge!
A few blocks west, outside of Seattle Center, is also Dick’s Burgers (classic! cheap!), Metropolitan Market (espresso stand inside, also upscale $ buffet), Uptown Espresso, Taco Bell, and Pagliacci Pizza.
There are many ATMs located on Seattle Center grounds but we suggest you come prepared with about $200 in smalls bills, as ATMs only dispense $20s. The closest ATM is in the Armory, next to Fisher Pavilion to the east.
- Please do not bring large displays, flags or backdrops that would block the overall sight line of the show. You will be asked to take these things down so please do not waste time and space bringing them to the show.
- There is very little wall space for exhibitors – so plan on presenting your posters or prints in portfolios or hanging from the front of your table.
- Plan your table space well, and bring a tablecloth or piece of fabric to cover the bare table. A full size table is 8ft x 2.5ft. A half table is 4ft x 2.5ft. A quarter table is 2ft x 2.5ft.
- Do not bring unregistered people to sit with you at your table. Extra people crowd the exhibitors around you who have paid for a certain amount of space. If you want to take a break, you can have someone take your place, but you can’t both be behind the table.
- If you know you are going to be late, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t inform us, we will assume you are a no show and will give your table away and your money will not be refunded. If you ‘no show’ you will not be accepted into the festival again for 2 years.
- There is NO alcohol permitted inside Fisher Pavilion.
Any questions? Please email us! email@example.com.