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Sunday, July 1

Free walking tours at Point Defiance Park
Join us every weekend for free drop-in walking tours. Explore areas of the park and get a new perspective on Tacoma's crown jewel. No registration necessary. Tours held every weekend through September 3 Fridays 11-11:30 am - ... More

Tuesday, July 3

Lullaby Lagoon

7:30 pm

Relax and rejuvenate to soothing music while floating on silky smooth waves. Inflatable raft provided. Limited Capacity. Ages 18 and older only. Pre-register to save your spot or call the pool to find out about day-of availability. &nb... More

Wednesday, July 4

Free Swimming at Outdoor Pools
Visit one of our outdoor pools today and receive FREE admission!  Pool capacity is limited.   Kandle Pool: Noon - 5 5302 N 26th St., (253) 404-3920 website Stewart Heights Pool: Noon - 5 402 E 56th St.,  (253) 5... More
Story Hour

11:00 am

Kids will have fun learning about nature and plants with Bonnie Beaudoin through short stories, craft and science projects. Book: Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell Science: "Roots and Shoots" youth projects of the Jane Goodall Fo... More

Thursday, July 5

Summer Rose Pruning (deadheading)

4:00 pm

Help Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the Rose Garden at Point Defiance Park.  Bring your questions on rose growing, care and maintenance. Call (253) 591-5328 for more information. Free Point Defi... More

Friday, July 6

Free walking tours at Point Defiance Park
Join us every weekend for free drop-in walking tours. Explore areas of the park and get a new perspective on Tacoma's crown jewel. No registration necessary. Tours held every weekend through September 3 Fridays 11-11:30 am - ... More
Family Fun Night

6:00 pm

Admission $0 - $10 Grab your picnic blankets and lawn chairs and head to 1855 for an evening of old fashioned family fun!  On Friday, July 6th from 6pm to 9pm Fort Nisqually will host Family Fun Night, an evening of 19th century ente... More

Saturday, July 7

Free walking tours at Point Defiance Park
Join us every weekend for free drop-in walking tours. Explore areas of the park and get a new perspective on Tacoma's crown jewel. No registration necessary. Tours held every weekend through September 3 Fridays 11-11:30 am - ... More
China Lake Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every first Saturday. Our habitat steward and Friends of China Lake volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive ... More
Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Work Party Cancelled July 2nd Help restore your local park's natural area every first Saturday. Our habitat steward Luis Yanez and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and grow. Volunteers ... More
Family Nature Walk - Swan Creek 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. Not recommended for strollers or children unde... More
Lullaby Lagoon

7:30 pm

Relax and rejuvenate to soothing music while floating on silky smooth waves. Inflatable raft provided. Limited Capacity. Ages 18 and older only. Pre-register to save your spot or call the pool to find out about day-of availability. &nb... More

Sunday, July 8

Free walking tours at Point Defiance Park
Join us every weekend for free drop-in walking tours. Explore areas of the park and get a new perspective on Tacoma's crown jewel. No registration necessary. Tours held every weekend through September 3 Fridays 11-11:30 am - ... More
Forest Mindfulness

1:00 pm

Learn to slow down and experience the forest in a new way. Led by Certified Forest Therapist Julie Hepp, this program is designed to take participants slowly and intentionally through nature. The Guide gives a series of place-based invitatio... More
Second Sunday Music

1:00 pm

This month's concert features Kareem Kandi Trio - Jazz. 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... More

Monday, July 9

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 Meetings The Board meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Board Room at Metr... More

Tuesday, July 10

Lavender Wand Making Workshop

1:00 pm

Join Conservatory Foundation board member Priscilla Taylor and learn how to make an aromatic lavender wand. Suggested Donation $3 W.W. Seymour Conservatory 316 South G St. In Wright Park More
Lullaby Lagoon

7:30 pm

Relax and rejuvenate to soothing music while floating on silky smooth waves. Inflatable raft provided. Limited Capacity. Ages 18 and older only. Pre-register to save your spot or call the pool to find out about day-of availability. &nb... More

Wednesday, July 11

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 district. The public ... More
Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to Tacoma Washington! Come experience the magic of the circus in a custom red-and-white circus tent at STAR Center. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four y... More
Story Hour

11:00 am

Kids will have fun learning about nature and plants with Bonnie Beaudoin through short stories, craft and science projects. Book: One Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogian Science: Foxes Art: Hidden Fox Picture Suggested donation: $3 W.W. Seym... More

Thursday, July 12

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to Tacoma Washington! Come experience the magic of the circus in a custom red-and-white circus tent at STAR Center. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four y... More
Summer Learning Day

1:00 pm

National Summer Learning Day is July 12 and we're offering six different activities at six different parks! Bring the kids for educational, free, and fun activities!   Space is limited. Participation is first come fir... More
Summer Rose Pruning (deadheading)

