A few things we think might make your weekend more enjoyable…
All weekend long:
Taste of Tacoma is this weekend, starting at 11 a.m. today! Sample signature dishes from dozens of local restaraunts, peruse booths of arts and crafts, and hear live and local sounds from the Sound. Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Point Defiance Park. Catch the shuttle at Tacoma Community College ($4 round trip, free for kids under 12) and beat the parking battle at the Point. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes from the Northwest corner of campus at South 12th and Mildred Streets.
URBAN ART FEST
Tacoma’s seventh annual Urban Art Fest runs for a full two days this weekend, from noon to 9 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday on Dock Street. The festival featuers two live performance stages, DJ’s, live art, dance, chalk artists, music & movement, local art and craft vendors, , a kids and teen area, skate ramp and more. Current artists include Battersea, Fun Police, The Nightbeats, Blanco Bronco, Umbersleeping, Sweet Kiss Momma, Kim Archer and many more!
Friday, June 24:
HALF BIRTHDAY PARTY
In celebration of a successful six months and the addition of fresh, homemade pasta to its menu, Pastiche is having a half birthday party, and you’re invited. The 6th Avenue wine bar will be serving fresh pasta with soup or salad for $9.99, with a complimentary glass of champagne and specials on Italian wines all night. Come and celebrate at Pastiche, located at 2715 6th Ave. No reservations required. The event starts at 6 p.m. Info: www.pasticheawinebar.com.
ROCKET SCIENCE RELEASE
Garage rockers The Digintaries celebrate the release of their debut album “Rocket Science” tonight at the New Frontier. Also playing are the Riffbrokers and Panama Gold. Show starts at 9 p.m. The New Frontier Lounge, 301 E. 25th Street
Saturday, June 25:
Tacoma’s second Hempfest will be going on all day Saturday in Wright Park. Expect music, food, art, vendors, information sources and lots of people out to add their support for bringing the many practical uses of cannabis into the mainstream and out of the realm of criminal activity. The family-friendly festival is alcohol- and smoke-free.
A designated area will provide entertainment to the crowd with a family-friendly hula-hoop participation and crowd performances including juggling, face painting and magic. Tacoma Hempfest encourages the community to bring the whole family, come prepared for the park ban on smoking and have a great time. The event will kick off at 11 a.m. Info: www.tacomahempfest.com.
Head on down to the New Frontier for the official Hempfest after party with Big Wheel Stunt Show, Mahnhammer, Argonaut. Show starts at 9 p.m.
CUDDLE UP WITH LOZEN IN THE DEN
Lozen kicks off their first show in Tacoma for the summer with a special treat for all aged rock fans alike, welcoming their friends from New Orleans Firebrand and Vegetable from Phoenix, AZ. Opening the show will be Tacoma’s own History’s Savages. The show starts promptly at 7:30, doors at 7. Don’t miss this epic all ages rock show. $5, $3 with school ID. 1934 Pacific Ave.