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Friday, July 1

Volunteer for Tacoma Nature Center Habitat Restoration Work

9:00 am

Join us for our regular stewardship activities as we care for the park by removing invasive plant species, re-planting areas with native plants and helping those plants thrive. No experience necessary. Experienced habitat stewards wi... More
Guided History Tour

11:00 am

Join a Point Defiance historian on a guided tour of the Park entry."Tacoma's Great Pride." That was the headline of the Tacoma Daily Ledger on July 3, 1892; just four years after the city began transforming the Park's rugged tract of fore... More

Saturday, July 2

Crafts of the Past - Banjos and Banjo Making

11:00 am

John Salicco will be making a tack head banjo and will have samples of minstrel and gourd banjos on hand. He’ll demonstrate both the making and playing of the gut string banjo. Visitors can learn the basic banjo stroke st... More

Sunday, July 3

Crafts of the Past - Banjos and Banjo Making

11:00 am

John Salicco will be making a tack head banjo and will have samples of minstrel and gourd banjos on hand. He’ll demonstrate both the making and playing of the gut string banjo. Visitors can learn the basic banjo stroke st... More
Guided Garden Tour

2:00 pm

Discover the rich history and modern celebration of botanical displays at Point Defiance Park with an introduction to the Park’s core gardens.Tours begin at the Visitors Center.Tours held on these Sundays: May 29June 5, 12, 19 (no tour Ju... More

Monday, July 4

Free Swimming at Tacoma Pools
Visit one of our outdoor pools today and receive FREE admission!  Pool capacity is limited. Kandle Pool: Noon - 5 ... More

Tuesday, July 5

Tiptoe through the Tidepools

11:00 am

Bring your family to explore the beach, learn about tide pool life and have lots of fun during some of the lowest tides of the year. A naturalist will guide low-tide beach exploration. Free! Meet at Titlow Beach. Wear shoes to... More

Wednesday, July 6

Trip Talks
Learn about upcoming Fifty And Better trips and tours. Information and pictures of all the upcoming destinations will be presented, and all your questions answered.This is also a chance for you to offer your FABulous ideas for future Fifty And ... More
Story Hour

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin in the tropical atmosphere of the Conservatory for storytelling along with a short hands-on science and art project.This month featuring Art in the Garden: Flower Garden by Eve BuntingScience: The Reason for a Flowe... More
Explore the Shore

12:15 pm

Become a citizen scientist for a day at Owen Beach! Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium naturalists for low tide beach walks to identify tide pool animals and record their presence and location in order to add the information to the sc... More
Walk Tacoma

5:15 pm

Join Downtown On the Go for the 2016 Walk Tacoma series. The walks are scheduled on the 1st Wednesdays of the month, from April through October. Explore and learn about the different areas of downtown Tacoma through the 1.5 – 2 ... More

Thursday, July 7

Championship Baseball at Cheney Stadium

5:00 pm

Cheer for your favorite team during the Metro Parks Tacoma youth competitive baseball championship games. Free!Learn more > More

Friday, July 8

REI Introduction to Outdoor Photography

9:00 am

Learn with REI at Point Defiance Park! Sign up online at REI.com/Learn 10 max per class. REI will take you into the field to teach you how to shoot vibrant and stimulating photographs. Sign up online at REI.com/Learn$65 REI member$85 non-R... More
Guided History Tour

11:00 am

Join a Point Defiance historian on a guided tour of the Park entry."Tacoma's Great Pride." That was the headline of the Tacoma Daily Ledger on July 3, 1892; just four years after the city began transforming the Park's rugged tract of fore... More
Family Nature Hike-Point Defiance Park

4:30 pm

Explore Point Defiance Park during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they are adapted to live in this habitat. Not recommended for strollers or children under 3. Pre-registration is recommended.... More
Family Campout

7:00 pm

We’re opening up Owen Beach for camping this summer! Join us under the stars with your family and/or friends.  Campouts include a tent space, evening  snack and a hot sunrise breakfast. You will need to bring tent, sleeping bag,... More

Saturday, July 9

Historic Points of View: Stories of Tacoma’s Past
Meet some of the fascinating people who wove the tapestry of Point Defiance Park’s rich history at Historic Points of View: Stories of Tacoma’s Past. This new and exciting program brings living history presentations to the Point... More
Franklin Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces every second Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty we will p... More
Wapato Hills Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces every second Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty we will... More
Sharks!

