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The Sorrento is more than a bastion of hospitality for visitors. Since the very beginning, Seattle’s most invigorated minds and outsized talents—poets and playwrights, opera singers and burlesque stars—have found inspiration and audiences under our roof.

These days, the Fireside Room and the Top of the Town bustle with regularly scheduled lectures, readings, musical performances and eclectic events that transcend easy description.

Sorrento Curiosities 2018

Sorrento Curiosities is a celebration of the dark, the weird, and the whimsical. During the month of October, Hotel Sorrento will feature events in the famous Fireside Room that will peak your curiosity and stimulate the senses! Scroll down for a complete list of Sorrento Curiosities events!

Have your tarot read and learn your fortune during Tarot Card Tuesdays.  Learn what ghosts are, how to deal with them and where to find them from paranormal expert, Neil McNeill. Still craving chilling tales? Join Noir at the Bar for their crime fiction night.

Hear haunting stories of resident ghost, Alice B. Toklas and tour areas of the hotel with the most “activity” then enjoy a dinner featuring recipes inspired by her famous cookbook at the Alice B. Toklas Tour and Dinner (hashish fudge not included). Perfect your best spells at A Witches High Tea the last Saturday of the month.  So join us as we explore the darkly, haunted side of our own Sorrento Curiosities.


The Stranger’s Silent Reading Party • Wednesday, October 3 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Tarot Card Tuesday • Tuesday, October 9 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Noir at the Bar: Tales of Crime Fiction • Thursday, October 11 • 7:00 – 9:00 pm

A Paranormal Lecture Presented by Neil McNeil • Monday, October 15 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Tarot Card Tuesday • Tuesday, October 16 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Alice B. Toklas Tour & Dinner • Friday, October 19 • 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Tarot Card Tuesday •Tuesday, October  23 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm

A Witches’ High Tea • Saturday October 27, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

First Hill ER Costume Pub Crawl • Saturday, October 27 • 9:00 pm – close

A Paranormal Lecture Presented by Neil McNeill • Monday, October 29 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Tarot Card Tuesday •Tuesday, October  30 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm


The Sorrento is part of the humming social web that comprises Seattle, offering a dramatic stage and interested audience to the city’s skilled artisans, craftspeople and creative professionals.

Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce

The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce works daily to increase and maintain the vitality of our neighborhood by supporting commerce and creating platforms for important discussions about better transportation, development, housing and community spaces – all the while maintaining the unique character that is Capitol Hill. This makes the work of our Chamber broader than many traditional Chambers of Commerce and it’s why we’re not your daddy’s chamber.

DIFFA (Design Industries Fighting Aids)

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Elliot Bay Book Company

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Frye Art Museum

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Since that time, works from the Frye Founding Collection of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century European paintings have continuously been on view. The Museum also hosts notable exhibitions of works by internationally renowned and emerging artists, as well as extensive public programs.

Historic Seattle

Historic Seattle is a public development authority established by city ordinance in 1974.

For 40 years Historic Seattle has shown what can be done quietly in the background with technical assistance and feasibility studies, and loudly by plunging head-on into full scale redevelopment of buildings that no one else in the community would assume responsibility to protect.

Northwest Film Forum

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Seattle Arts & Lectures

Seattle Arts & Lectures champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater Puget Sound region.

SAM (Seattle Art Museum)

Seattle Chamber of Commerce

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SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival)

SIFF has been bringing great film experiences to the Northwest for over 40 years! Our year-round programming has three core programs, consisting of SIFF Education, SIFF Cinema, and Seattle International Film Festival.

Seattle Mayor’s Office of Film + Music

The Seattle Mayor's Office of Film and Music is devoted to promoting Seattle's film and music industries.

Town Hall Seattle

Town Hall fosters the expression & exchange of ideas through a wide range of arts, education, humanities, & civic programs.

Washington Filmworks

Washington Filmworks is the non-profit 501 (c)(6) organization that manages the state film and production incentive programs. Its mission is to create economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the competitiveness, profile and sustainability of Washington’s film industry.