What's Happening, Tacoma?

Don't be thinking "Awesome. 15 more things to do in June when I already have 5 dozen graduation parties and weddings to attend; thanks guys." No! This list isn't here to overwhelm you, to make you see just how much you're missing out on, to give you bad feelings about all that stuff you just can't get to. Cut that out. We're just here to spread the word about what's available in our community so you don't have to be like "what was that thingy that looked fun?"

You could choose one thing. One thing that calls to you. It's got your name on it. Your name might be Tacoma history nerd, or old-timey buff, dog lover, walking fanatic, yogi, big-time baseball fan, or show-me-the-sparkly-gemstones, whatever it is, there's something here for you.

1. Yoga Wild Drop-in Classes

Practice yoga outdoors all over Tacoma this summer with Yoga Wild! No commitment, just drop in with your donation of $10, $5, or your positivity if you don't have the dollars. Classes offered through September, but you might as well start now. 

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!

2. Pioneer Toy Day at the Job Carr Cabin

Saturday, June 9th
12 - 4 pm

You'll find the Job Carr Cabin Museum in Old Town at the Old Town Park. Before or after learning to make old-timey toys at the cabin, you can head down to Ruston Way for some beach time or a walk. This is a free event with crafts designed for kids ages 3 - 9 and their families. 

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

3. Hilltop Walking Tour

Saturday, June 9th
3 pm 

Pretty Gritty Tours will take you on a trip through Tacoma's Hilltop Neighborhood starting from People's Park on MLK Way. Make sure to arrive a little before 3 pm so you don't get left behind on this free tour. 

Image from @prettygrittytours - follow them on Instagram to get in on other Tacoma tours this summer. 

4. Old Town Summer Concert Series at Old Town Park

Wednesdays June 13th, 20th, & 27th
(and onward through August!) 
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, bring your friends and family, and get settled in for some live music in the open-air at Old Town Park. This happens every Wednesday in June, July, and August - lucky us! Another nice quality of this concert series is that if fits every single budget out there; it's free. Now you have no more reasons to miss these live performances by a wide variety of musicians. You'll hear jazz, blues, pop, rock, Americana, and who know what else. Pick a Wednesday, any Wednesday. 

Image from  @jobcarrcabin - follow them to stay in the loop about upcoming summer concerts and activities in Old Town!

5. Summer Kickoff 5k at Meadow Park Golf Course

Friday, June 15th
7 pm  

Organized by MetroParks Tacoma, this is a cross-country style 5k race on the trails and fairways of Lakewood's Meadow Park Golf Course. After you cross the finish line, stick around for a beer garden, music, a free (age appropriate) beverage, corn hole, or a putting contest. Minors are also welcome!

$25 thru June 10                            
$30 June 12-14
$35 Day of Race

Follow @metroparkstacoma on Instagram for beautiful park photos and to learn about public park events. 

Photo from  metroparkstacoma.org  

6. Bark Tacoma with Downtown On the Go

Saturday, June 16th
9 - 11 am

Love dogs? Love walking? Love Tacoma's Downtown? Yes, yes, and yes! Okay, make sure to register soon for this 3k guided fundraising walking tour and doggie carnival (competitions and obstacle courses!).

$25/dog, $15/second dog

Image from  @downtownonthego - find and follow them on Instagram for updates and events focused on transportation in Tacoma's Downtown.

7. Father's Day Makers at Compass Rose

Saturday, June 16th
10 am-3 pm

Looking for a special Father's Day gift for someone in your life? Compass Rose in Proctor is bringing in local makers. That means you can shop and meet the real people making the clothes, chocolates, leather goods, and other gifts you'll find when you visit.

Support a local maker, a local shop, and give a nice gift all at the same time. 

Image from  @compassroseshop - follow them on Instagram for other special makers events throughout the year.

8. Plough to Plate at Fort Nisqually History Museum

Saturday, June 16th
11 am - 5 pm

Have you ever been to Fort Nisqually in Tacoma's beautiful Point Defiance Park? It's time. Tour the gardens and orchard, try churning butter, participate in relay games, and watch a live cooking competition with final judging at 3:30 pm. This is just one of many fun and educational events at Fort Niqually Living History Museum where you and your family will be immersed in a scene of days gone by with period enactors enlivening the atmosphere.

$8-$10 (children 3 and under are free)

Image from @fortnisquallymuseum - follow them on Instagram so you won't miss other summer, fall, and holiday events. 

