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Monday, July 1

Venardos Circus at Wright Park
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More

Tuesday, July 2

Venardos Circus at Wright Park
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More

Wednesday, July 3

Venardos Circus at Wright Park
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More
Explore the Shore
Join Zoo naturalists and stroll along the beach at low tide, learning about the animals there. Explore the Shore is a fun and exciting opportunity to learn about the biological diversity of local beaches. No RSVP needed. Meet on the beach ne... 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: The Barenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone by Stan & Jan Barenstain Science: Dinosaur Bones Art: ... More

Thursday, July 4

Venardos Circus at Wright Park
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More
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

Friday, July 5

Venardos Circus at Wright Park
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More
Glow Golf Party
Glow Golf is back! Come out to the golf course and play a round in the dark with friends! $40 Ticket Includes: Green Fee for Round of Golf on the Williams Nine Course. Lighted LED Golf Ball to see your perfect night shot. Glow Necklace ... More
Tacoma Nature Center Stewardship Work Party

9:00 am

Help us care for the park by participating in this twice monthly work party. You may be removing invasive plants, re-planting areas with native plants, or other tasks that support the natural health of this great habitat. No experience is... More
Tiptoe Through the Tidepools

12:00 pm

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

Saturday, July 6

Venardos Circus at Wright Park
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More
Crafts of the Past
Meet modern practitioners of 19th century artistic traditions as they share the methods and materials of their work. Free with admission. Held on June 1, July 6, and Aug. 3.       Fort Nisqually Living History ... More
China Lake Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Register Online   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. Vo... More
Ryan's Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Register Online   Help restore your local park's natural area every first Saturday. Volunteers will learn about restoration efforts happening at Ryan's Park, as well as get hands on experience with how to ... 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

Sunday, July 7

Venardos Circus at Wright Park
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More
Learn & Work: Plant Identification

9:00 am

Join botanist Romey Haberle on a plant identification walk. Then roll up your sleeves and help remove some non-native plants from the Point Defiance forest. Free. Meet at Rhododendron Garden Pavilion. Event is free but pre-registration is... More

Monday, July 8

Park Board Meeting

6:00 pm

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 9

Joint Park Board/City Council Study Session

12:00 pm

Joint Park Board/City Council Study Session 12:00 Noon Tacoma Municipal Building North 728 Market  Tacoma, WA More

Wednesday, July 10

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... 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: Danny and the Dinosaur Mind Their Manners by Syd Hoff Social Theme: Manners and Etiquette Art: Dinosaur Thank... More
Capital Improvement Committee

5:00 pm

The Capital Improvement Committee meets two Wednesdays per month (every Wednesday following a Board Meeting) at 5 pm to review, influence, facilitate and monitor the capital improvement program, including bond projects, for the district. The... More

Thursday, July 11

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More
Mobile Blood Drive - STAR Center

1:00 pm

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 11, 2019       &n... More

Friday, July 12

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More
Glow Golf Party
Glow Golf is back! Come out to the golf course and play a round in the dark with friends! $40 Ticket Includes: Green Fee for Round of Golf on the Williams Nine Course. Lighted LED Golf Ball to see your perfect night shot. Glow Necklace ... More
Family Fun Night

6:00 pm

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 entertainment for kids of ... 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 12, August 2 and August 23. This unique experience also includes tent space, evening snack, games, Ra... 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 13

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... 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
Bloom with Yoga & Meditation with Sara Corbishley

9:00 am

$15.00 suggested donation Practicing Yoga and Meditation in the Botanical Conservatory surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants will help you de-stress, calm your mind and strengthen your body. Both meditation and the presence of green leaf... More
Sharks & Rays!

