2024 Pier Party

Pier 62 | Ticket Prices Vary
Friday July 26, 5:30–9 pm

Join us for Friends of Waterfront Park's 2nd annual fundraiser! 

Please note this event is 21+

Photo from Pier Party 2023 by Seattle Magazine

Party with Friends on Pier 62 

Join us on Pier 62 at Waterfront Park for Pier Party, Friends’ 2nd annual fundraiser! Waterfront Park is the largest civic project in Seattle since the 1962 World’s Fair. With a nod to the creativity and optimism of the Century 21 Exposition, we will highlight and celebrate the present moment while inviting partygoers to imagine Seattle as the “City of the Future” within this inspiring new public space opening next year.

This is not your traditional sit-down gala. Instead, guests are encouraged to explore the pier, interacting with retro-futuristic art installations, music, and entertainment. A brief program will be held at 7pm. Please note that this is a 21+ event.

Friends of Waterfront Park is the 501c3 nonprofit responsible for fundraising, stewarding, and programming Waterfront Park alongside our community – today and into the future. Learn more about Seattle’s new 20-acre park.

All tickets include:  

  • Dinner, dessert, and drinks (alcoholic and N/A options) from local food trucks and pop-up restaurants
  • Validated parking near Pier 62
  • Interactive art elements
  • Live entertainment
  • Art exhibit featuring a limited number of student pieces from Gage Academy of Art. In line with our theme, student work reflects their experiences, interpretations and reflections of their personal community spaces—but 62 years into the future! Guests can silently bid on pieces throughout the evening.
  • Automatic entry (1 per ticket) for the chance to win two Alaska Airlines flight vouchers

Interested in being a corporate sponsor, or participating on the 2024 Pier Party host committee? Reach out to Joey Smith at [email protected].

Pier Party Entertainment

Latha Sambamurti


Latha Sambamurti has won the 2023 Humanities Washington Award, the highest award in the state for public humanities. The award recognizes her leadership, scholarship, service and advocacy in support of humanities, arts, and culture.

Mia Imani


Mia Imani is an international interdisciplinary artist. She researches how communities can heal individual, communal, and societal trauma by creating works that live between art, ritual, and science. This “third-way” mixes unconventional methods (dreams, rituals) and science (ethnography, geography, psychoanalysis) to create new ways of being and becoming. Her creative and collaborative work has lived in Akademie Schloss, KVS – Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg, Kunsthalle Gent, PICA, Prater Galerie, Seattle Art Museum Lab, Savvy Contemporary, Wa Na Wari & more. Her written work lives via Art Papers, Cultured Magazine, Contemporary And, Daddy Magazine, Frieze, Hyperallergic, Vice, and more. She recently co-published the first academic article about dream technology and the radical rest movement.

Mia will showcase a custom art installation that invites partygoers to dream into the future. How can we utilize radical rest and envision the future of the Seattle? What does this place mean to you?

Perri Rhoden


Perri Rhoden is an Abstract Mixed Media Artist, Muralist, and Creative Facilitator from Seattle, Washington.  Her artwork is bright, bold, sensual, and full of color. She is inspired by Black women, amazing music, PNW natural landscape and, feminine energy.

Perri will incorporate bright and bold colors into the custom red carpet entrance mural at Pier Party. Guests will have the opportunity to pose at the photobooth with Perri’s artwork as the backdrop!

Riz Rollins


i’ve been a dj since i was um about ten. a record player, a spindle, metal for the big records, and this circular pyramid for records with the big holes. i am from chicago, but not the chicago, you’re thinking of. i live in seattle, but not the seattle you’re thinking of. i like rock, hip hop, soul, gospel, funk, but not the rock, hip hop, soul, gospel, funk you’re thinking of. my moms played jazz, but not the kind of jazz you’re thinking of. i only remember my dad liking, miles and sinatra. but then he left. i was in a gospel group in bible college, but not the kind of bible college you’re thinking of. i bought records, because nobody seemed to know how.at least not the people i lived with. i have played music on turntable, transistor radio, teevee, 8 tracks, cassettes, reels, cd’s, usb’s,. i’ve hummed whistled, sang hooted, hooered music, but maybe not the music you’re thinking of, in bedrooms  (lots of bedrooms , more bedrooms than i can remember). basements, alleys, libraries, church basements (but prolly not the kind of churches, you’re thinking of ),barns, in the woods,  in the desert, on the ocean , in cities, villages, and lots and lots of clubs. for as few as 2 and as many as thousands. all my life but when my best friend john suggested that i be a dj at a radio station for a living, i told him, ‘i couldn’t possibly, because i didn’t have the skills to do something as joyful as that.and then, maybe 2 years later ,i joined a radio station that was almost. thirty years ago. i been there since. I love to eat and to kiss. Music is not my first second, or even 3rd biggest love. When I’m down I pray. When I’m up I pray too.

