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Welcoming Week

Tacoma's Welcoming Week Celebrated September 13-22, 2019 

Welcoming Week is a national movement in which communities gather to recognize and celebrate the contributions and sacrifices of their foreign-born neighbors and community members. In 2014, the City Council adopted “a resolution authorizing the City’s membership in the Welcoming Cities and Counties Initiative, which encourages communities to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and cultural vitality.”


This year's Welcoming Week is being coordinated by the City’s Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.  View the full list of events below.  


View the Welcoming Week 2019 Events Poster


Welcoming Communities are Vibrant Communities

Join in the celebration of our refugee and immigrant neighbors at one or more of the events happening throughout September 2019.


List of Welcoming Week 2019 Events


The Community Market

Saturday, September 7
7-10 PM
539 Broadway, Tacoma


A people of color-centered market featuring artists, small businesses and more. For more details contact: communitybuiltbyus@gmail.com.

Metro Parks Board of Commissioners Proclamation of Welcome to Immigrants and Refugees

Monday, September 9
6 PM
Eastside Community Center (1721 E 56th St., Tacoma)


Metro Parks will celebrate our Immigrant and Refugee community by issuing a celebratory proclamation. For more details visit: metroparkstacoma.org/about/park-board/.

Tacoma City Council Proclaiming Welcoming Week September 13-22

Tuesday, September 10
5 PM
Tacoma Municipal Building, Council Chambers (747 Market St., 1st Floor, Tacoma)


Tacoma City Council will celebrate the Commission on Immigrant and Refugees Affairs by issuing a celebratory proclamation. For more details, visit the Tacoma City Council Meetings web page.

Y-Stories: What You Don’t Know

September 13-22
9 AM to 9 PM
University YMCA Student Center (1710 Market Street, Tacoma)


Y-Stories: The University Y is pleased to present Y-Stories: What You Don’t Know, a large-format photography and installation experience highlighting personal, and deeply moving stories of YMCA community members who moved from their country of origin and relocated to Tacoma. For more details contact: ljackson@ymcapkc.org.


Multilingual Children’s Story Time

Saturday, September 14
10:30 AM
Moore Branch Library (215 South 56th Street, Tacoma)

Bring your family and enjoy children’s story time with stories read in Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Korean. To learn more about this event contact Jamie Mittan at jmittan@tacomalibrary.org.


Sea Mar Fiestas Patrias South Park Celebration

Saturday, September 14
11 AM to 6 PM
South Park Community Center (8319 8th Ave. S, Seattle)


Celebrate with Sea Mar and watch a parade that starts at 11 AM make its way through 14th Avenue and Cloverdale Street with your family in Seattle’s South Side, then head over to the South Park Community Center for the health fair and festival. For more details contact: RafealSaucedo@seamarchc.org.

Sea Mar Fiestas Patrias Seattle Center Celebration

Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15
12 PM to 7 PM
Seattle Center (305 Harrison St., Seattle)


Experience live performances of traditional Latino dances, music, food and art under the Space Needle. For more details contact: RafealSaucedo@seamarchc.org

Home + heart + me = Navigating Latinx and LGBTQ Identities

Wednesday, September 18
5:30 PM
The Rainbow Center (2215 Pacific Ave., Tacoma)


The Rainbow Center will show a film that magnifies queer, Latinx voices. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion that reflects on topics of immigration, family and coming out. For more details contact: edm@rainbowcntr.org.


Thursday, September 19
All day


Dine out benefit for Tacoma Community House (TCH) – a local non-profit. Visit any participating restaurant and 25% or more of your bill goes to TCH to provide education, employment, immigration, and advocacy services to our immigrant & refugee neighbors. To learn more and locate the full list of participating restaurants, visit tacomacommunityhouse.org.

An Evening with Latinx Poet Yosimar Reyese

Thursday, September 19
6:30 PM
1102 S. 11th St., Tacoma


A poignant and insightful lecture aimed at looking at ways in which immigrants can be masters of their own narratives. For more details contact: jcortegasquinca@pcaf-wa.org

Tacoma Refugee Choir Sing Along

Friday, September 20
7 PM
Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation (1115 S. 56th St. Tacoma)


Join the Tacoma Refugee Choir as they share migration stories and connect with their newfound homeland through song & dance. Watch the performance or feel free to join in and sing along with the choir! For more details contact: erinqguinup@gmail.com

Community Garden Tours

Saturday, September 21
9 AM to 3 PM
Multiple community garden tour


Tour of community gardens, most of which are cared for the immigrant community in Tacoma, WA. Tour will include bus tour of gardens and lunch. For more details, email reneeme@piercecd.org.

Community Gathering and Loteria with LUSS

Saturday, September 21
10 AM to 12:20 PM
Pierce County Aids Foundation (3009 S 40th St, Tacoma)


Join LUSS at their monthly Community Gathering to discuss issues & topics regarding Tacoma’s Latinx community. Guest Speakers will be Deputy City of Tacoma Attorney, Steve Victor and Assistant to the City Manager for Policy Development and Government Relations, Anita Gallagher. The gathering will conclude with Spanish Lotería and some pan dulce con chocolate. ¡Ahí los vemos! For more information, email latinxunidossouthsound@gmail.com.


Chu Seok Korean Festival

Saturday, September 21
11 AM to 5 PM
Asia Pacific Cultural Center (4851 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma)


Festival honoring Korean tradition and culture through performances, an ancestral memorial service, food booths and more! For more details visit: asiapacificculturalcenter.org/chuseok.

7th Annual Tacoma Moon Festival

Saturday, September 21
1-7 PM
The Chinese Reconciliation Project (1741 N. Schuster Parkway, Tacoma)


Special performances to honor the City of Tacoma’s 25th anniversary as a sister city of the Chinese City “Fuzhou.” For more details visit: tacomachinesepark.org/community/events/moon-festival/.