9:30 am

Explore the watery world of sharks! Join us for a weekend jam-packed with shark-themed activities. Learn about shark conservation and join us in pledging to protect sharks around the world! More event info » More
Family Nature Walk-Swan Creek Park

10:00 am

Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff. ... More
Hike with an REI Outdoor School Instructor

10:00 am

Learn with REI at Point Defiance Park! Sign up online at REI.com/Learn 10 max per class.Second Saturday Hike with an REI Outdoor School InstructorJoin an REI Outdoor School Instructor for a series of FREE guided hikes at Point Defiance. Space i... More
Crafts of the Past - Leather Working

11:00 am

Jerry Kempe has been working with leather hides for many years, making an assortment of leather items, relating to the fur trade era, including holsters, knife sheaths, belts, bags and clothing. He will be demonstrating various techniques and p... More
REI Navigation 101 at Point Defiance

1:30 pm

Learn with REI at Point Defiance Park! Sign up online at REI.com/Learn 10 max per class. REI Navigation 101: Understanding Your Map and CompassLearn basic navigation skills using map and compass. $40 REI member$60 non-REI member ... More

Sunday, July 10

Sharks!

9:30 am

Explore the watery world of sharks! Join us for a weekend jam-packed with shark-themed activities. Learn about shark conservation and join us in pledging to protect sharks around the world! More event info » More
Crafts of the Past - Leather Working

11:00 am

Jerry Kempe has been working with leather hides for many years, making an assortment of leather items, relating to the fur trade era, including holsters, knife sheaths, belts, bags and clothing. He will be demonstrating various techniques and p... More
Second Sunday Music Series

1:00 pm

Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month. This month's featured artist is The Kareem Kandi Band (Jazz).The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes and the music is inten... More
Guided Garden Tour

2:00 pm

Discover the rich history and modern celebration of botanical displays at Point Defiance Park with an introduction to the Park’s core gardens.Tours begin at the Visitors Center.Tours held on these Sundays: May 29June 5, 12, 19 (no tour Ju... More

Monday, July 11

Park Board Meeting
A five-member Board of Park Commissioners governs Metro Parks Tacoma and is the policy determining body for the park district.Regular MeetingsThe Board meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Board Room at Metr... More

Wednesday, July 13

Capital Improvement Committee
The Capital Improvement Committee meets two Wednesdays per month (every Wednesday following a Board Meeting) to review, influence, facilitate and monitor the capital improvement program, including bond projects, for the di... More
Story Hour

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin in the tropical atmosphere of the Conservatory for storytelling along with a short hands-on science and art project.This month featuring Art at the Market: A Day at the Market by Sara AndersonScience: NutritionArt: ... More

Friday, July 15

Volunteer for Tacoma Nature Center Habitat Restoration Work

9:00 am

Join us for our regular stewardship activities as we care for the park by removing invasive plant species, re-planting areas with native plants and helping those plants thrive. No experience necessary. Experienced habitat stewards wi... More
Guided History Tour

11:00 am

Join a Point Defiance historian on a guided tour of the Park entry."Tacoma's Great Pride." That was the headline of the Tacoma Daily Ledger on July 3, 1892; just four years after the city began transforming the Park's rugged tract of fore... More
Family Fun Night

6:00 pm

Time-tested family fun!Families are invited to bring their own picnic dinner to the Fort, located in Point Defiance Park, and join in games, dancing, and relay races with the Fort’s re-enactors during Family Fun Night, July 15, 6-9 p.m.... More

Saturday, July 16

McKinley Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces every second Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty we ... More
Oak Tree Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces every third Saturday. all ages OK bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and close-toed shoes that you don't mind getting... More
Point Defiance Beach Cleanup

9:00 am

Get hooked on helping at these cleanup events held every 3rd Saturday at the Point Defiance Marina. Join other volunteers to make a difference in the health and cleanliness of our beaches. Meet at Point Defiance Marina Complex, 5912 N. Wate... More
REI Intro to Map and Compass at Point Defiance

9:00 am

Learn with REI at Point Defiance Park! Sign up online at REI.com/Learn 10 max per class. REI Intro to Map and Compass Learn basic navigation skills as we teach you how to confidently use a Map & Compass. Sign up online at REI.com/L... More
Family Nature Walk-Wapato Park

