August Edition: 25 Tacoma Events!


August is the month when we can’t take summer for granted. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t been in school for years, decades even; memories of summer vacation rolling toward an impending “back to school” season are strong. But we know we still have this month of bright mornings, long days, and late sunsets, so we jump all the way in (no toe dipping, no wading knee-deep here). Tacoma feels it too, feels the change coming, so it goes ahead and pulls out all the stops, flies its summer flag, and asks us to get out, to camp out, to sing along, dream along, and celebrate another month of summer.

In the spirit of summer celebration, take a look at our list of Tacoma events, find what fits, and join the sun-loving party!

1. Campout at Owen Beach

Fridays, August 2nd & 23rd
7 pm - 8:30 am
Owen Beach, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma

  • $50 + tax for 4 person tent space, $75 + tax for 6 person tent space, $100 + tax for 8 person tent space

  • Register by Wednesday, July 10th at 4 pm by calling Tacoma Nature Center: (253) 404-3930

  • The campout includes snacks, ranger led events, games, free time, and a sunrise breakfast

  • Campers provide their own tent and supplies

One of our favorite Tacoma makers,  KdBird  filled a booth together with the lovely  Marigold & Pearl  at last year’s fest!

One of our favorite Tacoma makers, KdBird filled a booth together with the lovely Marigold & Pearl at last year’s fest!

2. Proctor Arts Fest

Saturday, August 3rd
10 am - 5 pm
Extending from N. 26th & Proctor, Tacoma

  • Free

  • Over 150 arts and crafts vendors (with lots of Tacoma makers!) - pottery, fiber arts, prints and paintings, jewelry, soap and candles, photography, and more - 3 live music stages, sidewalk sales from Proctor businesses

  • Plenty of food and drink at local restaurants, cafes, and the Proctor Farmers’ Market and LaPaloma Market happening at the same time!

  • The Blue Mouse Theatre shows a free family film at 12 pm

Image from    Stephanie Anne Johnson   - Tacoma’s Stephanie Anne Johnson is headlining!

Image from Stephanie Anne Johnson - Tacoma’s Stephanie Anne Johnson is headlining!

Saturday, August 3rd
5 - 10 pm
Anthem Coffee Co. Downtown, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma

  • Free

  • Live music, arts, food vendors, latte art competition, and a beer garden

  • On the Stage:

  • Beer garden: Vote for your favorite signature brew from one of several South Sound breweries to help determine who will win the Peoples Choice Award

4. Tie Dye Class with L’Arche Tahoma Hope

Monday, August 5th
1 - 3 pm
L’Arche Tahoma Hope Welcome Center, 12302 Vickery Ave E, Tacoma

  • $15

  • Bring a t-shirt or pillowcase and learn to make a bright, vibrant, summery design that transforms it into something way more fun!

  • The L’Arche Welcome Center has fun classes and social events throughout the month - visit their calendar to check out the other opportunities!

  • Please RSVP to OR 253-535-3178 (prefer your RSVP 5 days in advance in order to have enough supplies for all participants)

5. Lunch and Learn: City of Tacoma Affordable Housing Update

Tuesday, August 6th
12 - 1 pm
Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, 4824 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma

  • Free - please register here

  • Presented by the Tacoma/Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium

  • Coffee, tea, and water provided - bring your own lunch

  • Learn about the City of Tacoma’s Affordable Housing Action Strategy

  • Jacques Colon from the City of Tacoma will share about reconvening the Technical Advisory Group and plans for policy implementation - time for questions will follow

6. History Pub: Shipwrecks, Legends, and Lost Treasures - Historical Archaeology on the Coast

Tuesday, August 6th
7 - 9 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Spanish Ballroom at McMenamins Elks Temple, 565 Broadway, Tacoma

Image from the    Spanish Ballroom

Image from the Spanish Ballroom

  • Free - all ages

  • Castaways, shipwrecks, deserters, and pirates - they’re not all just tall tales

  • Lead archaeologist for the Maritime Archaeological Society's Beeswax Wreck Project, Scott Williams is the History Pub speaker this time around. He’ll tell us about the 10-year effort to find the Beeswax Wreck, a Spanish Manila galleon that wrecked in Tillamook County. He’ll also share about archaeological evidence of other shipwrecks and survivors in the PNW.

