Our guide to scenic Tacoma, WA

Create Gorgeous Jewelry & Explore Tacoma!

View of Mt. Rainier | Source + photo credit: http://depts.washington.edu/wwater13/

Charge up your creativity this fall by trying your hand at jewelry making this October 26-29 at Bead Fest Tacoma! Taking on a brand-new skill is fun, easy and affordable with a little help from encouraging and knowledgeable instructors. Plus, you’ll receive FREE access to the one-of-a-kind Expo with your workshop purchase, and you might even bump into some of your favorite Interweave jewelry editors! 

If you’re joining us at Bead Fest Tacoma for the first time, you’re probably looking for ways to extend your getaway. Fall is a great time to experience the best of the Pacific Northwest, and we’ve put together a travel guide of our personal favorite eateries, art installations and nature activities to help you map out your trip.

Natural wonders around every corner!

Tacoma Nature Center 

Lace up your hiking boots, and explore 71 acres of trails lined with wildlife including Canada geese, red foxes, black-tailed deer and plenty of other creatures.

Mount Rainier

The snowy peak of Mt. Rainier can be enjoyed from afar while sipping a piping-hot espresso at one of Tacoma’s many coffee shops and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can explore this natural wonder up close. Mount Rainier National Park offers hiking and biking trails, train rides, educational tours, flower discovery tours and more!

Point Defiance Park | Source + photo credit:http://bit.ly/2wXDkK7

Point Defiance Park

This massive 760-acre stretch of nature and attractions offers unbeatable water views, beaches, lush forests, and it’s located at the unique triangular-shaped tip of Tacoma. But there’s more than just hiking at this park. It’s also home to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium–a popular activity for all ages.

Fuel your artsy inspiration! 

Museum of Glass

This is your chance to get an up close look at magnificent glass art from around the world. You can even watch live glass blowing demonstrations! The delicate, colorful and bold masterpieces found in this museum are sure to leave you inspired and ready to create jewelry art. Don’t have time to visit the museum? No worries! You can see iconic glass artist and Tacoma native, Dale Chihuly’s jaw-dropping glass bridge from all over the city.

Museum of Glass | Source + photo credit: http://www.traveltacoma.com/listings/museum-of-glass/115/

Tacoma Art Museum 

After you visit the Museum of Glass, head over to the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM), and venture through their latest exhibitions and permanent installations.

“Tacoma Art Museum serves the diverse communities of the Northwest through its collection, exhibitions, and learning programs, emphasizing art and artists from the Northwest and broader western region.” –TAM

Grab a bite to eat!

Pacific Grill

Tacoma’s most award-winning restaurant is just a short walk away from Bead Fest Fall’s home, and they offer up something for everyone; carnivores to vegans are accommodated! The extensive menu is infused with local goods, and it’s your destination for delicious delights after a day at Bead Fest.

Pacific Grill | Source + photo credit: http://www.pacificgrilltacoma.com/pictures/

Steel Creek

With over 100 varieties of whiskey available, this is where the party is after Bead Fest! In addition to their sweet selection of drinks, Steel Creek offers some of the best burgers around, gourmet bar snacks and fresh salads. They even have a decadent selection of booze-infused desserts!

Happy Belly

If you are searching for a healthy and delicious breakfast or lunch spot, look no further than Happy Belly! Located just above the theater district, beading and jewelry-making fanatics will fall head over heels with the artistic charm of this cute cafe. They are known for their fresh soups, salads, sandwiches and seasonal juices. This sweet spot has everything you need to fuel up before your Bead Fest Workshops.

Downtown Tacoma | Source + photo credit:http://bit.ly/2fvfAlp

There’s so much to do in and out of the classroom at Bead Fest. Tacoma is an experience for all of your senses, with gorgeous views in every direction and countless art installations sprinkled around the town. Discover a new passion this fall, and start getting in the creative zone for when Interweave Yarn Fest rolls around in April 2018.

Makers of all experience levels, budgets and styles are accommodated under Bead Fest Tacoma’s roof, so bring your sense of adventure, and get ready to create handmade jewelry with us!

Register for your top workshop picks NOW, and start planning your Bead Fest Tacoma getaway!

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