Calendar: July & August 2019

July 3: Pentatonix: The World Tour

Calling all a cappella fans: The three-time Grammy-winning Pentatonix will be at the Tacoma Dome as a part of their world tour early this month. They’ll be performing unique arrangements of pop songs, medleys, and originals and will be joined by recording artist Rachel Platten, singer of Fight Song. Tickets start at $20 and are available through Eventbrite. 

July 4: Tacoma Freedom Fair 

Don’t miss the biggest Fourth of July celebration in all of Washington state — and the third-largest in the entire country! Celebrate the Fourth with live entertainment; air and car shows; food galore; and, of course, fireworks over Commencement Bay along Tacoma’s Ruston Way waterfront.

July 6–7: Gig Harbor Wings and Wheels

Now in its ninth year, this event at the Tacoma Narrows Airport will feature displays of dozens of planes, more than 200 cars, aerobatic performances, vendors, food, and more. Tickets range from $10 to $75 and are available through Eventbrite. 

July 13: SummerFEST 

Hit this free outdoor festival at Fort Steilacoom Park, where there will be more than 30 food trucks, a beer garden, live performances, kids’ activities, and market vendors. In the evening, the event will be topped off by a showing of The Greatest Showman.

July 13: ‘Dear Black Woman: A Spoken Word Event’ 

Organized by Kay the Paint Lady, this event at Bleu Note Restaurant and Lounge in Lakewood celebrates black womanhood through spoken word and live painting. Drinks will be available for purchase, and a live DJ will be present for the event.

July 13: Photography Runway Workshop

Interested in photographing fashion shows? Don’t miss this workshop by Fashion District NW, where you can learn all levels of how to shoot runway fashion. From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., learn from seasoned professionals, and take advantage of a live runway practice session. Attendees will receive a pass to shoot the Couture & Cars Fashion Show on July 20. Tickets are $149 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. 

July 14: Art on the Ave

Enjoy this annual music and art festival that runs along Tacoma’s eclectic Sixth Avenue from State Street to Alder. Now in its 19th year, the festival is Tacoma’s largest arts-based annual event.

July 20: 2019 Couture & Cars Fashion Show 

From 6:30 to 11 p.m., enjoy a showcase of some of the region’s best couture designers alongside vintage automobiles at LeMay-America’s Car Museum. There will be a live DJ, designer booths, and red-carpet photos. Tickets start at $40.

July 20: RADwood PNW

Celebrate the automotive lifestyle of the ’80s and ’90s at LeMay-America’s Car Museum. Dress up in your best ‘80s and ‘90s attire, strap on some rollerblades, and check out a great collection of vehicles. Have a car or motorcycle from 1980-99? Register it in advance to be a part of the show. 

July 26: Homespun Happy Hour 

Tacoma’s Fort Nisqually offers an evening of 19th-century crafts for those over 21. Try your hand at scrimshaw, candle-making, leatherworking, tin-smithing, felting, and more. The event includes live music, bites, and an open bar. Tickets are $20 and are available through Eventbrite. 

July 27: Destiny City Comics and Arts Festival

Head over to Alma Mater from 1 to 7 p.m. to meet more than 20 local comic makers. Independent writers and artists will have their latest zines and more for sale and will be happy to chat about their craft.

July 27–28: Ethnic Fest

Ethnic Fest is the largest celebration of culture and community in Tacoma, as well as one of the liveliest festivals in the South Sound. The free, family-friendly event, which will be held at Wright Park from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, will feature live performers, art, foods from around the world, and more. 

July 28: Dessert Making & Wine Class

Learn how to make sweet tamales and Mexican flan while sipping a glass of wine at Molly’s Tamales in Tacoma. You’ll get to sample your creations once they’re done, and you’ll also learn which wines pair best with various desserts. Tickets are $65 and are available through Eventbrite. 

Aug. 2: Perseid Meteor Shower

On the evening of Aug. 2, the Perseid Meteor shower will light up the sky — and you’ll want a good location to see it from. What about from on top of a mountain overlooking Mount Rainier? Join a group on a 3-mile hike to Summit Lake to watch the show, then descend at midnight. Transportation from the Safeway parking lot in Bonney Lake to the trailhead is provided, as are snacks, food and drinks, headlamps, and guides. Tickets are $50 and are available through Eventbrite. 

Aug. 10: Brew Five Three 

Tacoma’s beer and blues festival is a big block party on Broadway between Ninth and 11th, where you can enjoy more than 35 Washington brews and ciders, live music, and food trucks. Tickets start at $25; designated drivers can get in for $10. Ages 21 and older only. 

Aug. 11: Aegis Rooftop Day Party Summer Series

Support and celebrate local businesses from the roof of Alma Mater in Tacoma. There will be food from The BBQ Lady and Lumpia Bar, a cash bar, and music by DJ S3RF. Entrepreneurs and professionals are invited to mix, mingle, and exchange business cards during this event from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $60 and are available on Eventbrite. 

Aug. 23: Craft Beer, Craft Wine & Cigars 

Come by Burien’s Pit Stop Taproom & Pub between 7 and 11 p.m. to enjoy an outdoor lounge; bourbon barrel-aged beer and wine; and a fresh, hand-rolled cigar. Tickets start at $8 and include a flight of three beer or wine samples and light appetizers. 

 Aug. 30–31: Northwest Hip Hop Festival

Check out national and up-and-coming recording artists covering everything from old school to new school. This is the only festival in all of the Northwest dedicated exclusively to hip hop, and it’s right here in Tacoma. Tickets start at $25 and are available through Eventbrite. 

 Aug. 30–Sept. 22: Washington State Fair 

The end of August marks the kickoff of the Washington State Fair in Puyallup! Every year, the fair features rides, live performances, animals, arts, and yummy food you can’t find anywhere else (we’re looking at you, fair scones). Tickets are $14 for adults and $11 for children and seniors. 

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