August News + Updates
Neighborhood Business Updates
Four Eleven Wine Lounge is now open at 411 1st Avenue in Pioneer Square.

Stop by the lounge for a traditional tasting room experience or come to explore a selection of international wines Tuesday to Sunday from 11am.
Cocoa Banana is back at a brand new location at 103 Cherry Street.

Cocoa Banana is a smoothie & juice bar in Pioneer Square and is open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Experience the extreme, social, fun of Axe Throwing at FlannelJax’s!

Unleash your inner lumberjack at FlannelJax’s, Thursday to Sunday from 11am–11pm at 315 Second Ave South.
Press Highlights
Pioneer Square's
First Thursday Art Walk
Join Seattle’s Original First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square. Here you’ll find the largest concentration of art galleries in the city. The art walk is FREE & self-guided, every First Thursday of the month from 5-9pm.

(** Gallery reception and exhibit times may vary. Please check individual venues for exact hours**)

During FIRST THURSDAY in Pioneer Square parking is free from 5pm TO 10pm! Check out to learn more about the event and how to obtain free parking during Art Walk. 
Seattle Deconstructed Art Fair

Through the collaborative efforts of the gallery community, the Seattle Deconstructed Art Fair (SDAF) returns in August 2021 with an added calendar of in-person events. Devised in response to the cancellation of the much anticipated 2020 Seattle Art Fair due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SDAF is a hybrid of online virtual exhibitions with in-person offerings.

Leading galleries in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, Georgetown, Capitol Hill and Downtown neighborhoods, as well as galleries in Kirkland, Whidbey Island and Edison, WA will all be showcasing and making available for sale the best art the PNW has to offer. The Seattle Deconstructed Art Fair runs online and in person from August 5-31, 2021.

Learn more about SDAF events, participating galleries and more at the Seattle Deconstructed Art Fair website.

First Thursday Art Walk Live Music in Occidental Square and Nord Alley
To celebrate the return of First Thursday Art Walk and the Seattle Deconstructed Art Fair, a live band will perform in Occidental Square on August 5th and September 2nd from 3-5p with special guests to add a beat to your art walk.

On the same dates, Nord Alley will also host two live concerts from 5-9pm. Stop by and feel the noise as you experience First Thursday Art Walk. The live concerts will include music from Abandoned Bandit Blues Band, Convictions, Dr. Quinn and The Medicine Woman, Cat People and more.

We will also be giving out vouchers for free soft serve ice cream, courtesy of the Pastry Project.
Passport to Pioneer Square:
Alicia Keys Tickets, Sounders FC Seats, Helicopter Cruise and More Up for Grabs!
As part of the City of Seattle downtown recovery effort, the Alliance for Pioneer Square is re-launching the Passport to Pioneer Square program with super special prizes up for grabs.

For the next six months, take part in our monthly photo contest “passport challenges” to be entered to win unique “passport prizes” such as Alicia Keys tickets, Sounders FC seats, a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter cruise of the Puget Sound and more.

Each month, we will reveal a new Passport to Pioneer Square photo challenge and grand prize. Participants will have one month to snap their best shot and share it on social media with the hashtag #Passport2PSQ to be entered to win. Pick up the newly redesigned Passport and stamps at neighborhood host location or alternatively print out a Passport to Pioneer Square to get started.

Be sure to follow the Passport to Pioneer Square fun on Instagram and Facebook and visit or website for more information.

Who’s ready to start exploring?
For Business Owners

We always on the hunt to find more places in Pioneer Square where folks can pick up the passport. Is your business interested in hosting a few copies? Contact our marketing manager Thembela Mavuso, at Business can use this simple Passport to Pioneer Square media kit to help businesses promote the program.
Support Local Pioneer Square Marketplace
On the Pioneer Square Marketplace site, shoppers can view curated selections of products and purchase directly from Pioneer Square boutique retailers, restaurants, bars, art galleries, salons and more.

