5 Things to Do This Summer in Tacoma

Summer in Tacoma is finally here! Tacoma summers are a special time of beautiful weather, lots of sun, and even more fun. 


There’s no shortage of Tacoma summer activities. It can be hard to pick which ones to attend. Luckily, we’ve compiled a short list of five fun things to do this summer!


Here’s some special summer events you might not want to miss out on:


Watermelon Sundae

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When: July 7th, 2pm-8pm

Where: Freighthouse Square, 2501 E. D St.


Don’t sleep on ETC’s fourth annual Watermelon Sundae! You can have fun on a rooftop dancing to great music, mingling with food and drinks, and more! This is a 21+ event sponsored by Mary Mart.


RSVP for $10 or just show up and pay $15. With an RSVP you’ll be entered in a raffle, get free spike watermelon, receive giveaways, and more! But make sure to come early as RSVP tickets are only valid until 3pm.


Tacoma Pride Festival

Tacoma Pride Festival

When: July 13th from 12pm-6pm

Where: Pacific Ave., between S. 9th St. and S. 7th St.


Don’t miss out on the annual Tacoma Pride Festival put on by the Rainbow Center! Entry is free and open to the public. Enjoy a day full of musical performances, a dancing tent, beer garden, and local vendors! There will also be a kids’ zone for all the youngsters. 


Plus, you don’t want to miss a special performance by local burlesque troupe, Gritty City Sirens! For more event info check out the official page.


Art on the Ave

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When: July 14th, 11am-7pm

Where: 6th Ave., between State St. and Alder St.


Another familiar Tacoma summer festival not to miss out on is Art on the Ave. All ages are welcome to this free music and art event. 


Come have fun shopping from various vendors, drinking in one of the beer gardens, listening to live music, and seeing art exhibits!


Tacoma Night Market

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When: July 20th and August 17th, 5pm-10pm

Where: Alma Mater, 1322 Fawcett Ave.


If you haven’t been to the Tacoma Night Market yet, this summer is the perfect time to check it out! Held on select Saturdays each month, this community-focused event offers great food, music, art, and unique vendors.


The Night Market is free and all ages are welcome. Plus, you can also get a chance to catch the Night Market at Art on the Ave where it’ll be taking over a whole block!


The Dope Show

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When: July 21st; August 18th; and September 15th, 7:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Where: Tacoma Comedy Club, 933 Market St.


A staple year-round and not one to miss in the summertime is The Dope Show hosted by Tyler Smith! This is a 21+ comedy show sponsored by Mary Mart. Come watch comedians perform sets before and after smoking joints!


Purchase your tickets here or pay more at the door, and don’t forget to bring your ID!


Looking for more things to do this summer? Check out our events page to keep up to date on what’s happening!

As always, summer is a perfect time to stop by the shop and take advantage of our deals!


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