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Friday, October 3

Candlelight Tour
Campfires and candlelight provide illumination for this magical evening walking tour of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Visitors can eavesdrop as more than a hundred re-enactors bring to life the laborers, servants, gentlemen and ladies o... More

Saturday, October 4

Candlelight Tour
Campfires and candlelight provide illumination for this magical evening walking tour of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Visitors can eavesdrop as more than a hundred re-enactors bring to life the laborers, servants, gentlemen and ladies o... More
Fall Native Plant Sale

9:00 am

Landscape your yard with plants that are native to our area. Planting natives ensures the conservation of our precious water resources and provides habitat for local birds, mammals and insects. Download a list of available plants here. C... More
Point Defiance Marina Swap Meet

10:00 am

Visit Point Defiance Marina to pick up some new gear, or clean out lockers or garages of tackle and gear others may really need! Pre-register by September 30 to reserve your 10X10 foot space and sell your gently used sporting and boating goods ... More
Family Nature Walk - Swan Creek 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
Pier Peer Around Tacoma

7:30 pm

Bring your family and join us for an aquatic night-time adventure as you explore hundreds of mysterious life forms below the docks with experienced naturalists! See and touch creatures brought up from the deep by local divers. Participate... More

Monday, October 6

Committee of the Whole

4:00 pm

Please note tonight's meeting will being at 4:00 pm.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... More

Wednesday, October 8

Story Hour at the Conservatory

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin among the Conservatory's beautiful flowers as she reads Miss Maples Seeds by Eliza Wheeler and leads a short hands-on science project (how seeds travel) and art project (traveling seed picture)! $3 admission, ages 11 and ... More
Conservatory Lecture: Pacific Northwest Ethnobotany

6:00 pm

In conjunction with the exhibition, "Ethnobotany: An Artists' Study of Plants" which runs September 5-October 12, the Conservatory is presenting an onsite lecture series on topics including urban horticulture, Pacific Northwest ethnobotan... More

Saturday, October 11

South Sound Throwdown
Come find out why goalball has blossomed into one of the Paralympics most popular team sports!Henry Schatz Boys and Girls Club3875 S. 66th St.MetroParksTacoma.org/Adaptive404-3955 More
Green Tacoma Day

10:00 am

Celebrate both Green Tacoma Day and Arbor Day! On Arbor Day, Tacoma celebrates 20 years as a Tree City USA community and Tacoma Public Utility’s 10th year as a Tree Line USA. The festivities will provide educational and family-friendly ac... 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
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, October 12

South Sound Throwdown
Come find out why goalball has blossomed into one of the Paralympics most popular team sports!Henry Schatz Boys and Girls Club3875 S. 66th St.MetroParksTacoma.org/Adaptive404-3955 More
Second Sunday Concert Series

1:00 pm

Enjoy live acoustic music among lush tropical floral displays on the second Sunday of every month.The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes and the music is intended to appeal to audiences of all ages and sensibilities.Most of th... More

Monday, October 13

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

Tuesday, October 14

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More

Wednesday, October 15

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More
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

Thursday, October 16

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... 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, October 17

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More
Harvest Fest at Norpoint

5:30 pm

Celebrate fall at Metro Parks Harvest Fests throughout Tacoma. Admission is FREE.Enjoy hands-on arts and crafts, carnival-style games, pumpkin fun and live entertainment.  Center at Norpoint4818 Nassau Ave NE(253) 404-3900 ... More

Saturday, October 18

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More
Zoo Boo
Put on your best costume and join us for a fun, fall-themed weekend at the Zoo. Come watch our animals enjoy special pumpkin enrichments and see how creative our keepers are at designing their jack-o-lanterns! Festivities are FREE wi... 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
Family Nature Walk - Wapato Hills 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
Black Cat Run Run

6:30 pm

Grab your family and friends to run/walk a glowing Point Defiance Five Mile Drive in the dark. Wear your flashiest costume and bling while you enjoy glow sticks, zoo lights characters, strobe lights, and more along the lighted roadway. ... More
Night Walk at the Tacoma Nature Center

7:30 pm

Night Walk at the Tacoma Nature CenterAges 7 and up, $6.00/person Discover who goes bump in the night at the Tacoma Nature Center. Walk the trails after dark and learn about the nocturnal residents of the park. Warm up at the end of the evening... More

