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Tuesday, July 1

Rhododendron Garden Work Party

9:30 am

Help out in the Rhododendron Garden doing plant care and on-going maintenance. Location: Rhododendron Garden in Point Defiance Park5400 N. Pearl St., TacomaTime: 9:30 am-12 pmDates: May 6 & 17; June 3 & 21July 1 & 19; August 5 &... More

Wednesday, July 2

Conservatory Story Hour

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin among the Conservatory's beautiful flowers for weekly story telling along with a short hands-on science and art project! $3.00 exhibit admission - children under 12 free. Wednesday, July 2Book: The Tale of ... More

Thursday, July 3

Summer Rose Pruning

4:00 pm

Visit with Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the rose garden. This is a great opportunity to learn about rose growing, care and maintenance from experienced rosarians while lending ... More

Friday, 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 53... More
Freedom Fair
Freedom Fair features all the usual 4th of July activities: airshows, great food, vendors, exhibits, rides, and events - along with a lot of very exciting new ones! It's the South Sound's biggest annual event, and a party that you don't want t... More

Saturday, July 5

Relax & Renew

9:00 am

Relax and renew with an hour of guided meditation & gentle movement. No experience necessary, accessible to all. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or pillow to sit on. Suggested donation $10. To... 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. John started working with metal in high school.  He has hand-forged items for displays and living history p... More

Sunday, July 6

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. John started working with metal in high school.  He has hand-forged items for displays and living history p... More
Sunday Farmers Markets at STAR and Norpoint

11:00 am

Enjoy local produce and crafts every Sunday in a neighborhood near you. Watch the kids play a game of ball or splash in the sprayground, have lunch and pick up groceries for the week ahead.Farmer's Markets in South Tacoma and NE Tacoma make it ... More

Tuesday, July 8

Junior Golf Camp

9:00 am

July & August Golf Camps This year we have a few exciting changes to our program and schedule. We will be conducting two 3-day Summer Golf Camps, on July 8-10 and August 5-7. These camps are open to beginner and intermediate, and advanced ... More

Wednesday, July 9

Junior Golf Camp

9:00 am

July & August Golf Camps This year we have a few exciting changes to our program and schedule. We will be conducting two 3-day Summer Golf Camps, on July 8-10 and August 5-7. These camps are open to beginner and intermediate, and advanced ... More
Conservatory Story Hour

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin among the Conservatory's beautiful flowers for weekly story telling along with a short hands-on science and art project! $3.00 exhibit admission - children under 12 free. Wednesday, July 2Book: The Tale of ... More

Thursday, July 10

Junior Golf Camp

9:00 am

July & August Golf Camps This year we have a few exciting changes to our program and schedule. We will be conducting two 3-day Summer Golf Camps, on July 8-10 and August 5-7. These camps are open to beginner and intermediate, and advanced ... More
Summer Rose Pruning

4:00 pm

Visit with Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the rose garden. This is a great opportunity to learn about rose growing, care and maintenance from experienced rosarians while lending ... More

Friday, July 11

Summer Garden Party

5:30 pm

Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and glass of champagne, swing to live jazz from the Musig-Christensen-Hume Trio, savor a glass of wine from the no-host bar, play lawn games and try your luck in our raffle.Inspired by the variegation in so ma... More

Saturday, July 12

Campout in the Parks
We’re opening up our beaches for camping this summer! Join us for three Saturday nights under the stars with your family and/or friends.  Campouts include a tent space, evening  snack and a hot sunrise breakfast. You will need t... More
Wildcat Weekend

10:00 am

Saving wild cats is so important that we're setting aside the weekend to celebrate our tigers and clouded leopards! Pounce over to the Zoo for this celebration that is purrfect for the entire family. Make a cat-like conn... More
Run to the Top

10:00 am

Run to the Top has been called Tacoma's toughest, most gritty, most hilly 5k—and runners and walker of all types will love every second of it! Race participants will enjoy a shady route on 8-ft wide trails with views of Tacoma. Ag... More
Tiptoe through the Tidepools

10:00 am

Tiptoe through the TidepoolsAll ages, FreeBring 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! Titlow Beach is located at the west end of 6th Avenue in Tacoma. ... More
Crafts of the Past - Botanical Illustration with Kathleen McKeehen

