Whether you’ve followed the project for years, you’re brand new in town or you’re somewhere in between, Waterfront Week is a great opportunity to take part in a dynamic conversation about Seattle’s future waterfront and what it will mean to the city and its residents. Each event will offer something unique – the latest waterfront design updates, a two-day conference on the importance of art and play in public spaces and a kid-friendly day of activities along the waterfront. Details about each event are below, and all Waterfront Week events are free and open to the public.
Waterfront Week Events
Waterfront Week 2020
Wednesday, March 5
Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion
Designer James Corner will join City and civic leaders to share the newest waterfront design work. Hear and see how designs have evolved, including updates on key east/west connections, the new Alaskan Way, Union Street Pier, Pier 62/63.
Art, Design & Play: Liane Lefaivre
Friday, March 7
Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium
Vienna-based architectural historian Liane Lefaivre will discuss play as a design tool for architects, city planners, and public artists. Join Friends of Waterfront Seattle for a reception immediately following to continue the conversation.
Art, Design & Play: Ideas from Around the World
Saturday, March 8
10 AM-4 PM
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room
Visionary designers, artists, and historians from across the globe will present and discuss the past, present, and future of play in art and design.
Sunday, March 9
Meet us at Hillclimb Plaza across the street from the Seattle Aquarium
10 AM-4 PM
Join us for a day of kid-friendly activities along the waterfront! Share your memories in our time capsule, adopt a gribble, learn about habitat along the waterfront and get the seawall construction VIP experience.
Below is a photo of what Pioneer Square looked like after the Superbowl. I’m sure you’ve seen the crazier images in the news of people climbing on the pergola — 1st ave closed down. From my side of it (and without complaint) — we had to wear earplugs to go to sleep because the yelling and horn honking was never ending and surprisingly loud. It was amazing:
Below is a message from the city regarding the official celebration parade:
Congratulations to SUPER BOWL XLVIII CHAMPION SEATTLE SEAHAWKS!
A Welcome Home Victory Celebration Parade is scheduled for 11:00am – 1:30pm Wednesday, February 5th, which is anticipated to have significant impact on traffic throughout the Seattle downtown area. Please be prepared for longer-than-average commute times and increased traffic and inform all downtown businesses with employees and guests who at or coming downtown on Wednesday.
The parade starts on 4th Ave south of Denny Way and ends at Century Link Field.
How this will affect downtown residents, businesses, employees, guests, and visitors:
- Estimated drive time could double, so plan ahead.
- I-5 and SR99 will be open all day.
- Access points coming to and from the downtown core will be impacted during the parade. Mercer St and Edgar Martinez Dr are suggested best routes for I-5 waterfront access.
- Expect bus delays and reroutes during the parade. See Metro’s website http://metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/ for more information.
Support and messaging:
City and regional safety and security agencies are prepared for and will be supporting the parade and celebration. The 12th Man is the best fan in the country and cares about the great Northwest. The City of Seattle and the Seattle Seahawks encourage every fan to act responsibly before, during, and after the game. The country’s eyes are upon us, let’s honor our team and take care to not do anything that would detract from their outstanding achievement.
Just a reminder that the Pioneer Square Residents Council is having the last meeting of the year this Wednesday — come and meet your neighbors and enjoy drinks and light appetizers from Rain Shadow Meats.
Wednesday, Dec. 4th
@ “the nolo” rooftop deck (520 Occidental Ave S. – new apartments in the North lot)
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
social mixer w/appetizers and drinks
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
All Pioneer Square residents are invited to attend
• Business Sponsor introductions
• Financials and 501(c)(3) status
• Grant writing possibilities
• By-Laws and next steps
• DSA (Downtown Seattle Assn.) report
• BBQ report
• Alaskan Way update
• Street Car update
• New Seattle Council Districts/map
• Resident Parking Survey Interest
Can’t believe it’s already been two years. Here’s the invite:
Join the Washington State Department of Transportation and our partners as we celebrate the two-year anniversary of Milepost 31, the SR 99 Tunnel Project information center in Pioneer Square.
Before you head out in the cold for the Pioneer Square tree lighting ceremony, come warm up with a cup of hot cider and some history, and learn about Bertha the tunneling machine’s journey underneath downtown Seattle.
December 5, during Pioneer Square’s First Thursday
4 – 8 p.m.
Brief speeches at 6:30 p.m.