4:00 pm

Help Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the Rose Garden at Point Defiance Park.  Bring your questions on rose growing, care and maintenance. Call (253) 591-5328 for more information. Free Point Defi... More
Swan Creek Public Meeting & Walking Tour

6:00 pm

If you like Swan Creek Park, you’re invited to share your ideas to improve it. Can't get to the meeting? Give feedback online Join us for a summer evening tour and public meeting to consider improvements for a portion of the p... More

Friday, July 13

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to Tacoma Washington! Come experience the magic of the circus in a custom red-and-white circus tent at STAR Center. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four y... More
Free walking tours at Point Defiance Park
Join us every weekend for free drop-in walking tours. Explore areas of the park and get a new perspective on Tacoma's crown jewel. No registration necessary. Tours held every weekend through September 3 Fridays 11-11:30 am - ... More
Tiptoe Through the Tidepools

11:00 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 protect from t... More
Summer Bash at Stewart Heights Park

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
Family Campout

7:00 pm

We’re opening up Owen Beach for camping this summer! Join us for three Friday nights under the stars with your family and friends. July 13, July 27, and August 24. NOTE - July 13 is already FULL! This unique experience also includes ten... More
Golf Glow Party

10:00 pm

Come to Meadow Park Golf Course for these fun Friday nights out with friends under the lights including golf, driving range, music, drinks, food and fun. June 8, 15, 22 & 29 July 13 & 27 Purchase Golf Glow Party tickets online ... More

Saturday, July 14

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to Tacoma Washington! Come experience the magic of the circus in a custom red-and-white circus tent at STAR Center. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four y... More
Free walking tours at Point Defiance Park
Join us every weekend for free drop-in walking tours. Explore areas of the park and get a new perspective on Tacoma's crown jewel. No registration necessary. Tours held every weekend through September 3 Fridays 11-11:30 am - ... More
Franklin Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

  Register Online   Help restore your local park's natural area every second Saturday. Our habitat steward Nori Kimura and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn and gr... 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. Not recommended for strollers or children unde... More
Orchid Talk

1:00 pm

Orchids are fascinating and addictive . . . just ask a member of the Tacoma Orchid Society! Bring your orchid related questions and walk away with some great tips and tricks. $3 suggested donation W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory 3... More
Ranger-Led Nature Walk

1:00 pm

Meet the Park Ranger at the Rhododendron Garden Pavilion for an exploration of the plants and animals in the special old-growth forest of Point Defiance Park. Not recommended for strollers, wheelchairs, or children under 3. Free Point ... More
Lullaby Lagoon

7:30 pm

Relax and rejuvenate to soothing music while floating on silky smooth waves. Inflatable raft provided. Limited Capacity. Ages 18 and older only. Pre-register to save your spot or call the pool to find out about day-of availability. &nb... More

Sunday, July 15

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to Tacoma Washington! Come experience the magic of the circus in a custom red-and-white circus tent at STAR Center. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four y... More
Free walking tours at Point Defiance Park
Join us every weekend for free drop-in walking tours. Explore areas of the park and get a new perspective on Tacoma's crown jewel. No registration necessary. Tours held every weekend through September 3 Fridays 11-11:30 am - ... More

Monday, July 16

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to Tacoma Washington! Come experience the magic of the circus in a custom red-and-white circus tent at STAR Center. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four y... More
Park Watch Monthly Meeting
This is a meeting for Park Watch members. Held 5:30-6:30 pm in the lower level of the Point Defiance Pagoda. To learn more about Park Watch please call (253) 305-1088 or visit  www.metroparkstacoma.org/pointdefianceparkwatch. Point D... More
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). M... More

Tuesday, July 17

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to Tacoma Washington! Come experience the magic of the circus in a custom red-and-white circus tent at STAR Center. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four y... More
Metro Parks Tacoma Blood Drive

9:30 am

A community partnership with Bloodworks Northwest is making it more convenient for you to give the blood that's needed at Tacoma-area hospitals. When you donate, you're saving lives!     July 17, 2018   Metro... More
Lullaby Lagoon

7:30 pm

Relax and rejuvenate to soothing music while floating on silky smooth waves. Inflatable raft provided. Limited Capacity. Ages 18 and older only. Pre-register to save your spot or call the pool to find out about day-of availability. &nb... More

Wednesday, July 18

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to Tacoma Washington! Come experience the magic of the circus in a custom red-and-white circus tent at STAR Center. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four y... More
Story Hour

11:00 am

Kids will have fun learning about nature and plants with Bonnie Beaudoin through short stories, craft and science projects. Book: Frog Went a Courtin' by John Langstaff Science: Life in a Pond Art: Frog Puppet Suggested donation: $3 ... More

Thursday, July 19

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to Tacoma Washington! Come experience the magic of the circus in a custom red-and-white circus tent at STAR Center. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four y... More
Summer Rose Pruning (deadheading)

