It's July in Tacoma - 15 Community Events You'll Love!

 This is us, the Duggans: Dandie, Gretchen, and Michael ready for summer fun in Tacoma!

This is us, the Duggans: Dandie, Gretchen, and Michael ready for summer fun in Tacoma!

You might remember our recent article about all kinds of events around our city in June. If you didn't make it to a single June event, don't fret! If you don't make it to any of these July events, no biggie. August will bring other opportunities. In a world where there's always something to be at, always something to be missing, we don't want to freak you out even more. But, we do want you to know a bit about what's out there so you have a chance, when you want one, to take a historical walking tour, or celebrate the birthday of Tacoma's weirdest most beloved dive bar, or take your kid to story time, strengthen and focus with some outdoor yoga, or settle onto your picnic blanket for some weekly live music in the park. If you find yourself with an itch to be out in the community this month, just come back to this list and see what's up.

Our list starts with one-time/once-a-month/annual events and moves into a weekly events section. Take a deep breath, accept that you can't do it all, and have a look.

1. Family Fun Night at Fort Nisqually History Museum

Friday, July 6th
6 - 9 pm
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum at Point Defiance Park
Fun circa 1855, music, races, saltwater taffy fires from a cannon!
$0-10

2. Tacoma Night Market

Saturday, July 7th
5 - 10 pm
734 Pacific Ave
Food, music, local vendors
Free

Image from @tacomanightmarket

3. Art on the Ave

Sunday, July 8th
11 am - 7 pm
6th Ave, from State St to Alder
Tacoma's biggest arts focused festival, 3 stages for live music, booths galore, fun in the street!
Free

4. Blueberry Festival at PLU

Wednesday, July 11th
11 am - 1:30 pm
Red Square at Pacific Lutheran University
Live music, fresh berry dessert, low key
$2.50 for dessert, free with student ID

5. 7 Seas Brewing 9th Anniversary Bash!

Saturday, July 14th
2 - 8 pm
7 Seas Brewing Co, 3006 Judson St, Ste 110, Gig Harbor
Brews, food trucks, live music, tie dye, games
Note: this is NOT IN TACOMA, be sure to go to 7 Seas in Gig Harbor, their original location!
$4

Image from @7seasbrewing

6. Craft Saturdays Job Carr Cabin

Saturday, July 14th
12 - 4 pm
2350 N 30 St, Old Town Park 
Fun and simple crafts aimed at kids ages 3 - 9 and their families
Free

Image from @jobcarrcabin - follow them on Instagram for more summer events!

7. Jazz Under the Stars at PLU

Thursday, July 19th: Jovino Santos Neto Quarteto
Thursday, July 26th: LaVon Hardison
7 - 9 pm
Mary Baker Russell Outdoor Amphitheater at Pacific Lutheran University
Live jazz in the fresh air, never cancelled due to weather - just moves indoors
Free

8. 10th Annual Living History Cemetery Tour at Tacoma Cemetery

Friday, July 20th: 6 - 7:40 pm
Saturday, July 21st: 5:40 - 7:40 pm
Tours start every 20 minutes
Tacoma Cemetery, 4801 S Tacoma Way
Presented by Tacoma Cemetery, Tacoma Historical Society, and The Northwest Room of the Tacoma Public Library
$15, Advance Reservation Required: (253) 472-3738 or info@tacomahistory.org

Image from @tacomahistoricalsociety

9. Blooms & Brews by Tacoma Hops & Alice's Table 

Saturday, July 21st
2:30 - 5:30 pm
Tour 3 breweries, eat some bites, make your own floral arrangement
$65/pp includes 3 breweries, 2 food pairings, 1 bouquet

Image from @tacomahops

10. Old Town History Walk - Immigrant Influences

Saturday, July 21st
11 am - 12 pm (arrive 10 minutes early)
Start at the Job Carr Job Carr Cabin Museum at 2350 N 30 St, Old Town Park 
Learn about Tacoma's early residents - rain or shine!
Free

Follow @jobcarrcabin for information on upcoming history walks.

11. Bob's Java Jive's 63rd Anniversary

Saturday, July 28th
8 pm - 2 am
2102 S Tacoma Way
Karaoke, costumes, drinks, celebration
No cover

Weekly Events

12. Yoga Wild Drop-in Classes

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday
$5, $10, or "good vibes" 

Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:30 am at Baltimore Park - North End
11:15 am at Sunset Terrace Park - West End

Wednesdays Sunset Flow Rooftop Yoga
7 pm at Alma Mater Tacoma - Downtown

Saturdays Rise & Shine Rooftop Yoga
7:30 am Alma Mater Tacoma - Downtown

Image from @beyogawild - follow them on Instagram!

13. Summer Storytime at Job Carr Cabin

Fridays, July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th (and every Friday for the summer!)
11 am  
2350 N 30 St, Old Town Park 
For children ages 3 - 9 and their families
Free/Pay As You Can

Image from @jobcarrcabin where you'll find all kinds of events and images for all things Old Town. 

14. Point Ruston Summer Concert Series 

Saturdays, July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th (and every Saturday through September 2!)
5 - 7 pm
Grand Plaza at Point Ruston, 5005 Ruston Way
Fresh air, water views, live music, community fun!
Free

15. Old Town Summer Concert Series at Old Town Park

Wednesdays July 11th, 18th, & 25th
(and onward through August!) 
6:30 - 8:30 pm
2350 N 30 St, Old Town Park 
Live music in the open air - bring a blanket, bring snacks, bring a friend
Free

Image from @jobcarrcabin 

See you out there!

We're normal people, so naturally we don't make it out to all these events. But we do like giving things a try, getting outdoors, people watching, food eating, walking, and community, so we'll be out there, and we hope to send you a smile if we see you. Here's to finding the summer you want to experience!


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