As summer comes to a close this month we've found a few activities and places to check out while the sun is still shining! Enjoy live music, local shopping, wine and beer sampling, a chance to feed our neighbors, and a festival sure to light up you day (and night). We've even found some activities for the kiddos to check out how the pioneers lived or get the chance to climb aboard some big trucks and other fun vehicles. With something for every one, big and small, Tacoma is sure to send off summer with a bang!
Unfortunately, summer is coming to a close. But, Metro Parks and the Tacoma Night Market are helping it go out with a BANG! Enjoy live music, a bit of shopping, and some local eats, as we say good bye to another beautiful summer. This free event will take place in Dune Peninsula park and runs from 12pm until dark. The lovely Tacoma Night Market is BACK and has put together dozens of makers, bakers, artists, and food trucks who will be selling their treasures. The grand finale’? A firework show! At 9PM from a barge just outside of Cambia Legacy Lawn, the sky will light up with a glimmer and a bang. Check out the website for more info and to find the best parking and viewing locations.
Spanaway Lake will light up with hope and beauty this year at this glowing lantern festival. Voted #1 Cultural Festival, this yearly event is packed with food trucks, music, community, and a fun scavenger hunt. Tickets include your own lantern kit, access to the food trucks, activities, and will cover costs of the clean-up efforts. Come enjoy the glow of hundreds of lanterns as well as the joy of being in community again.
Have a kiddo that’s fascinated every time a fire engine goes by? Or one that always has their nose pressed to the window when driving past a construction site? Give them an up-close experience at Sprinker’s FREE Touch a Truck event! Come explore and climb into everything from a dump truck to a tractor. Sprinker will be filled with school buses, tractors, bucket trucks, military vehicles and more! This is a great learning opportunity for any little motor enthusiast looking to see how things work. Additionally, there will be a special “no horns time” from 12pm – 1pm for any sensory sensitive children.
Also at Sprinker…
Also at Sprinker this September, check out a multitude of classic cars and trucks! Peruse aisles of vintage vehicles, meet the owners, and even enjoy a snack from one of the food trucks (how on theme). This free event is family friendly and all spectators are encouraged to join in this year’s theme “Roaring on with 2021” by showing off their best 1920’s apparel. There will be a contest for favorite vehicle and other fun activities as well as vendors.
A dozen local potters and ceramic artists are coming together to offer their fired fares. This pottery and ceramic sale hosted by Downing Pottery will be taking place at two Tacoma locations, North Cushman and East B Street. Both locations will be outdoors, socially distanced, and contain work from artists like MODHome Ceramic, Joseph Brooks, and Juniper Clay.
11am - 3pm: NORTHSIDE
622 N. Cushman Ave, Tacoma
11am - 3pm: EASTSIDE
5017 East B St, Tacoma
Take a walk through the beautiful historic Stadium District and explore the wine, beer, and bites local shops have to offer. This event includes tastings at local businesses, access to the wine garden, and an evening of live music. Tickets to the event as well as a map of the area can be found here! Be sure to explore the store fronts and maybe snag some early holiday gifts!
Take a step back in time with the Job Carr Museum as they turn Old Town Park into a pioneering scape. The Pioneer Craft and Music Fest is designed for you to get a hands on experience of the life of early Washingtonians. Enjoy crafts (at the event or to take home), demonstrations, and live music, all meant to get you in touch with our beautiful state’s pioneering history. Of course this end of summer event wouldn’t be complete with a little more up to date treat… ice cream! Grab some treats from Ice Cream Social as you tap your foot or tend to your leather. Open to all ages, this family friendly event is free!
Emergency Food Network is thrilled to bring back one of their favorite events, Empty Bowls. Local artists have been working away creating beautiful bowls to be sold in support of EFNs programs. These empty bowls will provide meals to families all over piece county, essentially filling the bowls of our neighbors. For every $1 brought in, EFN's programs will provide FIVE meals to local families.
New to town!
If you've ever gone out to dinner with us Douville's, it's likely you've enjoyed some Pad See Ew, Panang Curry, or Khao Soy at a local Thai joint, which is one reason we are exceptionally excited for this new opening. This family owned restaurant is located right on Division across from Wright Park. Come support this new local joint with authentic cuisine and check out the menu below!