What to do this weekend: 2/17 - 2/19

Thursday, February 16, 2017 5:00 PM by Calista Klein

This weekend, get a literal taste of Pierce County. A farm to table dinner at Arista Pasta showcases both the agricultural bounty and culinary talent from the Puyallup Valley. Our other top five picks for what to do this weekend include a local theatrical production, vintage vehicles and historic Americana, a free family movie, and kids day at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Cheers to the weekend!
 
Want to know what else is happening in Pierce County? There are even more events listed online on our events calendar. If you’re a local organization interested in submitting an event, you can do that right here.
 
 
Farm-to-table dinner at Arista Pasta
 
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017
Arista Pasta, Puyallup
Time: 4:00 PM
Cost: $60
 
This five course farm-to-table dinner features freshly grown produce from Arista Pasta’s Clarks Creek Farm in the Puyallup Valley and celebrates local, seasonal ingredients. Popular with locals, these dinners feature a paired wine for each dish and Chef and Owner Benjamin Herreid creating masterpieces in the kitchen. A diverse menu features salad, soup, an entrée, a pasta entrée (featuring handmade pasta!) and dessert, all created from seasonal ingredients. Funds raised from the evening go towards operating expenses at the farm and help keep Arista chef driven with a focus on local bounty. For more agricultural and culinary goodness, check out our curated itineraries for an agritourism adventure and farm-to-table agritourism.
 
Kids n critters
 
Friday, Feb. 17 – Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Eatonville
Time: 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: $22.23 per adult entrance, up to four children (12 and younger) free
 
This weekend any adult admission into the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park allows up to four children to enter for free. Once inside, kids can play on the recently completed one of a kind Kids Trek playground, take a fun 40-minute tram animal-sightseeing-ride through the natural environment, and explore animal habitats. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take the deep forest zipline challenge, and explore the northwest forest on a whole new level. The deep forest zipline is an additional cost.
 
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
 
Friday, Feb. 17 – Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017
Sumner Performing Arts Center
Time: Friday at 7:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Sunday at 2:00 PM
Cost: $22 General admission, $18 Senior/Student/Military, $12 Children (10 and under)
 
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, we love you! If this classic movie holds a special place in your heart, be sure to check out the production during it’s closing weekend on the stage. My suggestion is to head to Sumner a little bit early and experience the charms of small town Americana.
 
Education Month at LeMay Family Collection at Marymount
 
Saturday, Feb. 18 – Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017
LeMay Family Collection at Marymount, Tacoma
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $15 General admission, $12 AAA Cardholders/Active Military/Seniors, $5 Students (age 6-17), Free for Children aged 5 and under
 
Fun fact: before the LeMay Family Collection moved in during the 1980’s, the 100-acre Marymount property housed a Military Academy run by the Sisters of St. Dominic! February is education month at the LeMay Family Collection, where vintage (and sometimes quirky) vehicles and Americana memorabilia are on display year-round. This weekend’s educational presentations include “LeMay Fire Apparatus” on Saturday, and “20 Years of LeMay Museums” on Sunday. Presentations are free with admission to the Family Collection. The vintage vehicles are a treat for all ages, and this is great opportunity to hear the stories behind the collection.
 
Free Family Flick - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
 
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017
Grand Cinema, Tacoma
Time: 10:00 AM
Cost: Free
 
Have you been to a movie at the Grand Cinema? It’s a unique nonprofit theater with THE BEST popcorn, and this Saturday is their monthly family flick. Enjoy Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with your family at no cost except for what you spend at the concession counter, because who can watch a movie about a chocolate factory without something sweet to snack on? 
 
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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