With summer just starting to show up why not go out and explore Tacoma!  Here are some great events to attend this summer!

Free First Fridays
Childrens Museum of Tacoma
936 Broadway
Tacoma, WA, 98402
June 3, 2011
10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Children, their families, grandparents and caregivers are invited to come play at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma free of admission.

Caffeine & Gasoline™
Griot’s Garage
3333 South 38th St
Tacoma, WA 98409
June 4, 2011
Starts @ 8:00 AM

Where can you find supercars, street rods, tuners and race machines rubbing elbows in the same place? The first Saturday of every month, you’ll find that (and more) at Griot’s Garage. It’s Caffeine & Gasoline™! We get up early and brew the coffee, you cruise in with your favorite ride and hang out with fellow enthusiasts.

Tacoma Farmer’s Market
The Tacoma Farmers Market(s) is an open-air, European style marketplace showcasing locally produced foodstuffs and artisan items with local performers setting the live entertainment ambiance. As a community gathering place, it offers education about living a healthy life through various means associated with fresh, slow foods. TFM fuels local economic development through small business incubation and keeping local dollars circulating within the local Metropolitan retail base. TFM venues are designed to fuel the sustainability of local farmers and preserve local farmland for future generations.

Broadway Market
S. 9th St. & Broadway
Tacoma, WA
Every Thursday from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM

6th Avenue Market
6th Ave & N. Pine Street
Tacoma, WA
Every Tuesday from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

South Tacoma Market
Heritage Bank Parking Lot
South 56th and Washington
Tacoma, WA
Every Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Salty Dock Day
821 Dock St
Tacoma, WA 98402
Starts @ 10:00 AM

Held on National Marina Day, “Salty Dock Day” will celebrate the recreational opportunities marinas provide on the nation’s waterways by offering: live music, food, boater education classes, a Salty Dog Contest for canine First Mates, speakers, games, safety demonstrations, a Saturday Night outdoor movie (weather permitting) and visiting historic vessels. A special feature will be Foss Waterway Seaport’s opening of a new exhibit, an extensive collection of maritime artifacts from the legendary, nostalgic steamboat era on Puget Sound. For more info check out their blog.

Scrabble Rousers: Murder Mystery
King’s Book Store
218 St Helens Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
June 22, 2011
Starts @ 6:30 PM
Entrance fee: $10.00/person (proceeds directly benefiting the Tacoma Community House Student Scholarship Fund)

Word Nerds! Scrabble Sharks! Get ready for Season 3-D of Scrabble Rousers, a competition suitable for all levels. Participants establish their own skill level: beginner, intermediate, or expert. June’s theme is Murder Mystery. Calling Colonel Mustard and Mrs. Peacock – costumes are encouraged and rewarded!

SCRABBLE Rousers is open to people of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. Players identify themselves as a beginner, intermediate, or expert player to ensure fun will be had by all. Through our ongoing partnership with King’s Books, the legendary sweet pea will be the MC for the events. He will lead participants through warm-up activities, SCRABBLE games, and curious intermission activities such as a Texas-two-step lesson, open mic night, and futuristic flop trivia.

Taste of Tacoma
Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, WA
June 24-26, 2011
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For more local events check out Travel Tacoma Website.