Businesses can also feature gift cards for purchase. The site includes a restaurant directory takeout/delivery function that links customers directly to Pioneer Square restaurants for easy ordering of takeout or delivery. The takeout section is a convenient way to help customers order food and support their favorite local restaurants through one online location.
For Business Owners

The Support Local - Pioneer Square Marketplace has been updated to include new features to ensure business owners can navigate the site easier, including a new login page, a new registration page and business profile page (example).
Summer in Pioneer Square
Seattle summer and live music- it doesn’t get much better. This summer Pioneer Square will be alive with the eclectic sounds to compliment our vibrant neighborhood experience. 
Coffee Break in Occidental Square
Join us on every second Wednesday of the month from 10a-12p under the pavilion in Occidental Square for a coffee break. Share warm beverages from local vendors, listen to local and live music, get to know your neighbors, and learn about what’s happening in Pioneer Square.

This will be a fun late morning get together to mingle with friends new and old, enjoy delicious drinks, and reconnect with one of the greatest neighborhoods in Seattle. Take a moment from your day to step outside and get to know your Pioneer Square.

Save the date, rain or shine. It’s Coffee Break in Occidental Square time
Busker in Occidental Mall

Each Sunday in July and August, a live band will perform in Occidental Mall from 12-2p with special guest performers to brighten your day.
Free Parking Saturdays
Driving to Pioneer Square? 

The Alliance is coordinating with the Butler Garage on 114 James Street, to provide free parking on Saturdays throughout the year. Park for free every Saturday with a dated proof of purchase from a Pioneer Square business.

Free parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis from 11am to 8pm each Saturday in 2021 except August 21st and August 28th.
You can also check out the mobile-friendly website for more parking locations throughout the neighborhood. 
Looking For More To Do? Browse our calendar of events for more entertainment and events in the neighborhood in August. 
Events on the Waterfront
Enjoy a full summer of fun events & programs at Pier 62! 

From free yoga sessions, local food trucks and music, free fitness and workout programs and more, there is something for the whole family.
Monthly Staff Feature: Nikki Somers, Alliance for Pioneer Square Office Manager
Our Office Manager Nikki Somers brings organization and order to our team. Nikki manages our data, information, and financial systems.

Being in the office most day's during the last sixteen months, Nikki has witnessed a lot of the physical impacts the pandemic has had on Pioneer Square. As we enter a new phase of recovery, she shares with us some of the things she's happy to see return and hopes she has for the future.
Pioneer Square Social Media
Takeover Program
The Alliance for Pioneer Square invites you to spend the day with our audience on social media! Take advantage of Pioneer Square's great following and share interesting stories about your business, promote product offerings and specials or shout-out other neighborhood businesses on our Pioneer Square Seattle Facebook and Instagram accounts.

What is the Social Media Takeover Program and How Does One Get Involved?

The goal of the Social Takeovers is simple; to showcase neighborhood businesses and organizations on the Pioneer Square social media channels, introduce business and organization offerings to a broader audience, and highlight the incredible people that make Pioneer Square so great.

Each Friday, neighborhood businesses and organizations will be given the opportunity to share a series of photo, video, and text content to the Alliance for Pioneer Square’s Instagram and Facebook channels via stories, feed posts and live video updates, for the entire day.
To ensure the best takeover experience, we ask that you use high quality photos and video, proofread all text included with your content, be kind and courteous and, most importantly HAVE FUN!!!

On the day of the takeover, you will receive an email with login information from our team. We have created a Google Form and a set of instructions to help businesses get started with the process. If you have any questions concerning the social takeover program or issues completing the form, feel free to reach out to our Marketing Manager, Thembela Mavuso at
De-Escalation Training with the Metropolitan Improvement District, Seattle Police Department and Downtown Emergency Service Center
Join the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) and the Seattle Police Department (SPD) for a one and a half hour de-escalation training on Tuesday, August 17th from 1:30a-3p.