9:30 am

Sharks, sharks, sharks! We have hammerheads and eagle rays in our Pacific Seas Aquarium, 16 beautiful sharks in the South Pacific Aquarium, and touchable sharks and rays at Stingray Cove. Come meet them all. Find out more here. 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
Junior Ranger Activity Day

12:00 pm

Drop-in for Junior Ranger programs, activities, and an opportunity to meet the Park Ranger! Meet at the Rhododendron Garden Pavilion Point Defiance Park 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98407 More
Eastside Nature Hour

2:00 pm

Join Tacoma Nature Center staff at the Eastside Community Center for a monthly nature program and learn about plants and animals, create fun crafts, and go outside to observe nature. $1.00/person or join the Eastside Family Nature Club for $... More

Sunday, July 14

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More
Sharks & Rays!

9:30 am

Sharks, sharks, sharks! We have hammerheads and eagle rays in our Pacific Seas Aquarium, 16 beautiful sharks in the South Pacific Aquarium, and touchable sharks and rays at Stingray Cove. Come meet them all. Find out more here. More
Second Sunday Music

1:00 pm

This month's concert features Kareem Kandi. Kareem is a versatile saxophonist and composer with strong roots in the traditions of Jazz, Blues, Classical and Funk. While staying true to musical styles of the past, he also keeps an eye toward... More

Monday, July 15

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More
Committee of the Whole

5:30 pm

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 16

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More

Wednesday, July 17

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More
Explore the Shore
Join Zoo naturalists and stroll along the beach at low tide, learning about the animals there. Explore the Shore is a fun and exciting opportunity to learn about the biological diversity of local beaches. No RSVP needed. Meet on the beach ne... 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: Dining with Dinosaurs: A Tasty Guide to Mesozoic Munching by Hannah Bonner Science: Prehistoric Plants Art: S... More

Thursday, July 18

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More

Friday, July 19

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More
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
Glow Golf Party
Glow Golf is back! Come out to the golf course and play a round in the dark with friends! $40 Ticket Includes: Green Fee for Round of Golf on the Williams Nine Course. Lighted LED Golf Ball to see your perfect night shot. Glow Necklace ... More
Park Board Retreat

8:30 am

Park Board Retreat Friday, July 19, 2019, 9:30 am NW Trek Wilidlife Park, Hellyer Center 11610 Trek Drive East Eatonville, WA 98328     More
Tacoma Nature Center Stewardship Work Party

9:00 am

Help us care for the park by participating in this twice monthly work party. You may be removing invasive plants, re-planting areas with native plants, or performing other tasks that support the natural health of this great habitat. No ex... More
Run the Greens Series - Race #3

7:00 pm

This is Race #3 in a series of 4 monthly runs on the greens at Meadow Park Golf Course this summer! You can run in one or more of these races. Spike up and come relive your Cross Country days. When was the last time you got to run on a golf ... More

Saturday, July 20

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More
Point Defiance Beach Cleanup

9:00 am

Register Online   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... More
Oak Tree Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Register Online   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 inva... More
McKinley Park Volunteer Work Party

9:00 am

Register Online   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 dirt... More
Zookeeper Academy

9:30 am

What does a keeper do to care for wild animals? Learn from our keepers themselves at Zookeeper Academy through keeper chats, activities and more. Find out more here. More
Dig It: Visit with the Burke Museum

10:00 am

Get up close and personal with specimens, objects and artifacts that represent different areas of the Burke Museum's collections. Interpreted by Burke educators, these interactive exhibits encourage object-based, hands-on learning. This ... 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. Open to all ages and skill... More

Sunday, July 21

Venardos Circus at STAR Center
The Venardos Circus is coming to two locations in Tacoma! Wright Park, June 26 - July 7 and then at STAR Center, July 10 - July 21. This unique, family-oriented traveling circus troupe has been touring the country for four years and was rece... More
Zookeeper Academy

9:30 am

What does a keeper do to care for wild animals? Learn from our keepers themselves at Zookeeper Academy through keeper chats, activities and more. Find out more here. 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. Be a part of this huge community event: Download a 2019 Vend... More