9. Full House for Foster Care at Cheney Stadium

Saturday, June 16th
5:05 - 9:05 pm

The YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Counties is dedicated to children and youth! Part of the way they express this is by offering foster youth free access to the Y and its programs. The Y is hosting this huge Cheney Stadium take-over fundraiser to support their foster youth programs. Head out to the ballgame, cheer our Rainiers, and support our YMCA and foster kids. Did you notice this is on Father's Day weekend? What a great event to attend with a dad, for so many reasons...

$15 - general admission, be sure to use coupon code YMCA to get your free hotdog, chips, and water bottle (a portion of ticket sales benefit foster youth initiative).
$25 - party deck rate for kid
$40 - party deck rate for adults
100% of the PARTY DECK ticket sales support memberships for foster youth in Pierce and Kitsap Counties.)

Image from @ymcapkc follow them on Instagram to learn more about what it means to be part of the local YMCA. 

10. English Language Acquisition Classes Info Session at Tacoma Community House

Wednesday, June 20th at 1 pm
Thursday, June 28th at 10 am

Do you know someone living in Tacoma who would love to learn English, but doesn't know where to start? Tacoma Community House, located in Tacoma's Hilltop for the past 108 years is the perfect place to begin. TCH is a a partner and advocate for immigrants, and it's also a great place to volunteer if you're looking for a way to get involved in the Tacoma community. Classes are just $25 per quarter! Spread the word. 

Tacoma Community House Mission: "Tacoma Community House creates opportunities for immigrants and other community members in the Puget Sound region through comprehensive services focused on self-sufficiency, inclusion and advocacy."

Image from @tacomacommunityhouse - follow them on Instagram for educational and volunteer opportunities. 

11. History Happy Hour Trivia Night at The Swiss 

Wednesday, June 20th
6 pm  

If you already love The Swiss and trivia, you might as well go. If you're lost when it comes to pop trivia and current events, you just might shine at this trivia night with its focus on Washington State and Tacoma history. Besides, you could win a prize and entry is free!

Image from @tacoma_culture - follow them on Instagram if you'd like to keep up to do date with the Tacoma Historic Preservation office.

12. Summer Storytime at Job Carr Cabin

Friday, June 22nd (and every Friday for the summer!)
11 am  

Bring some kids! They'll get to know other kids, hear stories, do crafts, play games, and you'll all get out of the house for a bit. It's free, and it's all in Tacoma's Old Town near the waterfront. What's not to love?

If you miss the June 22nd storytime, just come back another Friday, or come every Friday for a fun summer tradition. 

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

13. Jamie Joseph Trunk Show at LAPIS

Saturday, June 23rd
10 am - 4 pm

If you already love Jamie Joseph, you might already know about this trunk show. If you don't already love her, but you're into local jewelers, or one-of-a-kind rings, or beautiful stones, you'll probably want to put this on your calendar. LAPIS always has a stunning Jamie Joseph display, but at this event you'll get the chance to see so much more. 

Image from @lapis_tacoma - follow them on Instagram for shop events and beautiful jewelry photos. 

14. Old Town History Walk - The Ruston Way Waterfront

Saturday, June 23rd
11 am - 12 pm

Job Carr Cabin Museum has so much going on this summer. This is yet another free event organized by the cabin museum. This time it's a history walk focused on Ruston Way. Meet at Old Town Dock and be sure to arrive 10 minutes early so you don't get left behind.

Image from @jobcarrcabin - follow them on Instagram for information on upcoming history walks. 

15. Homespun Happy Hour at Fort Nisqually History Museum

Friday, June 29th
6 - 9 pm

This is a "make and take" 19th century craft event for the 21+ crowd. Give scrimshaw, felting, spinning and rope making a try. Explore the fort, enjoy the cash bar, food truck, and music. Bring friends. You know what to do. 

$20 Includes "make and take" crafts.

$$$ raised from this event goes to support the educational mission of the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum.

Image from @fortnisquallymuseum - follow them on Instagram for more Homespun Happy Hour events in July and August. 

Michael and Dandie exploring Puget Park on a fine Tacoma day. 

Michael and Dandie exploring Puget Park on a fine Tacoma day. 

The End (or the beginning?)

We've reached the end of our June list. There's more happening all over Tacoma this month, but we had to stop somewhere! 

Whatever calls your name, whichever path you choose to explore, we hope you find what you're looking for! Whether it's outdoor yoga, a walking tour, story time, live music, crafts, trivia, or a baseball game, find where you fit in this June in our fair city. We'll see you out there.