The MID/SPD de-escalation training is going to be in-depth training program that teaches you how to recognize, reduce and manage aggressive behavior. Over the course of the presentation, the MID will provide effective and compassionate methods of handling anxious or aggressive people, as well as increase confidence and introduce skills that can be used during threatening situations. Members of SPD will also present on personal safety techniques and field individualized questions from attendees.

Please note:
  • Class size will be limited to a maximum of 15 participants to ensure a meaningful experience for all participants. Registration will be first come, first served. Registration is available to those affiliated with a Pioneer Square Business
  • Due to limited class size, participation will be limited to one person from any business.
  • Once we reach the maximum number of participants, we will maintain a waitlist and notify you if a space becomes available.

Please note this training is open to Pioneer Square business employees and residents only.
Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) is offering this virtual training to staff and member organizations of the Alliance for Pioneer Square. The training will be held on August 31, 2021 from 1:00pm - 4:30pm via Zoom. This is a 3.5-hour training focused on person-centered de-escalation. Learn to better identify levels of crisis and appropriate approaches to engage with people in challenging circumstances.

While we cannot always prevent a crisis from occurring, we can learn to better support people through the cycle of behaviors and emotions that arise. The course will aim to provide a shared language and de-escalation tactics to maintain safety and humanity for all involved. 

About DESC (Downtown Emergency Service Center):

DESC is a homelessness service organization in Seattle providing survival and crisis services, behavioral health treatment, and permanent supportive housing for adults with significant disabling conditions and long histories of homelessness. For more information, visit the DESC website.
Pioneer Square Mural:
Call for Artists
4th Ave west wall image - future mural area highlighted in blue (pc: Google Maps)
The Alliance for Pioneer Square invites local artists to submit an application to paint a new, permanent mural on the western wall along 4th Ave under the Yesler Bridge.

We are seeking an artist or team of artists who are excited to work closely with the Alliance for Pioneer Square, community members, the property owner⁠—Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), and the Pioneer Square Preservation Board to create a work of art that celebrates Pioneer Square’s local culture and community for the years to come. The Alliance for Pioneer Square works to help preserve what makes Pioneer Square the most authentic, engaging and dynamic neighborhood in Seattle.

 Visit our website to learn more and to apply. All application materials must be received by Monday, August 9 at 9:00am. For any questions about this call for artists, please contact Sara Pizzo, Public Realm Manager, at

Funding for this project was made possible by Historic South Downtown.
The Alliance for Pioneer Square Launches the Northeast Pioneer Square Framework
Planning Process
The Alliance for Pioneer Square has announced the development of a Framework Plan that will articulate a shared vision for the future of Northeast Pioneer Square. 

This Framework Plan will provide a vision and roadmap for the future of Northeast Pioneer Square, establish budget priorities for the City and other government partners, and coordinate long-term public and private planning projects. The project area roughly has boundaries of S. James St. to S. Jackson St. and 2nd Avenue S. to 4th Avenue S.. Some notable spaces within this area are City Hall Park, Prefontaine Fountain, Fortson Square, and 2nd Avenue Extension. 

Click here to read the full press release To learn more about the Northeast Pioneer Square Framework plan visit the Alliance for Pioneer Square’s website.

This project is supported by Historic South Downtown. 
Partner Efforts
Seattle Art Fair Back in 2022 from July 21—24
The 2022 Seattle Art Fair will be held July 21—24, 2022, returning to Lumen (formerly known as CenturyLink) Field Event Center for the fair's sixth edition.
Applications for Seattle Art Fair 2022 will open in the Fall of 2021.

For more information, please contact Sarah Usher or email
 Safe Start Permit-Holder Survey: SDOT Wants to Hear From You!
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) opened more opportunities for businesses to use streets, sidewalks, and curb spaces throughout Seattle. SDOT offered streamlined, free permits for outdoor cafes, retail merchandise displays, food trucks, vending carts, fitness gyms and studios, and retail and craft vending.