Monday, July 22

Slug Fest

9:30 am

It's the most unusual Northwest Festival ever - a celebration of slugs. Take a tentacled tram, make your own tentacles and slide down a soapy track to victory in our Human Slug Race! Meet critters up close at Trailside Encounters, take self... More
Park Board Meeting

6:00 pm

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 23

Slug Fest

9:30 am

It's the most unusual Northwest Festival ever - a celebration of slugs. Take a tentacled tram, make your own tentacles and slide down a soapy track to victory in our Human Slug Race! Meet critters up close at Trailside Encounters, take self... More
Mobile Blood Drive - MPT Main Office

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 23, 2019       &n... More

Wednesday, July 24

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: How to Grow A Dinosaur by Jill Esbaum Science: Natural History Museums Art: Handosaurus Suggested donation... More
Capital Improvement Committee

5:00 pm

The Capital Improvement Committee meets two Wednesdays per month (every Wednesday following a Board Meeting) at 5 pm to review, influence, facilitate and monitor the capital improvement program, including bond projects, for the district. The... More

Friday, July 26

Glow Golf Party
Glow Golf is back! Come out to the golf course and play a round in the dark with friends! $40 Ticket Includes: Green Fee for Round of Golf on the Williams Nine Course. Lighted LED Golf Ball to see your perfect night shot. Glow Necklace ... More
Homespun Happy Hour

6:00 pm

We are taking the maker movement 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, a... More

Saturday, July 27

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
Pierce County Trails Day

9:00 am

Give Oak Tree and Point Defiance Trails a Helping Hand! Tools, equipment, snacks, water and materials will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to carpool, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring their enthusiasm, smiles and energy! ... 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
Wapato Lake Park Restoration Work Party

9:00 am

Our steward at Wapato Lake Park will be hosting a work party the 4th Saturday of the month.  We will be removing invasive non-native plants and maintaining previous plantings, in an effort to restore the ecology near the wetlands.  ... More
Bloom with Yoga & Meditation with Sara Corbishley

9:00 am

$15.00 suggested donation Practicing Yoga and Meditation in the Botanical Conservatory surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants will help you de-stress, calm your mind and strengthen your body. Both meditation and the presence of green leaf... More
World Tiger Weekend

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
World Tiger Weekend at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

9:30 am

There are four tigers at the Zoo, and this weekend we're celebrating all of them! Three encounters each day, with keepers chatting about what they do and every tiger out to play. Free with admission. More information 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
Ethnic Fest

12:00 pm

Ethnic Fest has been celebrating culture & community for Over 30 years! Enjoy two full days of music, dance, art, and foods from around the world. This family-friendly, free festival has grown in size and hosts Kid’s Zones, hands-o... 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

Sunday, July 28

World Tiger Weekend

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
World Tiger Weekend at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

9:30 am

There are four tigers at the Zoo, and this weekend we're celebrating all of them! Three encounters each day, with keepers chatting about what they do and every tiger out to play. Free with admission. More information More
Ethnic Fest

12:00 pm

Ethnic Fest has been celebrating culture & community for Over 30 years! Enjoy two full days of music, dance, art, and foods from around the world. This family-friendly, free festival has grown in size and hosts Kid’s Zones, hands-o... More
Tacoma Giants Part 1: Intro to Point Defiance Trees - canceled

10:00 am

Canceled. Tacoma Giants Part 1: Introduction to the Trees of Point Defiance will no longer be offered at Point Defiance Park. Please join us for  Tacoma Giants Part 2: Immersion Tree Walk or a  Ranger-led Nature Walk instead! &nbs... More
Tacoma Giants Part 2: Immersion Tree Walk

12:00 pm

Take a walk to the tallest tree in Point Defiance with a certified arborist and immerse yourself into the world of living natural history. Fall in love with the infinite shades of green in this in-depth look into the biology and history of t... More

Monday, July 29

Committee of the Whole

5:30 pm

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