Fall is in full swing this October and Tacoma is here for it! Enjoy a month long celebration of art of all kinds, shop local at the amazing night market, help keep our city green starting in your home or in your neighborhood, check out the newest local brewery, and of course, get dressed up and grab some treats (some you can eat for a cause!). It really is a jam packed month and we're excited to get out in the brisk autumn to enjoy it.
See you around, Tacoma!
Every October Tacoma celebrates the unique art scene that makes it such a beautiful city. Join the celebration as local theaters, museums, dance studios, and more open up their doors to bring you live performances, art displays, and activities for the whole family. Below are a just a few examples of the events being offered:
This celebration, typically held at the Chinese Reconciliation Park, has gone virtual this year! Get a behind the scenes look online, as the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation honors the rich history brought here by immigrants over the last 150+ years. For full details and schedule visit: tacomamoonfestival.org
Join the Museum of Glass education staff as they explore Thaumastopes, a Victorian era toy that blends images into sometimes spooky optical illusions!
October 16th & 17th
This free event is an interactive experience featuring 90+ local artists who work across several mediums. These artists are ready to answer questions, give displays, and sell their one-of-a-kind creations. Both days will also feature live music!
October 22nd – November 7th
One of America's favorite board games is coming to the stage! Come figure out "who dunnit" at Tacoma Little Theater family friendly rendition of Clue on Stage. Bonus: November 4th is a "pay what you can" day!
Take the kiddos on a Halloween scavenger hunt around the LeMay museum and enjoy a well deserved treat at the end. Children in costumes get free entry to the event!
October 2nd, 16th, & 30th
The Tacoma Night Market is excited to announce their October series! Every other weekend this this month, Point Ruston will be lined with artists, musicians, bakers, and more, offering their unique talents and treasures. Everything from blues to baked goods and blown glass to baubles, the market will be packed treats and treasures. We’re excited to see our favorite local market returning to “normal” and look forward to celebrating creativity and community with local Tacoma artists!
Want to do some Autumn cleaning? SBK Recycle, LeMay Mobile Shredding, and Washington Elementary School are hosting a shredding and recycling event to benefit the Washington PTA. Bring your old bills, mail, and other personal documents you wish to have destroyed and watch them be shredded away. SBK will also be collecting and recycling any old electronics collecting dust in your home! Come drop off laptops, cellphones, ink cartridges, keyboards, televisions, and more, and SBK will take it from there. For a full list of what’s accepted, check out SBK’s website here. The suggested donation for shredding is $20, and $25 for electronics recycling. Support local education and while cleaning out in time for the holidays!
October 4th – 10th
I mean come on, cupcakes for a cause!? Can it get any easier… or more delicious!? Head downtown to Hello Cupcake for a delectable Caramel Apple cupcake and support the local YWCA with your purchase. The YWCA has been providing support, shelter, education, and more to domestic violence victims in Pierce County for decades. They are, “dedicated to transforming lives through safety, healing, and empowerment.” For every Caramel Apply cupcake sold, Hello Cupcake will be donating $1 to these incredible programs. Let’s raise a cupcake to that!
Tacoma truly loves their parks, gardens, and open spaces. October 9th is a day dedicated to celebrating all that this green Earth does for our Grit City! Join your community at one of the dozen Green Tacoma Partnership sites and help keep Tacoma green. Clear out weeds, plant trees, remove invasive species and litter, and connect with your neighbors, all while learning how to keep our wetlands, parks, and preserves safe!
There’s a brand new brew in town and we’re sure you’ll be quite ‘frond’ of it. With over 22 years of combined brewing experience, local brewers Bethany Carlson and Greer Hubbard opened the doors of Mother Fern Brewing this past September. Although most passionate about IPAs and Lagers, the br-uo (it's a brewing duo, we love a good pun aorund here) have created an array of crisp beers to meet anyone’s taste. There will be wine by the glass, a guest cider on tap, and eventually guest breweries on tap as well! For food you will find a menu full of fun mac-n-cheese dishes and other snacks from Tacoma’s Gourmet Niche. Also, Mother Fern is a family friendly tap room! As we are expecting our first child, it’s so nice to find more places where we can grab a brew with friends and not worry about finding a baby sitter. Come grab a pint with us!
Check out the full story of Mother Fern Brewing in the write up from Dine Pierce County!
Alright comic books fans, this event is for YOU! Gather with fellow comic bibliophiles and celebrate the art of creating storylines, characters, and entire worlds at the Tacoma Convention Center. Chat with creators and artist to get tips and secrets of the trade. RPG and board game sessions will be open as well, with a mix of classics and prototypes to be tested out. Of course, there will be a cosplay contest, so be sure to sharpen your swords, shine your boots, and launder your cape because there is a prize waiting for you! For a full list of speakers, creators, and activities, check out the website here!
October 9th, 23rd & 24th
Hilltop Indoor Market is coming in hot and scary with their Spooky Markets series! Snag some magical treats, handmade candles, ghostly home décor, or even sit down for a tarot reading with local artists and entrepreneurs. This is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the creative community of Hilltop and meet your neighbor. Who knows, you may even find a costume or some trick-or-treat buddies in time for Halloween.
Trick or Treat!
We know kids are just itching to get dressed up like their favorite Marvel character, fictional critter, or fabulous princess this year, all to seek out this seasons tasty holy grail... candy. Lucky for them, there are few places around town offering trick-or-treating not just on Halloween, but throughout the week!
Take to the sidewalk of the Lincoln business district for music, fun, and trick-or-treating!
Follow MLK Way and visit participating Hilltop businesses for a special treat! Masks are required.
October 23rd & 24th
Come shop the unique Tacoma Art Market and have the kiddos trick-or-treat at each vendor along the way! There will be a beer garden for the adults and live music all night.