grit city costume paddle graphic

What do you get when you combine Halloween, costumes and water fun? The Grit City Costume Paddle! Put on your most creative costume and paddle the Thea Foss Waterway in a fun kickoff for Halloween. Includes Trash-for-Treat, raffle and costume prizes, the Trashoctopus, Halloween-in-the-Museum and more! 

12-2pm Oct. 31 at the Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St, Tacoma. FREE!!

It’s Baaaaack – the Trashoctopus!

Guess who’s coming back to the waterfront this Halloween? No, not Freddie. It’s the Trashoctopus! Join the Trash-for-Treat litter pickup from 12-1pm Oct. 31, get a free sticker and grab a selfie with the big orange guy. (Oh, and feed him some trash too.)

It’s all at the Grit City Costume Paddle at the Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St, Tacoma.

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Were you at the 2021 Tacoma Ocean Fest one-day festival? Around 900 people gathered safely, spread out, for the first in-person festival since 2019 – and what a day it was! Musicians, dancers, speakers, eco-booths, Youth Story finalists, kayak tryouts, ice cream and pizza – it was a HUGE success, and so good to gather our community again around the ocean. We’ll post photos soon! Meanwhile, watch the livestream replays on our music/dance and OceanX speaker pages – and the Brass Band Northwest grand finale!

Brass Band Northwest rocking the end of the festival!

“Maybe we each are only able to do something small, but if all of us do something small, together we can accomplish something great.

– Vidal Rojas, Tacoma community leader

Our festival and most of its activities happen on traditional lands of the Puyallup people, who live here and speak the Lushootseed language. We lift our hands to them and honor their elders and their continued protection of the Salish Sea.