May is here and we've found a few things to do around Tacoma. Test your detective skills, race for a cause (twice!), enjoy some fresh cider, check out a live outdoor show, see what's new to eat on 6th Ave, and our favorite, enjoy some local Rainier baseball! The sun is shining and we're ready to get out there.
May 1st - 31st
It’s no secret that Douville Home Group loves the work of Emergency Food Network. What better time to sing their praises than during Hunger Awareness Month! Through the month of May, EFN invites you to participate in the Hunger Walk and 5K. This year the 5k will be virtual and includes weekly themes, local discounts, and swag! Walk or run a 5k (or as many as you want!) while raising funds for the great work for EFN. For every dollar given to EFN, they can provide FIVE meals to local families in need! Last year alone they were able to provide over 14million pounds of food to the over 1.3 million individuals. Get those walking shoes out and sign up today!
Bonus: Grow Your Food – EFN Seed Start Program: EFN's Mother Earth Farm will be distributing seed starts for you to grow your own food. Every Friday through June18th, seed starts will be available at local community gardens and parks.
May 6th,13th, 20th, 27th, and 28th
Pretty Gritty Tours along with City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office have set up an online murder mystery set in 1920’s Tacoma. Each week, detective can take a video tour of a different historical Tacoma structure where clues will be revealed and hints will be given. This fictional mystery is based off the life of author Dashiell Hammett. Get a glimpse at his time spent as a detective in Tacoma, which inspired portions of his famous novel The Maltese Falcon. The first three gum shoes to figure out the killer, will win a special prize. Are you on the case?
It’s finally here, opening day for the Tacoma Rainiers! There’s nothing quite like sitting in the ballpark with a hotdog in hand and hearing the sound of a bat cracking another home run across the field. Opening at 25% capacity, Cheney Stadium has worked out all the kinks for opening under Covid guidelines. All ticket sales will start at 10am on the day of each game and will go until their gone. The stadium will also be cashless, bag less, and paperless, so only carry in what you need and you'll receive a digital ticket. All concessions will be operating under the new health guidelines. All the changes aside, we are SO ready for game day!
Join Incline Cider House as they kick-off the month of May! A fresh month means fresh eats and a fresh new cider. Incline Cider will be releasing their latest flavor, Grapefruit 7, and have invited Seoul Bowl Tacoma to pair it with their delicious Korean BBQ bowls. Seoul Bowl Tacoma food truck offers your choice of four Korean BBQ proteins, beef, pork, chicken, and tofu, served along side unlimited sides/toppings, including sweet Asian salad, Korean Kimchi, pickled radish and more. Not a grapefruit fan? Don't worry! Incline Cider House offers over a dozen ciders that range from dry and hoppy to sweet and juicy. Check out their tap list here!
Enjoy an outdoor concert from the comfort of your car! Tacoma Refugee Choir (TRC) along with other local artists will be taking over LeMay car museum's Haub field. Show up early and enjoy the museum along with food trucks, or get there just in time to jam from within your designated parking spots. TRC is a choir that gathers weekly where all are welcome, singers or not, but more specifically the choir exists to, "support the voices of immigrants and refugees, as well as the children of refugees and immigrants." The choir was formed as a project in partnership with Tacoma Community House, a "nationally-respected, community-based service center for immigrants, refugees, and long-time South Sound residents seeking enrichment and pathways to self-sufficiency." For 110 years, TCH has been helping individuals transition out of poverty, navigate new cultures, and find professional success. Come check out this LIVE show and support our neighbors and their voices!
Are you slightly (or really) competitive and ready for an adventure in your own backyard? Great! Tacoma Pierce County Habitat for Humanity has created an adventure race, just for you! Teams of 3 - 8 people are tasked with completing four challenges in the categories of Physical, Find, Skill, and Fun. This three hour even starts wherever YOU are. That's right. There is no start or finish line, just access to the challenges via a race app. All challenges will be released at 10am and then it's up to you to determine the order and what you need. Simply upload photos of your completed challenges as you go and you're one step closer to the finish line. Registration is $25 per person and includes access to the app and a Habitat for Humanity facemask. Aside from testing your skills and abilities, teams are encouraged to raise $300 to support Habitat's affordable homeownership and foreclosure prevention program. Your registration fees count towards the goal, so you're already almost there! Check out their FAQ page for more information and race day details.
May is also Bike Month! 2nd Cycle Tacoma Community Cycle Center invites you to bike…. anywhere! That’s right! As long as 2nd Cycle’s shop on south 12th and MLK is somewhere along your route, you’re welcome to use them as a pit stop. They just want to see you cycling your heart out! Enjoy music, snacks, free gifts, and a chance to catch a sneak peak at their new programming space. There will also be raffle tickets for sale for some sweet gear.
New to 6th Ave!
Texas is coming to Tacoma! Father and son owned BK BBQ is set to open up this month and we are here for it! Soon to be located in the back half of the Pine Room events space next to E9, a walk-up window has recently been installed where you will soon be able to pick up some genuine Texas BBQ. Chef Kyle Campisi, along with his father Bob, are ecstatic to bring their 20 years of BBQ and meat smoking experience to 6th Ave. They will use the Central Texas technique of smoking over hard wood, more specifically, post oak. Yum! The smell of brisket, pulled pork, and smoked chicken thighs will soon be wafting through the neighborhood. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more updates about opening day!
Tacoma’s first U-Pour pub is coming to 6th Ave. You read that right. YOU pour it! Redd Dog, named after their mascot Redd the lab, will be offering 24+ taps of self-serve beer. Located in the old Pizza Press location, you’ll be able to pour beer by the ounce and choose how little or how much you’d like. They’ll also be offering artisan pizza, pub fare, cider and wine. Keep and eye on their Facebook and Instagram pages for more details about opening day!
Markets This Month
May 6th Opening Day!
10am every Thursday through October
Fresh produce, flowers, and food trucks
Local artisan soaps, breads, candles, and more!
May 21st Opening Day!
2:00pm - 6:30pm every Friday through September
Walk-through & drive-through options
Fresh produce, flowers, and food trucks
Bubble Tea, Ice cream, and treats
Handmade soaps, art, sauces, and more!
May 20th Opening Day!
3pm - 7pm every third Thursday through September
Farmer's market + car show
150+ cars on display and access to museum
Food trucks and beer garden available