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Saturday, August 2

Family Nature Walk: Oak Tree 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. ... More
Family Nature Walk: Tacoma Nature Center
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
Sharks!
Explore the watery world of sharks! Learn about a shark's role in the ocean ecosystem through interactive activity stations. Connect with sharks during an Eye-to-Eye Shark Dive while they receive special enrichment treats (limited openi... 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 all f... More
Crafts of the Past -- Cheese making with Judy Phelps

11:00 am

Judy Phelps demonstrates basic cheese making while sharing information about the types of cheese that likely would have been made at the Hudson’s Bay Company forts in the Pacific Northwest in the 19th century. Phelps has been a volunteer ... More

Sunday, August 3

Sharks!
Explore the watery world of sharks! Learn about a shark's role in the ocean ecosystem through interactive activity stations. Connect with sharks during an Eye-to-Eye Shark Dive while they receive special enrichment treats (limited openi... More
Crafts of the Past -- Cheese making with Judy Phelps

11:00 am

Judy Phelps demonstrates basic cheese making while sharing information about the types of cheese that likely would have been made at the Hudson’s Bay Company forts in the Pacific Northwest in the 19th century. Phelps has been a volunteer ... 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, August 5

Summer Bash at National Night Out
Free movies in Tacoma’s parks—You bring the popcorn, we’ll bring the stars!Summer Bash featuring Click! Mobile Movies is a summertime tradition in Tacoma. Enjoy family-friendly fun and a movie presented by Click! Network... 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

Thursday, August 7

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, August 8

Sunset Cinema at Kandle Park Presented by Subway
Free movies in Tacoma’s parks—You bring the popcorn, we’ll bring the stars!Summer Bash featuring Click! Mobile Movies is a summertime tradition in Tacoma. Enjoy family-friendly fun and a movie presented by Click! Network... More

Saturday, August 9

Salmon Derby: Puget Sound Anglers Gig Harbor Chapter

5:00 am

Enter one of the biggest tournaments in the south sound and win prizes. Sponsored by Puget Sound Anglers-Gig Harbor. Enjoy sponsor booths and displays near the Marina. Weigh in is at 1 pm with an awards assembly once all fish are weighed in... More
Tiptoe through the Tidepools

9:30 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
Point Defiance Native Garden Celebration

10:00 am

Join us for a celebration of 50 Years of the Northwest Native Plant Garden and dedication of Mary's Meadow after it's recent restoration. Activities include garden tours, kid's scavenger hunt, education and enjoyment of nature!Location: Native ... More
Brigade Encampment

11:00 am

The annual Brigade Encampment recreates the bustle and excitement of the historic visit of fur traders to the Fort in 1855. Live the 1850s life with more than 100 re-enactors during one of the largest events of the year at Fort Nisqually Living... More
Crafts of the Past -- Punch and Judy with Kelsey Boyce

11:00 am

Boyce first learned about Punch and Judy puppet shows as a member of the teen Apprentice Interpreter program at Fort Nisqually. Continuing her interest during college, she traveled to England and trained with professional Punch professor, Glyn ... More
Park to Pint

6:30 pm

Come run the old Goldfish Gallop course and then enjoy music in the park at the beer garden. This chip-timed 5k at Point Defiance Park is a popular summertime event that sells out early. Ages 21 and older.Learn More and Sign Up More

Sunday, August 10

Brigade Encampment

11:00 am

The annual Brigade Encampment recreates the bustle and excitement of the historic visit of fur traders to the Fort in 1855. Live the 1850s life with more than 100 re-enactors during one of the largest events of the year at Fort Nisqually Living... More
Crafts of the Past -- Punch and Judy with Kelsey Boyce

11:00 am

Boyce first learned about Punch and Judy puppet shows as a member of the teen Apprentice Interpreter program at Fort Nisqually. Continuing her interest during college, she traveled to England and trained with professional Punch professor, Glyn ... 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.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, August 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 Metro Pa... More

Wednesday, August 13

Capital Improvement Committee

5:30 pm

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, August 14

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, August 15

Summer Bash at STAR Center
Free movies in Tacoma’s parks—You bring the popcorn, we’ll bring the stars!Summer Bash featuring Click! Mobile Movies is a summertime tradition in Tacoma. Enjoy family-friendly fun and a movie presented by Click! Network... More

Saturday, August 16

Family Nature Walk: Wapato Hills 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
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 -- Basket weaving with Deborah Raynes

