Are you ready? There’s a chill in the air, October has come, and life goes on. Here’s a list of 25 ways life keeps on going here in Tacoma, a list of gatherings, happenings, fests, events, tours, a list of community opportunities, a list of ways to while away the hours, a list inviting you to join it. And if you’re into the arts, you’re in for a treat because October is Tacoma Arts Month!
We’ve rustled up 25 events around Tacoma throughout September. There are gatherings to wake us up and guide us toward equity. There are events to call for action, calls to deepen our understanding of diversity, to demand solutions for our beautiful Salish Sea, to hear and acknowledge Native voices, to celebrate our immigrant community. And there are events that invite you to dance all night to ‘90s jams or to eat Norwegian pancakes until you can eat no more. They’re all mixed up together in this list, because that’s what life is like. At least, that’s what it’s like here in Tacoma.
It’s finally here! The Peace Little Free Library is up and open. Duggan, Brooks & Books are grateful to the Tacoma Community House, Rotary Literacy Committee, Brendan Nelson, and Aaron Skwirut for all their help and support in getting this library to its home in the Hilltop Neighborhood of Tacoma. Read all about it!
It’s August and summer is still singing its song. Join the chorus, hum a harmony, bang a gong, it’s up to you. We’re here with 25 Tacoma events to inspire you to get out and into the world while the sun is still strong. Street fairs, arts fests, homeowner education, history pubs, kid markets, literary shenanigans, volunteering and camping in the great outdoors - you can’t go wrong if you just go.
Kimberly Thomas, M. Ed. grew up in Tacoma, graduated from Lincoln High, and works for equity in education. She has a message for us! Brew a cup of coffee and sit down for a conversation with Kim. We’ll explore gentrification. We’ll talk about Kim’s mixed feelings about homeownership, and - on the lighter side- her favorite places in Tacoma.
July is all about celebration in Tacoma! We celebrate Tacoma Pride (yes, it’s finally time for the Tacoma Pride Festival!), We celebrate cultural diversity, food, music, art, history, and a brand new park; we celebrate summer. So here you go, over 21 ways to celebrate the Tacoma community this month.
It’s Tacoma events round-up time again and we’ve gathered 21 June events for your consideration. You can dance your heart out to ‘90s jams, walk for the Humane Society, sit-in on storytelling, salute the sun on Summer Solstice, join the Summer Reading Club, and shop so many fresh, local, outdoor markets! Take a look, Tacoma.
We’ve compiled another list of 20 Tacoma community events that we absolutely hope will inspire you to reach out into the city we share. You’ll find an abundance of markets, chances to taste wine and beer, cooking classes, kids crafts, outdoor excursions, Japanese American Remembrance events, a food forest, a fix-it fair, and more!
Sharing Books, Creating Community. Duggan, Brooks & Books is excited to feature the Emergency Food Network's Little Free Library in Lakewood! Read our interview with Emergency Food Network's CEO Michelle Douglas and find out how you can support the library!
Sharing Books, Creating Community. Get all the Duggan, Brooks & Books book drive details, meet Julia and her family’s M Street Little Free Library, and find out how, where, and what you can give to support community, literacy, and neighborhood love in Tacoma!
It’s spring in Tacoma; the season of damp dirt, delicate blossom, deep digging, seed scattering, light jackets, unbuttoned cardigans (oh my!), the season of the Lincoln High School Plant Sale, the season when the daffodils go on parade. What else? How about the opening day of the McMenamins Elks Temple, a big Norwegian pancake feed, the Tacoma Sister City Film Festival, and the 4th Annual Black Earth Celebration. Take a look!
Sharing Books, Creating Community. Get all the book drive details, learn what Brooks Dental Studio and Duggan Homes have to do with Little Free Libraries, meet Leigh and her family’s Cushman Branch, and find out how, where, and what you can give to support community, literacy, and neighborhood love in Tacoma!
Sharing Books, Creating Community. Learn what Brooks Dental Studio and Duggan Homes have to do with Little Free Libraries, meet Melo Hogan and her family’s Eastside Community Library, and find out how, where, and what you can give to support community, literacy, and neighborhood love in Tacoma!
March is here, and this is the month when winter turns to spring. Find 20 ways to weather the remaining days of winter, to welcome the new season, to get out, get about, and get to know Tacoma. Take yourself on a date. Go dancing. Make flowers. Hear stories. Meet makers. Change your mind.
We’re back for the 9th month in a row to spread the Tacoma love all around! With over 30 events in this list there’s something for lovers of the indoorsy and outdoorsy, lovers of music, of film, lovers of peace and quiet, lovers of local makers, of discussion, of disruption, of justice, lovers of literacy, of gal pals, lovers of lovers (all kinds), lovers of Tacoma!
