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May in Tacoma 2024


May in Tacoma

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


This May is bursting not only with new growth and sunny days, but fun activities all over town! Markets galore, a chance to purchase and create print art, crafty and educational activities for kids, a motion picture collection of Tacoma history, tasty bites with some awesome cider and beer collaborations, and a great opportunity to explore Tacoma's beautiful trails and parks with a chance of winning some great prizes.


We'll see you around, Tacoma!

 

May 3rd & 4th

Tacoma Wayzgoose

Tacoma Wayzgoose is one of the city’s most beloved creative events. A collaborative weekend of letterpress, printmaking, screen printing, and art aplenty where you can not only shop for treasures, but create your own. There will be book binding, paper making, and printing stations throughout the event. Be sure to bring an old t-shirt, sweatshirt, tote bag, or other fabric good as the Shroom Brothers will be offering screen printing to upcycle your goods! Be sure to stick around for the main event, when eight local artists print their large carved designs from under the weight of an industrial steamroller! A schedule of the participating artists is available here.

 

May 4th 

Old Town Craft and Music Fest at Job Carr

Celebrate Tacoma’s Heritage Preservation Month at this family friendly event! The Job Carr Museum will be hosting local musical, heritage crafts, and kid’s activities in Old Town Park. Experience the history of Tacoma's settlers through hands on activities and demonstrations. Sit and enjoy some local music or hunker down for some craft time with the kiddos. All are welcome! 

 

May 4th

Tacoma in Motion at The Grand Cinema

Witness Tacoma as only our parents, grandparents, and generations before have. A showcase of historic Tacoma film, video, and audio clips have recently been digitized by the Tacoma Public Library’s Northwest Room. From baseball, to parades, to mundane afternoons, see and hear Tacoma as it was, in both technicolor and black white. The Grand Cinema is generously hosting a FREE viewing of this historic compilation. What an opportunity to see our pretty city from a different perspective!


 

May 4th

Hilltop Artists Spring Glass Sale

Take home a piece of beautifully made local glass art. From jewelry to vases, this Hilltop Artists glass sale is sure to “blow” your mind. Join artists in the Hot Shop and watch creations come to life as they blow, shape, and temper their creations. All proceeds from the sale go back to Hilltop Artists to provide free tuition to students. Timed tickets are required and currently available here.

 

May 11th

McLendons Free Craft

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and this is a great idea for a little handmade gift crafted with love. Kid’s 12 years and under can paint their hearts out at this free terracotta pot painting class hosted by McLendon. Simply drop-in and get creative! Parent supervision is required.

 

May 12th

Vutre Food Inc Plant Based Junk Food at Incline Cider

Where are our vegan and vegetarian friends at!? One of our favorite cider houses, Incline Cider, will be hosting Vuture Food Inc, a traveling vegan food truck. Vuture will be serving up their famous Chik’n sandwiches and loaded fries. With patties made of soy, wheat, and pea base, offered in a variety of flavors, these award winning sandwiches will surely leave you satisfied. Vuture travels all over the US to serve their famed Chik’n, so grab it while it’s hot here in the PNW!

 

Bonus: Incline will also be hosting their Razzle Dazzle Mother’s Day Berries + Chocolate event with the release of their new Imperial Raspberry Cider and a flight of chocolate and berries to pair with more of their delicious brews.

 

 

May 18th

Eastside Story Fest Tacoma

Leave your legacy while discovering the history of the East Tacoma. Eastside residents, past and present, are encouraged to share their stories, photos, recipes, and other memories of their time in the neighborhood. An oral history recording booth will be set up to audibly records your memories and a digitization station will be ready to capture your photos, recipes, and other memory making materials. Children can even share their stories through comic book making! Be sure to take in the history already made by exploring an exhibit of historical materials related to the Eastside neighborhood. There will be live music, dance, and other performances as well. What a great opportunity to create and explore your Tacoma history!

 

May 25th 

Tacoma Bazaar

Shop 30 unique women-owned local businesses at this well curated outdoor market. Peruse vendors offering everything from clothing, to pottery, to plants, candles, herbal remedies and more! This free market is pet and family friendly. There will be free face painting, kid’s activities, and even a few raffles. Stay fueled with local coffee, Kona Ice, BBQ and sandwiches, while you shop for your next treasure. 

 

May 25th – June 16th

Tacoma Trails Challenge

Discover the beauty of Tacoma’s many treasured nature trails. Join the three-week challenge to explore, visits, and admire natural beauty of Tacoma. Sign up here to receive tips, encouragement, and resources to compete in the challenge of visiting as many featured trails and parks as possible. Document your journey online and earn badges as you complete each visit. There are even prizes for visiting these lovely trails and parks! Rain or shine, Tacoma has some awesome scenery that the whole family can enjoy!

 

Frisko Freeze at E9 Brewing

Starting on Tuesday April 30th, Tacoma’s beloved award winning burger joint will be hunkering down at another Tacoma favorite, E9 Brewing. Frisko Freeze has been undergoing some major renovations recently. While those are getting completed, you can enjoy your double burger and fries with a crisp Tacoma Brew Kölsch, or Catie’s favorite, the So What IPA. We know it’s only temporary, but can you think of a better Tacoma combo!?

 

 

Markets


 

May 23rd

Brewery District Makers Market

5pm - 9pm

(7Seas Brewing)

2101 Jefferson Ave

  • Family friendly

  • Drink a brew while you shop!

  • Food & coffee available

  • Local handmade products, curated vintage goods, and flash tattoos

 

Every 1st and 2nd Saturday, May - September

The Market on 6th Ave

10am - 4pm 

2202 6th Ave

  • Family friendly

  • Outdoors

  • Local vendors

  • Learning craft fair with demonstrations and tutorials

 

Thursdays, May - October

Broadway Tacoma Farmers Market

10am - 2pm

925 Broadway

(Broadway between 9th & 11th)

  • Family friendly

  • Outdoors

  • Local produce, flowers, food, and goods

  • Live music

 

Every Saturday!

Tacoma Night Market Mini Mart

5pm - 10pm

710 Pacific Ave

  • New additional mini-market and location!

  • Family friendly

  • 30+ local vendors

  • Regular monthly Night Market:

    • Saturday, May 25th & Sunday Drag Market, May 26th

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