Pioneer Square Neighborhood BBQ


by RaNae Vodder

Pioneer Square friends and neighbors!  Save your spot at the 3rd annual Pioneer Square Neighborhood BBQ and RSVP today!   I had a great time at the event last year and will be looking forward to meeting you since I have volunteered to check people in at the registration table. This is a great opportunity to meet some new friends and neighbors and support our local community.

Click here to RSVP  (You must be a Pioneer Square resident, business owner, or Pioneer Square resident-invited guest to attend).

There is sure to be great food because Shawn O’Donnell and his family are catering the BBQ!  There is a $5 suggested donation per person (you can’t go wrong with a meal for only $5!!).  All proceeds support the Pioneer Square Residents’ Council and the great work they do for our neighborhood!

Many Pioneer Square businesses are donating generous raffle items.  You can purchase raffle tickets in advance when you RSVP or they are available on-site. Don’t leave early because you must be present to win.


August Events in Pioneer Square

August 5, 2015  |  Event, Families, Fun, PI  |  1 Comment

by Courtney Crockett



FRESH WEDNESDAYS FARMERS MARKET every Wednesday in August from 10 am – 2 pm. From 5 August through 30 September the Pike Place Market sets up an Express Market of local farmers and their fresh flowers and produce at King Street Station Plaza.

PILATES IN THE PARK every Thursday in August at noon. From 6 August through 26 November learn the fundamentals of pilates with staff from Kinesia Pilates. Free and open to the public in Occidental Park.

THROWBACK THURSDAY every Thursday in August from 5 – 6 pm. #TBT is a way to look fondly at favorite memories and begin new ones. Play Simon Says, Chutes & Ladders, Sorry!, Giant Jenga, and Connect 4 or put your head down and color in a Coloring book. Free and open to the public in Occidental Park.

FIRST THURSDAY ART WALK on 6 August from 6 – 9 pm. Seattle’s original Art Walk features more than 50 participating galleries and venues throughout Pioneer Square. Free and open to the public. Free parking available with voucher at participating garages.

MOVIES IN THE PARK on 7 August at dusk. Downtown Seattle Parks presents Insurgent in Occidental Park.

CHESS TOURNAMENTS on 8 August from 9 am – 4 pm. Seattle’s Center City Parks hosts free chess tournaments in Occidental Park. Registration from 9 – 10:15 am. Tournaments begin at 10:30 am.

PATH WITH ART – POETRY CLASS on 10 August from 4 – 6 pm. Every Monday from 10 August through 14 September. Free art classes and pop-up performances exploring the power of creative engagement in Occidental Park. Space is limited, click here to sign up.

PATH WITH ART – SUMMER SKETCHBOOK on 11 August from 4 – 6 pm. Every Tuesday from 11 August through 15 September. Free art classes in Occidental Park. Space is limited, click here to sign up.

CHESS TOURNAMENTS on 15 August from 9 am – 4 pm. Seattle’s Center City Parks hosts free chess tournaments in Occidental Park. Registration from 9 – 10:15 am. Tournaments begin at 10:30 am.

Loggers and Lagers Cut Loose

August 4, 2015  |  Event, Fun, Residents  |  No Comments

By Beth Berube

QualityAthleticsOn July 25th, Loggers and Lagers Pub Crawl partygoers paraded plaid panache in Pioneer Square. And what could be more fitting for the first annual pub crawl, than a theme linking a lumber mill from the past to the timber men that built Seattle. It started right here in our very own district.

Lumber Jacks and Lumber Jills gathered at Quality Athletics in the late afternoon and after twilight, revelers raised glasses for a final toast to “a karaoke culmination” at Fuel.


In between, the sixty or so merrymakers wet their whistles at Pharmacy, J & M, Casco Antiguo and Shawn O’Donnell’s. All establishments offered discounted libations and raffle prizes to Crawlers. My personal favorite mix-sensation, was a zippy Sangria served at Pharmacy. Not too sweet. Just the way I like it.

J & M hosted a best beard contest, pic3which was won by Pioneer Square resident and neighbor, Nile Norton.

The Pioneer Square Residents Council organized the event as a great way to show off all our new bars and to visit old ones as well. A fun night was had by all. If you missed it, there is always next year.

Out of Sight Seattle

July 29, 2015  |  Art, Event, PI  |  2 comments

by Courtney Crockett

When out walking last night I ventured a look into the upper windows of King Street Station, and I could see tiny human forms still busy transforming the interior space for this weekend’s gigantic art exhibition Out of Sight. In the true spirit of an arts community, King Street Station has been a hive of art and action with volunteers rehabbing and rebuilding the interior 24,000 foot space for the arts collective and its opening event tomorrow.

