You’re Invited!

Join us at the beautiful Seattle Aquarium for Tuxes & Trains 2023!

This year, our gala theme celebrates the Waves of Change across Washington’s transportation system and within our own organization.

Join colleagues, friends, and other advocates from across the region in a momentous celebration of our organization’s 30th year fighting for more and better transportation choices for all. Learn about the sea change taking shape in our state’s transportation priorities and even some changes for TCC.

Great food, great music, great company—don’t miss the party of the year!

WHEN: Friday, November 17, 2023 7-10 PM PST   WHERE: Seattle Aquarium 1483 Alaskan Way Pier 59, Seattle, WA 98101

This year’s venue — the gorgeous Seattle Aquarium

We wanted a magical setting for our 30th Anniversary celebration — and we couldn’t be more excited about hosting this “pearl anniversary” at the Seattle Aquarium, surrounded by the wonder and beauty of our natural world. This year marks a sea change in Washington state transportation priorities, and some significant waves of change within our own organization. As in past years, this gala is cocktail-party style, with a quick, inspiring program. The main event — including our Hall of Fame awards, the amazing DJ Toya, and a spirited “raise the paddle”  fundraising ask — will be held in the Puget Sound Hall, with its breathtaking 20’ x 40’ wall-sized tank. Guests will have access to the full aquarium, including the touch tanks, the seals and otters, and the popular Underwater Dome.

Get your tickets!

General Admission


Nonprofit Partner Admission


Solidarity Tickets

To request a no-cost ticket, please email McKenna Lux at

Amazon Pre-Funk & Otter Show


(Limited supply — this pre-gala event will cap out at 50 guests)

Additional Ticket Information

Please note that all Tuxes & Trains ticket sales are final. If you are unable to attend the event, your purchase will be considered a donation to Transportation Choices Coalition.

Activities + Attractions

Get ready to show your love for transit at Tuxes & Trains 2023! We’ll have a variety of fun activities planned throughout the evening at this cocktail-party-style reception. Here are just a few examples of what we’ll be offering this year.

DJ and Dancing: DJ Toya is back again! Dance the night away with all the marine life in the Puget Sound Hall.




Touch Tanks: That’s right, the touch tanks are open! Guests are able to gently interact with the aquatic life in the touch tanks.

Online Auction + Night-Of Raffle: Join in on the fun with our online auction, happening all week leading up to and culminating at Tuxes & Trains! If you’re attending the event in-person, you will also have the chance to participate in our raffle to win one of 3 pairs of Alaska Airlines tickets.



Rep. Jake Fey and Sen. Marko Liias at Tuxes & Trains 2022.

Networking: Meet with agency leaders, elected officials, coalition partners, and transit community advocates from across our state.


Jellyfish Photo Booth: Make some memories and capture them at a photo booth under the Aquarium’s famous jellyfish ring!

Food and Bevs: Enjoy classic tastes of the Pacific Northwest, comfort foods with a twist, fall favorites, and an open bar with a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including a specialty cocktail and mocktail!


November 17

7-10 PM

Seattle Aquarium

1483 Alaskan Way Pier 59

Seattle, WA 98101

Early Bird Tickets

General Admission: $150

Nonprofit Partner Admission: $75

Solidarity No-Cost Admission:
Available upon request

Dress Code

Black-tie, fancy dress, or party attire appropriate to your cultural background or comfort. We can’t wait to see you dazzle!






The Aquarium’s exhibits and restrooms are wheelchair-accessible. All-gender restrooms are available. Please indicate any specific accommodations during registration. Questions? Contact McKenna Lux.

Health & Safety

Transportation Choices Coalition will follow guidelines from the Washington State Department of Health and King County Public Health regarding COVID-19 safety. We will provide updates as needed.

Getting There

Transportation Choices and our venue hosts, The Seattle Aquarium, encourage our guests to consider climate-friendly options like public transit for your transportation to and from the Tuxes & Trains gala. Metro Transit offers many bus routes to take you within a 15-minute walk of the Aquarium, and light rail stations at Westlake Center and University Street offer walkable connections. Visit King County’s website to plan your trip on public transportation. Paid parking is also available at nearby garages.

Where to stay

Seattle Marriott WaterfrontSeattle Marriott Waterfront: We’ve secured a special discounted rate at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront, just blocks away from the Seattle Aquarium. Reserve directly at this link by October 27, 2023.



Check out our photos from last year’s Tuxes & Trains

Thank you to our sponsors!

Tuxes & Trains 2023 Sponsors

Can’t make it to the party?

If you’re unable to attend the event but would still like to support Transportation Choices, please visit our donation page!

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