10:00 am

Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff. ... More
Crafts of the Past - Heritage Skills Demonstration

11:00 am

Fort Nisqually Interpreters will be available this weekend to demonstrate a number of skills that would have been used by employees of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company on a daily basis as they went about their laboring tasks around the Fort... More
Family Nature Walk-Oak Tree Park

1:00 pm

Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff. ... More

Sunday, July 17

Crafts of the Past - Heritage Skills Demonstration

11:00 am

Fort Nisqually Interpreters will be available this weekend to demonstrate a number of skills that would have been used by employees of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company on a daily basis as they went about their laboring tasks around the Fort... More
Guided Garden Tour

2:00 pm

Discover the rich history and modern celebration of botanical displays at Point Defiance Park with an introduction to the Park’s core gardens.Tours begin at the Visitors Center.Tours held on these Sundays: May 29June 5, 12, 19 (no tour Ju... More
Historic Points of View: Stories of Tacoma’s Past

2:00 pm

Meet some of the fascinating people who wove the tapestry of Point Defiance Park’s rich history at Historic Points of View: Stories of Tacoma’s Past. This new and exciting program brings living history presentations to the P... More

Monday, July 18

Committee of the Whole
Committee of the Whole meetings are normally held at 5:30 pm on the 3rd and 5th (if there is one) Mondays of each month. All 5 Board members are scheduled to attend. The format is a 'Work Session.' (no public comment).Me... More
Park Watch Monthly Meeting
Friends of Point Defiance Park Park Watch Monthly Meeting Point Defiance Pagoda, 5:30pm, Downstairs Meeting Room 5715 Roberts Garden Rd, Tacoma, WA 98407 Meetings are held the third Monday of every monthFor more information email maryk@tacom... More

Tuesday, July 19

Lavender Wand Making Workshop

2:00 pm

Join Conservatory Foundation board member, Priscilla Taylor to make a lovely lavender wand while sipping refreshing lavender lemonade. Lavender is one of Shakespeare's blooms.Free, Suggested Donation $3 More

Wednesday, July 20

Wounded Warriors Fishing Trip

7:00 am

Free fishing trip and bbq for wounded warrior veterans and their family hosted by boathouse tenants.The day starts with coffee and doughnuts at 6 am and ends at noon with a barbecue lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and desserts prepare... More
Story Hour

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin in the tropical atmosphere of the Conservatory for storytelling along with a short hands-on science and art project.This month featuring Imagination from Nature: The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle M... More

Thursday, July 21

Third Thursday at the Conservatory
Visit the Conservatory’s beautiful exhibits during Third Thursday extended hours. FreeW.W. Seymour Conservatory316 S. G St., in Wright ParkSeymourConservatory.org; 591-5330 More
Explore the Shore

11:45 am

Become a citizen scientist for a day at Owen Beach! Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium naturalists for low tide beach walks to identify tide pool animals and record their presence and location in order to add the information to the sc... More

Friday, July 22

Half Day for Half Price

9:30 am

Discounted Half-Price Admission gets visitors four-and-a-half hours of animal watching, close encounters, a live animal show and more.More event info » More
Guided History Tour

11:00 am

Join a Point Defiance historian on a guided tour of the Park entry."Tacoma's Great Pride." That was the headline of the Tacoma Daily Ledger on July 3, 1892; just four years after the city began transforming the Park's rugged tract of fore... More

Saturday, July 23

Wapato Park Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green spaces. All ages OK. Bring garden gloves, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and closed-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. We will provide litter bags and tools. Wapato Park is ... More
Swan Creek 5k

9:00 am

Swan Creek 5kSaturday, July 239 amSwan Creek ParkLEARN  MORE More
Crafts of the Past - Native American Basketry

11:00 am

DeAnn Jacobsen is a 5th generation great-granddaughter of Chief Seattle and award winning weaver. She specializes in her ancestor's Duwamish/Suquamish traditions of cedar basketry. DeAnn will be demonstrating cedar root coil techniques thro... More
Family Nature Walk-Tacoma Nature Center

1:00 pm

Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons. Walks are organized and led by Tacoma Nature Center staff. ... More

Sunday, July 24

Crafts of the Past - Native American Basketry

11:00 am

DeAnn Jacobsen is a 5th generation great-granddaughter of Chief Seattle and award winning weaver. She specializes in her ancestor's Duwamish/Suquamish traditions of cedar basketry. DeAnn will be demonstrating cedar root coil techniques thro... More
Food Truck Fest

