Tacoma weekend to-do: Shrek rave, Oktoberfest, studio tour

Embrace the autumn chill this weekend with spooky fall activities around Tacoma. From Oktoberfest activities in University Place to a Shrek-themed rave, studio art tour and pumpkin slingshot launch in Lakewood, there’s something for everyone.

Friday: Oktoberfest, Shrek-themed rave

If you missed Oktoberfest celebrations at the Pierce County Fairgrounds last weekend, don’t worry: University Place has its own free festivities planned on Friday. From 5-9 p.m. at Market Square you can listen to authentic polka music from the Lyle Schaefer Band and enjoy treats and hand pies from Jack’s Savory Pie Co. Back by popular demand is the Manic Meatballs truck. Kettle corn and kids’ activities will be held in the Civic Building Atrium and people 21+ can enjoy brews at the E9 Brewing Co.’s beer garden. Address: 3609 Market Place W., University Place.

To celebrate Friday the 13th, ALMA Tacoma is hosting a 21+ Shrek-themed rave, honoring the animated ogre movie franchise that took us by storm in the early 2000s. The only further details we could find online say, “It’s dumb, just come and have fun! Who cares! Cool is dead!” Doors open at 9 p.m. and general admission costs $21-$26 before fees. Address: 1322 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma.

Saturday: Fall festival and Green Tacoma Day

If you can’t catch the early morning solar eclipse Saturday, you should check out Lakewood’s annual family-friendly fall festival, which runs from noon to 3 p.m. Truck and Tractor Day is hosted at Fort Steilacoom Park and features pumpkin decorating, crafts, games and a giant slingshot for pumpkin launching! Children can climb around on giant trucks and tractors, and they also receive free hayrides, hard hats and pumps (limit one per family while supplies last). Address: 8714 87th Ave. SW, Lakewood.

Also happening on Saturday is Green Tacoma Day, an annual day of service to give back to the community and protect the city’s green spaces. Register to volunteer from 9 a.m. to noon at a number of sites in Tacoma planting native trees and flowers, removing invasive species, marking storm drains with painted stencils, mulching and more. You can sign up online. Among the locations: Lincoln Park, Clover Park Technical College, McKinley Hill, the Proctor Business District, the South End, Titlow Park, Swan Creek, Kandle Park, Spanaway Park and the Gog-le-hi-te Wetlands.

Sunday: Studio art tour and DIY Halloween terrarium

The free annual Tacoma Studio Tour kicks off Saturday and continues through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Walk through the studios of 80 artists in 50 locations throughout Tacoma to learn more about the artistic process and purchase some unique creations. All studios will have a demonstration or hands-on activity for visitors. If you pick up a Tacoma Studio Tour Passport and have it stamped at least seven times, you can submit the passport for a chance to win one of several prize packages containing local artwork crafted by a selection of artists on the tour. Visit https://tacomaartsmonth.org/studio-tour/ to see the tour map and explore which artists will be featured.

If you want to flex your own artistic talents, perhaps build your own spooky terrarium at a Craftopia workshop downtown Tacoma. You will get to sculpt, bake and paint clay graveyard parts during class and decide from a wide range of one of a kind glass containers. Craftopia will offer you with all the paints, sands, stones, crystals, moss, beads, seashells and glitter you need to provide your creation to everyday living. The course is ages 14+ and tickets are $35. It operates from 5-7 p.m. Tackle: Situated in the Provident Setting up, 917 Pacific Ave., Suite 100, Tacoma.

This tale was initially released October 12, 2023, 2:42 PM.

Becca Most is a reporter covering the Pierce County Council and other issues impacting Tacoma people. Originally from the Midwest, Becca previously wrote about city and social concerns in Central Minnesota, Minneapolis and St. Paul. Her work has been regarded by Gannett and the United states of america Today Community, as properly as the Minnesota Newspaper Association exactly where she received to start with place in arts, government/public affairs and investigative reporting in 2023.