King Street Station InteriorIndependently run and funded Vital5Productionsfounder Greg Lundgren has been working tirelessly to reform the neglected and sizable third floor of King Street Station into an art exhibition this weekend. The curatorial team includes Kirsten Anderson and Sharon Arnold from Pioneer Square gallery Roq la Rue, and Sierra Stinson to organize and facilitate this alternative arts effort that features 110 Pacific Northwest artists. Out of Sight is running in conjunction with and in response to the more well funded Seattle Art Fair over the same weekend. Born of the notion that many Seattle artists would lack exposure there, Lundgren secured a lease and a key to the historic station. The key appeared prominently on social media more than a month ago.

The opening night celebration kicks off with Derek Erdman spinning records along with special performances by Doug Newman and Mal DeFleur.

Word is Lundgren plans to make this an annual event. Great news for Seattle arts, the underused King Street Station and Pioneer Square. Come out and make it happen.



Thursday 30 July – Preview and Grand Opening Party
Ages 21 and over only, tickets include one re-entry over the weekend
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Friday 31 July and Saturday 1 August – $10 Admission
Exhibition Hours 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm with Happy Hour Bar Service from 5 til 8

Sunday 2 August – $10 Admission
Exhibition Hours 10:00 am – 6:00 pm with Swedish Pancake Brunch from 10 til 2


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Dancing til Dusk in Occidental Park

July 19, 2015  |  Event, Fun  |  1 Comment

Chicarra Tango

by RaNae Vodder

My husband and I went for a walk down Occidental Thursday night and were surprised to see strings of pretty lights and people doing the tango in Occidental Park! There was live music, people of all skill levels dancing and a diverse audience of bystanders. It looked like so much fun I just had to know more. The program is called Dancing til Dusk  and is 15 nights of dancing outdoors on a real dance floor.  The first hour is a beginning dance lesson, with no experience or partner required.  Unfortunately, the two dates of Dancing til Dusk in Occidental Park have passed but there are 12 more nights planned over the summer in Westlake Park, Bell Street Park and Freeway Park.   Check out the dates, locations and themes by clicking on Dancing til Dusk.  I am a big a fan of our Seattle parks and loved seeing our own Occidental Park so vibrant and festive on a perfect summer evening!


Loggers and Lagers Pub Crawl

July 16, 2015  |  Event, Fun, PI  |  No Comments

by Beth Berube

Mark your calendar! July 25th is the first annual Pioneer Square pub crawl. This year’s theme is Loggers and Lagers in commemoration of the early years of this gem of a district. Yesler Avenue, once known as Skid Road, was home to Yesler’s lumber mill. Logs were skidded down the hill and used in the construction of the new city. That was 1853 when the land was raw and so was it men. Lumberjacks and lumberjills are encouraged to deck out in woodsman swag and salute a centennial and a half of history by raising glasses at each of the six crawl venues. There will be cool prizes, drink specials and contests along the way.
Visit for updates, contest information and participating locations. 21 and over only, ticket required.

Summer Event Calendar

June 30, 2015  |  Announcement, Event, Families, Fun, PI  |  No Comments

by Courtney Crockett


FIRST THURSDAY ART WALK on 2 July from 6 – 9 pm. Seattle’s original Art Walk features more than 50 participating galleries and venues on the first Thursday of every month. Free and open to the public. Free parking with voucher at participating garages.

DANCING TIL DUSK on 9 July from 6 – 9:30 pm. A night of free music, dance lessons and dancing in Occidental Square Park. Event is free and open to the public.

DANCING TIL DUSK on 16 July from 6 – 9:30 pm.  Another night of free music, dance lessons and dancing in Occidental Square Park.

GO KLONDIKE LEGACY DAY on 17 July from 11 am – 7 pm. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is offering a family day of food, music, gold panning, dog teams, living history shows, old time photography, kids activities and more. Event is free and open to the public. For a full list of summer events at the Klondike, visit

OUT TO LUNCH CONCERT SERIES on 17 July from noon – 1:30 pm. Weekly free concerts scheduled throughout downtown. This week in Occidental Square Park features the Jambalaya brass rock band, Tubaluba.#OTLconcerts. Concerts are free and open to the public.

PIONEER SQUARE SKID ROAD PUB CRAWL: Loggers and Lagers on 25 July, start time 3 pm. An exploration of Seattle’s oldest neighborhood via Pub Crawl. Honor the origins of Skid Road dressed like a lumberjack or lumberjill. Features include a “battle of the beards” contest and end-of-night karaoke. 21 and over only, ticket required.

OUT OF SIGHT from 30 July thru 2 August. A temporary art exhibit in the historic King Street Station. Featuring Pacific NW contemporary art with work from over 80 artists in a 24,000 square foot space. 30 July at 7 pm kicks off with an early preview and opening night celebration, tickets available now. Exhibition times vary, 31 July and 1 August from noon – 8 pm and 2 August from 11 am – 6 pm. 


ART OF THE CITY STREET FEST on 1 August from 11 am – 11 pm. An entire day of indoor and outdoor arts and activity at the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts. Event is free and open to the public. On Prefontaine Place S between Yesler Way & S Washington Street.

