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IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival

The 17th annual IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market & Northwest Native Festival will be held in person on Saturday, August 6! This beloved summer tradition celebrates the diverse Native cultures of our region and is hosted by the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass. Festivities are both indoors and outside, the event is FREE and open to the public, including free admission to all three museums. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Shop hand-crafted goods and art, and experience performances by Native singers, dancers, and musicians! Take part in art-making. Don’t miss the Native-designer fashion show at TAM, and watch as Native glass artists create in the Hotshop at MoG. And don’t forget to explore the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts exhibition at the History Museum.


Activities available all day across museums:

  • Arts Market: Meet artist vendors to learn more about their crafts and shop for original art, jewelry, textiles, and a wide range of hand-crafted products.

  • Art-making: engage in hands-on activities at all three museums.

  • Exhibitions: Explore the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts exhibition and vote for the People’s Choice awards at the History Museum. Experience new pieces of art in Native Portraiture: Power and Perception which is next to On Native Land, that features landscape paintings paired with land acknowledgments to recognize more than 75 Native American communities whose homelands are pictured in the paintings, both exhibits ae at the Tacoma Art Museum. View stunning glass art exhibitions at Museum of Glass.

  • Food: The Price Family will have fry bread and tasty fry bread tacos for purchase at the History Museum. Food and beverages are also available at TAM’s Cafe.


Color logos of partners and sponsors for In the Spirit 2021 celebration.

Free Community Festivals are generously supported by the Tacoma Arts Commission, Tacoma Creates, ArtsFund, and by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission. In the Spirit: Arts Market & Northwest Native Festival is also made possible through the generous support of the Haub Family Endowment, and YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties.