Kicking off on Saturday, July 17th, Pioneer Square will feature an outdoor market from 11am – 5pm every Saturday for the rest of the summer. The Seattle Square will feature a mix of downtown restaurants like Delicatus, with mobile food vendors including Skillet, Ram & Rooster Dumplings and Parfait Organic Ice Cream.
The market will also host a wide range of vintage and craft vendors; selling everything from locally designed clothing, to handmade housewares and accessories, to mid-century modern furniture. To top it off, local and national DJ’s will be providing a soulful, upbeat soundtrack each afternoon in the park.
The Seattle Square is a grassroots, volunteer driven market — organized to activate the neighborhood on Saturdays and to invite people to experience the neighborhood and the great atmosphere and shops it has to offer. When looking at different opportunities to activate Occidental Square Park (remember the post about the ice skating rink?), the idea for a different kind of market approached. One of the market organizers, Don Blakeney, an urban planner who recently came back from New York, saw the popularity of outdoor markets and events like the Brooklyn Flea, MoMA’s PS1, and Seattle’s Mobile Chowdown, and wanted to see if bringing them together in one market would be successful.
Local artists will also be transforming Occidental Park throughout the summer as a part of the ArtSparks program put together by 4Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Shoppers will be able to walk through a maze of art installations as they enjoy the food, music, and market. Local DJ’s will compete in a weekly Battle of the Mega-Mixes–the winner of which will get a headlining slot at a local nightclub later this summer.
“The creative energy behind the Seattle Square is thrilling,” said Todd Vogel, owner of the Nord Building. “The organizers have combined Pioneer’s Square’s artsy vibe and Occidental Park’s beauty to create an event for everyone. I can’t wait to go!” Vogel is the Director of the International Sustainability Institute, a group that forges public and private partnerships to promote public space and urban sustainability. He is also hosting a series of World Cup watching parties in Nord Alley across
from Occidental Park through the finals in July.
Ideally located on top of every form transportation in the city, Pioneer Square offers a perfect town center atmosphere that is accessible to all. In addition to comprehensive rail and bus access, the Seattle Square has partnered with Diamond Parking and the Merrill Place Garage to provide complementary parking for all Seattle Square shoppers each Saturday.