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Green Events

In an effort to further the sustainability vision of the community, the City of Tacoma has created a Green Events Program to help events decrease their impact on the environment. Events that participate in this program take extra care to ensure that their event is more sustainable by incorporating green initiatives like providing bike racks and recycling, using 30-100% recycled content paper, reducing waste, donating excess food, and more. Event planners are also encouraged to submit their own ideas for sustainability initiatives. 

Attending a certified Green Event is an excellent way to show your support for building sustainable communities in Tacoma, so make sure to look out for the Green Events official seal.

Leave Your Car at Home and be a Green Event-Goer

There are many dining, entertainment, and lodging options within walking distance of almost anywhere in the City. Find out what is near you before you grab your keys!

Get outside and explore your neighborhood. Tacoma's growing network of bicycle routes makes it fun and easy to get around, all while saving you money on gas and parking! Find bicycle resources here.

The Link
The Tacoma Link light rail runs every 12 minutes from the Tacoma Dome Station all the way to the Theater District and back. The Link is free and a great way to get around Downtown. More information is available on the Sound Transit website.

Pierce Transit
Pierce Transit is Tacoma's bus service provider. A list of routes and maps can be found on the Pierce Transit website.

Are you going with friends? Why not ride together?
Keep an eye out for recycling stations and deposit your waste in the correct receptacle.



Bring your own bag and bottle! If you plan on doing some shopping, bring a reusable bag for your purchases. Bring a reusable water bottle to fill up instead of buying a disposable one at the event.


Upcoming 2017 Green Event Program Participants

Green Excellence Events  

Tacoma City Marathon

Broadway Farmers Market

Proctor Farmers Market

Go Skate Tacoma

Mix Pride Block Party

Tacoma Pride

Art on the Ave

Village Pride Carnival

Color in Motion

Brew Five Three

STAR Center Summer Bash

Hilltop Street Fair


Green Merit Events

Lettuce, Lettuce253, March 31 and April 28

Tillman Honor Run

Jr. Daffodil Parade

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Rebuild Day

Bike Swap

JDFR One Walk

Sound to Narrows

Silverstone Pride Block Party

Proctor Art Fest

 Free to Breathe


Past 2016 Green Event Program Participants


         Green Excellence Events

         Lunar New Year Celebration, City of Tacoma - February 13

         St. Paddy's Day Run Tacoma, Tacoma City Marathon Association - March 12

         Tacoma Bike Swap, City of Tacoma - April 30

         Tacoma City Marathon, TCMA - May 1

         T Town: Play, Explore, Learn City Services Expo, City of Tacoma - May 7

         Out in the Park, City of Tacoma - July 9

         Pride Block Party, The Mix - July 9

         Art on the Ave, 6th Avenue Business District - July 10

         Tacoma Maritime Festival, Foss Waterway Seaport - July 16-17

         Food Truck Fest, Metro Parks Tacoma and the City of Tacoma - July 24

         Brew Five Three, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts - August 13

         The Color Run Tacoma, The Color Run LLC - August 14

         McKinley Hill Street Fair, ENACT & Tacoma Christian Center - August 20

         South Tacoma Annual Car Show, South Tacoma Business District - August 20

         Summer Bash, Metro Parks Tacoma - August 20          

         Hilltop Street Fair, Hilltop Business Association - August 27

         Downtown to Defiance, City of Tacoma - September 11

         Santa Runs Tacoma, Tacoma City Marathon Association  - December 10

         First Night Tacoma, Theater District Associates - December 31


         Green Merit Events

         Junior Daffodil Parade, Proctor District Association - April 16

         Sunset Cinema featuring the movie "Minions", Metro Parks Tacoma - July 29

         Proctor Arts Fest, Proctor District Association - August 8

         Park(ing) Day, Downtown On the Go - September 16

         Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, City of Tacoma - October 20

         Norpoint Turkey Trot, Metro Parks Tacoma - November 24

         North Pole, Tacoma Christian Center - December 10

         Polar Plaza, Metro Parks Tacoma - November 19 - January 1

Find out how to plan your own Green Event.

Check out Green Events happening at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.