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Tuesday, August 1

National Night Out & Summer Bash

5:00 pm

Food, fun and entertainment for everyone. Kids will love the moon bounce, face painter and balloon artist! The fun begins at 5 pm. 5-5:45 pm John Reed-Candy Ruffin 5:50-6:15 pm Willie Carter 6:20-6:45 pm Christian Singer's CD Intro ... More

Wednesday, August 2

Story Hour

11:00 am

Join Bonnie Beaudoin in the tropical atmosphere of the Conservatory for storytelling along with a short hands-on art project. This month featuring Farms and Gardens: The Little Red Hen by Diane Muldrow Art: Rainbow Rice Design Kids will ... More

Friday, August 4

Summer Bash & Movie
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
Shakespeare in the Park

7:00 pm

Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to Wright Park for a free outdoor production of Shakespeare's “Much Ado About Nothing.” The show starts at 7 p.m. and arrives in Tacoma courtesy of Seattle Shakespeare Co.&r... More

Saturday, August 5

Public Meeting - Portland Avenue Community Center
As construction on new Eastside Community Center continues, the public is invited to give input on the future of Portland Avenue Community Center and Park. Community Meeting #2 Saturday, August 5 10 am - noon Read more > Meeti... 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 every first 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... More
China Lake Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every first 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... More
Relax and Renew

9:00 am

Let go of your work week and kick start your weekend with a loving community based practice of meditation, sound, light movement and sacred breath. This gathering invites all levels of experience to join together in a supportive community. Surr... 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. Not recommended for strollers or children unde... More
Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More
Rising Star Auditions

11:30 am

We're on the search for the best singers in Tacoma! Audition to be named the next Rising STAR in this singing competition. Auditions will take place at  STAR Center on August 5 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm and August 7 from 4-5:30 pm.... More

Sunday, August 6

Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More

Monday, August 7

Connecting Our Community Through Walking
Be a part of creating a more connected, safe, and vibrant community and join us for the August 7 Connecting Our Community workshop, led by nationally renowned speaker Mark Fenton. Luncheon/Technical Workshop: How walking will impr... More
Explore the Shore

10:45 am

Explore local wildlife at Owen Beach! Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium naturalists for low tide beach walks where we will identify tide pool animals. This is a fun and exciting opportunity for ages 5-adult to learn about the biological... More
Rising Star Auditions

4:00 pm

We're on the search for the best singers in Tacoma! Audition to be named the next Rising STAR in this singing competition. Auditions will take place at  STAR Center on August 5 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm and August 7 from 4-5:30 pm.... More

Friday, August 11

Historic Structures and Sites of Point Defiance Park

10:00 am

Join Metro Parks Historic and Cultural Resource Manager Melissa McGinnis on a tour of the structures and sites still lremainning from the early days of Point Defiance Park. Approximately 0.75 mile of walking required. Fee: Free To Regist... More
Sprout Smart Drop-In Day

11:00 am

Bring your little sprouts to the Conservatory for some fun and educational drop-in activities around plants and gardens. This week we'll be planting and decorating tiny indoor gardens and learning how to care for them. $15 W.W. Seymou... More
Summer Bash at Norpoint

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

Saturday, August 12

Primate Party
Celebrate lemurs, gibbons, and siamangs and learn more about these fascinating primates. More details at pdza.org. 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 daylight. Pre-register prior to fishing at Po... More
Yin Fusion Experience

8:30 am

Meet on the lawn outside the Pagoda and together we will move through a yoga class that combines the seamless movement of Vinyasa with the depth that comes from Yin yoga and longer held postures. Throughout this Experience you will be moved ... More
Franklin Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every second 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
Wapato Hills Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Help restore your local park's natural area every second 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
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. Not recommended for strollers or children unde... More
Brigade Encampment

11:00 am

Travel back to 1855 during one of the largest museum events of the year as living historians set up dozens of tents at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. The event recreates the bustle and excitement of the historic visit of fur traders to t... More
Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More
U.S. FootGolf National Championship 2017 Qualifier

4:00 pm

The Qualifying rounds for the U.S. FootGolf National Championship 2017 are divided into 4 regions. The qualifier for the West Region includes: Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, colorado, Arizona, New Mexico,... More

Sunday, August 13

Primate Party
Celebrate lemurs, gibbons, and siamangs and learn more about these fascinating primates. More details at pdza.org. More
Brigade Encampment

11:00 am

Travel back to 1855 during one of the largest museum events of the year as living historians set up dozens of tents at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. The event recreates the bustle and excitement of the historic visit of fur traders to t... More
Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... 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 musical artist is The Dan Duval Vibes Trio. The performers reflect a wide spectrum of musical tastes and the music is intende... More

Monday, August 14

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

Wednesday, August 16

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

Thursday, August 17

Third Thursday Extended Hours

10:00 am

Visit the Conservatory during extended hours every third Thursday of each month! Conservatory hours on this day are 10am - 7pm. From the extra daylight hours during the summer to the enchantment of the Conservatory at night during the winter... More

Friday, August 18

Family Campout
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 14, July 28, and August 18. This unique experience also includes tent space, evening snack, crafts, R... More

Saturday, August 19

Summer Bash at STAR Center
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
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. Water... 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
Coffee with the Birds

9:00 am

Bring your coffee mug and enjoy the birds of Point Defiance Park. Meet the Park Ranger just before 9 am for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Meet at the Rhododendron Garden. Today's topic is Woodpeckers & Cavity Nesters. Tahoma A... 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
Relax & Renew

9:00 am

Let go of your work week and kick start your weekend with a loving community based practice of meditation, sound, light movement and sacred breath. This gathering invites all levels of experience to join together in a supportive community. Surr... More
Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More

Sunday, August 20

Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More
Swan Creek Food Forest Work Party

1:00 pm

Meet at: E 42nd and E Roosevelt.  Meet at the south end of the permeable parking lot in Swan Creek Park. Our work parties manage the many aspects of the 1 acre Food Forest, est. 2013. walking trails strategic edible plantin... More
Who Lived in the House in the Park? Living History Presentations

4:00 pm

Have you ever wondered who lived in the old house in the middle of Point Defiance Park? Get to know three characters from its rich history: Ebenezer Roberts, Floyd Owen, and Trillium Roberts, brought to life by local history interpreters Lawren... More

Monday, August 21

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
Park Watch Monthly Meeting

5:30 pm

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 23

Thirsty Summer Nights 5k

7:00 pm

Thirsty Summer Nights 5k Wednesday, August 23 7 pm Titlow Park LEARN  MORE More

Saturday, August 26

Cancelled - Charlotte's Blueberry Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

This work party on August 26 has been cancelled. Check for other volunteer events in this park on every fourth Saturday. Our Habitat steward and volunteers are there to provide a fun, open, and secure place to play, learn, and grow. Volun... More
Tacoma Giants: Part 1 Trees of Point Defiance Park

9:00 am

Discover the trees at Point Defiance Park with Mik Miazio, a certififed arborist. He'll introduce you to the "Beanstalk", a 186-foot Pseudotsuga menziesii, a.k.a. Douglas-fir, located a stone's throw away from Fort Nisqually. ... 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
Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More

Sunday, August 27

Crafts of the Past

11:00 am

The popular Crafts of the Past program returns to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions share the methods and materials of their work.   Each weekend from Memorial Day&n... More

Monday, August 28

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

Wednesday, August 30

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