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Upcoming Activities

Candlelight Tour 2019

Oct 4 & 5; 7-9 pm
Fort Nisqually
Campfires and candlelight provide illumination for this magical evening walking tour of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Guests eavesdrop as more than a hundred historica…

Fall Harvest 5k

Saturday, Oct 5, 2019
9:00 am
Wright Park
Come join us on this beautiful fall morning for a run through the trails of Wright Park. Wright Park is known as one of the Tacoma Runner community’s favorites. Entry Fe…

Nature at Night – Tacoma Nature Center

Saturday, Oct 5, 2019
7:00 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
Discover who goes bump in the night at the Tacoma Nature Center. Walk the trails after dark and learn about the nocturnal residents in the park. Warm up afterward with hot coc…

Hoot ‘n’ Howl

Oct. 11 & 12, 18 & 19; 5-9 pm
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
Come in costume, take a nighttime tram ride through the Free-Roaming Area, play games and go trick-or-treating during the spookiest event of the year. Fri-Sat, Oct. 11-12 and…

Zoo Boo

October 12 & 13; 9:30 am-4 pm
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Go Boo at the Zoo! Come in costume for a weekend featuring fall-themed decorations around the grounds and special treats for the animals. More information here.

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch Display

Oct 15-Nov 3; 10 am-4:30 pm; closed Mondays
W.W. Seymour Conservatory
  October 15-November 3 Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-4:30 pm Fanciful exhibition mums and a plethora of pumpkins provide a unique indoor opportunity for pictures around Hallowee…

Harvest Fest & Haunted Hall

Friday, Oct 18, 2019
5:30 pm
Center at Norpoint
Friday, October 18 Harvest Fest 5:30-7:30 pm Haunted Hall 5:30-9:30 pm Wear your Halloween costume and enjoy arts, crafts, games and giveaways! Admission is free.   Prese…

Zoo BOOze & Bites

Friday, Oct. 18; 6-9 pm
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Friday, Oct. 18 6-9 pm Looking for a howling good time this Halloween? How about a party with red wolves? Zoo BOOze & Bites returns Friday Oct. 18 from 6-9 p.m. for a pre-…

Spooky Story Time

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019
1:00 pm
W.W. Seymour Conservatory
Kings Books will be bringing a Spooky Story Time to the Conservatory with Tacoma members of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan! They’ll be readin…

Harvest Fest at Eastside Community Center

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019
6:30 pm
Eastside Community Center
Harvest Fest at Eastside Community Center Saturday, Oct. 19 6:30-9 pm Stranger things are lurking at Eastside Community Center. Bring the family and take a stroll through the…

Blossoms & Haunts

Thursday, Oct 24, 2019
7:00 pm
W.W. Seymour Conservatory
King’s Books and the Conservatory are teaming up to bring you a night of unspeakable horrors . . . Except we need you to speak, as you recite your favorite chilling stor…

Pumpkin Chomp ‘n’ Stomp

Oct. 26 & 27; 9:30 am-3 pm
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
We all love pumpkins – and our animals do too! Watch them chomp, stomp, roll and play all day long. Learn More…

Night Howl for Scouts

Saturday, Oct 26, 2019
6:00 pm
Tacoma Nature Center
After dark, it’s a whole new world! This special night is just for Cadette Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts ages 11-14. Take a guided night hike, sharpen your nocturnal senses…

Harvest Fest at People’s Center

Thursday, Oct 31, 2019
6:00 pm
People’s Community Center
Harvest Fest Thursday, October 31 6-8 pm Join us for an evening full fun! Bring the entire family to enjoy games, music, art & crafts, a costume contest and haunted house.

Día de los Muertos Celebration

Friday, Nov 1, 2019
6:00 pm
STAR Center
Día de los Muertos Celebration Friday, November 1 6-8 pm Join us at STAR Center this year as we celebrate Día de los Muertos , a special variation to our annual Harvest Festiv…

Veterans’ Appreciation Days at the Zoo

Nov. 9-11; 9:30 am-4 pm
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
In celebration of Veterans Day, we are offering free admission on Nov. 9, 10 and 11 to all individuals who are currently serving or have honorably served in the U.S. military.

