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Publisher Note

Summertime in the 253


Summer in Tacoma

Summertime in Tacoma transforms the city into a vibrant hub of activity and natural beauty. The season brings warm, sunny days perfect for exploring scenic parks, like Point Defiance, and enjoying waterfront adventures along Commencement Bay. Festivals and outdoor concerts fill the air with music and laughter, while the abundance of local farmers markets offer fresh produce and artisanal goods. The Museum District buzzes with visitors, and the glass art installations sparkle under the summer sun. Whether kayaking, hiking, or simply basking in the pleasant weather, Tacoma's summer promises a delightful blend of relaxation and excitement.

In our summer edition of 253 Lifestyle Magazine, find seasonal activities, local events, the best places to dine, shop and explore, and a whole lot more!

Our local stories highlight Puget Sound Revels and their new stage director, along with upcoming performances not to miss. Then there's the newest addition to Tacoma's Thea Foss Waterway ... Melanie's Park! Its design inspired by Tacoma's history and heritage, it's the place to be this summer.

We also put the spotlight on 253 businesses. Julia Runyan, born and raised in the 253, is the owner and Broker of The Runyan Group - RE/MAX Exclusive, where she and her real estate agents are committed to providing the most comprehensive and distinguished real estate services within the communities of the Greater South Puget Sound region. Then there's the Peninsula Art League (PAL). With all the summer festivals that abound come summer here in the 253, one not to miss is PAL’s 38th annual Summer Art Festival, in which they’ve teamed up with PenMet Parks to bring the event back bigger and better than ever.

There’s no time like summertime to rediscover all that makes the 253 so special.

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