4:00 pm

Help Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the Rose Garden at Point Defiance Park.  Bring your questions on rose growing, care and maintenance. Call (253) 591-5328 for more information. Free Point Defi... More

Friday, July 20

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to Tacoma Washington! Come experience the magic of the circus in a custom red-and-white circus tent at STAR Center. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four y... More
Free walking tours at Point Defiance Park
Join us every weekend for free drop-in walking tours. Explore areas of the park and get a new perspective on Tacoma's crown jewel. No registration necessary. Tours held every weekend through September 3 Fridays 11-11:30 am - ... More
South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group Work Party

10:00 am

Come join us as we continue the water front restoration at Titlow Park. We will be spreading mulch and would greatly appreciate your help! Bring a water bottle and gloves. Register here: More
Friday at the Fort

6:00 pm

Welcome to our 9th annual Friday at the Fort! This event is our annual fundraiser to support the educational programs of the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Where history is experienced not just memorized.  Gates will open at 6:00... More
Swan Creek Park Camp Fire 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. Meet at the  Swan Creek Park "gathering place." Gathering Place Amenities: p... More

Saturday, July 21

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to Tacoma Washington! Come experience the magic of the circus in a custom red-and-white circus tent at STAR Center. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four y... More
Free walking tours at Point Defiance Park
Join us every weekend for free drop-in walking tours. Explore areas of the park and get a new perspective on Tacoma's crown jewel. No registration necessary. Tours held every weekend through September 3 Fridays 11-11:30 am - ... 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. Dress for the weather, whatever that means for you (... More
Oak Tree Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every third Saturday. Our Habitat steward and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn, and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive plants and keeping the par... More
McKinley Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's green space every 3rd Saturday. All ages welcome. Bring your garden gloves, wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed-toed shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. We will provide litter bag... More
Zookeeper Academy at Northwest Trek

9:30 am

What does a keeper do to care for wild animals? Learn from our keepers themselves at Zookeeper Academy, with talks, animal enrichments, behind-the-scenes tours and more. nwtrek.org More
Family Nature Walk - Oak Tree 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. Not recommended for strollers or children unde... More
Family Nature Walk - Tacoma Nature Center

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. Not recommended for strollers or children unde... More
Lullaby Lagoon

7:30 pm

Relax and rejuvenate to soothing music while floating on silky smooth waves. Inflatable raft provided. Limited Capacity. Ages 18 and older only. Pre-register to save your spot or call the pool to find out about day-of availability. &nb... More

Sunday, July 22

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to Tacoma Washington! Come experience the magic of the circus in a custom red-and-white circus tent at STAR Center. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four y... More
Zookeeper Academy at Northwest Trek

9:30 am

What does a keeper do to care for wild animals? Learn from our keepers themselves at Zookeeper Academy, with talks, animal enrichments, behind-the-scenes tours and more. nwtrek.org More
Free walking tours at Point Defiance Park
Join us every weekend for free drop-in walking tours. Explore areas of the park and get a new perspective on Tacoma's crown jewel. No registration necessary. Tours held every weekend through September 3 Fridays 11-11:30 am - ... More
Food Truck Fest

10:30 am

Tacoma, 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. Sunday, July 22, 2018 10:30 am-6:00 pm Wright Park, 501 Sou... More
Bloodworks Mobile Blood Drive-Wright Park

10:30 am

A community partnership with Bloodworks Northwest is making it more convenient for you to give the blood that's needed at Tacoma-area hospitals. When you donate, you're saving lives!   July 22, 2018   Blood Drive a... More

Monday, July 23

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 Meetings The Board meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Board Room at Metr... More

Tuesday, July 24

Lullaby Lagoon

7:30 pm

Relax and rejuvenate to soothing music while floating on silky smooth waves. Inflatable raft provided. Limited Capacity. Ages 18 and older only. Pre-register to save your spot or call the pool to find out about day-of availability. &nb... More

Wednesday, July 25

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 district. The public ... More
Story Hour

11:00 am

Kids will have fun learning about nature and plants with Bonnie Beaudoin through short stories, craft and science projects. Book: Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth Science: Giant Pandas Art: Bamboo Forest Picture Suggested donation: $3 W.W. ... More

Thursday, July 26

Park Board Mid-year Retreat

9:00 am

Park Board Mid-year Retreat Thursday, July 26, 2018, 9:00am NW Trek Wilidlife Park, Hellyer Center 11610 Trek Drive East Eatonville, WA 98328     More
Summer Rose Pruning (deadheading)

4:00 pm

Help Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the Rose Garden at Point Defiance Park.  Bring your questions on rose growing, care and maintenance. Call (253) 591-5328 for more information. Free Point Defi... More

