Calendar: January + February

Jan. 1 

Polar Bear Plunge 

Ring in the new year with a daring dive into the Puget Sound at the Point Defiance boat launch. A cub plunge will take place at 11:30 a.m. for those under the age of 10, and an adult/family plunge will start at noon. Parking is available, and a free shuttle will run from Owen Beach from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. metroparkstacoma.org

24th Annual Model Train Festival

Celebrate the new year by stopping by Washington State History Museum on the last day of the annual Model Train Festival. Pick up a free collectible Model Train Festival button, and see the largest permanent public model train layout in the state. Drive the freight train simulator into the new year, or simply enjoy the most spectacular and detailed railroad scenes in the Pacific Northwest. washingtonhistory.org

Jan. 2 

Free Neighborhood Nights at TAM

The Tacoma Art Museum is open late to the community for free every Thursday from 5–8 p.m. The TAM Studio and Drawing Jam programs will be running for folks to create their own art. TAM Local Community Art installations will be available for viewing, while happy hour specials in the TAM Café go until 7 p.m. tacomaartmuseum.org

Jan. 4 

Yappy Hour & Meet the Fosters

Wet Noses Dry Paws will be hosting a free afternoon at the dog park for those who have dogs, those looking for dogs, and those who just want more time with dogs. Enjoy the $2 beers while meeting all the adoptable foster dogs at the Wet Noses Dry Paws indoor dog park from 2–4 p.m. in Tacoma. wetnosesdrypaws.com

Jan. 11 

Psychic Fair at the Meeker Mansion

If you feel comfortable being in a house filled with psychics specializing in everything from healing to fortune telling, then the Psychic Fair at the Meeker Mansion may be right for you. Proceeds go toward the mansion’s ongoing restoration. Find out about the future or learn from the past between 10 a.m.–4 p.m. meekermansion.org

Jan. 10-12 

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series

Monster Jam will take over the Tacoma Dome once again for an action-packed motorsports extravaganza. Monster Jam Triple Threat Series will feature six competitions of speed, racing, and freestyle stunts in a high-octane weekend of four-wheeled excitement. tacomadome.org

Jan. 23

Tacoma Home + Garden Show

Tacoma’s annual one-stop-shop for all things home, design and decor, DIY inspiration, houseplants, gardening and more is taking over the Tacoma Dome.

Jan. 24 

‘Shattering’ at Tacoma Little Theatre

Follow the story of a youth’s journey from gang violence to juvenile incarceration to foster care in this heart-wrenching drama directed by Chris Serface and starring Robin McGee and Donavan Mahannah. The film is the winner of the AACT NewPlayFest and will show between Jan. 24 and Feb. 9 at the Tacoma Little Theatre. tacomalittletheatre.com

Jan. 29 

Wine Tasting

Stink Cheese & Meat is partnering up with El Tufo for monthly wine tasting nights featuring a wide array of Milbrandt varietals. Tastings will be hosted in the bar, but all ages will be welcome on the restaurant side. Food specials and giveaways will be given out by the hosts. Reservations are recommended. stinktacoma.com

Jan. 30 

IGNITE the Capitol: Washington State

Young women are invited to join IGNITE in Olympia and receive hands-on advocacy training and experience. Learn about the ins and outs of the local and state lawmaking process, and why it’s critical for everyone’s voice to be heard. Visit the Capitol Building from 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m., and be a part of the national movement. eventbrite.com

Feb. 1 

Jubal Fresh Comedy Tour

If Jubal Fresh from MOViN’ 92.5’s Brooke and Jubal in the Morning is the only reason you’re sane during your morning commute, then you’ll want to hear his stand-up live at the Rialto Theater. Tickets start at $20. tickets.tacomartslive.org

Feb. 6, 8, 14, 16 

Tacoma Opera Presents: ‘Tosca by Giacomo Puccini’

One of opera’s great dramatic stories set to the glorious music of Giacomo Puccini is coming to the Pantages Theater. Conducted by Bernard Kwiram and directed by Noel Koran, the story follows the toxic love triangle between politically and socially opposed characters set in Rome in the year 1800. There will be three evening performances before the closing show at 2 p.m., Feb. 16. tacomaopera.com/tosca/

Feb. 7 

Collage and Chill

Rummage through stacks of vintage National Geographic magazines and make collages while enjoying good music, drinks, and company. Coffee, tea, cocktails, beer, and wine will be flowing, and all supplies are provided. This is an all-ages event, so bring your family along for a relaxing evening from 5–9 p.m. at Alma Mater. facebook.com 

Feb. 7 

National Wear Red Day

The first Friday of February has been designated by the awareness campaign Heart Truth as National Wear Red Day. On this day, men and women are encouraged to wear red as a symbol of support towards women’s heart health. goredforwomen.org

Feb. 8 

Wine and Whiskey at LeMay

PNW Ladies Night is hosting a co-ed, 1920s-themed casino night at LeMay — America’s Car Museum. Join local distilleries and wineries, and enjoy the wide array of activities, from car simulators and derby races to massages and other spa activities. Come dressed in 1920s garb, and compete for the awards given to the best-dressed couple. eventbrite.com

Tacoma Polar Plunge for a Cause

Support Special Olympics athletes by plunging into the Puget Sound at Owen Beach. You can race out into the icy waters on your own, create a team, or pledge as one of the “Too Chicken to Plunge” attendees that wants to support the Special Olympics without diving into the cold. Be sure to register online. impact.sowa.org

Feb. 13 

Enumclaw’s 8th Annual Interactive STEAM Expo

Each year, local businesses, higher education institutions, and K-12 schools partner at Enumclaw Expo Center for an evening of interactive activities that will excite students interested in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Hands-on exhibits are designed to showcase jobs and educational pathways in STEAM fields. enumclawschoolsfoundation.org

Feb. 14 

Blake Shelton at the Tacoma Dome

Blake Shelton is taking his Friends and Heroes 2020 Tour to Tacoma for Valentine’s Day. Lauren Alaina will take the stage alongside Shelton and his friends The Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson, and Trace Adkins. Tickets are anticipated to sell out early, so make sure you have yours as soon as possible. tacomadome.org

Feb. 22 

Miracle Masquerade Ball

Join Divine Duality as they host their first Miracle Masquerade Ball, an all-inclusive, consciously-committed event. Tickets include vegan catered meals and access to an open bar, entertainment booths, vegan and sustainable vendors, entry into the donation raffle, and more. After captivating performers entertain you while dining, the dance floor will open up, while a silent charity auction will be hosted. divinedualityllc.com

Symphony Tacoma Presents: ‘Beethoven and the Electric Universe’

Experience both the traditional and non-conventional sonorousness of the orchestra with Symphony Tacoma. The night begins with On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, a tone poem composed in 1912 expressing the beauty of nature, before Maestra Sarah Ioannides conducts Simon Petersson’s Spheres for the first time in Tacoma. Seattle native Michael Nicolella will perform Yaron Gottfried’s Electric Guitar Concerto before the night ends with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. tacomaartslive.org

Feb. 29 

Crab and Brew Fest 2020

Celebrate Leap Day by coming out to the Crab and Brew Fest, hosted by Soroptimist International of Auburn. Win prizes by playing games of chance and fun activities while raising money for Soroptimist’s Dream Programs, which provide social and economical empowerment to local women and girls. Tickets will not be available at Auburn Community Center, so be sure to register online. siauburn.org

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