Hello Fall! This month we are excited to not only provide another list of things to do in Tacoma but a way of getting to them! Recently, we sat down with Pierce Transit to talk about public transportation in Tacoma and how easy it is to use our local bus system. Pierce Transit runs all through the Pierce County area and has made it simple to plan your route, purchase a pass, or refill an Orca Card. Check it all out here! So, whether you want to taste some winter ales, go see a holiday musical, or get some shopping done at the newest Night Market, we’ve got not only the locations but the bus lines that will get you there!
Join the Fireside Story League of Tacoma as they share the art of storytelling. Eight local story tellers, ranging from teenage to 80+ years old, will be bringing tales of history, fiction and lore to life. This is a family friendly event with plenty of cozy seating and tasty food prepared by The Antique Sandwich Company for purchase.
November 9th – 11th
The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium would like to say a big “Thank you!” to our veterans and active service members. Over Veterans Day weekend, all active service members and veterans will receive free entry to PDZA (Military/Veteran ID required) and their family members will receive 50% off admission! Check out the list of exhibits, show times, dining options and more here https://www.pdza.org/plan-your-day/!
Join over 30 breweries for a taste of winter! Everything from imperial stouts, to piney IPAs, to Scotch Ales will be taking over the Washington State Fair Events Center. Admission includes a 4oz tasting glass and eight tasting tokens (more can be purchased at the event) to be used at any of the brewery booths. For our beloved designated drivers, a reduced admission including a free non-alcoholic drink can be purchased. Keep an eye out on the event page for more announcements and a brewers list. This wintery event is sure to get you “toasty!”
There can never be too many ways to “drink for a cause” in Tacoma. Come check out the first annual Tacoma Distillery Festival, benefiting Tacoma Arts Live’s Education Through the Arts program! Over 20 Northwest distilleries will be sharing their libations and signature cocktails, and delicious treats will be available from local restaurants and food vendors. Admission includes a souvenir shot glass and six tasting tokens. Funds raised at this event will help to support the nearly 48,000 students, parents and teachers who utilize the Education Through the Arts program. Come lift your “spirits” at this tasty event!
Parents, aunties, uncles, and grandparents, here’s a fun way to get festive with the kiddos in your life! Molly’s Tamales will be hosting a kids cooking class for children age 6 – 17, where they will learn to make easy and fun holiday treats. Bring your sweet tooth and an empty stomach because there will be a chance to taste everything. Grab a ticket now because the seats fill up fast! Did we mention that hot coco will be served?
Want to burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories before you get to the stuffing? Come hit the pavement through the beautiful Proctor District with hundreds of other turkey loving Tacomans. The chip-timed 5k race starts at 9am and a much shorter 1k kids race will start at 10:15am for any participants 12 years old and younger. Start your day with a bang before the tryptophan sends you into an afternoon nap.
Route: Due to the holiday, buses won't arrive in Proctor until after the race starts.
November 29th – January 5th
Zoolights is a Tacoma classic suitable for all ages! If you’re seeking to enjoy some of that holiday wonder, get a head start with over 700,000 dancing lights. Grab a hot coco and your down jacket because this outdoor light display will you keep you in awe with it’s 3D displays of familiar festive faces, Tacoma landmarks, and curious animals up to their old antics.
BONUS – Fantasy Lights, a drive through light display, will be celebrating their 25th anniversary this year! From November 29th – January 1st, enjoy dazzling light display from the comfort of your heated car.
Route: 1 (Keep an eye out for a "special route" as well, as one may be released!)
November 29th – December 22nd
Tacoma Musical Playhouse will be “singing loud for all to hear” as they put on a magically musical performance of the 2003 cinematic hit, Elf! Buddy finds out later in life that he’s not the elf he thought he was. After learning of his human parents, Buddy ventures to New York city to find his “real” family, who doesn’t exactly share the same love for Christmas. As he battles his way through the realities of New York life, he not only tries to help his naughty-listed father, but save Christmas itself from dwindling cheer!
BONUS! Would you like a behind the scenes look at how Elf the Musical is produced? On November 24th you can join TMP's managing Artist Director along with cast members for a Behind the Curtain look at the set, costumes, make up, music and more. This is a great educational opportunity for little thespians in training. Find the details here!
There is a new addition coming to the Night Market and it’s... a whole other market! Starting in November there will be not only a Night Market on the first (7 Seas, Gig Harbor) and third (Alma Mater, Tacoma) Saturday of the month but now the fourth Saturday as well! Join the usual crew of vendors, with some more local additions, at The Museum of Glass to eat and shop the evening away in one of Tacoma’s most iconic venues.
Route: 1 - Walk down the 11th Street Bridge stairs.
Gig Harbor Night Market at 7 Seas, November 2nd 4pm – 10pm - Route: 100
This holiday market will be festive, fun, and packed with local vendors offering their Christmas fares! Enjoy the scent of cinnamon and pine as you peruse each holiday booth beneath twinkling lights, pick out a fresh wreath, or compete to become the best gingerbread house architect. There will be face painting for the kids (or kid-like adults), a raffle, live music and food. Come get into the spirit of the holidays and maybe even treat yourself!
Route: Unfortunately, the route that runs here does not run on Saturdays.