August 2016

Neighborhood News + Updates

August 2016


Endless Options in August
Pioneer Square has long been the heart of Seattle’s art scene and the go-to place to explore, discover, and experience art. But the critical mass of art in our neighborhood this week will blow the top off of anything we’ve seen in a long, long time. Maybe ever. Make your plans now. This is a big deal.
CenturyLink Event Center
August 4 – 7
As a cultural partner of the Seattle Art Fair, the Alliance is pleased to offer you exclusive access to discounted Opening Night Tickets ($35 instead of $50) and 2 for 1 Fair Passes (multi-day tickets). Redeem this exclusive ticket offer here.
This is the second year for the unique and innovative art experience founded by Paul G. Allen, featuring local, regional and international art galleries presenting modern and contemporary art. Many of the special projects and talkstake place at Pioneer Square venues.
SatelliteSeattle is the official calendar for Seattle Art Fair week, hosting listings for all participating venues. We found another comprehensive listing of Seattle Art Events
First Thursday
And don’t miss the First Thursday Art Walk on August 4. Every one of the neighborhood’s art nodes will be hopping. Park for free in a participating garage, check out shows, grab a bite to eat, then wander over to the opening at the Seattle Art Fair or “Out of Sight” at King Street Station. Check here for up-to-the-minute updates and extras.

Events and Updates
What Not to Miss in the Neighborhood


Build-outs are underway behind many of the covered windows in the neighborhood as businesses prepare to open or expand:

  • Gary Manuel – opening August 3 in the Collins Building at 2nd & James!
  • Division Road – 536 1st Ave S. Menswear with class. This will be awesome.
  • Sovereign – 119 1st Ave S. A new bar by the owners of The Forge Lounge, on the walkway to the ferry.
  • Buen Taco – 2nd Ave Ext & S Main St. Manu Alfau’s (Manu’s Bodega) new street taco place.
  • State Hotel space next door to Damn the Weather – the space has been leased. Stay tuned for details.
  • Caffe D’arte – 99 Yesler Way. Targeted opening in September!
  • Axis Pioneer Square – expanding into the space at 1st Ave S & S Main St.
  • Al Boccalino – opening soon at their new location at 625 1st Ave.
  • Smith Tower Observation Deck and more – stay tuned!
  • Cherry Street Public House (a new concept by Ali Ghambari of Cherry Street Coffee) andTodos Santos will begin building out their spaces at 200 Occidental soon!
  • Embassy Suites & 13 Coins – 2nd Ave S & Stadium Way. We’ll have to wait until 2017 for this opening, but want to keep it on your radar!
  • And though we’re sad about Bar Sajor, what’s to follow will be fabulous.

Do Good in the Hood 

August Opportunities in Pioneer Square


The MID Outreach Team is in need of clothing items. Donations can be dropped off at the Metropolitan Improvement District office (418 2nd Ave Ext S) Monday – Friday between the hours of 7:30 AM – 5 PM. New and gently used items are accepted. They are especially in need of M/W hoodies & sweatshirts (L, XL), t-shirts, M pants and jeans (sz 36 and up), M/W shoes, socks, baseball caps, men’s button up shirts, M/W coats, W underwear and bras (new), W pants and jeans, and M/W shorts.
Visit Occidental Square Park on Tuesday, August 16th between 9 AM – 3 PM to donate blood.Bloodworks Northwest will have a bloodmobile on site and all donors will receive a $5 voucher toSchooner Exact Brewing. You can make an appointment here.

First Thursday Speaker Series
Seattle’s Medieval Tsunami

6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 4
Milepost 31, 211 First Ave. S., Seattle
Admission is free.

A quarter century ago, excavations for the West Point Sewage Treatment Plant in Seattle’s Discovery Park exposed a startling find: evidence that Seattle had been hit by a tsunami sometime between the years 900 and 930 C.E. U.S. Geological Survey scientist Brian Atwater made the discovery while examining trench walls excavated as part of the construction project. Come to Milepost 31 to hear Brian recount this chance geological discovery and relate it to our region’s earthquake hazards.
Brian Atwater has been a U.S. Geological Survey scientist since 1974 and an affiliate faculty member at University of Washington since 1985. He has studied geologic history to clarify earthquake and tsunami hazards in California, Washington, Chile, Japan, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean. He surveyed trench walls at West Point during construction of the plant’s main effluent pipe in 1991 and 1992.
After the talk, be sure to leave enough time to explore the rest of the First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square. Milepost 31 is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and stays open until 8 p.m. on First Thursdays. Free parking is available for First Thursday art walk patrons in Pioneer Square. Please visit for more information about participating garages.

Construction Roundup
Pioneer Square Impacts
Nord Alley (City Light Phase)
North Lot (255 S King Street/Hawk Tower)
On the horizon:
Center City Connector Project (First Ave Streetcar)
Recently Completed:
For more detail on upcoming projects in the region see SDOT’s three week look ahead.

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