Milepost 31, 211 First Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
Since opening Milepost 31 in December 2011 the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program has:
Completed a 400-foot-long and 80-foot-deep launch pit.
Named our tunneling machine Bertha, and assembled her in her launch pit.
Started digging the SR 99 tunnel.
Welcomed more than 20,000 visitors to Milepost 31 and Pioneer Square.
Led hundreds of tours to the tunnel site viewing platform.
Park for free in Pioneer Square at participating garages on First Thursdays from 5 -10 p.m. Visit www.DowntownSeattleParking.com for other parking options.
Can’t make it to the event? Find out how you can take a tour of the SR 99 tunnel viewing platform!
Milepost 31 is an award-winning information center that highlights the people and projects that shaped Pioneer Square, and provides an inside look at the SR 99 Tunnel Project.
Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program
Pioneer Square and Chinatown International District’s Historic South Downtown board members invite you to attend their annual mixer. The event will be held Thursday evening, November 21st, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.
This year’s mixer will be in the CID’s newest café/event space, the Eastern Café, located at 510 Maynard Avenue South. We will be serving complimentary appetizers, beer, and wine.
Mingle with friends and neighbors. Learn about our growing economies. Take part in their annual new board member election process.
Next Friday, come to the PlayDate SEA (a new indoor playspace in South Lake Union) to meet and connect with other downtown families. As our partner, PlayDate SEA is offering half off of admission, which is applicable for the whole day (i.e. you could come in the morning with your kids, and then come back at 6pm to meet other downtown parents).
There will also be a complimentary puppet show by The Dragon Theater Puppets!
When: Friday, November 22 6-8 p.m.
Where: PlayDate SEA–1275 Mercer St (Entrance on Yale St.)
What: Meet and connect with other downtown families!
Downtown Seattle Families is an organization comprised of parents that are advocates for making downtown Seattle a better place for children to live, learn, and play. If you are interested in connecting with the group, or being aware of opportunities to volunteer, follow their facebook page.
From the Alliance for Pioneer Square:
Come check out our new digs! The Alliance for Pioneer Square staff have settled into the new office and are ready to show it off. Please join us for an office open house on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 between 4 and 6 pm
If you are new to the Alliance, we would love to meet you and answer any questions you might have about what we do.
Old friends, please join us in celebrating this milestone!
New Address (same building, new suite)
Alliance for Pioneer Square
105 South Main Street, Suite 201 (street address)
310 First Avenue South, Suite 201 (mailing address)
Seattle, WA 98104
Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Open House RSVP by Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
Holiday Dog Costume Contest
Dress up your pups in their best costume (holiday-themed or otherwise) and bring them down to historic Pioneer Square. Join the friendly competition for best costume prize and bragging rights for Pioneer Square Dog of the Year!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013
Activities start at 5:30pm
Tree Lighting at 7:00pm
Nord Alley & Occidental Park
By South Main Street & Occidental Avenue South
Holiday Tree Lighting and Festivities!
And First Thursday Art Walk!
LIVE music from The Beaconettes and Jack Hilovsky & Friends
Light snacks, prizes and tons of dog fun!
For more info or to register your dogs, go to
City Fruit will celebrate local fruit and cideries at the 3rd Annual Hard Cider Taste Fundraiser on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Hosted by Little Uncle Restaurant, 88 Yesler Way, the event coincides with Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk. A silent auction will feature items donated from Tom Douglas Restaurants, Modernist Cuisine, and more.
The fundraiser supports City Fruit’s harvest and donation of thousands of pounds of fruit which would otherwise go to waste. Through City Fruit’s efforts, the bounty from Seattle’s backyard trees is distributed to dozens of organizations serving the hungry.
Learn about the harvest and City Fruit’s other initiatives, including Seattle Parks fruit tree stewards, at www.cityfruit.org.
Four Washington cideries–Alpenfire Organic Hard Cider, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Snowdrift Cider, and Tieton Cider Works—will each bring a variety of hard ciders to taste, and Little Uncle’s will offer pairings of Thai street food. Cider may also be Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets (www.bpt.me/472945) and tickets will also be sold at the door. Cost is $25/person ($10 for non-‘tasters’). Street parking is free after 6 p.m. for First Thursday Art Walk, and there will be free parking vouchers for the following garages: Butler Parking, Frye Parking, Pioneer Square, and Merrill Place.
Jennifer Dunlap, Event Coordinator