  • Drinks and pizza available in the Spanish Ballroom

  • Event presented by McMenamins Elks Temple and Washington State History Museum

7. Fircrest National Night Out

Tuesday, August 6th
6 - 9 pm
Fircrest Park, 471 Electron Way, Fircrest

  • Free

  • National Night Out is a community event foster neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships for safer communities

  • Entertainment and fun with Point Defiance Pirates, Kapowsin Skydivers, K-9 demonstrations, WSP, Tacoma Fire Dept, Rhubarb, and local businesses

  • Purchase dinner for $1 - hotdog, beverage, and chips!

  • The Bloodmobile will be there for anyone who’d like to donate blood and there’s a silent auction to support National Night Out

8. Fighting Displacement on Hilltop for Homeowners

Wednesday, August 7th
6 - 7:30 pm
Tacoma Urban League, 2550 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma

  • Free - please register here

  • Learn about tools and resources to help Hilltop homeowners stay in their homes and avoid displacement

  • Topics include rental income, refinancing, and tax relief for low-income, disabled, or veteran homeowners ages 61 and older, with time for a question and answer period as well

  • Light refreshments available

  • Presented by the Tacoma/Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium

9. Old Town Summer Concert Series

Wednesdays in Summer
August 7th, 14th, & 21st
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Old Town Park, 2350 N 30th St, Tacoma

  • Free

  • Live music every Wednesday - check out the line up here

  • Pack a picnic, bring your blankets, lawn chairs, friends, and kids

  • Old Town Park is just a couple of blocks from Ruston Way, so stretch your legs or visit the beach before the music starts. You could also drop-in at The Spar if you didn’t have time to eat dinner (they have a family friendly seating area too).

10. Music & Heart in Wright Park

Saturday, August 10th
11 am - 7 pm
Wright Park, 501 S I St, Tacoma

  • Free

  • Live music with close to 20 bands

  • Local art, craft, vintage, and food vendors from LaPaloma Marketplace

  • Beer garden and Bliss Creamery too!

  • This event raises funds for H.O.P.E. Victims Advocacy Foundation supporting victims of domestic violence and trauma and raises awareness of youth homelessness through The Coffee Oasis

11. Summer Reading Block Party!

Saturday, August 10th
1 - 4 pm
Tacoma Public Library Main Branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma

Image from    Tacoma Arts Live

Image from Tacoma Arts Live

12. 7th Annual Brew Five Three: Tacoma's Beer & Music Festival

Saturday, August 10th
1 - 8 pm
Tacoma Arts Live, 901 Broadway, Tacoma

  • Admission $30 ($35 day of ) includes 6 tasting tickets and a tasting glass, 21+ - get tickets here

  • $10 Designated Driver Admission (no tasting glass or tastings, but does include free non-alcoholic beverages, 21+

  • Block party between 9th & 11th on Broadway

  • Over 40 Northwest beers & ciders, live music, and food trucks

  • This festival marks the beginning of Tacoma Beer Week - check out Tacoma Beer Week events here

13. Spanish Story Time with Miss Mia at Curious Bear

Thursday, August 15th
11 - 11:30 am
The Curious Bear Toy & Book Shop, 2061 Mildred St W, Fircrest

  • Free

  • Miss Mia uses songs, movement, and games to help participants learn and engage and it’s all in Spanish

  • Learn more about Casita Mia on her site

  • This is a monthly event with Casita Mia, so keep an eye out for future story times to put on your calendar

14. 4th Annual Kid Maker Market at 3rd Thursday TAM

Thursday, August 15th
4 - 7 pm
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma

  • Free - register here if you’d like an e-mail reminder (no ticket necessary to attend!)

  • Kid Maker Market is in the TAM lobby where you’ll find over 20 artists and makers ages 3-18, plus free snacks and free kid craft AND a raffle to raise money for TAM’s Summer Camp Scholarship Fund

  • Bring cash as not all our Kid Makers accept credit cards

  • TAM is FREE from 5-8pm!

  • Presented by Handmade PNW Events

15. McKinley Hill Street Fair

Saturday, August 17th
10 am - 5 pm
McKinley Neighborhood, 3500 McKinley Ave, Tacoma

  • Free

  • Artists, food trucks, music, new culture and dance stage, free youth carnival, 4 beer gardens, chalk art zone, superheroes and princesses in attendance too!

  • Day starts with a giveaway of 1200 stuffed backpacks

  • Get more good information at


16. Antique Row’s Summer Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, August 17th
11 am - 5 pm
Antique Row, 734 Broadway, Tacoma

  • Free (items for purchase, of course :)

  • Shop sidewalk bargains all along Antique Row - it’s a treasure hunt, you never know what you might find!

