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Elks Temple History Pub

Tues., Sept. 3
7-9 p.m.
McMenamins Elks Temple
565 Broadway, Tacoma

Frederick Law Olmsted, his two sons and the Olmsted Bros. landscape architecture firm left a huge imprint across all of America, in both urban and rural settings. This combination film screening and public lecture will detail that legacy, in words and images. Portland based public historian and writer/producer Laurence Cotton originated and served as consulting producer of the 2014 PBS special “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America.” The film is a full biographic treatment of Olmsted’s life and career. It will present the case that Olmsted’s role in late 19th century America extends well beyond his storied public parks…and it details the stories behind the creation of several of those key landscapes. A lecture by Cotton follows the film, which will be shown in its entirety.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.
Info:; (253) 272-3500

Free Swimming

Mon., Sept. 2
12-5 p.m.
Kandle Pool
5302 N. 26th St., Tacoma

Stewart Heights Pool, 402 E. 56th St., Tacoma

Metro Parks Tacoma is offering free swims at Kandle Pool and Stewart Heights Pool (pool capacities are limited).

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.
Info: Kandle (253) 404-3920; Stewart Heights (253) 573-2532.

End of Summer Blast

Mon., Sept. 2
9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma

Join animals around the Zoo in an all-weekend celebration jam-packed with cool activities – literally. Watch animals play with icy treats and summery enrichments.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free with zoo admission.
Info:; (253) 404-3800

Air Force vs. Army

Mon., Sept. 2
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Heidelberg-Davis Sports Complex
1902 S. Tyler St., Tacoma

The Buffalo Soldiers Museum, South Sound Military and Community Partners, and Sound Business are hosting the 4th Annual Air Force vs. Army softball game. The free community festival will honor our military service persons both past and present. Come for for fun, food, music, and softball.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.
Info:; (253) 272-4257

Teen Council

Tues., Sept. 3
5-6 p.m.
University Place Library
3609 Market Pl. W., University Place

Are you between the ages of 12 and 18, like doing fun things, love your library and enjoy snacks? Teen Council is an opportunity to help shape your library and counts as volunteer hours.

Price: Free.
Info: (253) 548-3307

Holy Cross Rummage Sale

Fri., Sept. 6 & Sat., Sept. 7
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Holy Cross Church
5510 N. 44th St.

Come and shop til you drop at Tacoma’s famous Holy Cross Rummage Sale – this year 25% larger than last time. Sales area located on N. 43rd behind the church.

Dune Celebration & Concert

Sat., Sept. 7
1-4 p.m.
Point Defiance Park
5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma

Celebrate the new Wilson Way bridge and Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park with family-friendly activities and a free celebration concert on the Cambia Legacy lawn with Dedset (opening) and Vertical Horizon headlining. Event features a beer and wine garden along with food trucks offering food and beverages for purchase. No tickets required.


Downtown to Defiance

Saturday, Sept. 7
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Point Defiance Park
5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma

Prior to the Dune Celebration & Concert is Downtown to Defiance, a free, family-friendly event for people walking, bicycling, skateboarding, scootering, rollerblading – whatever human-powered travel mode you can imagine – to experience the beautiful Tacoma waterfront for five miles unencumbered by cars. One lane of Ruston Way and Schuster Parkway will be closed to vehicle traffic. Activities along the route include make and take art, gaga ball, bubble soccer, pickleball, children’s obstacle course, pop-up skate park, adaptive cycles, and nature activities from Tacoma Nature Center staff. At 10:30 a.m. is an Artists Walking Tour: Artists Adam Kuby and Nichole Rathburn will lead a walking tour of Dune Peninsula to share the process and inspiration behind two new artworks, Alluvion and Little Makers. 


