Downtown Events


Gather up your squad and head down to the market on Friday, March 23rd for a fabulous, fun event that brings together a diverse selection of over 70 local vendors to delight you with tastes of their delectable products. And their vendor list is still growing!

Arcade Lights is a wonderful opportunity to sample a selection of delicious drinks, foods and sweet treats, from a wide array of local, small-batch, and artisan vendors. Arcade Lights is always a great time and a wonderfully festive event, where you can enjoy something local and tasty, try something new and have a blast, under the Arcade Lights!

Year after year, Arcade Lights brings new comers and local favorites together to showcase their products and have you wanting more, and this year looks to be no exception. Where else will you find Elleno’s Greek Yogurt, Etta’s, Swede Hill Distilling, Fremont Brewing, Poquitos, Nutty Squirrel Gelato, Schilling Cider and many more local loves all at the same place? Only in Seattle, and only at Arcade Lights.  Be sure to check out a full list of vendors and brace yourself for taste bud nirvana!


2018 brings with it a couple new and exciting additions to Arcade Lights. Explore the brand new MarketFront expansion and be sure to check out the new and improved Night Market at Arcade Lights! On top of the already incredible 70+ artisanal food and drink vendors, some the Market’s own artisan crafters will be getting in on the fun! Night Market vendors will be there to show off their unique, hand-made goods and crafts, all available for sale. Come for the food and drinks, stay for the cool, locally made stuff!

This year’s event is sponsored by Seattle MetDRY Sparkling, DEI Creative, American Lamb and Edelman. As always, proceeds go to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation which helps to maintain our beloved Pike Place Market and keep the community thriving.



Grab your tickets before they’re gone, and get ready for fun under the Arcade Lights!

Arcade Lights at Pike Place Market, 7:00 pm, Friday, March 23rd


General Admission – $75
Tickets include tastes of as many of the hand-crafted savory and sweet bites as your heart desires – while supplies last – and include five tokens for tastes of beer, cider, non-alcoholic drinks such as root beer and sodas and wine. Tasting glass included. Additional tokens will be available for purchase.

Premium Entry – $90
Limited Quantity Available! Premium Entry into Arcade Lights 30-minutes before the General Admission crowd takes over the Arcade! Includes 5 drink tokens, unlimited food, plus EARLY ENTRY at 6:30PM.

VIP with Early Entry – $150
VIP guests have exclusive access to the VIP Lounge on the *NEW* MarketFront, which includes seating, music, and sweeping views of Elliott Bay and the Seattle Skyline with exclusive food and beverage tastings from elite vendors. VIP Guests receive 5 drink tokens and unlimited food, and can enter the VIP Lounge at 6:00PM to begin celebrating before entering the Main Arcade at 6:30PM with Premium Entry. VIP guests can use the VIP Lounge at their luxury anytime throughout the night.

Arcade Lights is a 21 and over only event, so please plan accordingly.

For more information, visit the Pike Place Market website.

It’s almost time to lace up those running shoes and sign up for the annual Hot Chocolate 15/5k run! This year’s yummy and fun event kicks off on Sunday, March 5th at Seattle Center How’s that for a great way to spend the first Sunday-Funday of March, both for seasoned runners and first-timers who aren’t afraid of a challenge!

The fun begins bright and early at 6:45a.m. with the 5K and the 15k starts at 7:55a.m. Race participants can expect a fun, well organized and challenging race through the heart of beautiful Downtown Seattle (hills and all!), a fabulous SWAG bag of goodies to take home, of course, delicious chocolate. Talk about motivation to finish strong!

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday while getting a great workout, consider signing up for this once-a-year event. The challenge is worth it to get to the Post Race Party where runners will enjoy music, a family friendly environment and a ‘finisher’s mug’ filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and delightfully dippable treats. Don’t count the calories, you will have more than earned this chocolate indulgence!

The Hot Chocolate Run isn’t just a great way to spend a day off. The Hot Chocolate Run is partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities, helping to provide a home-away-from-home for children and the families of children being treated at Seattle Children’s’ Hospital, at little to no cost to the families. A portion of the proceeds from signing up for this race will go to this outstanding cause, helping to make a real difference in our community.

Not into running or chocolate? That’s fine! But be aware, this race will take place in Downtown Seattle and along many main roads and thoroughfares, so you will want to plan ahead for any travel on that day. Take a look at the map (left) to see the route and read the chart below for a street closure timeline, to help you plan your day.

