1971 – 2021 50th Anniversary of Passage of Citizens’ Initiative

November 2, 2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of Passage of Citizens’ Initiative!

On November 2, 1971, Seattle voters overwhelmingly approved the “Keep the Market” public initiative that saved the Pike Place Market from certain destruction.

Click here for more information, photos and video on the 50th Anniversary of Passage of Citizens’ Initiative


Friends Need You

Friends of the Market needs volunteers to assist in our role as Market stewards, helping to preserve the Market as a farmer’s market and historical landmark.

Become involved as a tour guide or, as a member, be considered to serve on the Board or the Market Historical Commission.

To volunteer for activities with Friends of the Market send us a message.

We welcome anyone interested to come check us out and attend one of our quarterly board meetings or the Annual Meeting held in the Fall. Meeting times and places, as well as ongoing programs and events, are announced in the newsletter and are also posted in the sidebar on this page >

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Help Advocate for the Market

The Market Historical Commission, made up of twelve members, has two permanent positions for Friends of the Market representatives. These are mayoral appointments and provide rich returns for those selected to serve the three-year term. The commission was established in 1971 and continues to be one of the most important governing bodies of the modern Market. It approves all substantive change in the use or design of buildings and signage in the Historical District.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Friends partners with the University of Washington’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to educate people about Market history. Classes are generally four sessions conducted at a Market location.