Mike Ramos


Mike Ramos is a born-&-raised Seattleite who DJs a weekly mixshow on KEXP FM — listen in from 1-5 a.m. every late Monday/early Tuesday for an eclectic blend of new and vintage sounds from all over the map, geographically and genre-wise.

Kang-O'Higgins Atelier


We are excited to partner with Gage Academy of Art and the Kang-O’Higgins Atelier, a contemporary art class, to feature a limited number of student pieces. In line with our theme, student work reflects their experiences, interpretations and reflections of their personal community spaces—but 62 years into the future! Guests can silently bid on pieces throughout the evening.

Participating Artists:

Aliyah Villa

Ashley Li

Charlotte Essex

Chatell Wallace

Chihiro Ishii

Colby Cardigan

Felicia Bryan

Julie Kelly

Karen Tompkins

Liz Slabaugh

Mark Kang-O’Higgins

Megan McDermott

Melia Dodge

Meredith-Grey Bott

Nick Rapier

Nuna Jiang

Raziel Grisaffi

Robert Garcia

Rose Levit

Susie Frazier

Silvia Bajardi

Veronica Ramirez

Kathryn Jones



The Indigiqueer Festival demonstrates the beauty and power of Indigiqueer/Two-Spirit people, who’ve existed on this land since time immemorial.

Performers for Pier Party from Indigiqueer include:

Cherri Bepsi  – The rez clown bratz doll, Cherri Bepsi, Nimiipuu and Spokane Tribe. They live in Tacoma WA but they are originally from the Nez Perce Tribe Reservation in Idaho. This dancing diva will give you everything you need and more! Be ready to be served with Cherri Bepsi!

Guma’ Gela’ – Guma’ Gela’ is a queer and trans art collective representing the Mariana Islands with a mission to cultivate and innovate the CHamoru culture through interdisciplinary artistic expression. Through collaborative work, they amplify each others’ voice and bring fantasy into reality.

Food & Drink

Community Host Committee

Ali Amadon & Eric Grossman

Sally Andrews

Thatcher Bailey

Lynn & Howard Behar

Allegra Calder & Gabe Grant

Emily Cantrell

Harry Cheema

Gloria Alvarez Connors

Bob Donegan

Colleen Echohawk

Stephanie Ellis-Smith

Ellen Ferguson

Jody Foster & John Ryan

Dana Frank

Kevin Geiger & Jeremie Berg

Olive Goh

Thomas Goldstein

Patrick Gordon

Jodi Green & Mike Halperin

Wassef & Racha Haroun

Mayor Bruce & Joanne Harrell

Michele Hasson

Wanda Herndon

Barb & Doug Herrington

John Hoedemaker

Mari Horita

Lynn Hubbard & David Zapolsky

Anthony Kerr

Martha Kongsgaard & Peter Goldman

Connie & Gus Kravas

Carla & Don Lewis

Lori & Eric Metcalf

Molly Moon Neitzel

Jeannie Nordstrom

John & Deanna Oppenheimer

Molly Pengra

Elizabeth & Jonathan Roberts

Patti Savoy

Joy Shigaki

Kayley Runstad Swan

Jon Scholes

Jordan Selig & Johan Erik Strand

Saema Somalya & Nabeel Kaukab

Julie Stein

Helen Stusser

Ben & Kari Straley

Brian Surratt

Jamie Van Horne Robinson

Marka & John Waechter

Deidra Wager

Kina Walker-Nisbet & Alex Nisbet

Brady Piñero Walkinshaw

Nancy Ward & Toby Bright

Deputy Mayor Greg Wong

Charlie & Barb Wright

Howard Wright & Kate Janeway

Thank you to our sponsors!


Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the 501c3 nonprofit responsible for operating, stewarding, and programming Waterfront Park alongside our community – today and into the future. Friends is working towards a $170 million comprehensive campaign goal, which includes $110M to finish park construction plus $60 million to support the first two decades of free public programming, operations, and public safety.

We hope to raise $500,000 through ticket purchases and sponsorships. Thank you for supporting this effort to the extent you are able!

Pier Party fundraising happens up front through ticket sales (there will not be a raise-the-paddle at the event), so please choose the tier that best allows you to attend a grand summer party on the waterfront and financially support the work of Friends.