This event is great to do with friends, family or even by yourself. You’ll probably leave with new friends after a little friendly competition! This event brings together people from all over the city and state, so get out there, mix, mingle and help build a wonderful feeling of community in our fair city. Sprint into Springtime at this fabulous annual event, get a good sweat on and maybe even make some new friends….oh and eat chocolate! Do we really need to sell you on this?

For more info on this event, road closures, the post-race party and more, visit the Hot Chocolate Run website here.








Anticipated Road Closures:

Street Closure From To Side of Road Closure Time Anticipated Opening
2nd Ave Thomas St Broad St Whole Road 6:15AM 9:10AM
Broad St 2nd Ave Elliott Ave Westbound 6:15AM 9:15AM
Elliott Ave Broad St SR-99 NB On-Ramp SB One Lane 6:15AM 9:20AM
Elliott Ave SR-99 NB On-Ramp Western Ave Whole Road 6:20AM 9:20AM
Western Ave Elliott Ave Spring St Whole Road 6:20AM 9:40AM
SR-99 Bell St John St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
SR-99 Western Ave John St SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Aurora Ave Denny Way 45th St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
Aurora Ave 38th St Denny Way SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Harrison St Aurora Ave Dexter Ave Whole Road 6:25AM 11:15AM
Dexter Ave Harrison St Mercer St SB One Lane 6:25AM 11:15AM
Mercer St Dexter Ave 5th Ave East Bound Lanes 6:25AM 11:20AM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave SB Lanes 3:00AM 12:00PM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave NB Lanes 6:25AM 11:25AM

A new summer market, party in Post Alley and gathering of the greens are just a few Belltown events to look forward to this month.

August 2: Belltown Summer Market
10 am – 5 pm | Bell Street Park
The Belltown Summer Market is a place for artists and patrons to collaborate in an outdoor gallery setting. The market will have pop-up studios, artist demonstrations, installations, and crafts for kids. This family-friendly event is free, open to the public, and will have complimentary ice cream samples by Ben & Jerry’s!

August 7: Post Alley Hooley
6-10 pm | Lower Post Alley
The Post Alley Hooley is a community event held by the Post Alley Project. It’s located on lower Post Alley from Pike to Columbia Street. There is live music, pop-up art galleries, beer gardens, performing arts, and educational booths. Join the fun every first Thursday of the month.

August 8: Belltown Art Walk
6-9pm | Start at Belltown Community Center, 415 Bell Street
Every second Friday of the month, the Belltown Art Walk showcases the workspaces and new creations of local artists. Pick up a map at the Belltown Community Center then follow it as you wish. There is always live music, a raffle, and a chance to interact with the artists.

August 8: Back Bar Flea Market
4-8 pm | The Crocodile, 2200 2nd Ave
During each month’s art walk, the Crocodile’s back bar hosts a flea market for all ages. The pop-up market features items from local artists, craftspeople and vintage collectors with happy hour prices available throughout the event.

August 15-17: Hempfest
10 am – 8 pm | Myrtle Edwards Park
Seattle Hempfest is the world’s largest annual marijuana protest event. This year marks the 23rd in the city, with the rally taking over three waterfront parks—Myrtle Edwards, Centennial, and the Olympic Sculpture Park. Hempfest will feature speakers, live music, art, political booths, and plenty of food.

Techies and marketers merge their ideas and talents this week at MozCon. This marketing conference, put on by Moz.com, features three days of forward thinking and innovation. The event is Monday, July 14th to Wednesday, July 16th at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.

MozCon speakers will discuss everything from SEO, analytics, brand development, content marketing and the mobile landscape to community building and making data-driven decisions in marketing strategy. Visitors can connect with leaders within the industry, gain next-level business advice, and grab tons of swag.

This year features an impressive lineup of speakers from Google, Distilled, Integrate, Getty Images, Mox and more. Along with a full schedule of events each day at the Convention Center, activities are available after hours for more networking and socializing. There will be a pubcrawl (#MozCrawl) Monday night and a Tuesday night bash at Garage Billiards.

The live tweeting at MozCon is overflowing with speaker quotes and the latest happening within Convention Center walls. Follow #MozCon for updates throughout the three day conference.

Featured photo found here | Thos Ballantyne, Flickr

MozCon live tweets

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