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On the public market’s first day, August 17, 1907, crowds of shoppers seeking fresh produce and bargains descended upon the new marketplace. The first farmer sold out of produce within minutes.

August 17, 2017, marks the 110th anniversary of Pike Place Market's historic founding. Join us for a celebratory event!

110th Anniversary Events:

Caspar Babypants Concert & Fundraiser

Saturday, August 12, 6-7 p.m. | MarketFront Pavilion

Dance, clap and sing along while supporting a great local cause with everyone's favorite kindie rocker Caspar Babypants, performing for the first time in the brand new Pike Place MarketFront Pavilion. Donations are encouraged to support Pike Market Childcare and Preschool, serving families of all income levels since 1982. Caspar Babypants' brand new album, Jump for Joy, will be available for purchase, as well as original artwork by Pike Place Market artist Kate Endle.


John Stamets "Portrait of a Market" Photography Exhibit

Thursday, August 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Pike Place Market Arcade

Honoring the work and life of local photographer John Stamets, this walking tour features 20 panoramic Widelux photos from his 1987 book Portrait of a Market, displayed throughout the  Market Arcade at the original locations that they were taken. The large-format photos capture the vitality and abundance of Pike Place in the mid-1980s. The photographs provide a unique insight into an important chapter in the history of Pike Place Market and reflect how the Market has changed while remaining true to its rich tradition of diverse residents, merchants, farmers and shoppers.

The twilight tour will provide an opportunity for people to document their own history of the Market. At each location where the photos are displayed, visitors can shoot photos showing the Market's past and its continued vitality in the present. 


Sunset Supper

Friday, August 18, 7:30 p.m. | MarketFront Pavilion

Celebrate the 110th as you sip and savor your way through many of the region's best restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries while meeting local chefs and winemakers. It will be a night to remember, complete with a raffle and dancing under the stars. The Pike Place Market Foundation is offering a ticket deal specifically for Market Insiders - 110 tickets for $110. To purchase tickets visit and enter promo code "110MARKET" (2 ticket limit).

If you are interested in volunteering contact Lindsey Falkenberg: 206-774-5255 or Volunteers receive a ticket offer for one volunteer ticket at $50 and one companion ticket at $75. Only volunteers who are finished with their shift by 9 p.m. are able to attend the event. The funds raised benefit the mission of the Pike Place Market Foundation and support the thriving, caring community at Pike Place Market. This year our goal is to raise $350,000 for the Market community.



Evening Farmers Market

Wednesdays, 3-7 pm | On the Pike Place Cobblestones

Wednesday night is locals' night at the Evening Farmers Market! "Meet the producer" and dozens of local farmers set up on the Pike Place cobblestones. Shop after work and fill your tote with just-picked-that-morning fruits and veggies, beautiful bouquets, artisan food and drinks, and specialty farm products. Plus, enjoy long summer evenings with live music, fun kids activities, food tastings, and a chance to explore the brand new MarketFront expansion.


Have you ever seen small tour groups of elementary school kids out exploring the Market? Chances are you've crossed paths with Pike Place Market's own Education Program.

The Pike Place Market Education Program was created by the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) to link Seattle-area schools with the Pike Place Market, one of the oldest continuously-operated farmers markets in the United States.

Since it was created in 1992, the program has taught more than 25,000 Seattle elementary school students about Pike Place Market’s original farmers market, its unique history and wide array of businesses.

This past school year, volunteers (who worked 700 hours total) and staff served 2,351 local students on 101 tours! Most students were second or third graders who studied community in social studies. Students first received information about the Market via in-class presentations and curricular materials on the Market website and resource bag. Three weeks later, they visited the Market. Many classes extended their Market studies by doing food drives or classroom market fundraisers to benefit the Market’s social services.

PDA educators extend a grateful thanks to all in the Market community who took time to connect with visiting students, many of whom were in the Market for their first time. Learn more at and