10:30 am

Tacoma, isn’t it time you come to your senses? Tantalize your taste buds, savor the scents, feast your eyes on nature's beauty, and devour the sounds of great local music. Sunday, July 24, 201610:30 am-6:00 pmWright Park, 501... More
Guided Garden Tour

2:00 pm

Discover the rich history and modern celebration of botanical displays at Point Defiance Park with an introduction to the Park’s core gardens.Tours begin at the Visitors Center.Tours held on these Sundays: May 29June 5, 12, 19 (no tour Ju... More

Monday, July 25

Park Board Meeting
A five-member Board of Park Commissioners governs Metro Parks Tacoma and is the policy determining body for the park district.Regular MeetingsThe Board meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Board Room at Metr... More

Wednesday, July 27

Capital Improvement Committee
The Capital Improvement Committee meets two Wednesdays per month (every Wednesday following a Board Meeting) to review, influence, facilitate and monitor the capital improvement program, including bond projects, for the di... More
Story Hour

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin in the tropical atmosphere of the Conservatory for storytelling along with a short hands-on science and art project.This month featuring Inspiration from Nature: The Iridescence of Birds by Patricia MacLachlanScienc... More

Friday, July 29

Kandle Park Sunset Cinema
Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to the park for a free outdoor movie for the whole family! Summer Bash – featuring Click! Mobile Movies – is a summertime tradition in Tacoma. This summer, enjoy family... More
Guided History Tour

11:00 am

Join a Point Defiance historian on a guided tour of the Park entry."Tacoma's Great Pride." That was the headline of the Tacoma Daily Ledger on July 3, 1892; just four years after the city began transforming the Park's rugged tract of fore... More
Family Campout

7:00 pm

We’re opening up Owen Beach for camping this summer! Join us under the stars with your family and/or friends.  Campouts include a tent space, evening  snack and a hot sunrise breakfast. You will need to bring tent, sleeping ... More
STAR Center Indoor Movie

7:00 pm

Visit STAR Center for a free screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) - PG This movie will start at 7 pm in STAR Center's Journey Hall. This Indoor movie is FREE to the public, so bring some popcorn, a bean bag chair, and the kids to enjoy the s... More

Saturday, July 30

Wild Cat Weekend
Pounce over to the Zoo for this celebration that is purrfect for the entire family. Make a cat-like connection with our resident tigers and clouded leopards and watch them enjoy special treats and toys designed by their keepers.More event... More
Ethnic Fest Outdoor Movie
Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to the park for a free outdoor movie for the whole family! Summer Bash – featuring Click! Mobile Movies – is a summertime tradition in Tacoma. This summer, enjoy family... More
Crafts of the Past - Blacksmithing

11:00 am

Ray Baker (Saturday) and John Simpkins (Sunday) have together volunteered more than 20,000 hours as the Fort Nisqually blacksmiths. Throughout the weekend, visitors will have the opportunity to see them in action in the Fort's smithy. John ... More
Ethnic Fest

12:00 pm

Celebrating Culture & Community for Over 25 years!Since 1986 the festival has featured the many cultures and ethnic groups that make Pierce County a great place to live. Enjoy two full days of music, dance, art, and foods from around the wo... More

Sunday, July 31

Wild Cat Weekend
Pounce over to the Zoo for this celebration that is purrfect for the entire family. Make a cat-like connection with our resident tigers and clouded leopards and watch them enjoy special treats and toys designed by their keepers.More event... More
Crafts of the Past - Blacksmithing

11:00 am

Ray Baker (Saturday) and John Simpkins (Sunday) have together volunteered more than 20,000 hours as the Fort Nisqually blacksmiths. Throughout the weekend, visitors will have the opportunity to see them in action in the Fort's smithy. John ... More
Ethnic Fest

12:00 pm

Celebrating Culture & Community for Over 25 years!Since 1986 the festival has featured the many cultures and ethnic groups that make Pierce County a great place to live. Enjoy two full days of music, dance, art, and foods from around the wo... More
Guided Garden Tour

2:00 pm

Discover the rich history and modern celebration of botanical displays at Point Defiance Park with an introduction to the Park’s core gardens.Tours begin at the Visitors Center.Tours held on these Sundays: May 29June 5, 12, 19 (no tour Ju... More