Here we go again! Plunge into the Salish Sea, visit the newest wing of the TAM, take a family nature walk, strengthen and calm with yoga, discover local makers at the Night Markets, repair at a Fix-it Fair, clean-up the beach with your community, and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the City of Tacoma. There’s more. There’s a whole list to help you celebrate the start of 2019.
This list is full to the brim with holiday markets, art exhibits, a fix-it fair, and ideas for the darkest day of the year. If you’re feeling the community spirit, or looking for some local gifts this month, just come back to this list to see what’s cookin’.
November is for curling up with a good book and a warm drink, but it’s also for getting out the door for community fundraisers, holiday markets, concerts, tree lightings, fix-it fairs, Tarot readings, and volunteer opportunities. There are so many ways to give back, get involved, and get to know Tacoma!
Tacoma, Tuesdays, Trivia, Tacos, Talent. It’s the truth, there’s stuff to do, things to eat, things to drink. We have 15 of those things listed right here. You’re very welcome.
You know how we’re always seeing logos and hearing phrases about Tacoma as the “gritty city”? You’ve caught on that Proctor and Stadium aren’t the neighborhoods keeping that nickname around, right? Take a day and explore South Tacoma and the South End where some of that good grit still abides; we’ll help.
October, the month of harvest fests and haunts, of chilly outdoor escapades, of art and film extravaganzas. Seasons change, but community continues, it never ends here in Tacoma, so take a look at over 16 opportunities to be part of it.
It’s a Tacoma neighborhood tour and independent bookshop crawl all in one (plus tips for where to stop for snacks and drinks along the way)! Support local shops and your need to read.
Ready or not September is upon us and we have a list of 10 worthy Tacoma events for you! Something for cyclers, old-timey harvest fest enthusiasts, dog lovers, community activists, human rights advocates, beer drinkers, golfers, and anyone ready for a talent show gala on the waterfront.
August has arrived. The final month of what constituted summer vacation when we were youngsters. Don’t despair. Just take each day at a time, and when the mood strikes, check our list of 21 August events all over Tacoma. Listen to music under the open sky, join the Native American Traditional canoe gathering, explore a street fair, or maybe enter a beard competition (seriously).
If the home you’re searching for is full of character and beauty, locates you in a historic neighborhood within walking distance of parks, cafes, restaurants, bookstores, and groceries, and even gives you garden space, then you’ll want to meet this Victorian on Thursday, July 26th.
Tacoma is home. Want to know what we love about the sunny summer months here? It’s no secret; check out our list with tips for outdoor dining, city beaches, the best nearby park adventures, and more!
It’s July. What?! Yes, we can’t escape time moving forward, so let’s embrace it. Here’s our list of 15 July events all over Tacoma. Take a historical walking tour, celebrate the birthday of Tacoma's weirdest most beloved dive bar, enjoy story time with your kid, strengthen and focus with some outdoor yoga, or settle in for live music in the park. Or don’t. You’ll be just fine.
Summer is outdoor market season. Say goodbye to fluorescent lights, muzak, and plastic. Join the general delight created by people selling directly to people with dogs, strollers, weather, and live music in the mix. This is our list of Tacoma Markets (not just Farmers Markets, either!), plus 2 select out of town markets well worth a visit.
Looking for a home that puts you in the heart of the city near transportation, theaters, breweries, cafes, cocktail bars, parks, and museums? Get up close with this townhouse in the City Steps condo community this Sunday, June 24th!
Kerri shares Tacoma with the rest of us, and as the Executive Director of Washington Trafficking Prevention she’s helping to lead a statewide effort to fight and end human trafficking. Learn how you can recognize trafficking and how you can act to stop it! Also get a sneak peak about what she likes best about Tacoma…
Live in the heart of Tacoma in this desirable Triangle Townhomes end unit. Natural light is just the beginning; enjoy expansive cityscape and mountain views on your private rooftop deck. Distinguished by its warm character, bamboo and fir floors, exposed beams, new appliances and 2-car garage. Get comfortable with a gas fireplace, en suite 5-piece bath, and 2 additional baths. Just steps to happy hour, movies, cafes and the park.
Careful preservation and valuable updates integrate seamlessly in this corner Victorian. History lovers will appreciate original fir floors, antique hardware, and stained glass. Any buyer will love the natural light, 100 year roof, updated plumbing and wiring, high efficiency heating, and kitchen with custom cabinetry. Mature landscaping, irrigation system, and a spacious garage finish the exterior. In the Historic North Slope near cafes, theaters, and waterfront parks.
This urban homestead Craftsman is located in the Downtown Residential zoning which means potential for multi-family, mixed-use retail/residential development. Amidst garden and trees, this 5 bedroom home with office, 2.25 baths and mountain views is close to UW Tacoma, museums, hospitals, the Brewery District, and the Tacoma Town Center site.
This updated home in the North Slope Historic District is a beauty. Hardwoods, archways, exposed brick, and a butler’s pantry bring charm, while updated plumbing and wiring set your mind at ease. 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and an office. Just 1 mile from Stadium, Proctor, and the Old Town waterfront.