Friday, July 27

Free walking tours at Point Defiance Park
Join us every weekend for free drop-in walking tours. Explore areas of the park and get a new perspective on Tacoma's crown jewel. No registration necessary. Tours held every weekend through September 3 Fridays 11-11:30 am - ... More
Homespun Happy Hour

6:00 pm

We are taking DIY back in time!  Join us this summer for three evenings of "make and take" 19th century crafts. This is a chance to try your hand at scrimshaw, candle making, leatherwork, tinsmithing, felting, and more! There ... More
Family Campout

7:00 pm

We’re opening up Owen Beach for camping this summer! Join us for three Friday nights under the stars with your family and friends. July 13, July 27, and August 24. This unique experience also includes tent space, evening snack, games, Ra... More
Golf Glow Party

10:00 pm

Come to Meadow Park Golf Course for these fun Friday nights out with friends under the lights including golf, driving range, music, drinks, food and fun. June 8, 15, 22 & 29 July 13 & 27 Purchase Golf Glow Party tickets online ... More

Saturday, July 28

Ethnic Fest Outdoor Movie
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
Free walking tours at Point Defiance Park
Join us every weekend for free drop-in walking tours. Explore areas of the park and get a new perspective on Tacoma's crown jewel. No registration necessary. Tours held every weekend through September 3 Fridays 11-11:30 am - ... More
Ethnic Fest Kids Zone
Entertainment specially designed for kids will be bursting from Ethnic Fest’s Kid Zone all weekend long! Bring the kids to participate arts & crafts, games, music and more. Activities are designed with a younger crowd in mind. L... More
Charlotte's Blueberry Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every fourth Saturday. Our habitat steward and Friends of Blueberry Park volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn, and grow. Volunteers are removing invasive... More
Tacoma Giants Part 1: Trees of Point Defiance Park

9:00 am

Meet Mik and the Beanstalk. Mik is a Certified Arborist happy to share his knowledge of the trees of Point Defiance with you; and the Beanstalk is a 186-foot Pseudotsuga menziesii, a.k.a. Douglas-fir, located a stone's throw away from Fort ... More
Oak Tree Park Water Flume Trail

9:00 am

We will be clearing an area of invasive plants to allow for the native plants to sustain a healthy and biodiverse habitat in our precious Oak Tree Park. While we are there we will get to see the beautiful bird houses that were recently ins... More
World Tiger Day

9:30 am

Pounce over to the Zoo for this celebration that is purrfect for the entire family. See clouded leopards play, watch tigers enjoy special treats designed by their keepers, and more!   pdza.org More
Bloodworks Mobile Blood Drive-SERA

10:00 am

Be a home run hero, give blood and save three lives at SERA Softball fields during the Washington NSA Tournament NW World Series Championship. A  community partnership between Metro Parks Tacoma and Bloodworks Northwest is making it mor... More
Tacoma Giants Part 2: Immersion Tree Walk

11:00 am

Did you know that there are living beings over 200 feet tall residing right here in Point Defiance Park? Immerse yourself into the world of living natural history and fall in love with the infinite shades of green in this in-depth look into the... More
Ethnic Fest

12:00 pm

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... More
Lullaby Lagoon

7:30 pm

Relax and rejuvenate to soothing music while floating on silky smooth waves. Inflatable raft provided. Limited Capacity. Ages 18 and older only. Pre-register to save your spot or call the pool to find out about day-of availability. &nb... More

Sunday, July 29

Ethnic Fest Kids Zone
Entertainment specially designed for kids will be bursting from Ethnic Fest’s Kid Zone all weekend long! Bring the kids to participate arts & crafts, games, music and more. Activities are designed with a younger crowd in mind. L... More
Ethnic Fest

12:00 pm

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... More
Free walking tours at Point Defiance Park
Join us every weekend for free drop-in walking tours. Explore areas of the park and get a new perspective on Tacoma's crown jewel. No registration necessary. Tours held every weekend through September 3 Fridays 11-11:30 am - ... More
Blueberries & Blues: A Sweet Summer Celebration

3:00 pm

Harvest Pierce County and Metro Parks Tacoma, and Charlotte's Blueberry Park Action Group are hosting the third Annual Blueberries & Blues celebration! Come out to enjoy games and a lawn concert with live music. Extra points if yo... More

Monday, July 30

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). M... More

Tuesday, July 31

Championship Baseball at Cheney Stadium

4:00 pm

Cheer for your favorite team during the Metro Parks Tacoma youth competitive baseball championship games. Free! Between games the Parade of Players will feature youth from every Metro Parks Baseball team -- from T-ball through 18U.  ... More
Lullaby Lagoon

7:30 pm

Relax and rejuvenate to soothing music while floating on silky smooth waves. Inflatable raft provided. Limited Capacity. Ages 18 and older only. Pre-register to save your spot or call the pool to find out about day-of availability. &nb... More