Outdoor movies and classic cars: 5 things to do this weekend

Thursday, August 10, 2017 7:00 AM by Calista Klein

If you're looking for something to do in the South Sound this weekend, why not experience a quintessential summer activity in Pierce County? Catch an outdoor movie or concert in one of our beautiful parks, enjoy classic car shows with a charming Americana atmosphere, sip locally brewed craft beer, or learn about Tacoma's history!
 
Movies in the Park
 

1. Catch an outdoor movie

Warm summer nights are the perfect opportunity to catch an outdoor movie. Bring your picnic dinner, blankets, and lawn chairs to the Center at Norpoint north of the Port of Tacoma and enjoy the free, family-friendly Kubo and the Two Strings. Activities begin Friday at 6:00 PM. In other Pierce County parks, Sumner is playing the classic American Graffiti in the heart of downtown. Stop by on Friday evening, and maybe get there a little early and enjoy some small town charm and delicious Sumner rhubarb. Or you could take a different approach and experience the Pierce County take on drive-in movies at America's Car Museum. The featured film this Friday is Moana, making this the perfect opportunity to enjoy the drive-in as a family. The event is free to the public, but does not include museum admission.
 
Classy Chassis Car Show in Sumner, WA Classy Chassis in Sumner
 

2. Experience small-town Americana at a classic car show

Classic cars are a large part of the Pierce County culture, and throughout the year you can find local and visiting enthusiasts showing their love of collector vehicles. There are few places to better experience classic cars than in a classic small town. Classy Chassis Car Show takes place in historic downtown Sumner this weekend. The show is free to attend and will display classic cars, hot rods, vintage trucks all along the Main Street.
 
Copy of Conservatory Concert - cropped
 

3. Free concerts in the park

Enjoy the scenery while enjoying the music! If you're looking for something high energy, Music and Arts in Wright Park celebrates local rock bands on Saturday. Food trucks will be on hand to feed hungry concert goers. Wright Park mellows out on Sunday, and will host The Dan Duval Vibes Trio in the W.W. Serymour Botanical Conservatory. Enjoy jazz, blues, and Latin music inside the beautifully lush conservatory.
 
Tacoma Summer of Love Craft Beer Festival Culinary
 

4. Enjoy local craft beer

Tacoma Beer Week is coming to an end, and to cap it off Tacoma breweries are serving up special brews. Taking place at Peaks & Pints in Tacoma's Proctor District, the Tacoma Summer of Love Craft Beer Festival features new beers from local breweries inspired by hippie songs of 1967. "Tangerine Trees And Marmalade Skies" and "Hoppy Together" will be on tap, so swing by Peaks & Pints this Saturday and taste the creativity of the craft beer scene.
 
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum Two young girls at Fort Nisqually dress in period clothing for living history
 

5. Learn about Tacoma's history

Learn about Tacoma's long and storied history in a unique way this weekend. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum hosts their annual Brigade Encampment this Saturday See what life was like for fur traders in 1855, and try your hand at fire starting or spinning wool. The Tacoma Historical Society leads a free walking tour of the downtown Prairie Line Trail, where participants will learn about the connection between Tacoma and The Northern Pacific Railroad. Telling the story of Thea Foss through music, The Other Country at Foss Waterway Seaport brings the story of local icon to life.
 
Want more weekend suggestions? Check out the Pierce County Toy and Geek Festival, Primate Party at the Zoo, or visit our online events calendar for even more suggestions.
 
Author: Calista Klein

As the Visitor Experience Coordinator for Travel Tacoma + Pierce County, Calista loves being on the front lines of visitor service. When not at the office, she's outdoors hiking, running, camping, or climbing, tasting dishes at new Pierce County restaurants, sampling local craft beer, or curling up with a cup of tea and a good Netflix show.

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