Sunday, October 19

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More
Zoo Boo
Put on your best costume and join us for a fun, fall-themed weekend at the Zoo. Come watch our animals enjoy special pumpkin enrichments and see how creative our keepers are at designing their jack-o-lanterns! Festivities are FREE wi... More
Grand Dance Extravaganza

1:00 pm

This unique event includes dance workshops, dinner and show, demos, live music and more.Put on your dancing shoes and take a lesson, attend a workshop or two and improve your moves. Stay for dinner and dance the night away at the Grand Dance Ex... More

Monday, October 20

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More
Committee of the Whole

5:30 pm

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).Metro Park... More

Tuesday, October 21

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More

Wednesday, October 22

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More
Conservatory Lecture: The Wonders of a Food Forest

6:00 pm

In conjunction with the exhibition, "Ethnobotany: An Artists' Study of Plants" which runs September 5-October 12, the Conservatory is presenting an onsite lecture series on topics including urban horticulture, Pacific Northwest ethnobotan... More

Thursday, October 23

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More

Friday, October 24

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More
Hoot n Howl

6:00 pm

Navigate through the park and search for animals in the dark on a special nighttime tram tour. Revelers young and young-at-heart can don their costumes, play games, win prizes and eat treats during this wild weekend. Learn More Northwest ... More
Harvest Fest at Portland Ave. Community Center

6:30 pm

Celebrate fall at Metro Parks Harvest Fests throughout Tacoma. Admission is FREE.Enjoy hands-on arts and crafts, carnival-style games, pumpkin fun and live entertainment.Portland Ave. Community Center3513 E. Portland Ave.591-5391MetroParksTacom... More
Bonfires, Beaver Pelts, and Bogeymen

7:00 pm

Ghosts, Goblins, and Ghouls, 19th Century StyleTake a stroll down a Jack O’Lantern lit path to a roaring bonfire, and get spooked as Fort Nisqually’s storytellers bring forth the spirits of the 19th century. Hear tales of ghostly pi... More

Saturday, October 25

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More
Hoot n Howl

6:00 pm

Navigate through the park and search for animals in the dark on a special nighttime tram tour. Revelers young and young-at-heart can don their costumes, play games, win prizes and eat treats during this wild weekend. Learn More Northwest ... More
Bonfires, Beaver Pelts, and Bogeymen

7:00 pm

Ghosts, Goblins, and Ghouls, 19th Century StyleTake a stroll down a Jack O’Lantern lit path to a roaring bonfire, and get spooked as Fort Nisqually’s storytellers bring forth the spirits of the 19th century. Hear tales of ghostly pi... More
Night Howl for Scouts

6:00 pm

A special evening adventure just for Junior Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts ages 8-11. $12 per scout. Take a guided night hike in the forest Solve the Mystery of Snake Lake Make a so... More

Sunday, October 26

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More

Monday, October 27

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More
Park Board Meeting
A five member Board of Park Commissioners governs Metro Parks Tacoma and is the policy determining body for the park district.Tonight's meeting will include: 5:00 pm: Public reception to celebrate CAPRA accreditation5:30 pm: Study session6:00 p... More

Tuesday, October 28

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More

Wednesday, October 29

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More
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

Thursday, October 30

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More

Friday, October 31

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch
Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Halloween. Note: pumpkins are not for sale. $3, Ages 11 and younger are free. October 14-31Tuesday-Sund... More
Public Meeting: Wapato Lake Field Tour and Discussion

11:00 am

Agenda I.    Introductions                         II.    Wapato Lake HistoryIII.    2012 City of Tacoma / Me... More
Halloween Open House at Conservatory

4:00 pm

Bring the kids for Halloween fun including Bonnie Beaudoin reading nonspooky fun Halloween books and leading a Halloween themed craft, games, treats and more! $3, Free for ages 11 and under S... More
Harvest Fest at Peoples

6:00 pm

Celebrate fall at Metro Parks Harvest Fests throughout Tacoma. Admission is FREE.Enjoy hands-on arts and crafts, carnival-style games, pumpkin fun and live entertainment.Peoples Center1602 MLK Jr. Way(253) 591-5321Activities at Peoples Center i... More
Harvest Fest at STAR Center

6:00 pm

Celebrate fall at Metro Parks Harvest Fests throughout Tacoma. Admission is FREE.Enjoy hands-on arts and crafts, carnival-style games, pumpkin fun and live entertainment. STAR Center3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma WA(253) 404-3939Activities at STAR Ce... More