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April in Tacoma 2024

April in Tacoma

Looking for what to do in Tacoma this month? We've got you covered!

Spring is finally here and we have found ten fun things to check out around town. This April you can get your garden going with some local plants, watch the sunny daffodil covered floats travel around the South Sound, learn how the McMenamins Elks Temple came to be, shop for some vintage treasures, enjoy a juicy burger on the Ave, tour South Tacoma Way as it gears up for big changes, or dance, bounce, and play your way into spring. This month is sure to be a fun one and we can't wait to get out there!


April 6th

Caribbean Queens Festival

This event is all about celebrating the music, food, artistry, and culture of the Caribbean. Edison Square will be full of dancing, drumming, tasty treats, and handmade treasures to enjoy. The celebration is family friendly and free, so the whole gang can enjoy an afternoon of island rhythm. 


April 6th

The Daffodil Festival, Time to Shine

Spring has sprung and it is time for one of the South Sound's longest running traditions, the Daffodil Parade! Celebrate the beginning of this blooming season, and watch the beautiful daffodil inspired floats, costumes, and art, as it travels through Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting. Tacoma’s portion will begin at 10:15 a.m. running from South 12th to South 21st along Pacific Ave.

BONUS: Check out the Tacoma Yacht Club Marine Parade on April 14th and the adorable Junior Daffodil Parade also on April 20th in Tacoma’s Proctor District. 


April 13th

South Sound Sustainability Expo

Connect with local businesses and organizations who are committed to creating and sustaining an environmentally healthy South Sound. This free and family friendly event takes place along UW Tacoma’s Prairie line Trail and in Tollefson Plaza. Featuring over 100 vendors, artists, and culinary creators, along with activities for young and old, this is sure to be a fun time! There will be a chance to swap plant starts and gently used craft supplies, explore the science of electrification, and kiddos can collect stamps from each booth to fill their scavenger hunt Expo Passport. A local vegan food truck and coffee truck will be serving treats all day as well!


April 13th

South Tacoma Way Neighborhood Walking Tour

South Tacoma Way is going through a transformation and Pretty Gritty Tours would like to walk you through it. Come take a stroll with other members of the South Tacoma community and hear about the Neighborhood Planning Program’s plans for the area. Through collaboration with neighbors at public meetings, in surveys, and at other events, a collection of ideas and strategies will be implemented over two to three years to build up the South Tacoma Way neighborhood (check out this handout for more details).  On the tour you will hear about the history of South Tacoma Way, the plans for the future, and you are encouraged to bring your own stories about the area. So lace up those walking shoes and be a part of the big changes coming to our Gritty City! 


April 13th 

Vintage Vendors Market

It’s time to go retro! This free market features 15 local vintage vendors selling their treasures at Tacoma’s own, LeMay car museum. Some of the local vendors include, Amy’s Vintage Treasures, Grit City Rust, Bread Truck records, and more! While perusing for that perfect gift, you can also check out the free vintage car photo booth and snag a coffee from the Curbside Coffee truck. If you’d like to make a day out of it, there will be a limited number of reduced price museum tickets available as well.


April 14th

Saving Elks Temple

Come learn about the journey of McMenamins Elks Temple, from it's construction in 1915 to it’s current spectacular remodel. Tacoma’s historic preservation coordinator, Susan Johnson, has put together an incredible program to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Elk Temples gran re-opening. This will be a fun and informative evening exploring the history of the building and discussing the extensive renovations made to preserve and renew this beautiful Tacoma landmark. Even better, you can enjoy this history lesson with a tasty drink in hand!



April 20th – 21st 

Tacoma annual plant sale

It’s time to get those gardens started! Grow healthy, locally cultivated plants this year, when you purchase your starts and plants from the Gallucci Learning Garden. They will be selling multiple varieties tomato, pepper, eggplant, blueberry, herb, and flowers. Not sure where to start or how to care for your new green treasures? There will be plenty of information available on how to care for your plants as well as Master Gardeners there to answer all of your gardening questions. All proceeds go back into the garden to help support Gallucci's mission of food security in the neighborhood.


April 27th

tacoma spring fling

Celebrate Spring at this free family-fun event! Eastside Community Center is hosting their annual Spring Fling with face painting, bouncy houses, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, and of course a free rec swim at the pool. There will be a DJ, an open studio jam, and other live performances for entertainment. Free hotdogs, chips and ice cream will be served as well. What a fun way to welcome the sunny days ahead!



April 27th

Tacoma annual bike swap

Are you ready to ride this season? Ride Together Pierce is hosting their annual bike swap, where you can buy and sell bikes and bike parts, and have a chance to meet other cyclists in the area. There will be a test ride area to give your new rig a try, vendors from local bike shops, low-cost helmets, and even food trucks to refuel after your ride. If you’d like to attend, Ride Together encourages you to RSVP on their Facebook event page.


Bomb Burger

bomb burger

There’s a new burger in Tacoma and it’s the “bomb!” Located on Tacoma’s busy 6th Ave, this food truck has set up in the former location of Catffeinated. We took a walk to visit them recently and left VERY satisfied. The fries were phenomenal and the burger was * chef’s kiss *. If you like it hot, give the Spicy Burger with jalapenos and pepper jack cheese a try, or if you're more into that smoky flavor, definitely get a side of the hickory sauce. For those who like to go without the bun, say no more, they will turn your meal into a burger bowl. Needless to say, we’ll be visiting them again soon. Show these guys some love next time you’re on the Ave!


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