Pierce County Events Calendar

This calendar is the place to find fun events happening throughout Pierce County including Tacoma, Puyallup, , Lakewood and beyond.

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Sep
24
Tue
RENT: 20th Anniversary Tour @ The Pantages Theater
Sep 24 @ 7:30 pm

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohéme, RENT follows and unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hop in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters – love.

Some content may be considered PG-13. The show features mature themes and situations.

Two performances: Tuesday, September 24 & Wednesday September 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM.Tickets are on sale for subscriptions now. Call the Box Office at 253.591.5894. Single tickets on sale for Members July 8 at 11:00 a.m. Public on sale July 11 at 11:00 a.m.

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Sep
25
Wed
RENT: 20th Anniversary Tour @ The Pantages Theater
Sep 25 @ 7:30 pm

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohéme, RENT follows and unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hop in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters – love.

Some content may be considered PG-13. The show features mature themes and situations.

Two performances: Tuesday, September 24 & Wednesday September 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM.Tickets are on sale for subscriptions now. Call the Box Office at 253.591.5894. Single tickets on sale for Members July 8 at 11:00 a.m. Public on sale July 11 at 11:00 a.m.

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Oct
20
Sun
Take Me to the River: New Orleans LIVE! @ The Pantages Theater
Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm

With the likes of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, George Porter Jr., Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and Big Chief Romeo Bougere of the 9th Ward Hunters all performing, this is the feel good, feet stomping concert event of the year! Dance, sing, and be happy with the musical history, the heritage, and legacy of one of our most unique cultural jewels, featuring individual and collaborative performances from a line up packed with legendary Crescent City Talent that will reflect the stunning musical melting pot from New Orleans and Lousisana!

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Oct
26
Sat
Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure: The Mystery of the Dinosaurs of the Deep @ The Pantages Theater
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm

Discover an adventure at the bottom of the ocean with the entire family in this one-hour show! This immersive experience invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lives eons ago – and maybe live still today!

With eye popping visual experiences, the show uses technology, giant puppetry, science and imagination to create a visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology.

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Nov
2
Sat
The Duke Ellington Orchestra @ The Pantages Theater
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm

Duke Ellington called his music “American Music” rather than jazz. Today, he remains one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music. Simply put, his music transcends boundaries and fills the world with a treasure trove of sounds that renew through every generation of fans and music-lovers. In his 50-year career, his band played over 20,000 performances all over the world. Since his passing, the orchestra has continued to thrive and celebrate his legacy through technically perfect and brilliant performances. The Duke Ellington Orchestra has been performing worldwide for the past 88 years under the guidance of three generations of the Ellington family and will continue to do so for many years to come.

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Nov
15
Fri
The Hip Hop Nutcracker with MC Kurtis Blow @ The Pantages Theater
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm

A holiday mash-up for the whole family,?The Hip Hop Nutcracker is back and better than ever. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber,?The Hip Hop Nutcracker ?is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set. Just like?the original, in?The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets and learning the lessons of the holiday season. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City.? Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, the dynamic performers of?The Hip Hop Nutcracker ?take us on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.

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Nov
19
Tue
Sugar Skull! A Dia de Los Muertos Musical Adventure @ The Pantages Theater
Nov 19 @ 7:30 pm

If you’ve seen Disney Pixar’s Coco, then you’ll love this show! Young Vita thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones. Why throw a party for the dead? But when a candy skeleton on her abuelita’s cemetery ofrenda suddenly springs to life, Vita finds herself on a magical, musical journey to unravel the true meaning of Día de los Muertos. Sugar Skull! is a joyous, heartfelt adventure that delves into the rich, tuneful traditions of Día de los Muertos. Featuring a company of gifted musicians and dancers, this colorful stage production is the perfect fall entertainment for youth and family audiences alike.

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Nov
30
Sat
Cirque Dreams HOLIDAZE @ The Pantages Theater
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm

As the #1 requested performance of the Tacoma Arts Live season, you’ll want to buy your tickets early to Cirque Dreams’ latest electrifying holiday spectacular!

This critically-acclaimed extravaganza is a Broadway musical and new cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for all ages to enjoy. Experience the most wonderful time of the year through a wonderland of elaborate scenes, dozens of original holiday numbers, over 300 spectacular costumes, and 20 of the world’s best acts. Plus, Broadway singers perform original music and a new twist on seasonal favorites like “Deck the Halls,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” Get ready to have your stockings knocked off with these on the edge-of-your-seat feats performed by toy soldiers, snowmen, reindeer, gingerbread, Santa and more. This dazzling holiday spectacular will magically delight!

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Dec
21
Sat
A Christmas Carol @ The Pantages Theater
Dec 21 @ 3:00 pm

A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, has enchanted audiences the world over with its simple message of Holiday joy. Ebenezer Scrooge, that most unrepentant and miserly of fellows, is made to see the light as he survives a merciless battery of revelations by the ghosts of his own life: Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits of Past, Present, and Future.

With script adaptation, direction, and a flawless performance as Scrooge by award-winning 40 year theater veteran Scott H Severance, this new adaptation of Dickens’s ever popular classic fills the stage with first class professional actors, lush costumes, stunning sets, and puppetry, song and dance, a heavy dose of humor, and a timeless message. With the music of 26 beloved traditional carols of the season woven throughout this classic tale, A Christmas Carol is the perfect way to begin the holiday festivities in your community. There will be two performances: one at 3 PM, and one at 7:30 PM.

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Jan
19
Sun
Civil Rights Legacy Tour @ Pantages Theater
Jan 19 @ 3:00 pm

In today’s rhetoric, it can be easy to paint the “Other” in broad strokes, but what happens when the “Other” turns out to be your best friend? Thomas and Julia’s friendship is tested when one of them argues against immigration and the other reveals being undocumented. The debate heightens on the eve of a modern-day ride for immigrant rights, when they meet Ms. Vivian, a veteran of the original Freedom Rides of the 1960s. Through Vivian’s memories, the students consider how the challenges and lessons of the Civil Rights Movement could influence their actions today. With evocative dialogue, multimedia elements, and supporting curricula, this is one bus ride students will not forget. Along the way, they will think critically about the Civil Rights Movement, civic engagement, American identity, and freedom of expression in relation to the urgent issues of our own times.

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