Hello November in Tacoma! We've found a few activities in Tacoma where you can enjoy some local history, holiday spirit, and homemade treats. Learn the basics of cider making, be dazzled by a twinkling zoo, shop local artists, vendors, and consignment, explore below the docks with some tasty libations, and of course start the season of giving early right in your hometown. Time to bundle up and get exploring!
Heritage Skill Workshop: Cider & More!
Explore the history and alchemy of cider making with expert instructor Jeffrey Smith. This in-person and virtual workshop will not only be informative but interactive. Learn the basics of fermentation first hand, while diving into the history and alchemy of cider making. Grab your tickets today so you too can brew your own tasty winter treat!
21+ Adult Night at the Museum: Dive into History
Come drink with a diver and explore life under the sea at this free third Thursday Foss Waterway and Seaport museum event! Get a "Live Dive" glimpse of what's going on under our Tacoma docks while enjoying some libations and light snacks. You can even try your hand at driving a subversive ROV (remote operated vehicle) or take a virtual diving vacation using a VR head set. It's sure to be a night of fun for any sea loving heart. Learn more about the Foss Waterway and Seaport Museum and their work in the South Puget Sound here!
The Salishan Association Office is hosting a much needed Winter Clothing Drive, through the end of November. Currently, the need includes new or gently used jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, and socks (new only). Donations can be dropped off directly at the Salishan Office Monday – Friday from 8am – 4pm.
Also for the month of November, the Salishan Association will be collecting toys to be given out (by Santa himself!) at their December 3rd Christmas Tree Lighting! They will be accepting NEW toys and art supplies, as well as new or gently used sports equipment and games, from 8am - 4pm at the main office.
Help keep families warm and put a smile on a kiddos face this year by making a donation today!
T.U.P.A.C. Presents: The Urban Nutcracker
This urban take on a holiday classic is sure to dazzle and get you in the holiday spirit. Set at the turn of the 20th century this classic story of sugar plum fairies, nutcracker princes, and a devious mouse king will take a few modern turns. Throughout the production familiar scenes will be given various dance and musical twists, from jazz, to contemporary, to multi-cultural dances from around the globe. Partial to the classic? Don’t worry! Ballet still plays a significant role in this production and will feature performances from well known Dance Theater of Harlem performers.
Get your tickets here!
Tacoma City Marathon: Turkey Trot
Before you stuff that turkey and yourself, consider stuffing your feet into some running shoes and starting off Thanksgiving on the right foot! Tacoma City Marathon is happy to bring back their 5K Turkey Trot run starting at Fleet Fleet Sports Tacoma and winding through the Proctor area. There will be a special 1K run for your tiny turkeys as well. Thanksgiving costumes and accessories are highly encouraged and for the first time ever all registrants will receive a finishers medal!
It's time again to be dazzled by the 700,000 twinkling lights of the wonderful Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium's, Zoolights! Opening promptly on the day after Thanksgiving, this Tacoma treasure is always a treat for the whole family. Come experience the magic of creatures, mythical and real, as they dance and move to the sounds of holiday music. Take selfies in the tunnel of lights, grab some hot coco to warm your chilly hands, and be sure to stop by and say hello to the penguins. Tickets are on sale now for General Admission and Zoo Members.
Not to cause any alarm but… the holidays are quickly approaching! We’ve found a few ways to get some shopping done early, that is local, handmade, and/or second hand.
November 13th, 14th, 27th, & 28th
The Hilltop Indoor Market has certainly been making it’s mark since opening this last year. Local makers, artists, and bakers are excited to share their handmade treasures. For this holiday season, due to the construction happening in Hilltop, the market will be taking place in the courtyard of the Tacoma Mall. Each weekend will feature different artist from the area, so be sure to follow the market on their holiday Instagram account, Tacoma Holiday Market , for the most up to date list of vendors and activities. They'll be back and running as the Hilltop Indoor Market in the Spring!
Sip on some Narrows Brewing pints while perusing this pop-up market. Featuring Tacoma artists, what’s better than local libations and loot? This pop-up occurs every second Monday of the month, so be sure to check back for December market details!
Downtown Tacoma’s Antique Row invites you to join them for their Shop Small event. Avoid the busy Black Friday shopping and have a nice leisurely Saturday stroll through Antique Row where you can grab some new, used, and upcycled item. You may even find a few sweet treats along the way!