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5 Ideas for Fun This Weekend

What are your plans for the weekend? Here are a few things to consider adding to the agenda:

1. Park(ing) Day - Friday, September 18 - More than 25 pop-up pocket parks will show up for a few hours around downtown Tacoma today as part of this annual event. The parks, sponsored by local businesses, organizations, and interested individuals, are a way of bringing a little fun to the streets, and asking participants and passersby to reimagine how we use public space downtown. Tour any or all of the parks on your own between 10 and 2, participate in fun activities, and grab lunch at one of the event food trucks parked on Pacific. Join a guided tour at 11 or noon. Visit 5 or more parks and be entered to win fabulous prizes. Details here and here.

2. Tacoma Runners free Saturday 5k - Every Saturday, rain, or shine, or anywhere in between, the Tacoma Runners host a free timed 5k out at Point Defiance at 8 a.m. The course, begins and ends just inside the gated section of Five Mile Drive. Register once (for free) and you can track your performance each time you show up. The event is open to all ages and abilities, and fall is a great time to enjoy Point Defiance. Details and registration at tacomarunners.com.

3. Eyes of the Totem repremiere - Friday & Sunday, September 18 & 20 - Let this 90-year-old piece of Tacoma film history take you back to the Tacoma of the 1920s. Think silent films, prohibition, flappers, cops, gangsters, and views of historic Tacoma - including the totem pole namesake of the film, which now stands in Fireman's Park. Bonus points for showing up in period costume. The film, once thought to be lost forever, was rediscovered, restored, and will repremiere at the Rialto - the same theater where it originally premiered back in 1926. Tickets to the 7 p.m. Saturday show are already sold out, but the Saturday 10 p.m., and Sunday 2 p.m. matinee showings still have seats. Details at eyesofthetotem.com

4. Eyes of the Totem repremiere reception (speakeasy style) - Friday, September 18 - Can't make it to one of the showings, or just want to add to your evening? Stop by the nearby Knights of Pythias building on Saturday for the reception between 6 and midnight. To get you in the 1920s frame of mind, the reception is themed after a speakeasy - cash bar for cocktails (by Pacific Grill), and a back alley entrance (Speakeasy Password: "HC Weaver Sent me!"). To further set the mood of the time period, the Washington State History Museum will have a Gold Rush Exhibit on display, and the Knights of Pythias will be offering tours of their historic building (absolutely worth seeing). Details at eyesofthetotem.com, and on the Pythian's reception event Facebook page.

5. Fall Garden Festival - Sunday, September 20 - As we head into fall and winter for this year, it's actually a great time to start planning improvements for next year's garden. Held at the Pagoda at Point Defiance, this free festival celebrates local, sustainable, earth-friendly, and creative gardening. Learn something in educational sessions, find the tools you need at the marketplace, learn how to get involved with gardening organizations, and tour the Fort Nisqually Heritage Garden - all for free. Event details here.

And you can always find out what's going on around town on our events calendar.

That's our short list - what's on yours?

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