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Monday, August 1

Tiptoe Through the Tidepools

9:00 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

Tuesday, August 2

Explore the Shore

10:30 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
National Night Out & Summer Bash

5:00 pm

Celebrate with your neighbors at National Night Out. Free. People's Center1602 South Martin Luther King Jr WayTacoma, WAVIEW THE SUMMER BASH & MOVIE LINEUP ... More

Friday, August 5

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
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
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
Summer Bash & Movie

6:00 pm

Portland Avenue Community Center is hosting this fun family event that will be held at STEWART HEIGHTS PARK.  Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to the park for a free outdoor movie for the whole family! Summer Bash &nd... More
Friday at the Fort 2016

6:00 pm

Adults enjoy a night out at Fort Nisqually’s Friday at the Fort Bring your friends and enjoy a summertime party in the most unique setting in Puget Sound—Fort Nisqually. Enjoy winding down your week and winding up the start of... More
Shakespeare in the Park

7:00 pm

Join us for an outdoor production of a William Shakespeare play. “Love's Labour's Lost,” one of William Shakespeare's early comedies, comes to Wright Park on Friday, August 5. The free show starts at 7 p.m. and will b... More
Swan Creek Park Campfire Program

8:00 pm

Join us for an evening gathered around the campfire listening to stories, singing songs, and learning about the natural world at Swan Creek Park. An adult must accompany children. Meet at the Swan Creek Gathering Place at E 42nd and Roose... More

Saturday, August 6

Primate Party
Celebrate lemurs, gibbons, and siamangs and learn more about these fascinating primates! More event info » More
Salmon Derby: South King County Puget Sound Anglers

5:00 am

The largest Salmon Derby in the Seattle Tacoma area will once again held by South King County PSA and hosted by the Point Defiance Marina. Enjoy sponsor booths and displays near the Marina. Weigh in is at 1 pm with an awards assembly once al... More
Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area and wetland every first Saturday.Our Habitat Steward Luis Yanez is a highly qualified citizen taking on the restoration of Ryan's Park. When he was a Lead for the Washington Conservation Corps (... More
Family Nature Walk-Wapato Hills 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 - Tin Whistle

11:00 am

Steve Ricketts will demonstrate the tin whistle and similar 19th-century instruments such as the Flageolette and Recorder, and explain their similarities and differences. People who bring their own tin whistles will get a prime... More

Sunday, August 7

Primate Party
Celebrate lemurs, gibbons, and siamangs and learn more about these fascinating primates! More event info » More
Crafts of the Past - Tin Whistle

11:00 am

Steve Ricketts will demonstrate the tin whistle and similar 19th-century instruments such as the Flageolette and Recorder, and explain their similarities and differences. People who bring their own tin whistles will get a prime... 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, August 8

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, August 10

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
Walk Tacoma

4:30 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

Friday, August 12

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
Summer Bash at Norpoint

6:30 pm

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-friendly... More
STAR Center Indoor Movie

7:00 pm

Visit STAR Center for a free screening of Up (2009) - 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 show. ... More
Tacoma Nature Center Campfire Program

8:00 pm

Join us for an evening gathered together listening to stories, singing songs, and learning about the natural world at the Tacoma Nature Center. An adult must accompany children. Meet at the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S Tyler St. A... More

Saturday, August 13

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
Salmon Derby: Gig Harbor Puget Sound Anglers

5:00 am

Enjoy sponsor booths and displays near the Point Defiance Marina. Weigh in is at 1 pm with an awards assembly once all fish are weighed in. Food available for purchase. Fishing derby begins at dawn. Pre-register prior to fishing at 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
Family Nature Walk-Titlow 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
Brigade Encampment 2016

11:00 am

Two Days of Engaging Activities Guests will be transported back to 1855 during one of the largest museum events of the year as re-enactors set up dozens ... More
Feeding Frenzy

11:00 am

All animals love to eat! See how keepers present food in creative ways to stimulate each animal’s natural food-finding behaviors and watch the animals enjoy specialized meals. Learn More More
Crafts of the Past - Punch and Judy

11:00 am

Kelsey Boyce will be giving two performances daily of Punch and Judy puppet shows on August 13 and 14 during Brigade Encampment, 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. both days. Punch and Judy is a traditional British puppet show featuring ... 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, August 14

Brigade Encampment 2016

11:00 am

Two Days of Engaging Activities Guests will be transported back to 1855 during one of the largest museum events of the year as re-enactors set up dozens ... More
Feeding Frenzy

11:00 am

All animals love to eat! See how keepers present food in creative ways to stimulate each animal’s natural food-finding behaviors and watch the animals enjoy specialized meals. Learn More More
Crafts of the Past - Punch and Judy

11:00 am

Kelsey Boyce will be giving two performances daily of Punch and Judy puppet shows on August 13 and 14 during Brigade Encampment, 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. both days. Punch and Judy is a traditional British puppet show featuring ... More
REI Intro to GPS at Point Defiance

9:00 am

Learn with REI at Point Defiance Park! Sign up online at REI.com/Learn 10 max per class. Head out into the field for a day of hands-on GPS navigation training. Sign up online at REI.com/LearnFee: $60 member / $80 non-member ... 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 folk rock group Champagne Sunday.The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes and the music is i... 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
Blueberries & Blues

5:00 pm

A sweet summer celebration! Pie Potluck - bring your best Blueberry Pie to share Music Free Ice Cream Join the fun, and bring a friend! Metro Parks Tacoma / Harvest Pierce County / Ice Cream Social  Charlotte's Blu... More

Monday, August 15

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

Tuesday, August 16

Presentation: Destination Point Defiance

3:30 pm

Sharks and Parks! The public is invited to come hear about the exciting changes happening at Point Defiance Park and ask questions about the projects. Metro Parks Tacoma Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer will be presenting at F... More

Wednesday, August 17

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 prepared by... More
Thirsty Summer Nights 5k

7:00 pm

Thirsty Summer Nights 5kWednesday, August 177 pmTitlow ParkLEARN  MORE More

Thursday, August 18

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

10:45 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
Dog Parade!