11:00 am

Baskets were an ordinary but essential part of 19th century life, as containers for gathering, storing, and carrying things. Raynes has been making willow and reed baskets at Fort Nisqually for many years, including during the annual Candleligh... More

Sunday, August 17

Crafts of the Past -- Basket weaving with Deborah Raynes

11:00 am

Baskets were an ordinary but essential part of 19th century life, as containers for gathering, storing, and carrying things. Raynes has been making willow and reed baskets at Fort Nisqually for many years, including during the annual Candleligh... 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, August 18

Committee of the Whole - Cancelled

5:30 pm

The August 18 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 for... More

Wednesday, August 20

Wounded Warriors Fishing Trip

7:00 am

Free fishing trip & barbeque for wounded warrior veterans and their family hosted by boathouse tenants.August 20, September 177 am-2 pmPoint Defiance Marina5912 N. Waterfront Dr.Pre-registration required, call the marina for information: 25... More

Thursday, August 21

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
Conservatory Lecture: The Chocolate Experience

5:00 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 ethnobotany and ... 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, August 22

Summer Bash at Norpoint
Free movies in Tacoma’s parks—You bring the popcorn, we’ll bring the stars!Summer Bash featuring Click! Mobile Movies is a summertime tradition in Tacoma. Enjoy family-friendly fun and a movie presented by Click! Network... More

Saturday, August 23

Feeding Frenzy
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.Free with paid admission.N... 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
Family Nature Walk: Titlow 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
Arctic Blast
Join us for an arctic blast in the middle of summer. Connect with your winter spirit by making a snowman or watch the animals as they play in piles of ice! FREE with paid admission or membership. Skip the lines and save up to $... More
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
Crafts of the Past -- Textile Arts with Synthia Santos

11:00 am

Santos has been practicing various textile arts — including sewing, cross-stitch, knitting, crochet — for 40 years. As a long-time volunteer at Fort Nisqually, she has become knowledgeable about mid 19th century patterns and methods... More

Sunday, August 24

Feeding Frenzy
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.Free with paid admission.N... More
Crafts of the Past -- Textile Arts with Synthia Santos

11:00 am

Santos has been practicing various textile arts — including sewing, cross-stitch, knitting, crochet — for 40 years. As a long-time volunteer at Fort Nisqually, she has become knowledgeable about mid 19th century patterns and methods... More
Herb Garden Plant Sale
Potted herbs will be for sale, all proceeds benefit the herb garden at Point Defiance Park. Location: Point Defiance Herb Garden, in Point Defiance Park5400 N. Pearl St., TacomaTime: 10am-12pmRead 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
Tasty Tropical Ice Cream Social

2:00 pm

$3.00 admission (11 and younger free)Ice cream scoop tickets $2.00 additionalLocal Ice Cream maker Layla Isaac of Ice Cream Social serves up 6 different flavors inspired by some of the tasty tropical plants on display: Chocolate Valhalla C... More

Monday, August 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 Metro Pa... More

Wednesday, August 27

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, August 28

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, August 29

Summer Bash at Stewart Heights Park
Free movies in Tacoma’s parks—You bring the popcorn, we’ll bring the stars!Summer Bash featuring Click! Mobile Movies is a summertime tradition in Tacoma. Enjoy family-friendly fun and a movie presented by Click! Network... More

Saturday, August 30

Get Out of the Rut
End your summer with a wild weekend during the Get Out of the Rut celebration this Labor Day weekend. Learn all about the exciting rut, or breeding, habits of hooved animal... More
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
Crafts of the Past -- Bookbinding with Jeff Wilson

11:00 am

Wilson’s printing and binding career began in the 1960’s in a 100 year old newspaper and job printing shop. In recent years, the availability of many rare, obscure, and out of print books in a digital format led to a renewed interes... More
Family Nature Walk - McKinley 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, August 31

Get Out of the Rut
End your summer with a wild weekend during the Get Out of the Rut celebration this Labor Day weekend. Learn all about the exciting rut, or breeding, habits of hooved animal... More
Crafts of the Past -- Bookbinding with Jeff Wilson

11:00 am

Wilson’s printing and binding career began in the 1960’s in a 100 year old newspaper and job printing shop. In recent years, the availability of many rare, obscure, and out of print books in a digital format led to a renewed interes... 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, September 1

Get Out of the Rut
End your summer with a wild weekend during the Get Out of the Rut celebration this Labor Day weekend. Learn all about the exciting rut, or breeding, habits of hooved animal... More