This North Tacoma Craftsman is all about opportunity. With 6 bedrooms - 2 on each floor - there’s room for family, housemates, guests, a studio, or a home office. The main floor features craftsman details like oak hardwood floors, archways, cased openings, and sturdy trim. Take the tour, dream your dreams, see what you think you can make of it. Near UPS and all the 6th Ave favorites!
Find all the necessities in this simple, compact home in the Edison Neighborhood. New flooring and fresh interior paint with lots of light through the big front window, and a walk-in closet off the bedroom. Walk to the Sounder train, parks, library, groceries, and pubs. Reach the mall in 4 minutes and Costco in 7. Just 1/2 a mile from access to I-5.
This Port Orchard rambler with interior updates is set on ¾ acres. Inside, all new flooring creates a clean, finished feeling in every room. Renovated kitchen, updated full bath, and a private ¾ bath in the en suite bedroom. Open sliding doors to the deck and enjoy the fenced back yard. Easy commuting, 10 minutes from downtown, 15 to the ferry, and 5 to groceries.
A home this lovingly maintained is a rare find and this private wooded retreat with cedar shingles, a big deck, and 2.8 acres has never been sold. Light fills the spotless interior; a perfect blend of comfort, updates and vintage charm, like wainscot and a farmhouse sink. Set on the Key Peninsula, under 10 minutes to 2 State Parks.
A secret garden, a classic cedar-shingled house, and a detached studio with insulation and power just 5 minutes from downtown and 4 minutes to Lincoln. Flowers, fruit trees, and ferns surround a home that’s private, cozy and bright with refinished fir floors, open staircase, solid millwork, a renovated full bath, and artistic details.
So much more than a rambler! This is a complete, high quality custom remodel with detached garage and newly built shop on 0.79 fenced graded acres with RV parking, 2 gated driveways, and tons of space. Skylights brighten the open living area. Find granite counters, a big pantry, family room, new heat pump, French doors to the patio, one full Jacuzzi bath and two ¾ baths including a private en suite.
Move-in ready. Those three words are one of the best gifts a home can give anyone looking to settle down. This lovingly maintained and carefully renovated brick cottage is ready to welcome you home. Next to the Fircrest Golf Club and a quick walk to parks and cafes.
High ceilings and natural light give openness to this cozy single-level layout. Find a private full bath with jetted tub in one bedroom, and a 2nd full bath in the hall. This home is loved for its spacious eat-in kitchen, landscaped yard, flexible 3rd bedroom, 2 car garage, and central location. Just a ½ mile to 6th Ave, 1.5 miles to Proctor for shopping and cafes.
Set high above the street, this rambler offers simplicity and convenience on a single floor. Fully updated in 2013. Enjoy a fenced yard, open living space, and the flexibility of both a private ¾ bath in the main bedroom and full bath in the hall. 5 minutes to downtown museums and Hilltop cafes.
Craftsman lovers, we have another classic for you! From a covered front porch to oak floors, ornamental ceilings, and built-ins, this home is a beauty. Full baths on 2 levels, and a fully fenced yard. The live-in basement with separate access, family room, laundry, bath, and bedroom offers amazing flexibility. Blocks from Hilltop’s Business District, and 1 mile from downtown museums.
Well-kept and comfortable, this rambler welcomes you with tasteful updates and unexpected details like French doors opening to a fully-fenced brick patio, or the vaulted ceiling and walk-in closet. Fresh paint throughout the home with heating and cooling provided by an energy efficient ductless heat pump, all on a large lot with detached 2 car garage. Close to shopping and lots of groceries.
If you’ve been dreaming of a spot to settle down, someplace sweet and bright, something from the days of hardwood floors and covered porches, this one’s for you. Four blocks from the walkable Lincoln International District and just 5 minutes from downtown.
Location and enduring style meet in this beautifully crafted home just 2 blocks from the University of Puget Sound. Original details include built-ins, wainscoting, boxed beam ceiling, pocket door, and glowing fir floors. A finished basement expands the living space. Walk to Proctor and the 3 Bridges District!
Opportunity knocks in this North End duplex. Half a mile from University of Puget Sound and one block from 6th Ave, walk to shops and cafes! Live in one unit, rent the other, think mother in law unit, or remodel back to a single family. Hardwood floors, big windows, off-street parking.
It’s hard to find a cozier spot than this single-level with its solid hardwood floors, big windows, and a perfect backyard patio. The location just makes it sweeter; it's less than a mile to the heart of Proctor, not to mention it’s just a quick walk through the park for some Valhalla Coffee in the mornings.
This tastefully updated Victorian is just half a block from Wright Park, near all Stadium and Downtown have to offer. New hardwood floors, tall ceilings, and bay windows. The plumbing, electrical, and drywall are all redone bringing this elegant home up to date. Air conditioning too!