To our fellow fans:
Over the course of the past several months, our community has faced greater trials than ever before. We have seen our way of life turned completely upside-down by a pandemic of global proportions. We have suffered through lockdowns which have forced us to isolate ourselves from friends, family, and those we love. And we have seen our communities torn apart by the lingering threat of ignorance and racially-motivated violence. Through it all, Everfree Northwest and its staff have continued to work diligently to fulfill our mission of bringing Equestria to Earth for three days. We know how important conventions are to fan communities, to help reconnect with friends and to provide an oasis from the pain and pessimism that too often invade our day-to-day lives. As much as we want to provide that space for you in Seattle this August, we cannot ignore the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has made this all but impossible.
Therefore, it is with heavy hearts that we must announce the cancellation of Everfree Northwest 2020.
This decision was not easy to make. After weeks of internal discussions and negotiations with our venue hotel, we were only now able to reach this conclusion. We are blessed to have incredibly skilled and passionate staff who have each tried their hardest to bring the con to life this year despite these difficult circumstances. After much consideration and collaboration with our venue, the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, we determined that it is not safe nor responsible to move forward with plans to hold a gathering of Everfree Northwest’s scope at this time. Everfree Northwest exists to serve the community, and we simply can’t do that while risking the health and well-being of our attendees.
In lieu of our traditional in-person, three-day event, Everfree Northwest plans to offer an alternative event online for 2020. This will not be a full-scale online convention, but something different. Details will be announced at a later date.
At this time, we are also pleased to confirm that EFNW will return next year!
We hope you will join us for Everfree Northwest 2021, taking place August 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.
To those of you who already purchased badges for our 2020 event, thank you for your support and interest in attending Everfree Northwest 2020. We would like to offer you the following options:
- Your 2020 badge may be rolled over to our 2021 event.
- Your 2020 badge cost may be donated to EFNW. This option is a valid charitable deduction for tax returns in the US.
- Your 2020 badge may be fully refunded.
If you would like to help ensure that Everfree Northwest can make a strong comeback in 2021, please consider options for rolling over or donating your badge cost from this year. Once you’ve determined which option you’d like to pursue, you can make your decision regarding your 2020 purchases by visiting our attendee portal on the Everfree Northwest website. Using this handy interface, you may select one of these three options - all you need is your registration confirmation code and the email address you used to register. If you do not select an option by August 7, 2020, your badge will automatically be rolled over into 2021.
Regarding hotel reservations, all rooms booked within our block using our group code at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue or the Hilton Garden Inn will be automatically cancelled. If you booked your room separately without using our group code, you will need to cancel your reservation manually. Please do not cancel your reservation if you booked through our group code or used our hotel registration link; this will be done for you.
We would like to thank our incredible staff for the tireless effort they put in this year to make Everfree Northwest 2020 potentially the biggest and best event we’ve ever seen.
We would also like to thank our venue hotel, the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, for working with us to ensure everyone’s safety.
Finally, we would like to thank all of you for your continued support.
When we look back over the years, we feel blessed by the enormous outpouring of love and support the community has given us, both now and in the past. That is a past we still celebrate.
During this pandemic, we have been inspired countless times by the unparalleled ability of this fandom to pull together, support each other, and care for one another. While the world may seem dark, this community’s examples of kindness, generosity, and respect give us hope for a bright future. That is a future we openly embrace.
Be safe, be kind, and be well. We’ll see you all in 2021.