11:00 am

Kathleen McKeehen discovered botanical painting after many years as a classroom teacher. She studied at UC Santa Cruz, and completed an internship at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in Britain. Her hand-done illustrations have appeared in maga... More

Sunday, July 13

Wildcat Weekend

10:00 am

Saving wild cats is so important that we're setting aside the weekend to celebrate our tigers and clouded leopards! Pounce over to the Zoo for this celebration that is purrfect for the entire family. Make a cat-like conn... More
Crafts of the Past - Botanical Illustration with Kathleen McKeehen

11:00 am

Kathleen McKeehen discovered botanical painting after many years as a classroom teacher. She studied at UC Santa Cruz, and completed an internship at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in Britain. Her hand-done illustrations have appeared in maga... More
Sunday Farmers Markets at STAR and Norpoint

11:00 am

Enjoy local produce and crafts every Sunday in a neighborhood near you. Watch the kids play a game of ball or splash in the sprayground, have lunch and pick up groceries for the week ahead.Farmer's Markets in South Tacoma and NE Tacoma make it ... More
Second Sunday Concert Series

1:00 pm

Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month. This month featuring Kareem Kandi (jazz trio).The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes and the music is intended to appeal to aud... More

Monday, July 14

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 Metro Pa... More

Wednesday, July 16

Capital Improvement Committee
This 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 district. The public is invited to attend. ... More
Conservatory Story Hour

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin among the Conservatory's beautiful flowers for weekly story telling along with a short hands-on science and art project! $3.00 exhibit admission - children under 12 free. Wednesday, July 2Book: The Tale of ... More
Schuster Slope Open House

6:00 pm

We’re creating a long-range natural resource management plan for Schuster Slope.  Please attend and share your feedback on, slope stability, recreation, view corridors, public safety, native vegetation, wildlife habitat and water qua... More

Thursday, July 17

Summer Rose Pruning

4:00 pm

Visit with Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the rose garden. This is a great opportunity to learn about rose growing, care and maintenance from experienced rosarians while lending ... More
Destination Point Defiance - 3rd Thursday Community Dialogues

5:30 pm

Want to learn more about Point Defiance Park? Come to Destination Point Defiance – 3rd Thursday Community Dialogues about both near-term and long-range plans. The Pagoda in Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St. Learn more at... More

Friday, July 18

19th Century Family Fun Night

6:00 pm

Children will be racing for saltwater taffy fired from the candy cannon at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s Family Fun Night from 6-9 pm on Friday, July 18. The cannon firings punctuate an evening of 19th century fun with th... More
Zoobilee

6:30 pm

ZOOBILEE:  Growl, Howl & Roar Enjoy a stroll through the zoo, live entertainment, traveling hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, a silent auction, animal encounters, dinner and more. Reservations required for this black-tie event. ... More

Saturday, July 19

Endangered Species Weekend
Bring your herd to Northwest Trek for a weekend honoring endangered species and learn what we can do to protect these animals and their habitats. Free with Northwest Trek admission. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park11610 Trek Dr. E., Eatonville... More
Family Nature Walk: Swan Creek Park
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. Not r... More
Point Defiance Beach Clean Up

9:00 am

Get hooked on helping at these clean up 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. Waterfr... More
Relax & Renew

9:00 am

Relax and renew with an hour of guided meditation & gentle movement. No experience necessary, accessible to all. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or pillow to sit on. Suggested donation $10. To... More
Rhododendron Garden Work Party

9:30 am

Help out in the Rhododendron Garden doing plant care and on-going maintenance. Location: Rhododendron Garden in Point Defiance Park5400 N. Pearl St., TacomaTime: 9:30 am-12 pmDates: May 6 & 17; June 3 & 21July 1 & 19; August 5 &... More
Crafts of the Past - Woodturning and Powder Horns

11:00 am

Glenn Sutt is a multitalented craftsman.  He built his first muzzle-loading rifle in the living room of his apartment in 1978. Later, he became an accomplished maker of powder horns, embellishing the functional horns with detailed wire inl... More

Sunday, July 20

Endangered Species Weekend
Bring your herd to Northwest Trek for a weekend honoring endangered species and learn what we can do to protect these animals and their habitats. Free with Northwest Trek admission. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park11610 Trek Dr. E., Eatonville... More
Crafts of the Past - Woodturning and Powder Horns