  • Stop for donuts and coffee at Original House of Donuts on 9th (open 8 am to noon), then explore to your heart’s content

17. Tacoma Night Market: August Edition

Saturday, August 17th
5 - 10 pm
Alma Mater, 1322 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma

  • Free and open to all ages

  • Art, vendors, community, live music, and DJ

  • The rooftop is open this summer too for lounging above the fray

  • Food and drink available from special vendors as well as from Honey and Matriarch on site

  • If you love the Tacoma Night Market, make sure you’re following the Gig Harbor Night Market too, hosted by 7 Seas Brewing across the bridge!

Image from    NEON Art Party

Image from NEON Art Party

18. 4th Annual Spaceworks NEON Art Party 2019

Saturday, August 17th
7 pm - 12 am
Normanna Hall, 1106 S 15th St, Tacoma

  • Admission $30 ($35 at the door), $50 VIP, Student $15 ($20 at the door), Ages 12 and under free, Just Dance $15 - get tickets here

  • Spaceworks Tacoma benefit event!

  • Live performances, art gallery, pop-up market, dance party

  • All ages activities and performances from 7 - 10 pm, Dance Party with DJ Semaj 10 pm to midnight

Image from    OGMuscle

Image from OGMuscle

19. 2nd Annual Summer Vegan Market

Sunday, August 18th
11 am - 3 pm
People’s Community Center, 1602 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Tacoma

  • Free

  • Vegan farmers market style event in Hilltop to celebrate vegan lifestyle and promote businesses supporting vegan options

  • Food vendors, cosmetics, apparel, and local animal welfare organizations

  • Spread the word!

Image from    Creative Colloquy

20. 4th Annual Creative Colloquy Soirée

Monday, August 19th
7 pm
Green Space at Alma Mater, 1322 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma

  • Free

  • This is a fundraising event for the Creative Colloquy Crawl - so go to town on the silent auction

  • Literary readings by selected writers (no open mic tonight) who submitted 1st person narratives with the Tacoma Reads selection There There as their muse

  • Food and wine, and brews from the no host bar

  • Come at 6 to join a discussion on Tommy Orange’s novel There There!

21. Business 101 Workshop Series

Thursdays, August 22nd, 29th, & September 5th
6 pm
Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St, Tacoma

Images from the    Hilltop Action Coalition

Images from the Hilltop Action Coalition

Saturday, August 24th
11 am - 7 pm
Martin Luther King Junior Way, Tacoma

  • Free

  • Martin Luther King Jr Way is all about people and pedestrians for the day - expect food, family fun, live music, dancing, a parade, car show, entertainment, kids activities, and information booths

  • Plan to see people you know - over 20,000 people visit the Hilltop Street Fair!

  • Presented by the Hilltop Action Coalition

23. Drive-In Movie at America’s Car Museum

Saturday, August 24th
Parking starts at 4:30 pm
Movie showtime by 9 pm
LeMay-America’s Car Museum, 2702 E D St, Tacoma

  • Free

  • Watch Captain Marvel outdoors on the 40 foot screen with Downtown Tacoma’s cityscape beyond

  • Arrive early to reserve your spot

  • Bring a picnic or get dinner at the concessions on site

Image from    YWCA Pierce County    -  SHEnlightens Project founded by Amanda L. Gamble

Image from YWCA Pierce County - SHEnlightens Project founded by Amanda L. Gamble

24. SHEnlightens: A Women’s Collaboration Art Project

Sunday, August 25th
12 - 2 pm
YWCA Pierce County, 405 Broadway, Tacoma

  • Free

  • Art exhibit to celebrate and honor progressive female contributors to society (past and present!) and to share the portrait work of female artists from the greater Tacoma area

  • Enjoy light refreshments and meet the artists

  • This 2 hour art reception is in Sunshine Hall

Image from    EarthCorps

Image from EarthCorps

25. Tacoma Open Spaces - Fern Hill Restoration

Saturday, August 31st
10 am - 1 pm
Fern Hill, S 82nd St & Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma

  • Free - volunteer opportunity - please register here

  • Help EarthCorps and the City of Tacoma begin restoration work in the Fern Hill Open Space

  • No specific skills necessary - bring a water bottle and wear long pants and closed toed shoes

  • EarthCorps supplies gloves, tools, water and snack bars and leadership for the day’s work

  • Youth under 14 must be accompanied by an adult (ages 14-17 without an adult require a waiver)

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