Metro Parks Tacoma

  • Park Finder
  • Register

Events

Wednesday, August 1

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: This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen Science: Underwater Plants Art: Collage Suggested donation: $3 W.W. S... More

Thursday, August 2

Painting in the Park

1:00 pm

Meet in the park for this FREE opportunity to create a colorful work of art while learning about shapes, patterns and numbers! Parents are encouraged to participate and all ages are welcome! Space is limited, participation is first come first ... 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, August 3

Kandle Park Sunset Cinema
Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to the park for a free outdoor movie for the whole family! This summer, enjoy family-friendly fun and a movie, presented by Sound Credit Union and movie sponsor Click! Network in partnershi... 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
WA Roofing Contractor's Union Salmon Derby

5:00 am

Participants must be members of Washington Roofing Contractor's Union to register. Enjoy sponsor booths and displays near the Marina. Weigh in is at 1 pm with an awards assembly once all fish are weighed in. Food available for purchase. ... More
Birding for Seniors

10:00 am

Woodpeckers & Cavity Nesters (Meet at Fort Nisqually Picnic Shelter) Enjoy an educational birding experience adapted for seniors and those with limited mobility. The program highlights the many birds that live in or pass through Point De... More
Golf Glow Party

9:00 pm

Come to Meadow Park Golf Course for a night out with friends under the lights including golf, driving range, music, drinks, food and fun. Friday, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Saturday, August 18 Time: 9-11 pm Friday, September 7, 14, 2... More

Saturday, August 4

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
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
Coffee with the Birds

9:00 am

Meet the Park Ranger just before 9 am for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate at the Rhododendron Garden Pavilion. Be prepared to walk for up to 1 mile. Today's topic is Woodpeckers & Cavity Nesters. Tahoma Audubon will have a binocular l... 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

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 are removing invasive plants and ... More
Family Nature Walk - Wapato Hills 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, August 5

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, August 7

National Night Out & Summer Bash

5:00 pm

Food, fun and entertainment for everyone. Come visit with your neighbors and celebrate together. Michael Powers will perform at 6 pm. Kids will love the bounce house, face painter and balloon artist! The fun begins at 5 pm. People's... 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

Thursday, August 9

Painting in the Park

1:00 pm

Meet in the park for this FREE opportunity to create a colorful work of art while learning about shapes, patterns and numbers! Parents are encouraged to participate and all ages are welcome! Space is limited, participation is first come first ... 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, August 10

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
Explore the Shore

10:00 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
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
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 “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” The show starts at 7 p.m. and arrives in Tacoma courtesy of Seattle Shakespeare C... 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
Golf Glow Party

9:00 pm

Come to Meadow Park Golf Course for a night out with friends under the lights including golf, driving range, music, drinks, food and fun. Friday, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Saturday, August 18 Time: 9-11 pm Friday, September 7, 14, 2... More

Saturday, August 11

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
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
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 ... 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
Beard Competition

3:30 pm

As part of our Brigade Encampment this year we will be hosting a beard competition with the Grit City Society of Beards.   Men can enter one of three catagories: Trapper - Full Beard ~ Unstyled or Natural Laborer - Full ... 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, August 12

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 ... 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
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 the Good Vibes 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 intend... More

Monday, August 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 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 15

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 16

Painting in the Park

1:00 pm

Meet in the park for this FREE opportunity to create a colorful work of art while learning about shapes, patterns and numbers! Parents are encouraged to participate and all ages are welcome! Space is limited, participation is first come first ... 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
Portland Ave Community Center Public Meeting

6:00 pm

You're invited to come hear about, and comment on, a proposed use of Portland Avenue Community Center. This public meeting is an opportunity for you to consider services proposed to be offered to the community by the Korean Women’s... More

Friday, August 17

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
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
Golf Glow Party

9:00 pm

Come to Meadow Park Golf Course for a night out with friends under the lights including golf, driving range, music, drinks, food and fun. Friday, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Saturday, August 18 Time: 9-11 pm Friday, September 7, 14, 2... More

Saturday, August 18

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
Dock Fishing Community Bottom Fishing Derby

7:00 am

Join us for a day to fish with others who have a passion for dock fishing. Compete to win 3 winnable categories: Flounder, Sculpin, Coolest Catch.  A photographer will be on hand to get pictures of you and your catch! Dock Fishing Co... 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
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
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 General Services Administration Tournament. A  community partnership between Metro Parks Tacoma and Bloodworks Northwest is making it more convenient... More
Hickory Golf Class & Round of Hickory Golf

10:00 am

Give classic golf a go! Meadow Park Golf Course now offers this opportunity to celebrate history and experience a small piece of golf's classic tradition by playing with century-old hickory clubs from Scotland. $40 Includes: 60 minute I... 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. Not recommended for strollers or children unde... More
Golf Glow Party

9:00 pm

Come to Meadow Park Golf Course for a night out with friends under the lights including golf, driving range, music, drinks, food and fun. Friday, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Saturday, August 18 Time: 9-11 pm Friday, September 7, 14, 2... More

Sunday, August 19

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, August 20

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

Wednesday, August 22

Playground Olympics

1:00 pm

Represent your neighborhood and face off in playground challenges with youth from around Tacoma! This FREE event includes a live DJ, bounce house/obstacle course, and more! Transportation is provided to and from each of our  Summer Play... More
Thirsty Summer Nights 5k

7:00 pm

As summer is winding down, join us for this evening 5k run/walk on the trails at Titlow Park. Following the race there will root beer and Orange Crush floats for all participants! Learn more and sign up   Supported by:   More

Thursday, August 23

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, August 24

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

Sorry, this event is now full! 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 ... More
Golf Glow Party

9:00 pm

Come to Meadow Park Golf Course for a night out with friends under the lights including golf, driving range, music, drinks, food and fun. Friday, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Saturday, August 18 Time: 9-11 pm Friday, September 7, 14, 2... More

Saturday, August 25

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
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
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

Sunday, August 26

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, August 27

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 29

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 30

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

6:00 pm

Ideas for improvements to Swan Creek Park will be the focus of public discussion. Everyone interested in the park is encouraged to attend and comment. The meeting is a follow-up to a July 12 public meeting and is part of a process to update ... More

Friday, August 31

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
Golf Glow Party

9:00 pm

Come to Meadow Park Golf Course for a night out with friends under the lights including golf, driving range, music, drinks, food and fun. Friday, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Saturday, August 18 Time: 9-11 pm Friday, September 7, 14, 2... More