Harvest Home

Sat., Sept. 7
11 a.m.
Fort Nisqually
5519 Five Mile Dr., Tacoma

Celebrate the sights, sounds, and smells of autumn. Visitors can learn to make cornhusk dolls, weave wheat straw, play popular Victorian games, and help decorate the hock cart that will carry the last sheaf of wheat through the fort to the granary. The Puget Sound Revels will sing and dance to harvest songs and a harvest king and queen will be crowned from among the fort’s teen volunteers. The public is also invited to press cider.

Ages: All ages
Price: ages 3 and under free, youth (4-17) $8.50, military/senior (65+) $9.50, adult (18-64) $10.50, family (up to 2 adults + 6 youth) $35.50.
Info: (253) 404-3970

Jazz LIVE at Marine View

Sun., Sept. 8
5 p.m.
Marine View Church
8269 Eastside Dr. NE, Tacoma

After the traditional two-month summer break of the concert series, Jazz LIVE resumes with the much-anticipated appearance of Jay Thomas & The Cantaloupes. Thomas, a native of Seattle, is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, flugelhorn, alto, tenor, soprano saxophones and flutes). His music could be described as earthy and lyrical with the blues and swing always in evidence. Also appearing as part of his Cantaloupes ensemble are five other talented regional musicians: John Hansen on piano, Michael Glynn on bass, Adam Kessler on drums, Mike Van Bebber on trumpet and flugelhorn and Dan Marcus on trombone and flugabone. Don’t miss an amazing showcase combining modern jazz with hard bop and boogaloo.

Ages: All ages.
Price: Free.
Info:; (253) 229-9206.


Broadway Farmers Market

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
9th & Broadway

Now in it’s 29th year, this vibrant downtown marketplace hosts more than 80 vendors who provide the highest quality fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, seafood, honey, specialty foods and artisan crafts. Located in the shadow of the historic Pantages Theater, the market also offers a wide selection of hot food vendors and café seating. You’ll find something for everyone, from farm fresh produce, to kid’s activities, chef’s demos, gardening advice and more.

This market proudly accepts EBT, WIC/SFMNP and offers the Fresh Bucks EBT matching and Apple-a-Day programs.

Proctor Farmers Market

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
N. 27th St. & N. Proctor St.

This year, the Proctor Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 25th year. This vibrant market features local produce, tree and stone fruits, foraged and cultivated mushrooms, cheeses, pasture raised meats, wild caught fish, artisan foods, jams, jellies honey, herbs, cut flowers, fresh baked breads & baked goods, wine, cider, craft distilleries, hot and ready-to-eat foods, live entertainment and so much more.

Inquire at the Market Info Booth on how to double your EBT dollars with Fresh Bucks and WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers are gladly accepted.

Point Ruston Farmers Market

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
5005 Ruston Way (The Grand Plaza)

You won’t find a more beautiful setting for a farmers market than Point Ruston. Centered in the heart of the Grand Plaza, market vendors are surrounded by the beauty of Commencement Bay, miles of walking trails, and a diversity of shops. You’ll find a variety of fresh produce, flowers, locally processed foods like pickles, pasta, baked goods, sauces and so much more.

This market proudly accepts EBT, WIC/SFMNP and offers the Fresh Bucks EBT matching and Apple-a-Day programs.

Eastside Farmers Market

3-7 p.m.
3500 McKinley Ave. E

In the heart of the historic McKinley District on the east side of Tacoma this vibrant community market offers an abundant selection of the freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers, honey, processed foods, and baked goods. Enjoy weekly music, and kids’ activities, cooking demos, and so much more.

This market proudly accepts EBT, WIC/SFMNP and offers the Fresh Bucks EBT matching and Apple-a-Day programs.

Lakewood Farmers Market

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 4-Sept. 10
Lakewood City Hall
6000 Main St. S.W., Lakewood

Shop local and support more than 12 local farmers. Every market day enjoy live music, international entertainment and children’s activities. Grab lunch from food trucks and eat outside around the fountain. You will find everything from organic produce to kettle corn, handmade ice cream and crafts. Now selling local wine, and beer. Plenty of free parking. See all vendors and complete schedule of events at Info: (253) 983-7887

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