Annual Meeting Activities

Sunday, August 4th

Pre-Conference Networking Excursion 

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island

Enjoy beautiful water views of the Puget Sound on a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. Once on the island you can walk to eclectic boutiques, the art museum, wine tastings, a children's museum, and more; a car is not necessary. NASBO will provide round trip ferry tickets and a map to each attendee. Lunch is on your own at one of the many island restaurants. Return to Seattle via ferry at your leisure; departing approximately every 45 minutes.  


Welcome Reception  & Dinner

Columbia Tower Club

Columbia Tower Club

NASBO and the Washington State Office of Financial Management are pleased to host a welcome reception at the Columbia Tower Club for an evening of networking with old and new friends prior to the start of meeting sessions. Enjoy panoramic views of Seattle, Puget Sound and on a clear day, Mt. Rainier.

Monday, August 5th
Guest Excursion

Pacific Science Center & Underground Tour
Seattle Underground Tour or Pacific Science Center

Guests can select between two morning activities:
1) Enjoy Bill Speidel's Underground Tour - a 75-minute guided walking tour of underground storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889. NASBO will pay for tour admission. Afterwards, take a 6 minute walk to Pike Place Market for lunch on your own, visit the famous Gum Wall, try your hand at a fish toss (must make purchase, ships nationally), shop local and more.

2) Visit the Pacific Science Center for hands on science activities, exhibits, a Planetarium, Laser Dome and two IMAX theaters. NASBO will pay for admission. Afterwards, enjoy lunch on your own at Seattle Center Armory and the free Artists at Play playground. Return to the hotel at your leisure.


Informal Dine Arounds

Seattle Dining

Networking Dinners

Dinner is on your own, but you can sign up to join other attendees for dinner at local restaurants in Seattle. Sign-up sheets will be available at check-in on Sunday and Monday morning.


Tuesday, August 6th

Pike Place Market

Free Morning for Guests

Relax at the hotel or visit a nearby attraction like Pike Place Market, Seattle Aquarium, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Great Wheel, or more. Guests will have from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Return to the hotel for boxed lunches from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and then join all meeting attendees for an afternoon excursion.


Networking Excursion & Reception

Chihuly and Argosy

Chihuly Museum & Space Needle and Argosy Cruise of Lake Union

Experience some of Seattle's most famous attractions as we take you to the top of the recently remodeled Space Needle for fantastic views. Enjoy a tour of eight galleries in the Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum, photos can never do this justice. End the day with a 1-hour boat cruise of Lake Union (house boats and city views). Dinner is on your own once we return to the hotel.

Wednesday, August 7th

Museum of Pop

Free Day for Guests

There is so much to do in Seattle that we want you to determine your destiny today. Visit a nearby attraction like the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle Aquarium, Olympic Sculpture Park, Pike Place Market, Seattle Great Wheel, and more.

Awards Dinner


The Edgewater Hotel - Olympic Ballroom

In 1964, the Beatles stayed at The Edgewater Hotel during their first world tour. During their stay, the band famously fished from the window their suite, the photo of which has become legendary. Our Awards Dinner will bring a "legendary" close to NASBO's 74th anniversary Annual Meeting and we will also present national awards to state budget office staff.

Conference Momento

Attendees and adult guests can select to receive a Crossland Fleece Jacket as a memento of your time in Seattle. Jackets fit runs slightly small.


Photos courtesy of Visit Seattle, Argosy Cruises, Bainbridge Island, Columbia Tower Club, The Edgewater Hotel, Davis Staedtler and Albastro Photography.