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Pacific North Fest (Free Third Thursday)
June 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm8:00 pm

Experience the best of the Pacific Northwest at this free, artful celebration! Join a team for the “Iron Artist” competition, test your knowledge of art history and the PNW during beer garden trivia, take in dance performances by the YMCA, and more.

Share your experience via social media with the hashtag #PacificNorthFest, and tag us with #TacomaArtMuseum. 

Schedule of Activities

5–8 pm—Ongoing

  • Pour Over Coffee by Manifesto
  • Plein Air Painting in the atrium
  • Coffee painting in TAM Studio

YMCA Dance Performances in Lobby

Members of the Lakewood, Morgan, and Mel Korum Family YMCA Dance Companies will present a selection of pieces from their 2017 dance recital in TAM’s lobby at 5 pm, 5:45 pm, and 6:30 pm during Pacific North Fest. Don’t miss your chance to see a sampling of the 500+ weekly dance classes in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, and hip-hop that are offered through the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties.

  • 5:00–5:15 pm
  • 5:45–6:00 pm
  • 6:30–6:45 pm

5:30–7:00 pm—Art Scavenger Hunt

Follow clues designed by TAM’s Teen Art Council as you work your way through the galleries to find all of the pieces in this exciting art scavenger hunt.

6:00–6:45 pm—Art Trivia in Beer Garden

Do you know your Manets, Monets, and Munchs? Are you an expert on Sasquatch, Sound Garden, or Seahawks? Test your knowledge during Art and Pacific Northwest Trivia, while enjoying libations from 7 Seas Brewing Company in TAM’s outdoor Beer Garden. Sign up your team of up to 6 participants between 5 and 5:45 pm outside of the entrance to the beer garden. The winning team will receive passes for a future visit to TAM. (21+ Only)

7:00–7:45 pm—Iron Artist Competition

Visitors are invited to sign up to participate in an Iron Artist competition! Each team of up to 6 participants will receive a box of art materials inspired by a work in the Northwest art exhibition Familiar Faces and New Voices: Surveying Northwest Art. Teams have 15 minutes to create art with the materials provided. When your time is up, an official judge will select the winning team. Each participant will receive an Iron Artist trophy and eternal glory…until the next competition!

TAM will host 10 teams with up to 6 members per team. Sign up on a team with other visitors or bring a full team!

Sign up as a participant at the registration table near TAM’s main entrance between 5 and 6:30 pm.


Free Third Thursdays are generously sponsored by Columbia Bank. Pacific North Fest is generously supported by the YMCA and Tacoma Arts Commission. Seasonal support provided by ArtsFund.