FIRST THURSDAY ART WALK on 6 August from 6 – 9 pm. Seattle’s original Art Walk features more than 50 participating galleries and venues throughout Pioneer Square. Free and open to the public. Free parking available with voucher at participating garages.


OUT TO LUNCH CONCERT SERIES on 3 September from noon – 1:30 pm. The downtown concert series continues in Pioneer Square with horn-driven funk from Polyrhythmics. #OTLconcerts. Concert is free and open to the public in Occidental Square Park.

FIRST THURSDAY ART WALK on 3 September from 6 – 9 pm: Seattle’s original Art Walk features more than 50 participating galleries and venues throughout Pioneer Square. Free and open to the public. Free parking with voucher at participating garages.


Volunteer for Art of the City Fest

June 5, 2015  |  Art, Call to Action, Event, Food, Fun, PI  |  No Comments

by Courtney Crockett 

Images Courtesy of Art of the City Fest

Images Courtesy of Art of the City Fest

The Tashiro Kaplan Building (TK Artist Lofts) is busy programming its second annual Art of the City Street Fest slated for Saturday 1 August. The event is an entire day of indoor and outdoor celebration featuring artists, musicians and food from Pioneer Square and Seattle at large.

Last year’s event was a smashing success with nearly 3000 attending the closed-off street at Prefontaine Place S and the TK Artists Lofts interior. This year, Art of the City Fest is asking for a little help from the Pioneer Square community to make the event equally vital and an annual neighborhood happening. Pioneer Square residents can help make this year’s event an even bigger success by making an individual donation and neighborhood businesses can contribute through sponsorship. Volunteers are also needed for security, to act as guides, and as people power to set up and tear down structures.

AotCF valiseLocal creative talent is offering live music, dance, conceptual and visual arts. Food trucks and artisan booths, interactive installations, live painting and street art are also in the mix. In addition, artist studios and galleries are open for viewing inside the TK Lofts. To grasp the size and scope of this event, take a look at the list of participants and performers from last year’s lineup here


Art of the City Street Fest –  Saturday 1 August at Prefonaine Place S – From 11 am to 11 pm – Event is Free and Open to the Public 

AotCF stage

For individual contributions, please donate directly at

To arrange sponsorship or volunteer, please contact Jay Mason, Development and Community Outreach at or call 206.334. 5203.

A Golden Opportunity — Opening of a Special Exhibit at the Klondike

June 3, 2015  |  Announcement, Event  |  1 Comment

By Beth Berube

I visited the gift shop at the Klondike Museum once, to admire their collection of cute, little stuffed mammals and to buy a National Forest Recreation Day Pass to hike up at the pass. The gallery is, after all, part of our National Park System.  I never beyond the gift shop into the museum to explore their exhibit.  Until today, that is.

Seattle had many businesses that outfitted those eager to make a fortune and stake a claim in Alaska at the end of their journey.  Many of those companies were located in Pioneer Square. The museum puts you in the shoes of these hopeful, northbound adventurers.  I have agonized about what I need to stuff in my backpack for a two night wilderness trek.  If I was one of these starry-eyed souls, I fear my hopes would be dashed by disillusion before my mule and I crossed Pike Street on the journey north.

This Friday, the Klondike Museum is treating its patrons to something very special.  Meg Bye and Leeann Davignon are artists creating a special exhibit called “Under the Midnight Sun,” a compilation of moments, memories and mementos.  Meg’s display is tactile.  Visitors are encouraged to pull and push doors, revealing objects and recollections of our Native American and immigrant forefathers.

While I was there, Leeann was creating a poignant collage representing personal recollections in the form of letters that visitors can remove from envelopes and read.

This Friday, June 5th, is opening night. There will be story telling by Gene Tagavan, from the Raven Clan.  Tall Tales based on fantastical stories of historical events will by narrated by Ingrid Nixon and Caleb Kerr, a local actor, will read the poem “The Cremation of Sam McGee.”

You have until November to see this special exhibit, and this is something that kids will enjoy too.  To learn more about the weekend schedule, go online to and search Under the Midnight Sun.

Velouria First Thursday Art Walk Event

May 4, 2015  |  Event, Fashion, First Thursday, PI  |  2 comments

velouria shop

Velouria First Thursday Art Walk Event on 7 May from 6-9 pm

by Courtney Crockett

beth naumann - velouria

lu - velouria

One of our lovely neighborhood retail stores, Velouria is having an event this First Thursday Art Walk as part of an ongoing curatory collaboration with Shawn Parks, Founder of QMNIQBL (pronounced communicable). The occasion features large-scale architectural mobiles by Bay Area artist, Beth Naumann. This is Naumann’s Seattle debut and she will be in-store with selected works from her jewelry line Hellbent.

The evening event also features local designer Jenny Fort and her Seattle-made clothing line Lu. She and her team will be on hand for a special trunk show from the current collection of season to season pieces that are both modern and easy for women to wear.

Velouria is located at 145 S King St.