Happy Lunar New Year! February is here and Tacoma is ready to celebrate. Start the hunt for some local glass treasures, watch the lions dancers make their way through the Lincoln District, eat some ice cream for a cause, grab some sweet treats for your Valentine, or get the kiddos out for some wild life adventures. There's always something to do in our big little city and we're here for it!
Lincoln District Lunar New Year Celebration
Come celebrate the Lunar New Year with lion dancers, food, fireworks, and fun in Tacoma’s Lincoln District. Shop a variety of pop-up market booths and grab a treat from one of the many restaurants and food trucks. Celebrate local Asian culture, businesses, and community under the Lincoln District Moons. This family friendly event is a great way to kick of the year of the Tiger!
Northwest Trek Wild Child Weekends
Winter is still very much here and we bet that a number of kiddos our there are experiencing some serious cabin fever. Northwest Trek would like to help alleviate some of those cooped-up feelings! Every weekend through February, two children under 12 can get in for free for every paid adult general admission. Critters ranging from big cats and birds to roaming bison and caribou will be eager to meet you. So come get up close and personal to the local wild life while learning about their habitats and conservation efforts in the great PNW!
BONUS: Looking for another kid friendly wildlife related activity? Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is hosting their annual Love at the Zoo from February 12th - 13th. They will be serving fun Valentine enrichments to some of their furry and feathery friends as well as hosting a Valentine making station for your creative kiddos.
Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast: American Cancer Society
We’re not here to tell you how to live your life, but ice cream for breakfast seems like a great idea. Join Proctor Ice Cream Social for the most important meal of the day while supporting the American Cancer Society at the same time. That’s right! For “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” (it’s real, we looked it up), 50% of every sale will go towards Tacoma Relay for Life and The American Cancer Society to help with the fight to end cancer. Scoops for a cause? Why not!
It’s that magical time of year again when Tacoma sets out to search for Lunar New Year treasures produced by Ms. Monkey and her gang of glass blowing assistants. Throughout the month you’ll find year of the Tiger orbs and pendants hanging in trees, tucked under roots, nestled inside flower pots, hidden behind stairways, and occasionally sitting quite openly next to a phone pole. If you’re in Tacoma, you’re in Monkeyshine territory. Catie came across her very first one last year, the year of the OX, inside a tree while on a walk in Proctor! There really is some magic to behold when you come across these handmade beauties and it reminds you how wonderfully connected Tacoma truly is. So take a walk and keep your eye out for something shiny and spectacular! And if you don’t find an authentic Monkeyshine, there’s a good chance you’ll find a rouge shine created by other local Tacoma artists who like to get in on the fun.
Check out this News Tribune article for more information and an interview with Ms. Monkey herself!
February 25th – March 6th
Join DCFF for ten days of theater take overs, workshops, and live film screenings! This award winning film festival celebrates the creative minds of local film makers, actors, and writers. The event kicks off on the 25th with the Storyteller awards. Then over the next week and a half you can get tips from a professional horror film writer, enjoy a plethora of short films, or join the Blue Mouse take over for a screening of “The Sound of Us”, a documentary film about the beauty, goodness and healing qualities of music. The list goes on! This is an excellent event for any film lover or creator and a chance to meet other local film enthusiasts. You can attend the event either in-person or virtually. Check out the full film list here and grab your passes today!
This is sure to get the attention of our vegan friends! El Borracho on 6th Ave has re-opened and with a wonderful twist. Still serving up the same great flavors, our taco friends are now 100% plant based! Grab an el cheapo margarita to go with your Impossible soft tacos, jackfruit Cochinita Pibils bowl, or pair it with a creamy chipotle Yukon gold potato smash burrito. Catie has her eye on the Seitan barbacoa and will come back with a full report. For a full menu, click here!
Check out Dine Peirce County’s full article about how the owners made their 100% plant based dream a reality.
Metro Parks is hosting a free Black History Celebration event at Peoples Community Center to honor the richness of the African-American culture. Come celebrate the contribution and achievements made to our community through spoken word, dance, singing, painting, and more. Grab a snack from local food trucks, interact with some historical figures brought to life, check out the Foss High School dance team performance, and even bring your resume to hand out to local businesses participating in the events job fair. There will be art and pool activities, as well as a DJ and spoken word performances, followed by a talk from keynote speaker, Erin Jones. Hosted by Comedian Bo Bo Blast, this is sure to be a fun and enlightening event.
Looking for a sweet treat for your Valentine? Consider some tasty locally made macarons! These delicious delicacies come in a variety of flavors from Rosé to Pistachio to Creme Brûlée AND all of them are gluten-free! Check out the full menu here. These are some of Catie's favorite sweet treats as Chef Erin is so kind as to make dairy-free options. The peanut butter cup is irresistible!
All orders must be in by the 7th and can be picked up on either the 12th at the Lakewood shop window or the 13th outside of The Crest Home in Fircrest. You'll also find Erin from time to time at the Tacoma Night Market or other various local markets. Follow her on Instagram for any upcoming pop-up dates!