We understand that fundraisers are often exclusive and financially inaccessible. Our hope is that the sliding scale ticket option offers those with limited resources to join us at Pier Party.

You can add multiple individual tickets to your cart, or purchase a Lodgepole Pine ticket (includes 5 tickets) or a Willow Oak ticket (includes 10 tickets).

Registration requires your attendees’ names, emails, phone numbers and zip codes. Placeholder information is okay if you do not have these details yet. You will receive an email within one week of your purchase with a link to an online portal where you can update attendee information. It is important to update this information when you have it so that your guests can receive event communications directly!

Every registered attendee to Pier Party 2024 will be automatically entered to win two Alaska Airlines ticket vouchers, excluding Friends of Waterfront Seattle employees, volunteers, partners, and sponsors. No purchase or obligation necessary to enter or win the two airline ticket vouchers. Must be 18 or older as of July 26, 2024. Winners will be selected via random name drawing tool during the event on July 26, 2024; must be present to win. If you would like to enter to win the tickets without purchasing a ticket to Pier Party, please email your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address to [email protected] before 5 p.m. on July 25, 2024.

  • Main Cabin roundtrip vouchers are valued at $1,250 each.
  • Vouchers need to be ticketed/booked prior to their expiration date (4/25/2025), but travel can occur after the expiration date.
  • Only valid for flights on Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air, not valid on Alaska Airlines’ partners.
  • No blackout dates.
  • Alaska Airlines is not responsible if the certificate is lost or stolen. Vouchers are not transferrable and are subject to additional terms and conditions on the applicable Travel Authorization Form.

Absolutely! You can donate on the ticket purchase page or using the Donate button on our website. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions and thank you for your support!

Dress 62 years into the future on Pier 62! Think metallic, sparkles and bold colors. As always, we encourage folks to be comfortable when visiting the pier.

Pike Place Parking Garage

Guests receive complimentary parking at Pike Place Market Garage. There are three separate entrances to this garage. Please only park in a garage with the Pike Place Market logo!

  1. 1530 Alaskan Way — this is the closest to the waterfront
  1. 1531 Western Ave. — after entering, proceed down to a lower level to be closest to the waterfront
  1. 1901 Western Ave. — after entering, proceed down to the 4th floor. Follow the opening to switch to the south garage and proceed to a lower level to be closest to the waterfront.

You may park on any level in this garage and proceed to Alaskan Way. Validation tickets will be handed to guests arriving at Pier 62 for the event.

Please note! DO NOT park in the MarketFront Parking Garage, which is right next to the Pike Place Market Garage; your ticket is not valid in that garage.



Guests who purchase tickets $500+ have access to valet services. Valet services can be found along Alaskan Way at roughly 1950 Alaskan Wy, Seattle, WA 98101, just south of Bell Harbor Marina.

*Please not that due to limited parking capacity, guests who try to use valet not on the $500+ ticket holders list will be asked to park at Pike Place Market Parking Garage.

There will be a mix of food trucks and pop-up restaurants, which will include gluten-free, pescatarian, vegetarian, and vegan food options.

  • There will be ASL interpreters for the event (located by the stage)
  • Designated sensory tent (located on the southwest end of the Pier)
  • Sensory kits (located inside the sensory tent)
  • A dedicated staff member available on-site for day-of assistance. (Please ask any staff member onsite to identify them.)
  • About the space: Pier 62 is an outdoor space providing various amenities such as seating, shade, water, cooling fans, and ADA accessible restrooms.

Please email [email protected] with any questions or accessibility requests and we will do our best to accommodate.

We recognize the Pacific Northwest can experience extreme heat and smoke during the summer months. If this is the case, we will cancel Pier Party for everyone’s safety. We are not able to issue refunds due to event cancellation as this is a fundraiser to support the work of Friends and stewardship of Waterfront Park.

We typically cancel events if the Air Quality Index is predicted to be over 150 at the event site. This is the beginning of the “unhealthy” air quality range. We also typically cancel events if the National Weather Service issues a Heat Advisory or an Excessive Heat Warning at the event site. Friends may cancel events even if one of these criteria is not met if our public safety team deems conditions are unhealthy or unsafe.

We are also not able to issue a refund if you are unable to attend Pier Party after purchasing a ticket. However, we are happy to transfer your ticket to another individual with advance notice. Thank you for understanding.

Thank you for being willing to donate your time! We do not currently have a volunteer program, but if you’d like to stay up to date on future opportunities you can sign up for our newsletter.

Unfortunately, no. This is a 21+ event. You can see our full summer programming schedule, including family-friendly events, on our events page.

Please email [email protected] or call Philanthropy team at 206-806-7386.