11:00 am

Glenn Sutt is a multitalented craftsman.  He built his first muzzle-loading rifle in the living room of his apartment in 1978. Later, he became an accomplished maker of powder horns, embellishing the functional horns with detailed wire inl... More
Food Truck Fest
Food Truck Fest Will Tantalize Taste BudsTacoma, 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.Join us on Sunday, July 20... More
Sunday Farmers Markets at STAR and Norpoint

11:00 am

Enjoy local produce and crafts every Sunday in a neighborhood near you. Watch the kids play a game of ball or splash in the sprayground, have lunch and pick up groceries for the week ahead.Farmer's Markets in South Tacoma and NE Tacoma make it ... More

Monday, July 21

Committee of the Whole - Cancelled

5:30 pm

The July 21 Committee of the Whole meeting has been cancelled.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... More

Wednesday, July 23

Conservatory Story Hour

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin among the Conservatory's beautiful flowers for weekly story telling along with a short hands-on science and art project! $3.00 exhibit admission - children under 12 free. Wednesday, July 2Book: The Tale of ... More

Thursday, July 24

Summer Rose Pruning

4:00 pm

Visit with Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the rose garden. This is a great opportunity to learn about rose growing, care and maintenance from experienced rosarians while lending ... More

Friday, July 25

Friday at the Fort

6:00 pm

Adults Enjoy a Night Out at Fort Nisqually’s Friday at the FortBring your friends and enjoy a summertime party in the most unique setting in Puget Sound—Fort Nisqually. The 5th Annual Friday at the Fort will be held on Friday, July ... More

Saturday, July 26

Ethnic Fest
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
Family Nature Walk: Wapato Park
 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. Not r... More
Family Golf Days
Bring the whole family and a friend or two on selected Saturdays from April to August to enjoy nine holes of golf on the Williams Nine.  Kids 18 and under play for FREE with a full-paying adult. Kids also receive a free food item each mont... More
CLICK! Mobile Outdoor Movie
The Lego Movie at Ethnic FestSaturday, July 26Enjoy Ethnic Fest all day long but bring a blanket and some snacks to watch The Lego Movie (rated PG) later that evening!This CLICK! Outdoor Mobile Movie is free and begins at dusk. Seating is on th... More
Crafts of the Past - Banjo Making with John Salicco

11:00 am

John Salicco is a banjo maker, historian, musician, story teller and entertainer. He made his first banjo from a cigar box and a stick of firewood about 30 years ago. John has handmade over 100 custom fretless banjos, shipping them to music ent... More

Sunday, July 27

Ethnic Fest
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
Crafts of the Past - Banjo Making with John Salicco

11:00 am

John Salicco is a banjo maker, historian, musician, story teller and entertainer. He made his first banjo from a cigar box and a stick of firewood about 30 years ago. John has handmade over 100 custom fretless banjos, shipping them to music ent... More
Herb Garden Work Party

10:00 am

Help out in the Herb Garden with ongoing maintenance.Location: Point Defiance Herb Garden, in Point Defiance Park5400 N. Pearl St., TacomaTime: 10am-12pmDates: May 25 & July 27Read more about the Herb Garden More
Sunday Farmers Markets at STAR and Norpoint

11:00 am

Enjoy local produce and crafts every Sunday in a neighborhood near you. Watch the kids play a game of ball or splash in the sprayground, have lunch and pick up groceries for the week ahead.Farmer's Markets in South Tacoma and NE Tacoma make it ... More

Monday, July 28

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 Metro Pa... More

Wednesday, July 30

Capital Improvement Committee
This 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 district. The public is invited to attend. ... More
Conservatory Story Hour

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin among the Conservatory's beautiful flowers for weekly story telling along with a short hands-on science and art project! $3.00 exhibit admission - children under 12 free. Wednesday, July 2Book: The Tale of ... More

Thursday, July 31

Summer Rose Pruning

4:00 pm

Visit with Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the rose garden. This is a great opportunity to learn about rose growing, care and maintenance from experienced rosarians while lending ... More
Couples Thursday Night Golf & Social

5:00 pm

This new golf and social activity is a monthly favorite at Meadow Park Golf Course. Come enjoy a lightly competitive round of golf with a spouse or golfing companion. After golf, enjoy Foley on the Green's specialty appetizers and beverage spec... More