September News + Updates
What's Happening in Pioneer Square
this Month?
Looking For More To Do? Browse our calendar of events for more entertainment and events in the neighborhood in August. 
Best Shots of the Square
Want to be featured? Tag us (@pioneersquare) on your photos of the neighborhood and your picture could be chosen as the best shot of the month. Don't forget to hashtag #Passport2PSQ to participate in the September Passport to Pioneer Square photo challenge and be entered to win amazing prizes.
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. 
For Neighborhood Galleries

First Thursday in October coincides with the Seahawks vs Rams home game at Lumen Field. We are seeking information on your gallery's plans to celebrate October First Thursday Art Walk.

Please take a moment to complete this survey on your gallery's plans to celebrate October First Thursday Art Walk. This survey will help the Alliance for Pioneer Square understand how to best promote the October First Thursday Art Walk.
First Thursday Art Walk Live Music in Occidental Square and Nord Alley
To celebrate First Thursday Art Walk, a live band will perform in Occidental Square on September 2nd from 3-5p with special guests to add a beat to your art walk.

Nord Alley will also host a live concert from 5-9pm. Stop by and feel the noise as you experience First Thursday Art Walk. The September line-up includes music from Dr. Quinn and the Medicine Woman, The Glutz, Cat People and Party Cats

We will also be giving out vouchers for free soft serve ice cream, courtesy of the Pastry Project and free burgers and fries from the People's Burger.
2021-2022 Pioneer Square
Neighborhood Map and Guide
The Alliance for Pioneer Square has released its annual Neighborhood Guide for 2021-2022. The new Pioneer Square Map and Guide brochure is now available online and in print form at local Pioneer Square businesses.

The 2021-2022 Neighborhood Map and Guide features an up-to-date online listings map of lively art galleries, vibrant shops, top-rated eateries, and animated nightlife located within the district’s square mile and, a print-brochure highlighting Pioneer Square’s rich history, art scene and marketplace. A ‘Getting Around’ map provides an overview of the many available options to getting here while a fold out ‘Points of Interest’ map offers a way to explore some of Pioneer Square’s hidden gems and charming locations. 

Email us at or call 206-667-0687 if you'd like print guides for your organization or if you are running low on supply!

The 2021-2022 Pioneer Square Neighborhood Map and Guide is published by the Alliance for Pioneer Square, with financial support from the Port of Seattle and 4Culture
Passport to Pioneer Square:
Sounders FC Seats, Helicopter Cruise and More Up for Grabs!
Take part in the Passport to Pioneer Square program and win super special prizes. Participate 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.
Last Days of 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 for our next Coffee Break event on September 8th from 10a-12p for some jazz and coffee from Cherry Street served by the good folks at Counter Culture Coffee.

Visit us under the pavilion in Occidental Square for a coffee break every second Wednesday of the month from 10a-12p. 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
Sounders March to the Match 
The Ultimate Pre Game at the Perch
Get pumped for the game on the 11th from 5-6pm with Sounders March to the Match in Occidental Square. Arrive early and participate in one of the best traditions in American sports.
Tailgate ahead of the Seattle Seahawks home game vs Tennessee Titans with the Ultimate Tailgate Party at Embassy Suites in Pioneer Square on September 19th. Enjoy live music an all you can eat tailgate menu and fantastic selection of drinks before the big game.
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.
You can also check out the mobile-friendly website for more parking locations throughout the neighborhood. 
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.
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
Pioneer Square
1st Ave Medians Clean Up Event
In lieu of our Annual Spring Clean efforts, the Alliance for Pioneer Square will host a volunteer clean up event in the neighborhood on Saturday September 18th, 2021.

Join us and a host of neighborhood volunteers for an afternoon of weeding, mulching, plant maintenance, and litter removal on the First Avenue South medians. Team up with your fellow coworkers and neighbors for this community effort as we give the neighborhood a little extra TLC. First Avenue South will be closed to vehicular traffic for the safety of volunteers.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided at the start of the day's activities along with a pair of working gloves. A boxed lunch will also be provided to volunteers in the afternoon. 

When: Saturday September 18th from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Meet in Occidental Park (165 S Washington)
Share: Facebook

RSVP deadline is Friday, September 10th. For more information about this event, email Public Realm Manager, Sara Pizzo or visit our website.
De-Escalation Training with the Metropolitan Improvement District and Seattle Police Department
Join the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) and the Seattle Police Department (SPD) for a one and a half hour de-escalation training on Tuesday, September 21st 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.
Northeast Pioneer Square Framework
The Northeast Pioneer Square Framework Plan process is underway, with two sessions of the Steering Committee already convened, as well as gathering input from stakeholder interviews and topic-specific focus groups.
The goal of the Framework Plan is to develop a shared long-term (10-year+) vision that is rooted in collaborative partnerships that will shape the future of Northeast Pioneer Square. The Framework Plan will articulate budget priorities, synthesize long-term public and private planning projects, and coordinate public engagement processes under a shared vision of success that promotes consensus and motivates action. Early feedback from stakeholder interviews and focus groups include: 
  • Create places for residents who need active spaces on the evenings and weekends and not just during the week.
  • Improve conditions for pedestrians, and prioritize maintenance of infrastructure and street/sidewalk cleaning as a first step. Safety and public health are critical. 
  • Commitment and accountability are critical for the long-term vision to succeed - both from agencies and community organizations. 
  • Create more community convening or forums for people to come together to regularly share information, build community and advocate for the neighborhood.
  • Work with community and artists to create a neighborhood identity that acknowledges and embraces the area’s cultural history and emphasis on the arts. 
Focus groups for human services, ground floor retail, and public art/ artists will be held in September/October. The Steering Committee will convene two more times to refine and sign-off on the final Framework Plan, which will be presented in December 2021.
Pioneer Square November General Election
Candidate Forums
Seattle’s general elections for Mayor, City Council Positions 8/9, and City Attorney will be held via mail-in ballot on Tuesday, November 2.Join us for a series of forums to hear the candidates’ positions on issues impacting Pioneer Square. The Alliance for Pioneer Square will host the following one hour candidate forums:

  • Seattle City Mayor candidate Bruce Harrell on Monday, September 13th from 12-1pm. Register here.
  • Seattle City Council Position 9 candidate Sara Nelson on Monday, September 20th from 12-1pm. Register here.
  • Seattle City Council Position 9 candidate Nikkita Oliver on Monday, September 27th from 12-1pm. Register here.
  • Seattle City Mayoral Candidate Lorena González on Tuesday, September 28th from 6:45-7:45pm. Register here.
  • Seattle City Attorney Candidate Nicole Thomas-Kennedy on Tuesday, October 5th from 12-1pm. Register here.
  • Seattle City Council Position 8 candidate Teresa Mosqueda on Friday, October 8th from 3-4pm. Register here.

This series of free candidate forums for the November general elections is open to all. Suggested questions from attendees may be submitted via the event registration page or by sending an email to
Alley Lighting Matching Fund
Public Realm Project 2020
Last year, the Alliance for Pioneer Square awarded funding, through the PSQ Alley Lighting Matching Fund, to five neighborhood businesses to address critical public safety concerns, and provide funds to property owners for alley lighting improvements. 
Below are before and after photos of alley lighting projects that are currently in progress. Stay tuned for more updates from more PSQ Alley Lighting Matching Fund recipients .
Before and After: Collins Building (524 2nd Ave) 
Before and After: Washington Shoe Building (159 S Jackson St)
For questions about the PSQ Alley Lighting Matching Fund, please contact Sara at Made possible by funding, in part, from Historic South Downtown.
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.  

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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