October in Tacoma 2021


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!

Tacoma Arts Month

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:

October 1st

Tacoma Moon Festival

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

October 9th

Family Day: Spooky Shenanigans

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

Art at the Armory

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

Tacoma Little Theater Presents: Clue on Stage

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!

October 31st

Halloween Fun the Great ACM Rally

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

Tacoma Night Market

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!

October 2nd

Community Shred-a-thon

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

Cupcakes for a Cause

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!


October 9th

Green Tacoma Day

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!