The Seattle Department of Transportation Safe Start temporary permit program ends in May 2022. Take the Safe Start Permit-Holder Survey to provide feedback on the future use of streets and sidewalks for outdoor cafes, displays, or vending. The survey will close on August 15, 2021.

Responses will be compiled and analyzed, and resulting data will be used to guide and support future proposal for a transition away from temporary recovery permitting and toward a return to standard permitting.
Keep Seattle streets litter-free by participating in Adopt-A-Street!

Adopt-A-Street is Seattle's grassroots litter-removal program. Join the thousands of volunteers who clean up hundreds of miles of Seattle's city streets. Businesses and individuals can help keep Seattle clean by adopting a street and performing regular litter cleanups. Join the Adopt-A-Street (AAS) Program here.
Neighborhood Construction Updates
Waterfront Seattle Construction Ongoing on New Alaskan Way

Waterfront Seattle continues building the new Alaskan Way. Following the shift of vehicle traffic east, onto the newly rebuilt roadway between S King and Columbia streets in mid-December, construction to build the new roadway now continues on the west side of Alaskan Way. Activities include mobilizing equipment, potholing work, breaking pavement, excavation and utility installation. Work hours are Monday through Friday 7 AM to 5 PM with occasional overnight and weekend work. 
Tree pit guard installation on the east side of Alaskan Way S has been progressing since April.  
New trees and plants along Alaskan Way S in Pioneer Square.  
Here's how you can stay up to date on Waterfront Seattle construction: Head to Waterfront Seattle's website for more information and to sign up for email updates. Text "WFSCN" to 474747 to receive text updates. You may also contact Waterfront Seattle via email or by phone at (206) 499-8040.
Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program’s
New Connection on Railroad Way Underway
Work is now underway on the final project of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, which will build a new Railroad Way and make other significant improvements near the south end of the State Route 99 Tunnel

The South Access Surface Street Connections project will improve local street access and provide flexible and safe space for large event crowds traveling between the new Alaskan Way, Seattle Ferry Terminal, Pioneer Square and the stadium district. Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation expect to complete construction in late 2022.
Pioneer Square
Areaways Program

SDOT recently completed safety inspections of the Pioneer Square areaways. This was a multi-year effort to inventory and inspect the 146 active areaways within the district.

Thank you to all the building owners and property managers who facilitated access for the inspectors.

Curb lane restrictions will remain in place while SDOT continues to monitor, evaluate, and strengthen the areaway street walls throughout Pioneer Square. 

For more information, please visit the SDOT Areaways webpage or contact the SDOT Areaways team at or 206-684-3760.  

Construction Roundup

(Note: Most construction has resumed after being paused due to COVID-19.)

Revive I-5: Preserving the freeway

WSDOT is working to ensure that the interstate continues to perform at its best for as long as possible, preserving I-5 through regular inspections and preventative maintenance, along with months-long construction projects.

Read about current projects here.
Business News and Updates
COVID-19 Resources for Pioneer Square Small Business

The Alliance for Pioneer Square recognizes the public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 virus on Seattle’s small business community. We have compiled a series of resources intended to assist small business owners, managers, and employees minimize the public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 virus on themselves and their community. We will revise this and all associated pages with more information as it becomes available- please check back for updates.

Stay Engaged!
Find us on Facebook

Are you a resident or business owner in the neighborhood? The Alliance for Pioneer Square Facebook page communicates resident and business owner specific news/information to compliment our more general Pioneer Square Facebook page.

Pioneer Square Business Owners and Managers Facebook page: The Pioneer Square Business Owners & Managers Facebook group is a private platform providing business owners and managers in the neighborhood the opportunity to connect, ask questions and share support among one another while collectively navigating the current health crisis and resulting economic challenges. Request to join the group here.
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