Pike Place Market Celebrates 110th Anniversary

If you’re planning a trip to Pike Place Market this week, don’t forget to don your party hat because the historic downtown Seattle market will celebrate its 110th birthday on Thursday.

If you can imagine, the market opened to thousands of shoppers in 1907 offering fresh fish, meat, and produce directly from farmers and producers. This is just as true today as it was back then, however, today Pike Place draws millions of tourists and locals alike with the same farm-fresh produce with the added promise of artisan and specialty foods, independent businesses, and handcrafted goods.

This celebration is made even more special by the recent completion of the new MarketFront expansion — a project 40 years in the making that added additional table space for vendors, parking, retail space, low-income housing, and a new neighborhood center.

“We are beyond thrilled to be celebrating such a historic milestone,” said Ben Franz-Knight, executive director of the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority, in a statement. “Throughout its 110 years, the market has played an important role in the growth and vitality of the city, and we continue to look toward the future. Happy birthday, Pike Place Market!”

Upcoming events include:

John Stamets “Portrait of a Market” Symposium and Photo Exhibit
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2 to 5:30 p.m. (symposium); 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (photo exhibit)
Pike Place Market Atrium Loft (symposium) and Arcade (photo exhibit)

The symposium features brief presentations about the life and work of John Stamets by friends, students, and colleagues who knew the noted Seattle photographer over his 40-year career.

22nd Annual Sunset Supper
Friday, Aug. 18, 7:30 to 11 p.m. MarketFront Plaza and Pike Place
$175 general admission; $275 patron seating. Tickets include all food and beverage and can be purchased online.

This annual event celebrates the anniversary of Pike Place Market’s founding and provides guests with the opportunity to try the region’s best restaurants, wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Funds benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation, which supports the social service agencies operating in the market.

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