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Celebrating Pike Place Market's 110th Anniversary

Celebrating Pike Place Market's 110th Anniversary

Posted July 25, 2017

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.