We've found 11 things to do in Tacoma before the summer comes to an end. Check out local artists, grab some vintage wear, celebrate Tacoma, and of course.... eat! This month will likely fly by like the rest, so why not slow down and enjoy some great treasures Tacoma has to offer.
See you around, Tacoma!
September 4th – 6th
Taking it to the Streets: Pop-Up Glassblowing and Activities
Tacoma’s Museum of Glass is taking their Hot Shop outside! This free event will be hosted in the MOG plaza, where you can watch local glass artists do their thing live. Each day will include different art activities and glass blowing demos where local artists will engage the audience to help create spontaneous color and pattern designs. Stick around and get a chance to make a creation of you own and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt!
Shop local, vintage, and in person at this Lincoln District Yard Sale! All Star Vintage is hosting a collection of their local thrift shop friends at a massive sale of all things vintage. You'll be sure to find t-shirts featuring your favorite 80’s and 90’s pop culture, Levi jeans, 50’s and 60’s knick-knacks, classic snap backs, Jordans, and more. Once you’ve made the rounds, you can dine at one of the local eateries, like the famous Vien Dong, Pho Dragon (one of John’s favorites), or La Fondita Taqueria.
Check out the list of shops below for an idea of what they have in store:
Odds X Odds
September 4th, 12th, and 19th
Fort from Home
Fort Nisqually is bringing their living history museum to you! Every Friday you can join the virtual programming featuring one of Fort Nisqually’s talented interpreters. Bring your curiosity and questions as you will be able to text chat throughout the lessons. Register online today!
September 4th: Women, Firearms, and the Fur Trade (Lead by volunteer of the year, Peggy!)
September 12th: Apple Pressing
September 19th: Victorian Cooking
Every weekend through September 26th, local artists will be coming together in the parking lot of The Ram on Ruston Way to offer their fares. Tacoma Art Market was created by practicing artists who saw the need for a steady creative vendor outlet to make art accessible and affordable to the Tacoma community. Everything from prints, to clothing, to pottery will be on display and ready for you to take home. Support local art while soaking up these last few days of summer on the waterfront!
Oh Tacoma, we love you… and you deserve to be awarded! Virtually join Mayor Victoria Woodards and the City Council as they recognize those who faithfully serve and volunteer in the Tacoma community.“The community members recognized each year as part of the City of Destiny Awards are a living example of compassion in action. Their dedication to service is an example to us all, and the positive impacts they make are even more important for a community responding to a global pandemic,” says Mayor Woodards. Join on Facebook live or watch at TV Tacoma and tvtacoma.com to congratulate volunteers from afar and view live performances from local artists. “See” you there!
Curbside Chowder Social for Foss Waterway Seaport
Support the historic Foss Waterway Seaport and grab some chowder to-go! Keeping the rich maritime history of the Puget Sound alive through it’s many public exhibits and educational program, the Foss Waterway Seaport is an incredible piece of Tacoma. At the seaport you can learn about the resident marine life, see a full size humpback whale skeleton, learn how the Puyallup people navigated the Puyallup river, or check out the fleet of ferries who carried passengers up and down the Puget Sound before roadways were established. A large portion of funding for these projects comes from the seaport's yearly Chowder Social event but due to the mandated closure of the Museum, the normally lively event is being kicked to the curb. In a good way! Sign up, and swing by the seaport on the 20th for a curbside no-contact pick-up of famous local chowders, hors d’oevres, and desserts. Or, you can participate in the ten day online auction starting September 10th. All donations go to support exhibits, marine and environmental education programs, and several daily activities.
Don’t forget to also check out…
Tacoma’s beloved Ocean Fest is going virtual. Come listen, watch, dance along, and learn from local artists and speakers. Everything from Ocean talks, to cello performances, to ballet performances from the sea, this Zoom festival is ready to educate and celebrate. Check out the full schedule here.
Eighth Street Eatery: An Outdoor Food Court
Pacific Avenue has some incredible restaurants but with the current limitations on indoor seating it can be hard to get in. Especially on a busy weekend. Downtown Tacoma Partnership has come up with an excellent solution! Every Friday through the end of September you can enjoy tasty treats from places like Wooden City, Little Radio, and Thai Pepper outside at the Eighth Street Eatery. Located on south 8th between Pacific Avenue and Court A, the Eighth Street Eatery is an outdoor food court where you can bring your take-out from various Pac Ave restaurants! Masks are required on entry and when traveling in the eatery. All tables and chairs (which were kindly donated by Court House Square Tacoma) will be socially distanced and sanitized. Simply order your food, pick it up, and head on over!
Food and Drink in Tacoma:
Something old, something new, something re-purposed!
Wingman Brewers: Open for seating!
Wingman Brewers is happy to announce that starting September 4th, their tasting room will be open! Known for their Denizens of the Dark beer festival every fall, Wingman are local brewers who craft some of the tastiest porters, stouts, and dark ales around. They do offer excellent IPAs, sours, and pilsners of course, but those dark beers really hit the spot come winter. Check out their rotating taplist on Instagram and Facebook. As with the rest of the world, masks are required on entry and social distancing is encouraged. Come show our local brewers some love!
There’s a new brew in town and it coming to you from over the open flames. Fueled with a passion for the outdoors and a love of caffeination, Campfire Coffee has about half a dozen roasts all made nice and toasty over a campfire right here in Tacoma. A tricky method, but certainly worth it! Located in downtown Tacoma off 15th and Market, this cozy shop was finally able to open their doors on August 18th. The journey to this location was anything but an easy hike. With the uphill climb of permits and construction, and a white cap of Covid-19, Campfire Coffee held strong and roasted their hearts out while building an extensive online shop. Be sure to check out their selection of beans and assortment of camper friendly drinkware or just come on in for a tasty cup of joe!
Man, these times have some great local spots doing whatever they can to survive. Tacoma Comedy Club for one had to figure out how to use their 3,000 sq feet of space while live entertainment is on hold. Well, they came up with a delicious solution! Introducing, (the temporary) Tacoma Burger Company! What used to be a short menu of four burgers and about 10 options total, has now become a menu of 10 burgers with 25 options total! Tacoma Burger Company is offering options like the classic bacon bleu, a spicy Jalapeno pepperjack, a meaty triple double, or if you wanna get crazy, a peanut butter bacon burger with American cheese. Dang! And for our vegan and vegetarian friends, you can sub the 4oz all beef patties for a tasty Impossible Burger for just a dollar more! Come “buy a burger, save the arts”, so when this is all over you can enjoy some laughs.
BONUS: Geeks Who Drink is hosting a free Trivia Night every Wednesday at 7pm! Top three teams receive a prize! -AND- Every Monday you can “Netflix and Chill” while watching TWO comedy specials on the projector at 6pm and 8pm.