Veterans’ Appreciation Days at Northwest Trek

Nov. 9-11; 9:30 am-3 pm
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
In celebration of Veterans Day, we are offering free admission on Nov. 9,10 and 11 to all individuals who are currently serving or have honorably served in the U.S. military.

Norpoint Turkey Trot 5k

Thursday, Nov 28, 2019
9:00 am
Center at Norpoint
Join us Thanksgiving morning for the Norpoint Turkey Trot, Tacoma’s original and largest Turkey Trot! The event is ?stuffed? with holiday activities and features a 5k ru…

Norpoint Turkey Trot 2-Mile

Thursday, Nov 28, 2019
9:00 am
Center at Norpoint
Join us Thanksgiving morning for the Norpoint Turkey Trot, Tacoma’s original and largest Turkey Trot! The event is ?stuffed? with holiday activities and features a 5k ru…

Norpoint Turkey Trot Kids’ Dash

Thursday, Nov 28, 2019
9:00 am
Center at Norpoint
Join us Thanksgiving morning for the Norpoint Turkey Trot, Tacoma’s original and largest Turkey Trot! The event is stuffed with holiday activities and features a 5k run,…

Zoolights

Nov. 29-Jan. 5; 5-9 pm (closed Dec. 24)
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
November 29-January 5 (closed Dec. 24) 5-9 pm See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with over 700,000 lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magica…

Santa Visits the Conservatory

Saturday, Dec 7, 2019
10:00 am
W.W. Seymour Conservatory
Join us for this much anticipated visit from Santa. Memorialize the holidays in the beauty of the Conservatory with a professional photograph with Santa (separate fee for phot…

Christmas Regale

Saturday, Dec 7, 2019
11:00 am
Fort Nisqually
Christmas Regale December 7 11 am-4 pm Take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern holidays and experience a real old-fashioned Christmas at Fort Nisqually Living Histor…

Holiday Cruise

Saturday, Dec 7, 2019
11:00 am
Outside Metro Parks
Specialized Recreation Holiday Cruise December 7 11 am-3 pm Start your holiday season off right by either participating in or volunteering at the Specialized Recreation Holida…

Breakfast with Santa and the Grinch

Saturday, Dec 14, 2019
9:00 am
Eastside Community Center
Breakfast with Santa and the Grinch Saturday, December 14 9 am-12:30 pm It’s that time of the year again! Come to Who-Ville to feast with Jolly St. Nick and grumpy Grinc…

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, Dec 14, 2019
9:00 am
Center at Norpoint
Breakfast with Santa Saturday, December 14 8:30 am-12 pm Rise and shine for Breakfast with Santa at The Center at Norpoint. Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, holiday arts a…

Victorian Holiday Festival

Saturday, Dec 14, 2019
10:00 am
W.W. Seymour Conservatory
Frolic and folly at our annual Victorian Holiday Festival honoring Tacoma’s historic Victorian-styled Conservatory. Staff and volunteers will be dressed in beautiful cos…

Cookies for Santa

Saturday, Dec 14, 2019
11:30 am
People’s Community Center
Cookies for Santa Saturday, December 14 11 am-1 pm People’s Community Center and pool is hosting its first annual cookies for Santa! Bring the entire family to decorate…

Cocoa & Carols at the Conservatory

Friday, Dec 20, 2019
6:00 pm
W.W. Seymour Conservatory
Cocoa & Carols is an evening festive community sing along, featuring many of your favorite holiday carols and delicious cocoa. Bring your friends, family and favorite holi…

Jingle Bell Run (8:30 AM)

Tuesday, Dec 24, 2019
8:30 am
Wright Park
Come enjoy a much-deserved break while the kids burn off energy at the Jingle Bell Run, the final race in the 2019 Run the Parks series. This holiday event is a family favorit…