50th Anniversary of Saving Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market Foundation

Join us for a season of celebration, education and renewed commitment to keeping Pike Place Market STRONG today and for future generations.

Celebratory events in the Market



  • November 2, 2021 – Anniversary Date: Proclamation Day


Learn more about the 50th Anniversary of Saving Pike Place Market here. 


Labor of Love: Saving Pike Place Market
documentary on KOMO4

Part of the 50th Anniversary of Saving Pike Place Market, this 30-minute documentary features the stories first-hand from the advocates who marched the picket lines, collected tens of thousands of signatures and mounted significant legal battles to save Pike Place Market from the wrecking ball. Join us in celebrating our vibrant and resilient Market community – a place worth fighting for!


Full Documentary Schedule on KOMO4 TV:
Premiered: Saturday, October 16, 2021 – 9-9:30pm
Sunday, November 7, 2021 – 3:30-4pm
Friday, November 26, 2021, 9-9:30am and 5:30-6pm (Day after Thanksgiving)
Saturday, December 25, 2021 from 9:30-10am (Christmas Day)


Pike Place Market is recognized as one of the best models for historic preservation and urban planning, but it wasn’t always like this.

After a seven-year battle, the fight to save Pike Place Market came down to an initiative on the ballots on November 2, 1971. The “Let’s Keep the Market” initiative was led by The Friends of the Market, a grassroots group of citizen advocates who collected signatures and protested to save the Market, despite a majority of city and business leaders supporting demolition of the Market with an urban renewal plan. By Election Day, voters overwhelming approved to save the Market by a 59% margin. This initiative preserved the largest continuously operating public market in the nation and protected not only the 9-acre historic district of the Market but a community of farmers, small independent businesses, and senior residents.

Thank you for helping us celebrate and honor a vibrant and resilient Market community – a place worth fighting for. Join us in shopping, investing and standing up for Pike Place Market.

We need your support today and for the next 50 years to come. Give to the Market Community today!


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