11:00 am

All  Fifty and Better participants are invited to bring your pooches to show off this wonderful part of your life. Walk around the park in a parade-like environment, while the day camp kids enjoy the parade! Prizes for: Best Dog... More
Third Thursday Music

5:00 pm

Join us and Peter Gallagher for a special summer night of folk songs with graceful instrumentation and soaring vocals performed among the beautiful summer flower display. FREE - Suggested Donation $3 Peter Gallagher is a Seattle... More

Friday, August 19

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
Gift Shop Yard Sale

10:00 am

Join us at the Conservatory Gazebo for a gift shop yard sale! Foundation members receive 10% off  sale price. FREE - Suggested Donation $3 W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory located in historic Wright Park 316 South G St. Tacoma ... 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, August 20

Gift Shop Yard Sale

10:00 am

Join us at the Conservatory Gazebo for a gift shop yard sale! Foundation members receive 10% off  sale price. FREE - Suggested Donation $3 W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory located in historic Wright Park 316 South G St. Tacoma ... More
Arctic Blast
Beat the heat! Join us for an arctic blast in the middle of summer. Watch animals cool off with special ice treats. Frolic in piles of shaved ice on the main Zoo lawn, then "chill out" with an ice cream treat from the cafe.More even... More
Family Campout
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
Salmon Derby: South Sound Puget Sound Anglers

5:00 am

THIS DERBY HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Enjoy sponsor booths and displays near the Point Defiance Marina. Weigh in is at 1 pm with an awards assembly once all fish are weighed in. Food available for purchase. Fishing derby begins at dawn. Pre-r... More
Dock Fishing Community Bottom Fishing Derby

7:00 am

Join us for a day to fish with others who have a passion for dock fishing. Compete to win 3 winnable categories: Flounder, Sculpin, Coolest Catch.  A photographer will be on hand to get pictures of you and your cat... More
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
Craft of the Past - Wood Turning

11:00 am

Larry Miller will use a foot-powered treadle lathe to demonstrate traditional wood-turning techniques. Such lathes were used to create many items required for daily 19th century life. Dishes, bowls, drinking vessels, farm imple... More
Footgolf Tournament Northwest Qualifier

3:00 pm

This tournament is a qualifier for a State/Regional Championship with categories for men, women, senior and youth. For more information go to AFGLTour.com. More
Summer Bash at STAR Center

6:00 pm

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-friendly... More
Lullaby Lagoon

7:30 pm

Back by popular demand! Relax and rejuvenate to soothing music while floating on silky smooth waves. Held Saturdays through August 27. Registration required or call day-of for availability. Limited capacity - inflatable rafts supplied. Ag... More

Sunday, August 21

Craft of the Past - Wood Turning

11:00 am

Larry Miller will use a foot-powered treadle lathe to demonstrate traditional wood-turning techniques. Such lathes were used to create many items required for daily 19th century life. Dishes, bowls, drinking vessels, farm imple... 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, August 22

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
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 month For more information email mary... More

Wednesday, August 24

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
Playground O-lympics

1:00 pm

Inspired by Rio? Come cheer on Tacoma's own Playground O-lympics Aug. 24 at Titlow Park. Summer Playground  program sites will face-off in multiple challenges. Includes entertainment, live DJ, face painting, prizes and more. Everyth... More

Friday, August 26

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, August 27

Wapato Park Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural areas. The goal of the Wapato Lake work parties are to remove invasive plant species, such as blackberry, ivy and laurel, from the park's wetlands and wooded areas, as well as some minor trash clea... More
THE TACOMA FOOD FOREST: Art, Edibles + Sustainable Culture

10:00 am

Enjoy an eco-art show in a one-of-a-kind setting, Tacoma's Swan Creek Food Forest. This event presents the work of 15 regional artists/teams whose environmentally-sensitive sculptures and installations interact with the landscape and hig... More
Family Nature Walk-McKinley 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
Craft of the Past - Weaving

11:00 am

Karen Haas will demonstrate weaving methods on several different kinds of looms including a 4-harness loom, box loom, and back-strap loom. In the mid 1800s, HBC's ships brought affordable, factory-made cloth to the Fort... More
Lullaby Lagoon

7:30 pm

Back by popular demand! Relax and rejuvenate to soothing music while floating on silky smooth waves. Held Saturdays through August 27. Registration required or call day-of for availability. Limited capacity - inflatable rafts supplied. Ag... More

Sunday, August 28

Craft of the Past - Weaving

11:00 am

Karen Haas will demonstrate weaving methods on several different kinds of looms including a 4-harness loom, box loom, and back-strap loom. In the mid 1800s, HBC's ships brought affordable, factory-made cloth to 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

Monday, August 29

Committee of the Whole - Canceled
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). M... More