The Meeker Street Nerd Party returns Saturday, Feb. 25 to downtown Kent.
The culture of being a nerd is a culture of knowledge, according to Kent Downtown Partnership, organizer of the free event held for the first time in 2022. Kent downtown hosts a number of “cool nerd” businesses that embrace this unique culture and aren’t afraid to show it.
The Nerd Party, which will run from 3 to 7 p.m., promotes downtown local, small businesses by highlighting nerd culture in a street-wide event. Small businesses between Second Avenue and Fourth Avenue on West Meeker Street will host local makers, artists, and authors who specialize in nerd culture, science fiction, fantasy, horror — books, games, toys and more.
Although a free event, Kent Downtown Partnership requests a RSVP at downtownkentwa.com/events/.
• Retro Emporium: — Vintage to modern pop culture shop specializing in vintage 80s/90s collectibles and retro-themed goods.
• Page Turner Books — Nerd culture store offering sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, movies, video games, comics, and more.
• PTB Comics & Manga: Specializing in comics, manga, graphic novels and toys.
• Big Wu Fitness:
Hosting SeaLUG Seattle based Lego brick enthusiasts. Lego creations are large and elaborate, often taking hundreds of hours to create, and will be on display at this location.
• Sweet Themes Bakery – featuring sweet nerd-themed treats and hosting the Cosplay costume contest.
• Pied Piper Pub — Trivia and special Nerd drink specials.
• Grey Sunz Tattoo – Tattoos and piercings.
Cosplay costume contest
Dress up as your favorite character. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes in the following categories: adult, child (under 10 years) and honorable mentions. Grand prizes $100, gift cards and other great stuff.
Maria Giakoumatos, J.P. Barnett, Tiffany Shearn, Lora Senf, Jeff Grubb, Tommy Rice, Will McDermott and others.
Bruno Pags – fantasy, vampire, werewolves’ art; Lori Collins – art and illustrations; J Boom – sketch artist, art animation; Stannex – cartoonist, game designer; Rihana Martinson, stickers, coloring book pages and prints; BrickCon: Lego creations, past and custom Lego sets; BritCon: British media and culture with an emphasis on science fiction and fantasy; and Steve Miller, game designer.
CybFest NW will join the party with a celebration of all things Transformers, put on by fans for fans. Toy dealers, artists, contests and raffles are just some of the fun.
Big Dawg Hot Dogs premiere hot dog cart.