Welcoming Week is a time for communities to build cross-cultural relationships and strengthen their commitment to welcoming immigrants and refugees. 

Join us in celebrating immigrants’ contributions to Tacoma, an official Welcoming Cityby checking out these free community events throughout September!


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Tacoma City Council’s Welcoming Week Proclamation

  • 5PM @ Tacoma Municipal Building, City Council Chambers, 7474 Market St, Tacoma, WA

Tacoma Refugee Choir Kick-Off

  • 7-8:30PM @ Lighthouse Activity Center, 5106 A St, Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma Refugee Choir works to build a more welcoming community through song. Join them for a music-filled seasonal kick-off on 9/11—a day that reminds us to forever choose unity over division. All are welcome, regardless of singing experience!

Welcoming Week Family Night

  • 5:30-7PM @ Lakewood Family YMCA, 9715 Lakewood Dr SW, Lakewood, WA
  • Join Lakewood Family YMCA for a free night of food, games, songs, and stories from around the world!

Independencia: Benefit Dance Party for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

  • 5-8PM @ Alma Mater Tacoma, 1322 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA
  • Join DJ Smokey Wonder for an open-air dance party benefiting Northwest Immigrant Rights Project! This event is free and open to the public (with a suggested $5 donation) and will feature Latinx poets, music, food, and a raffle!

Lucha Libre Volcánica

  • 9-11PM @ Alma Mater Tacoma, 1322 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA
  • After the dance party, head to Alma Mater’s Fawcett Hall to experience the hard-hitting action of Lucha Volcánica, the Northwest’s premiere lucha libre troupe! Tickets are $15 pre-sale, $20 day-of, and $30 VIP (seat + drink).

Việt Hương Garden Tour

  • 9:15-10AM @ Việt Hương Garden, South G St & S 18th St, Tacoma, WA
  • For decades, Việt Hương (“scent of Vietnam”) has been a place for Vietnamese refugees to keep their culture alive by growing plants from seeds that have been in their families for generations. Come tour this special part of Tacoma’s heritage and meet the gardeners! The tour will be in English, Vietnamese, Korean, and Khmer. A suggested donation of $10 goes to support the gardeners.
  • NOTE: This event is part of a longer bus tour of Tacoma’s community gardens. If you wish to attend the whole event, which includes lunch and transportation, please click here to learn more and here to purchase your $10 ticket.

6th Annual Tacoma Moon Festival

  • 1-7PM @ Chinese Reconciliation Park, 1741 N Schuster Parkway, Tacoma, WA
  • Hosted by the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, the Tacoma Moon Festival is a celebration of Chinese culture featuring live music and dance, food and art vendors, tea tastings, a beer garden, and kids’ activities!

Seattle Fiestas Patrias (South Park Neighborhood)

  • 11AM-6PM @ 8319 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA
  • Celebrate Latin American independence and culture with Sea Mar Community Health Centers’ Fiestas Patrias! Head over to Seattle’s South Park neighborhood for a parade (11AM–1PM), followed by a Community Health Fair (1–6PM) with Spanish music and performers.

Seattle Fiestas Patrias (Seattle Center)

  • 1-9PM @ 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA
  • Sea Mar Community Health Centers’ Fiestas Patrias extends to Seattle Center for a two-day (Saturday from 1-9PM / Sunday from 1-6PM) festival featuring art, music, and dancing!

Free Movie Screening: Sleep Dealer

  • 1:30 & 6:30PM @ Grand Cinema, 606 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA
  • The Grand Cinema and City of Tacoma Office of Equity and Human Rights present two free screenings of Sleep Dealer, the lost cult hit from Director Alex Rivera. The movie follows Memo Cruz (Luis Fernando Peña), a young man in near-future Mexico who heads north to find that the U.S.-Mexico border has been sealed. A Q&A with the film’s director will follow both screenings.

“Bee-ing Together” Art Installation

  • 5:30-6:30PM @ Morgan Family YMCA, Community Art Studio, 1002 S Pearl St, Tacoma, WA
  • “Bee-ing Together” is a collaborative art installation that explores the concept of community and celebrates the contributions of immigrants and refugees in Tacoma. Stop by to create a self-portrait to be included in the installation! The installation will be on display in the  Lobby from September 14-19.

Tacoma Refugee Choir Potluck & Sing-Along

  • 6-8:30PM @ Lighthouse Activity Center, 5106 A St, Tacoma, WA
  • Join the Tacoma Refugee Choir for a potluck and talk by a member of Tacoma’s Commission for Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. At 7PM, the choir will begin their regularly scheduled rehearsal — which they encourage community members to join in! No musical experience required.

Immigration 101

  • 6-7PM @ University Student Y Center, 1710 Market St, Tacoma, Wa
  • In “Immigration 101,” Bill Schwarz of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) will discuss recent changes to immigration policy and how YOU can be a better ally to immigrants in our community. This lecture is intended for social service providers, but will benefit anyone interested in learning more about basic immigration issues.

“Bee-ing Together” Art Installation

  • 5:30-6:30PM @ Morgan Family YMCA, Community Art Studio, 1002 S Pearl St, Tacoma, WA
  • Stop by to create a self-portrait to be included in the “Beeing Together” art installation!

Flavor Dine-Out Fundraiser for Tacoma Community House

Multilingual Preschool Story Time

  • 10:30AM @ Moore Branch Library, 215 S 56th Ave, Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma Public Library welcomes neighbors of all backgrounds to attend a special Welcoming Week edition of Preschool Story Time at the Moore Branch Library! Community members will share books in a variety of languages that are spoken throughout Tacoma.

2nd Annual Korean Chuseok Festival

  • 12-5PM @ Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA
  • Join Asia Pacific Cultural Center for their 2nd annual Korean Chuseok Festival, featuring a performance from famous Korean art group Kkocdooseh, photo booths, arts and crafts, and traditional Korean food!

Immigrant Artists and the American West

  • Ongoing Exhibition (Free Thursdays 5-8PM) @ Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA
  • Immigration is a topic on many peoples’ minds. With changing policies and shifting values that affect many people’s lives in our community and beyond, Immigrant Artists and the American West draws attention to how art relates to and responds to personal and political issues around immigration.

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