Wednesday, June 28, 2017 This Week's Paper

Fall Free For All

// Broadway Center’s second annual event brings more than 50 free performances to Tacoma

The name “Fall Free for All” is a well-worded moniker for Broadway Center’s annual entertainment event – it happens at the time of year when fall is upon us, it is all free, and all ages are included. For two days – Sept. 22 and 23 – Tacoma’s historic Theater District will be bustling with more than 50 free performances slated this year, including shows suitable for children and those that are for adults only. For no admission charge the public is invited to come out and enjoy the theaters, support regional artists, dine out and shop in the vibrant Theater District.

“Fall Free for All” features events across multiple arts disciplines, featuring headlining performances by Vicci Martinez (local superstar singer/songwriter), My Brightest Diamond (brilliantly crafted music artfully sung/spoken by Shara Worden), Kelli Schaefer (truly transcendent rock performer) and The Can Can Castaways (a unique blend of contemporary cabaret intertwined with sensual athleticism). In total, “Fall Free for All” offers than 18 hours of music, dance, comedy, film, theater, culinary arts, fashion and children’s activities, with artists from the South Sound and beyond.

Broadway Center Program Manager Aaron Stevens said the intent behind “Fall Free for All” is to showcase Broadway Center’s theaters and creating accessible programs for all South Sound residents.

“This is our gift to an amazing and supportive community,” he said. “The doors are open and these are your theaters.”

Access to all venues at the festival is accessible via a wristband. Registration for wristbands is now open at and available for pick-up at the Broadway Center box office (South 9th Street and Broadway) starting at the festival opening.

The fest kicks off at noon Saturday with a mix of fun events:

a kids’ variety show in the Pantages Theater while out in the lobby, a 21+ lounge and interactive video installation will keep the adults entertained;

a dance festival at Theatre on the Square with performances and dance films;

an all-ages ukulele ohana;

Academy Award-nominated animated short films;

an outdoor busking stage;

face painters, bouncy houses, art installations and much more.

Events continue into the afternoon with a flea circus, a “shop ‘til you drop” artists market, a traditional tea ceremony presented by Asia Pacific Cultural Center, rocking elementary school teacher band Recess Monkey and The Reptile Man with his slithering, sliding and crawling green friends in a high energy, educational show and petting zoo.

From 5-7 p.m. a dinner break in the festivities will allow for the opportunity to explore participating downtown Tacoma restaurants including The Office Bar & Grill, Maxwell’s Restaurant + Lounge, Corina Bakery, The Matador, El Gaucho, Two Koi and The Old Spaghetti Factory. Show your “Fall Free For All” wristband for an added discount when dining.

After dinner, it is back to the fest until 10 p.m. for garage rock with The Dignitaries at Theatre on the Square, indie rock stage Squeak & Squawk, fire dancers, street performers in an amazing, live luminary sculpture of fire and ice, and more.

The next day, the festival kicks off at 1 p.m. with numerous attractions: a “Deep Prep Cooking Show” for all ages with Chef Jesse Smith, Northwest Playwrights Alliance “Double Shot Festival,” a gentlemen’s fashion show and multi-discipline arts performances featuring songwriters, musicians, slam poets, live painters and new works from Voices of the City participants. The Sunday dinner break will run from 4-6 p.m.

The full schedule of “Fall Free for All” events is available at